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The Avro Z.101 was a manned version of the Blue Steel, drawn up as a research aircraft to explore speeds in excess of Mach 3.  A real project, removing the massive warhead and inertial navigation system gave plenty of room for a pilot and control gear and an associated performance boost from the reduction in weight and Avro did a large amount of work in it's study.  It would basically have been Britain's X-15, paving the way for hypersonic aircraft and space flight.

I used the Blue Steel from the Airfix Vulcan with an X-15 canopy generously supplied by Weaver, SR-71 pilot from Overkiller (phillip and deathjester have sent me some others too that will be modded for a side exhibit), Harrier GR.5/7 drop tank for the spine, HS Dominie front gear and SE5a struts for the skid undercarriage!  She was a bit rushed for the Cosford show, but I'm basically happy with her as my first finished substantial conversion.













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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 09:14:23 am »
Awesome model of a truly frigtening idea!

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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 10:05:58 am »
Well done Simon, excellent job on the conversion.

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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 10:18:09 am »
Having seen it, and held it, these photos do not do full justice to this model.
It is superb, and the paintwork is truly out of this world.

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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 10:19:40 am »
Having seen it, and held it, these photos do not do full justice to this model.
It is superb, and the paintwork is truly out of this world.

I was just going to write pretty much exactly what Jim said, it's one SERIOUSLY impressive piece of work.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2012, 10:20:44 am »
Having seen it, and held it, these photos do not do full justice to this model.
It is superb, and the paintwork is truly out of this world.

I was just going to write pretty much exactly what Jim said, it's one SERIOUSLY impressive piece of work.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 10:50:34 am »
Mossie, you have officially entered my pantheon of heroes!  :thumbsup: :bow:
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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 12:51:33 pm »
Superb Job :thumbsup: :thumbsup: i Could almost see this in Thunderbirds! Keep up the Superb Work :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: Dan

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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 12:59:07 pm »
Good idea ;D. The canard remember me to first project of spanish Ha 300. :thumbsup:

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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 02:18:43 pm »
This was fantastic.  Looked like solid stainless steel, not painted plastic.
Build it again but with 4 faired wheels, paint it blue and say that Donald Campbell drove it!
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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2012, 02:22:29 pm »
Build it again but with 4 faired wheels, paint it blue and say that Donald Campbell drove it!

You mean he didn't?  ;)
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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2012, 02:34:42 pm »
Really cool build!  :ph34r: :ph34r: :ph34r: :tornado: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2012, 05:56:24 pm »
Thats good!  Looks like its spent sometime soaked at Mach 3 speeds.   :thumbsup:

Now, who's going to propose it should be sold to the Japanese for operational use?  ;D
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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2012, 01:00:17 am »
That is gorgeous, and much kudos for scratch build  :bow: (one day I'll give it a go). Have to say the real thing is a truly frightening concept.

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Re: Avro Z.101 Manned Blue Steel - The Real Missile with a Man in It
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2012, 04:34:26 am »
This is a great piece of work Mossie, and the paint is excellent - well done!  :thumbsup:
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