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Twin-boom flying boat known as "Erne"

Started by solidmodeler, April 24, 2009, 06:50:20 PM

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solidmodeler

My second model built from drawings by What-If member SSgt Baloo. http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,22060.30.html

The "Erne" is a unique design for a flying boat, but reminiscent of something from Star Trek maybe(?).



Jschmus

With the engines and empennage, it's clearly a WIG craft, but without them, it's got a distinctively Romulan cast to it.
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The Rat

Oooooooh MAN! I wish I could work with balsa like that.  :wub: :thumbsup: :cheers:
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John Howling Mouse

Yep, early Romulan Bird of Prey.  Will be interesting to watch you shape it into a WIG craft from Earth, though.

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The Rat

Quote from: solidmodeler on April 24, 2009, 06:50:20 PM

Who sits in that little tiny Muskoka chair? (Adirondack chair to Americans)
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GTX

Why not do it as a Romulan WIG, pre-spaceflight days?

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Aircav

Looks more like Beech than Balsa, great bit of work though  ;D :thumbsup: :cheers: :bow:
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The Rat

Quote from: Aircav on April 25, 2009, 12:10:28 PM
Looks more like Beech than Balsa, great bit of work though  ;D :thumbsup: :cheers: :bow:

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solidmodeler

Ok, it's a Romulan WIG. Yesterday, I found similar (but not so spacey) WIG designs on secretprojects.co.uk. Some had the same ducted fans and winglets. Thanks for those observations.

I've been thinking some of my aircraft will be assigned to the nation of Antarctica. After the poles thaw out this century, they'll need a coast guard and a defense force possibly. Anybody have a good idea for a roundel? My first thought included a compass rose.

solidmodeler

By the way, the material used is basswood (maybe another name outside of USA). Harder than balsa, but fairly easy to carve.

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PR19_Kit

Quote from: solidmodeler on April 26, 2009, 06:34:50 AM
By the way, the material used is basswood (maybe another name outside of USA). Harder than balsa, but fairly easy to carve.

Maybe obeche in the UK?

I know as much about wood as I know about brain surgery though.......  :o
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solidmodeler

Hi PR19. I had a look online (wikipedia). Basswood is known as Lime in the UK and Linden elsewhere in Europe. Balsa, though softer can actually be more difficult to carve with good results, being too soft and coarse-grained. That's ok though, I don't know what to do with that stuff known as styrene, thinking "Evergreen" was a just type of tree. <_<

BlackOps

Another beautiful start! These really are a pleasure to watch.  :wub:
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