The Berkshire Mirage - Fairey Delta F.1

Started by CammNut, March 21, 2021, 06:53:36 AM

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No real back story to this one. I have always thought the UK missed out big time not turning the Fairey FD.2 into a fighter. I have looked at it several times, but never known what to do with that drooping nose - complicated, unnecessary, heavy and ugly. And then it came to me, why not replace it with the nose from a Saab J35 Draken? Well you would, wouldn't you? And use the cockpit from a Lightning, so now the pilot can see over the nose without all that articulation.

So then I grafted on the rear fuselage from a Hawker P.1083 thin-wing Hunter with its variable-area afterburning Avon nozzle. And slim underwing fuel tanks from a Heller Mirage IIIE. And what do you get? Well, you get what looks a lot like a Mirage IIIC - almost to the inch. That's how close Fairey came to starting a delta dynasty to rival Dassault's. Add a pair of fuselage-mounted Firestreak missiles and the colours and decals from a Lightning and you have the Delta F.1.


wow that is better than a good thing on a good day
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That's really, REALLY good, and brilliant cross-kitting.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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One of the best bit's of kit-bashing I have seen for a while  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :wub:

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That's gorgeous! The mods and markings really sell it. Bravo!
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Beautiful build. That looks just right.   :wub:
So I got that going for me...which is nice....