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Bearcat, on floats *finished*

Started by sandiego89, June 07, 2019, 03:59:34 PM

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In early 1945, the US Navy sent out an urgent proposal to manufactures for a high performance float plane fighter that could serve as interceptor aboard battleships, cruiser and icebreakers.  An aircraft with excellent climb was needed to meet the Kamikaze threat in the Pacific, and to intercept long range Fw200 Condor flights in the Greenland area as the resurgent Atlantic front continued on....

Bearcat on Floats, 1/72, by Sandiego89

Revell Bearcat and ancient Lindberg Kingfisher.   

Dave "Sandiego89"
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

kitnut617

You don't think they would have gone like a Wildcatfish then ?
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sandiego89

Quote from: kitnut617 on June 07, 2019, 05:22:08 PM
You don't think they would have gone like a Wildcatfish then ?

Perhaps, but I think less drag with a single main float would give better performance.  The wildcatfish looks very draggy with those big floats and struts. This will be more like a Rufe Or SC-1, which look a bit more sleek.   
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Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

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- 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.

zenrat industries:  We're everywhere...for your convenience..

NARSES2

That Revel boxing is a nice little kit. I've built a couple and still have one in the "original ?" Monogram box. Looking forward to this.
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sandiego89

work commencing. 

The Float was equipped with a small compartment aft of the strut that could accommodate one person for air/sea rescue work, or spy insertion/recovery.

Harrier T2/T4 horizontal stabilizer as central strut.

   
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Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

Weaver

Sweet. The Kingfisher's always tempting because you can nick the float for something else, then put it on it's wheeled gear and nobody recognises it. :thumbsup:
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sandiego89

Quote from: Weaver on June 08, 2019, 09:23:04 AM
Sweet. The Kingfisher's always tempting because you can nick the float for something else, then put it on it's wheeled gear and nobody recognises it. :thumbsup:

Indeed.  It is a nice float- but a wheeled Kingfisher looks funny.

Paint on. 





Dave "Sandiego89"
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

sandiego89

While the paint dries (always a challenge for me in these one week builds), scratching up a catapult.  Evergreen styrene. 

old Curtis SC-1 test fit. 

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Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

Weaver

Quote from: sandiego89 on June 08, 2019, 09:32:27 AM
Quote from: Weaver on June 08, 2019, 09:23:04 AM
Sweet. The Kingfisher's always tempting because you can nick the float for something else, then put it on it's wheeled gear and nobody recognises it. :thumbsup:

Indeed.  It is a nice float- but a wheeled Kingfisher looks funny.


If it's the one where the wing is moulded in one piece, tip-to-tip, and fits through holes in the fuselage, then my idea was to convert it to a braced parasol wing and call it a US equivalent of the Lysander.
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sandiego89

Quote from: Weaver on June 08, 2019, 02:29:44 PM
Quote from: sandiego89 on June 08, 2019, 09:32:27 AM
Quote from: Weaver on June 08, 2019, 09:23:04 AM
Sweet. The Kingfisher's always tempting because you can nick the float for something else, then put it on it's wheeled gear and nobody recognises it. :thumbsup:

Indeed.  It is a nice float- but a wheeled Kingfisher looks funny.


If it's the one where the wing is moulded in one piece, tip-to-tip, and fits through holes in the fuselage, then my idea was to convert it to a braced parasol wing and call it a US equivalent of the Lysander.

The Lindberg Kingfisher does have the one piece wing that slides through the fuselage (the Bearcat does also!). Actually a nice way to do a wing.   

Posed for your inspiration!





Dave "Sandiego89"
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

Tophe

Good!
My late uncle was a pilot of Bearcat, he would love this derivative I am sure. :thumbsup:
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kerick

That parasol wing looks very doable! Maybe some nice spatted landing gear to go with it! :wub: :thumbsup:
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Weaver

Quote from: sandiego89 on June 08, 2019, 06:51:11 PM
Quote from: Weaver on June 08, 2019, 02:29:44 PM
Quote from: sandiego89 on June 08, 2019, 09:32:27 AM
Quote from: Weaver on June 08, 2019, 09:23:04 AM
Sweet. The Kingfisher's always tempting because you can nick the float for something else, then put it on it's wheeled gear and nobody recognises it. :thumbsup:

Indeed.  It is a nice float- but a wheeled Kingfisher looks funny.


If it's the one where the wing is moulded in one piece, tip-to-tip, and fits through holes in the fuselage, then my idea was to convert it to a braced parasol wing and call it a US equivalent of the Lysander.

The Lindberg Kingfisher does have the one piece wing that slides through the fuselage (the Bearcat does also!). Actually a nice way to do a wing.   

Posed for your inspiration!





Thank you - it does look like a natural, doesn't it?  :thumbsup:

With the wing being so thick and designed as a cnatilever structure anyway, maybe you could say that it doesn't need bracing struts (like a Do.27/28) and that's its selling point compared to a Lizzie or an Hs.126.
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Thank you - it does look like a natural, doesn't it?  :thumbsup:

With the wing being so thick and designed as a cnatilever structure anyway, maybe you could say that it doesn't need bracing struts (like a Do.27/28) and that's its selling point compared to a Lizzie or an Hs.126.
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Plus you then have those nice big elliptical viewing ports on the lower sides - sure to be a great help in keeping an eye on the guy in the ocean whom you're supposed to rescue, so's you don't lose him in the chop.
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