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BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« on: January 27, 2019, 07:13:04 am »
In 1977 an RAF Comet 4 (serial XW626) was modified for flight testing with the nose radome and conducted a series of trials.

The model is based on the Airfix Comet 4B in 1/144, with resin wingtips (generously provided by Kit)  and a 3D printed radome (my design), the air vents at the back and the fin tip bullet are scratchbuilt. The decals are a combination of an S&M decalsheet (for a different RAF Comet), and the AEW-specific decals are my own.










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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2019, 07:16:19 am »
Still one of the most beautiful aircraft ever, i.m.h.o. Even with a W.C. Fields nose added. Nice job!  :thumbsup:

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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2019, 07:32:34 am »
Very well done Harro   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2019, 08:05:34 am »
Oh yeah ! Gorgeous. For sure one of the nicest looking aeroplanes/ airliners/ radar jobs/ test beds / maritime....what ? Oh, the model  :thumbsup: Great job on this one ! Cheers
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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2019, 08:35:54 am »
Very good.
Looks great!

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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 09:28:04 am »
Nice work Harro it looks great  :thumbsup:
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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 11:48:12 am »
Looking beautiful, which is a miracle considering the base kit is really showing its age. I have one on the bench, and looking at it every so often gives me cause to shudder. You've managed to clean up the seams much better than I have, especially the underside wing to fuselage joint.  :thumbsup:
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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2019, 12:35:12 pm »
I've basically obliterated all surface detail on the fuselage  :wacko:

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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2019, 07:49:16 pm »
I'd have to disagree with comments regarding it retaining it's beauty.  But that's a heck of a build.  Well done.
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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2019, 07:14:23 am »
Great build :thumbsup:

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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2019, 07:16:43 am »
Great build Harro  :thumbsup:
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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2019, 07:52:06 am »
That's awesome work Harro.  :thumbsup:

I didn't realise that nose radome was so wide, it doesn't show quite so much on a Nimrod.
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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2019, 10:54:45 am »
oh wow   :thumbsup:
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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2019, 09:19:05 am »
That is super neat. Well done. I'm curious as to how you modeled curves on the nose.
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Re: BAe Comet: Nimrod AEW testbed, XW626
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2019, 12:13:56 pm »
There are some neat functions in Solidworks to make that simple:

1. define a plane that cuts through the model in the place where you want the stringer.
2. Solidworks can place a line where the plane intersects the model. This will be the guideline for the stringer.
3. Draw the shape of the stringer (in this case, a rectangle with rounded corners).
4. Extrude the shape along the line you made in 2.
5. Copy step 4. to the other side of the model using the Mirror function.
6. repeat ~5 more times for the rest of the stringers.

I'll make some screenshots later.