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GROUP BUILDS => Themed Build Repository => The Gnat Theme Build => Topic started by: Model Mutt on January 15, 2013, 07:54:23 am

Title: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: Model Mutt on January 15, 2013, 07:54:23 am
Started out as the airfix gnat and built as per the instructions apart from the jaguar nose and laser designator in the fuel tank. Also fitted a refuelling probe so it had more loiter time. The idea is that its a small light aircraft used purely as a laser designator for other aircraft carrying LGBs so they donīt have to sacrifice space or weight carrying a designator.

Only got a few more decals to add, canopy to paint, unndercarraige to fit and details to be painnted then this will be complete.

(http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/s547/model_mutt92/IMG20130114_014_zps969945ec.jpg)

(http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/s547/model_mutt92/IMG20130114_013_zps762c8f55.jpg)

(http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/s547/model_mutt92/IMG20130114_012_zpsa6de705e.jpg)

Thanks for looking
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: TallEng on January 15, 2013, 08:15:12 am
Looks Good! :thumbsup:
 Although I thought the Jaguar "chisel" nose contains a lazer designator?

Regards
Keith
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: perttime on January 15, 2013, 08:20:43 am
The nose fits!

Do you have any other canopies that might fit. I fear the usual Gnat canopy might look a bit wimpy near that square jaw  ;D
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: Model Mutt on January 15, 2013, 08:22:35 am
Thanks guys, I added the designator on the tank as an update when the refuelinng probe was fitted as thereīd be less space in the nose for the equiment (or i forgot the jaguar nose had a built in designator  ;) ) Not sure cannopy wise as i started this one this morning so not looked at replacing the canopy.
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: Mossie on January 15, 2013, 08:22:53 am
Budget cuts biting again???  Very nice. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: deathjester on January 15, 2013, 09:35:10 am
Brilliant work so far!  Really like to see more use out of the Gnat, and the colour scheme really suits - it'd be darn near invisible at medium altitude!

IIRC, the Jaguar had a Laser Rangefinder/Marked Target Seeker in the nose.
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: Model Mutt on January 15, 2013, 09:46:08 am
Thanks, got another two maybe 3 planned when i can get hold of the kits, bits and decals i need to build them.
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 16, 2013, 01:25:19 am
That's a nice idea for the two-seater. Well done  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: Captain Canada on January 16, 2013, 01:12:21 pm
Awesome. Love the look of this one. Not a big fan of the Gnat ( mind you, I've never seen one, never built one and really don't know much about them ! ) but this one looks wicked. Love the integrated pod, great idea.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: Rheged on January 16, 2013, 01:35:17 pm
Awesome. Love the look of this one. Not a big fan of the Gnat ( mind you, I've never seen one, never built one and really don't know much about them ! ) but this one looks wicked.

I'd not seen a Gnat "in the flesh"  until I encountered one at Cosford.  Number 2 son (6 foot 5 inches tall) was also there and  asked was there a  a maximum height for pilots, and did you strap into it  or wear it?
Title: Re: Operation Telic Gnat GR.4
Post by: dadlamassu on January 16, 2013, 01:59:54 pm
Very nice, good idea to use a two seater as the mount for the Forward Air Controller. 

Might use the idea in my Fictional African Wargame air forces.  Though I think I'd probably kit it out with some sort of light weaponry like a MG pod or smoke rocket launchers to mark the target.  Laser guided weapons are probably beyond the budget of the air forces.