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Shorts Merlin AEW.1 with photos
« on: December 31, 2021, 02:19:06 pm »
I tried building one of these before with the Airfix Short Stirling kit with RR Merlin engines from the Matchbox Lancaster.
Things didn't go to plan.
However the Italeri Stirling is a better choice and the engines,  main landing gear and twin tail fins are from the Airfix Avro Lancaster "Dam Buster " kit.
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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2022, 08:24:30 am »
I have another idea for this build an early testbed for the Grumman E-1A Tracer. The original paint scheme with black underside.

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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2022, 09:29:15 am »
Unless you have changed the angle that the Stirling's wings are in relationship to the fuselage your still going to need it's long undercarriage so the wing gets the necessary angle for lift on take off.

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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2022, 10:26:57 am »
Just had a forehead smacking moment. I have a derelict Stirling and Lancaster I could have done that with. Best of luck!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2022, 09:32:10 am »
Unless you have changed the angle that the Stirling's wings are in relationship to the fuselage your still going to need it's long undercarriage so the wing gets the necessary angle for lift on take off.

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This is probably the reason why the Stirling was never fitted with the Lancaster landing gear, engines and two tail fins.  Test flights with rocket assessment or a tow from the Lancastrian with the Stirling vertical tail fin.
Parts would have been stripped and the aircraft ending up on a range or fire dump for practice or training.

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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2022, 09:33:51 am »
Just had a forehead smacking moment. I have a derelict Stirling and Lancaster I could have done that with. Best of luck!  :thumbsup:
Go ahead and build your own kitbash or kitbashes  :thumbsup:

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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2022, 10:24:27 am »
What I was meaning to say was that you have created a Stirling Lancaster kit bash rather than a Sterling With Marlin Engines. A Lancaster with Bristol engines was done real life and all they changed was the engines, so I thought with your title you had done the reverse, but you did a mash up instead. Looks interesting though.

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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2022, 01:09:15 am »
What I was meaning to say was that you have created a Stirling Lancaster kit bash rather than a Sterling With Marlin Engines. I Lancaster with Bristol engines was done real life and all they changed was the engines, so I thought with your title you had done the revers, but you did a mash up instead. Looks interesting though.

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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2022, 07:07:34 am »
I have added the Grumman radome with a few off cuts of plastic.
PSR will continue until the paint stage.

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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2022, 01:51:42 am »
The main landing gear has been modified with hydraulics, which raises the gear to a suitable height for take off.
Test flights with the new radome has ironed out some of the gremlins but the wings have raised a few issues when it comes to endurance whilst on station. A longer square tip wing would be suitable for such operations.

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Re: Shorts Stirling with Merlins
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2022, 01:47:18 am »
It's got a 'stoof for a roof '

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Re: Shorts Stirling without the Merlins
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2022, 11:35:10 pm »
Due to the thunderstorm last night a few changes have occurred.




Gone tailless,just needs sanding down and the holes covered where the vertical tail fin used to be.
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Re: Shorts Merlin AEW.1 with photos
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2022, 12:36:06 pm »
More sanding and scratch built turbojets on the inner engines. Holes are filled in where the vertical tail fin used to be.


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Re: Shorts Merlin AEW.1 with photos
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2022, 09:36:23 am »
From two turbojets to four.


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Re: Shorts Merlin AEW.1 with photos
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2022, 01:22:41 am »
This build only has two turbojet engines, I was planning to use the other two on the Shorts Sunderland it didn't turn out well, so back to the drawing board.