F-36 KingSnake 1/48 (FINISHED PICS ON PAGE 2)

Started by ssdunkel@me.com, June 05, 2021, 12:21:53 PM

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Ok, so I don't really like the name, but I LOVE the idea of the F-36 KingSnake. A "non-LO" 4+ generation platform... SEXY!!!

Here's my interpretation of this potential mount, for the USAF, in 1/48, based on the F-16XL...

My model is based on some renderings I found online and is a conglomeration of the Skunk Models F-16XL and the Trumpeter J-10B. She will be finished in HAVE GLASS V dark gray, with AMRAAM's and AIM-9X's, likely with a couple of JDAM's for good measure...

Some other changes I've made: I added some moving SU-57 style "canards" up front and an F135 P&W motor, along with an IRST and some "lumps & bumps" to make her look interesting...

Let me know what you all think!


An OUTSTANDING job there! It really looks the part.  :thumbsup:
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All those hard-points!!! :o

She's really going to be loaded for bear! ... & probably buffalo, as well! ;)
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Quote from: ssdunkel@me.com on June 05, 2021, 12:21:53 PM
based on the F-16XL...
Let me know what you all think!
I love this model :wub:
Great addition to the F-16 family :thumbsup:
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Great model! Can't wait to see the finished model ;D :thumbsup:


Quote from: Firefox on June 06, 2021, 12:48:57 AM
Great model! Can't wait to see the finished model ;D :thumbsup:

Totally agree on both counts  :bow:
Decals my @r$e!


Ah! Been there, done that!  ;D

I'm obviously just joking but seriously, and this has nothing to do with your build, the F-36 Kingsnake's designers didn't come up with any revolutionary ideas. Lots of people had thought of something at least similar long before they came up with that. 
The ventral strakes seem unnecessary with the twin tails or even with a single tail for that matter. Even the real XL didn't need them. Also, the real DSI intake tested on the Viper looked much better to my eyes and that canopy... :o And i don't think this would be a naval design.

Regarding your build, that's looking good indeed, i like the Su-57 influence on those "canards". :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:
"Sticks and stones may break some bones but a 3.57's gonna blow your damn head off!!"


This is looking very cool.  :thumbsup:


Here, also:

I figured that if I arranged the stabilizers a la F-18 (aft of the wing), they'd generate a bit of lift at banking angles, whereas putting them on the wing would result in the wing "blanking" the stabilizer, resulting in buffet and loss of directional authority.  'Course, putting the canards where I did was probably not helpful, aerodynamically speaking.  I probably should have extended the fuselage or truncated the forward wing-area ... and I wasn't willing to mess with either the Center of Gravity or the Center of Lift.  :)

I do like your build - seems a more likely development than mine.  :)
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Getting some work done on the ordinance while I wait for my bottle of "HAVE GLASS" from Vallejo...




More progress today! Got the first layer of HAVE GLASS V down and it's FUNKY!


Neat finish to that paint
Decals my @r$e!


Quote from: ssdunkel@me.com on June 05, 2021, 12:21:53 PM
I added some moving SU-57 style "canards" up front

FWIW, the Su-57 "canards" are LEVCONs (Leading Edge Vortex Controllers)
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