British AEW projects: Nimrod and Britannia

Started by Hobbes, February 02, 2022, 06:29:37 AM

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What if the RAF had used a different interim AEW aircraft while the Nimrod was being developed? 

One option would have been the Bristol Britannia BEWARE:

As pictured in Chris Gibson's books 'The Air Staff and AEW' and 'Battle Flight'. I followed the drawing, with one exception: after Chris mentioned the limitations of Britannia's electrical system, I added a large APU under the left wing root.

By ~1965, BOAC was getting rid of its Britannias. The RAF could have used a dozen or so, with a Marconi radar that was a step up from the AN/APS-20. That would have taken the pressure off of the Nimrod development; with a few more years of advances in computers, the FASS might have been made to work better.

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod AEW.3:

The Britannia is the Roden 1:144 kit, with a scratchbuilt radome (see https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=47934).

The Nimrod is a clone of the Anigrand kit (Thorvic found this on eBay), with new radomes (3D printed to my own drawings, see https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=42559)


Decals my @r$e!


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Well up to your usual classy style Harro. MOST impressive.  :thumbsup:
Kit's Rule 1 ) Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage
Kit's Rule 2) The backstory can always be changed to suit the model

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Excellent work there as usual Harro!  :thumbsup:

I like the clean simple lines of your models.


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Surpurb matey..love the Britannia ..looks just right  :thumbsup:  :wub:
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Quote from: Nick on February 02, 2022, 09:02:22 AM

I like the clean simple lines of your models.

Yup they remind me of models you see in museum display cases  :thumbsup:
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