I am not exactly your average kind of model maker... True, I DO have tens of aircraft plastic models, including some rare ones, but they are still lying in a cupboard somewhere, for lack of space. All the built kits I took with me a few years ago from my previous address got damaged in the move... and it kind of pissed me off, so I don't know when I'll built my other models (hopefully we'll find a bigger house in a couple of years' time and I will have enough space to have my own workshop... (first on my "to do" list will be my Convair XF-92, Curtiss XP-55, Grumman XP-50 and Curtiss SC-1...)
Anyway, for the time being, I am a VIRTUAL model maker... I indulge in something I love just about as much as plastic: creating imaginary models or variants on my computer... I have no knowledge in 3D rendering, CG or whatever... so I do it the old fashioned way: in a graphics software using layers, filters, effects and my imagination.
Instead of a long presentation, I thought I ought be doing a special version of an aircraft I've loved all my life (got hooked on aircraft as a kid through my dad, an aviation buff who assembled several hundred plastic models). So here it is, my own Navy version of the McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat, which I chose to designate the XF2M-1 Manta... Why so? Well, as we know the later Phantom became FD (then FH), I thought that maybe the Navy could have considered at some point the use of the letter "M" for McDonnell, and reallocate the unused General Motors F2M designator, initially planned for a version of the Wildcat... As Bat or Moonbat was the USAAF version, Manta (which was the name of the Davis prototype that inspired the XP-67) seemed perfect for a naval version... and voilŗ!An old would-be magazine clipping...... and the "original" photograph...
Hope you like them!