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The Martin Mighty Midget

Started by Weaver, March 15, 2017, 10:24:22 AM

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Weaver

I'd vaguely heard of this thing before, but Hushkit has put up some period brochures for it:

The Martin Mighty Midget close air support jet






Looks very like some late-war German projects, doesn't it?

Orignal post here: https://hushkit.net/2015/03/07/the-martin-mighty-midget-close-air-support-jet/

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Captain Canada

Very cool ! The escape pod looks like a ship from some sci-fi show I used to watch. Looks easy enough to build
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Snowtrooper

Why are the twin sideways-firing guns pointing upwards, Schr├Ąge Musik style? Was the intention to fly this thing upside down while strafing? Or to bank while circling the target as gunships would later do (but much more steeply - on the gunships the sideways-firing guns are still pointed at a downwards angle, not up)?

RAFF-35

That's so cool!! You're right, it does look very much like a Blohm & Voss creation. Doesn't stoke me as a close air support kind of platform though
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zenrat

So after ejecting the escape capsule the pilot floats gently to earth in a head down position?
Not ideal but better than going down with ones plane.

I like it.  I think the sideways guns are drawn badly.  Maybe the idea is to circle the target while firing them.
Fred

- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

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NARSES2

I can see the B&V connection but it looks like someone has scaled down a Horsa glider and added jet engines and a T tail to me. :angel:
Decals my @r$e!

The Rat

Quote from: NARSES2 on March 16, 2017, 06:55:52 AM
I can see the B&V connection but it looks like someone has scaled down a Horsa glider and added jet engines and a T tail to me. :angel:

Yeah, that fuselage is just about pure Horsa.
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Rheged

According to the data on the escape capsule, it seems to become a small armoured blockhouse on landing!
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Are losing theirs and blaming it on you....."
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kerick

Put in a regular cockpit and guns that make sense and you might just have something!
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KJ_Lesnick

That being said, I'd like to remind everybody in a manner reminiscent of the SNL bit on Julian Assange, that no matter how I die: It was murder (even if there was a suicide note or a video of me peacefully dying in my sleep); should I be framed for a criminal offense or disappear, you know to blame.

Weaver

I suspect the thinking was that a regular cockpit would present roughly twice the frontal area, thus requiring twice as much armour front and back. This is pretty small aircraft with early jet engines so weight saving was probably a big deal to them.

That nose ejection system might look cool, but remember that it has no rocket boost, so you have to be high enough for the parachute to open and slow you down for it to work. Not a good characteristic in a low-level close-support aircraft!
"We thank you, but this diversion is not true. Things never happened thus."

"Oh, but it IS true. Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are
the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot."

- Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Neil Gaiman

Weaver

#11
There's a kit of it by Unicraft! (who else?)

http://fantastic-plastic.com/martin-mighty-midget---catalog.html


Secret Projects (who else?) have a thread about it with more information:

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2419.0.html

There's a size comparison to a Gnat made in there, and also mention of the prone-pilot Meteor. That could be an interesting What If: take the prone pilot nose from the MPM Meteor kit and graft it onto a Gnat fuselage...:wacko:
"We thank you, but this diversion is not true. Things never happened thus."

"Oh, but it IS true. Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are
the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot."

- Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Neil Gaiman

kerick

Reminds me of the runner up to the A-10, the A-9.
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RAFF-35

#13
Weaver, your British ground attack aircraft sounds like a fantastic idea  :lol: perhaps a jet provost might make a better airframe?
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Weaver

Quote from: RAFF-35 on March 17, 2017, 09:48:55 AM
Weaver, your British ground attack aircraft sounds like a fantastic idea  :lol: perhaps a jet provost might make a better airframe?

Or how about a surplus Vampire?
"We thank you, but this diversion is not true. Things never happened thus."

"Oh, but it IS true. Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are
the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot."

- Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Neil Gaiman