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Title: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: Bungle on December 11, 2009, 11:58:11 am
As part of the Navalize GB here's my mad scheme for a carrier based Dragon Rapide torpedo bomber.

Title: Now Yer Talkin'!
Post by: sequoiaranger on December 11, 2009, 12:22:53 pm
A great idea! I had envisioned making a Dh.89 with FOUR of the low-powered Gypsy (?) engines, but two more-powerful ones would do the trick and would enable folding wings for carrier use.

One or two torpedoes? Hopefully two, otherwise why not just use a "Stringbag" that would take up less room?

I myself built a twin-engined biplane torpedo-bomber for carrier use by the British, but it was a JET!!! My gallery here has the "Fairey Cuttlefish"

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=1748

if you're interested.
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: Tophe on December 11, 2009, 12:26:19 pm
Are you the inventor of the (great!) biplane folding wings? :thumbsup:
or were there somewhere in the old Real world also? :unsure:
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: CAO 700 on December 11, 2009, 02:03:46 pm
Very interesting idea!
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on December 11, 2009, 02:05:44 pm
Are you the inventor of the (great!) biplane folding wings? :thumbsup:
or were there somewhere in the old Real world also? :unsure:

Lots of examples, the Handley-Page O/400 being one of the best known.

(http://www.207squadron.rafinfo.org.uk/ww1/O400_207_tow.jpg)

Jon
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: beowulf on December 11, 2009, 02:46:52 pm
that works surprisingly well.....nice one  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: Brian da Basher on December 12, 2009, 02:32:23 am
A stunner all the way Bungle! My hat's off to your skill and creativity!
 :wub: :wub:
Brian da Basher
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: NARSES2 on December 12, 2009, 02:36:11 am
That marvellous - it actually looks right for early war FAA  :bow:
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: sideshowbob9 on December 12, 2009, 02:43:11 am
Fantastic idea!  :wub:

Out of curiosity, what engines did you use?
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: Tophe on December 12, 2009, 06:01:38 am
Lots of examples, the Handley-Page O/400 being one of the best known.
Jon
I did not know at all, thanks! while, uh... I prefer the Sea Dragon, may the JMNs forgive me...
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: The Rat on December 12, 2009, 06:12:07 am
Stunning! Absolutely great idea, and believable.
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: Caveman on December 12, 2009, 06:19:42 am
Fantastic idea!  :wub:

Out of curiosity, what engines did you use?

They look to be off an anson...
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: ChernayaAkula on December 12, 2009, 07:54:39 am
Nice one! :thumbsup: Certainly looks the part!
Title: Fold-back Wings--Tophe
Post by: sequoiaranger on December 12, 2009, 09:18:14 am
The famous Fairey Swordfish carrier-borne torpedo-bomber and its successor, the Albacore, both had similar fold-back wings.

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv173/sequoiaranger/Swordfish-fold.jpg)
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: Bungle on December 12, 2009, 11:33:07 am
Fantastic idea!  :wub:

Out of curiosity, what engines did you use?

They are the engine cowlings from an Airfix Anson, the props from a Monogram Tigercat (Cut down a lot). The tuttet is the bomb aimers window from the Airfix Lancaster and the torpedo is from the Airfix Beaufighter.
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: Bungle on December 12, 2009, 11:34:33 am
Fantastic idea!  :wub:

Out of curiosity, what engines did you use?

They look to be off an anson...

First prize awarded to the Caveman
Title: Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
Post by: Martin H on December 13, 2009, 01:41:23 pm
that has got to get some show time under its belt. Your welcome to join the mad men on the what if (UK) stand at any time :)