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GROUP BUILDS => The Racing and Competition G.B. => Topic started by: Dizzyfugu on November 09, 2018, 09:40:45 am

Title: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 09, 2018, 09:40:45 am
Preparations for #2 have started. I'll keep silent about my plan and leave room for speculations...  ;D

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4910/44886035685_a18aa576c0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2boqEAZ)
Ingredients raise new and troubling questions... (https://flic.kr/p/2boqEAZ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The ingredients raise new and troubling questions...  ;)
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: Gondor on November 09, 2018, 09:49:14 am
A flying tank?

Gondor
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: loupgarou on November 09, 2018, 10:37:28 am
Yes. Questions about his will be troubling.  :o
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: Rheged on November 09, 2018, 11:30:06 am
A flying tank?

Gondor

Or a turreted Mig.   Either way, It could be quite fascinating.
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: JayBee on November 09, 2018, 11:54:43 am
A flying tank?

Gondor

Indeed Alistair, if it had worked.
You have obviously missed this :


http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,27970.msg419869.html#msg419869


Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: jalles on November 09, 2018, 11:57:19 am
Land speed record for a tracked vehicle???  :o
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 09, 2018, 01:52:28 pm
a fish tank?
 :banghead:
ill get me coat
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: zenrat on November 09, 2018, 09:21:39 pm
MiG 21 DNA improves anything.
 :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: Old Wombat on November 10, 2018, 01:08:58 am
Land speed record for a tracked vehicle???  :o

I'm betting (figuratively, not literally) on something like the above.

Probably the Fishbed fuselage with Panther tracks &, maybe, (part) lower hull attached.
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 10, 2018, 06:08:48 am
Land speed record for a tracked vehicle???  :o

The direction is correct, even though it is not that ambitious and exotic.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: jalles on November 10, 2018, 06:18:55 am
The direction is correct, even though it is not that ambitious and exotic.  :thumbsup:

This seems to have the right combination of insane and awesome to be a surefire winner!
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: ericr on November 10, 2018, 07:37:37 am
 ;)
Title: Re: Ingredients raise new and troubling questions...
Post by: scooter on November 10, 2018, 07:47:47 am
The direction is correct, even though it is not that ambitious and exotic.  :thumbsup:

This seems to have the right combination of insane and awesome to be a surefire winner!

So:  A tracked, jet-powered Lemons racer then?  Sounds like something Speedycop would do. :wacko:
Title: Re: WiP +++ What came after the Soviet KhADI 9 high speed/LSR vehicle
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 11, 2018, 11:59:51 pm
Well, the basic idea would certainly qualify for Lemons (at least the static display, not the endurance races). But the conceptual idea is: what came potentially after the "KhADI 9" high speed research vehicle?
I ma not certain how familiar the audience is with the history of the Land Speed Record, but exotoc high speed vehicles were not an exclsuive affair of the West. The Soviet Union also did experiments, and the

In the early Seventies, the institute's vehicle #9 materialized - actually a kind of private venture, driven by a former race car driver who had become a professor at the university:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/03/f8/6f/03f86f376bd3437443807adc4ccc5ee4.jpg)

It was developed by the Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University, powered by a single MiG-19 engine, but hardly ever exploited its potential because at first appropriate wheels and tires in excess for 300 km/h+ were not available, and the there was no suitable race track. The latter was eventually found in a dry salt lake, but - as one could think - KhADI 9 crashed and had to be written off:

(http://cdn4.spiegel.de/images/image-605923-galleryV9-lwmy-605923.jpg)

There were many other (experimental) high speed vehicles built by ChADI (I am aware of 27!), but most of them were of smaller size and with combustion or electric engines.

However, what if the project had gained official attention and support, due to the prestige and buzz that comes high an LSR car...? This is what's on the bench next here. And it will be more that a MiG-21 without wings and some wheels stuck onto it, at least that's the plan for now.
Title: Re: WiP +++ What came after the Soviet KhAGI 9 high speed/LSR vehicle
Post by: zenrat on November 12, 2018, 01:20:33 am
And the Panther?  Could it be providing high speed wheels?

Title: Re: WiP +++ What came after the Soviet KhAGI 9 high speed/LSR vehicle
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 12, 2018, 01:42:22 am
Yup!  ;D

As far as I can tell at the moment, this LSR vehicle will be a kitzbashing affair. The KP MiG-21 I use as a basis is SO poor that only rudimentary elements can and will be used, and many details will be changed in order to make a ground vehicle out of it. But I am positive, I already have a concept for the overall layout of the vehicle, and the rest ist scratching and probably a lot of PSR... But I think that it will look quite cool!  :mellow:
Title: Re: WiP +++ What came after the Soviet ChADI 9 high speed/LSR vehicle
Post by: loupgarou on November 12, 2018, 04:53:52 am
Nice idea for the wheels (if that's indeed the idea). Not many wheels available for an LSR vehicle.
Title: Re: WiP +++ What came after the Soviet ChADI 9 high speed/LSR vehicle
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 12, 2018, 05:35:24 am
I actually favored the slightly bigger wheels from a Czech Panzer 38(t) tank, but could not get my hands on a cheap donor kit in time. And when I dug through the kit pile I found a Hasegawa Panther with a Schmalturm and late war standard wheels, which contained a surplus sprue with the extra wheels. They really look the part, and their slightly smaller size is probably even better for the LSR vehicle. And, as an additional bonus, the outer Panther wheels are relatively thin, so that it will be easier to integrate these as front wheels under/inside of the MiG-21 hull, while the normal track wheels from the Panther's 2nd row are wider and will end up as rear wheels. This way, I can even fulfill the FIA's demands for four wheels on the ground for a serious/official record breaker.  ;D
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость”
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 13, 2018, 11:47:31 pm
Work makes good progress, but it is slow. This has turned into a full kitbashing/scratchbuilding affair, because the KP MiG-21 is a VERY shabby specimen and I want to incorporate some ideas taken from real world LSR vehicles that make the скорость (Skorost = Velocity) rather look like a dedicated car-thing construction than a converted jet fighter. PSR galore so far, WiP pics to follow soon.
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость”
Post by: zenrat on November 14, 2018, 02:25:46 am
Can't wait.

Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость”
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 15, 2018, 12:58:17 am
Here we go, there's a lot to catch up with.

Work started with the deletion of the spinal tunnel and of the fin, what necessitated a plug and reconstruction of the vehicle's upper side. The original landing gear wells as well as the wing attachment points had to disappear, too. Fit of anything taken from the KP MiG-21 is abysmal, so I also replaced the exhaust section with a donor part from an 1:72 F-100.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1930/30940594887_03d6db9e80_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P97CUx)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/P97CUx) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4837/30940592847_6da369091c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P97Cin)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/P97Cin) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4858/32008327558_1678176f7c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QLt3Cw)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/QLt3Cw) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1954/44966499875_158bfb735f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bvx4NB)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2bvx4NB) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The original cockpit tub was retained, as well as the shock cone, even though it was placed further inwards, as an attachment point for a new, more spectacular intake shape. The new cone is actually the rear end from an Airfix 1:72 P-61 drop tank, the wheels were taken from the Hasegawa Panther kit - they look very much like typical all-metal wheels of modern high speed vehicles, and their size is also perfect.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4866/44966502015_c188a87e5b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bvx5rv)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2bvx5rv) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


And the new nose now looks like this:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4814/32008325508_b88b7f3a00_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QLt32b)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/QLt32b) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The air intake extension (as well as the new shock cone) was inspired by Art Arfons' "Green Monster No. 15" in its late guise, and the extension itself is actually a piece from an 1:72 Buccaneer tail cone.

The cockpit received a completely new, smaller canopy - from an 1:144 Tornado. As a consequence, the cockpit opening had to be narrowed and the fuselage shape adjusted with filler. Furthermore, a rear fairing for the canopy had to be added, in this case a piece from an 1:72 streamlined 1.000 lb bomb, plus lots of PSR, which was also necessary in order to re-build the spinal area on top of the crude styrene sheet plug.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1915/44966497575_2f9196bdbc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bvx47X)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2bvx47X) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4849/32008323388_c5056062ff_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QLt2oC)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/QLt2oC) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Just for comparison: the original (surprisingly nice) MiG-21 canopy and the new donor part:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1943/32008322418_00595b1fd9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QLt26U)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/QLt26U) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The fin had, for a groudn vehicle, to be reduced in size. An initial choice was a shortened F-16 fin, but I eventually found a leftover fin from an Amodel Kh-20 missile, which was, together with a scratched brake parachute fairing, added to the tail:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4857/44063124370_1b497a55d7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2a8H2JS)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2a8H2JS) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Here's a look at the nose section with a loosely fitted new shock cone:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1950/45155599074_d9cc8eab9a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bNffpC)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2bNffpC) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


For the front wheels I added an aerodynamic fairing, simply made from styrene strips and later filled with putty:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1958/32008320508_84c50de968_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QLt1wY)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/QLt1wY) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4874/44063121910_b5067a6803_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2a8H21s)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2a8H21s) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Next came the rear suspension - this had to be scratched completely from various styrene profiles and parts from an 1:35 tank model's running gear:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1907/45155597054_f5d2686db4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bNfeNN)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2bNfeNN) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


So much for now...  :tank:
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: zenrat on November 15, 2018, 01:46:22 am
Looking good.
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Gondor on November 15, 2018, 02:22:29 am
Very Very Very nice indeed  :thumbsup: :wub:

Gondor
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: loupgarou on November 15, 2018, 05:53:26 am
Not much left of the old Mig. Inspiring. Yesterday I have seen an old (KP?) Sukhoi Su-7 or 9. Even more tube-like for such a project.
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 15, 2018, 07:14:21 am
A Su-7. Yes, not really much left from the MiG, it's in the end just a long pipe with some extensions. But the whole thing looks slick and purposeful, more than I expected!
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: loupgarou on November 15, 2018, 07:28:44 am
I had forgot: your new air intake is fantastic.
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: ericr on November 15, 2018, 07:47:17 am
I had forgot: your new air intake is fantastic.

yes, fantastic
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 15, 2018, 07:56:21 am
 :rolleyes:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/620/31469273186_bfdd2e4789_b.jpg)
Title: iP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 15, 2018, 09:23:09 am
Isn't that a wind tunnel model of Art Arfon's 'Green Monster'?

One awesome machine for sure!
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 15, 2018, 11:46:31 pm
It's the vehicle's last incarnation, after he sold it (and was run as "Pea Soup Andersen's Monster"). AFAIK it's rotting somewhere in an underground car park in the USA.

Besides, some more update pics - the completed rear suspension and some overall impressions:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4845/30955675127_fcd3913a21_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ParVJF)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/ParVJF) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4897/30955671567_398b09abe6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ParUFi)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/ParUFi) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4815/30955669497_314348aa0e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ParU4B)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/ParU4B) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Painting to start soon. I am still not 100% certain, but there will be red trim around the nose section, and probably light grey for the rest. Not flashy, but this one will be a university's experimental vehicle, and it's a Soviet design after all, not a sponsor-decked private US thing.

I will also create a dedicated base for it, for the photo sessions, because a flat and glittering salt surface is not easy to improvise. Thankfully it's flat and bleak, so this will be a simple task.
Title: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 16, 2018, 01:35:14 am

 Not flashy, but this one will be a university's experimental vehicle, and it's a Soviet design after all, not a sponsor-decked private US thing.


Perhaps some patriotic Cyrillic slogans to enthuse the uni students to greater efforts in support of the Motherland's efforts to go faster than the decadent West?  ;D ;)
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 16, 2018, 01:42:36 am
Well, there will be a Soviet flag on the fin (from an Aeroflot airliner), and I will probably print some decals for the flanks, including the vehicles name "скорость". I am also trying to find out if the Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles had an emblem or such a thing, but I guess not.
Title: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 16, 2018, 02:31:44 am
You could always invent one, this is WhiffWorld after all.  ;D ;)
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 16, 2018, 03:19:15 am
Yes, but I love to add such realism to my builds. LSA ChADI was apparently the only "power" in the USSR that drove the idea of breaking the LSR, and after the ChADI 9 failure they "deserve" IMHO a legal/fictional successor vehicle.  ;)
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on November 16, 2018, 08:07:44 am
Evidently this is the current TSAGI emblem, so something
similar with an LSR car profile? In a circle of laurel leaves,
of course, and perhaps crossed slide-rule and wrench?
 :wacko:

(http://www.haic.eu/wp-content/gallery/partners/tsagi.png)
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 16, 2018, 09:15:29 am
Cool, thanks for digging this up - I'll see if I can make something from it!  :thumbsup:
Title: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 16, 2018, 09:25:58 am
You could put some wheels on the bottom of it.  ;D
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: zenrat on November 16, 2018, 08:21:23 pm

 Not flashy, but this one will be a university's experimental vehicle, and it's a Soviet design after all, not a sponsor-decked private US thing.


Perhaps some patriotic Cyrillic slogans to enthuse the uni students to greater efforts in support of the Motherland's efforts to go faster than the decadent West?  ;D ;)

останься в школе
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: loupgarou on November 17, 2018, 12:51:44 am

 Not flashy, but this one will be a university's experimental vehicle, and it's a Soviet design after all, not a sponsor-decked private US thing.


Perhaps some patriotic Cyrillic slogans to enthuse the uni students to greater efforts in support of the Motherland's efforts to go faster than the decadent West?  ;D ;)

останься в школе

No, no, the complete slogan is this:

останься в школе и ебать хорошеньких девушек   :wacko:
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 17, 2018, 03:36:00 am
Really? простофи́ля.  :-\

In the meantime, things keep moving - now with paint. The basic color is RAF Light Aircraft Grey. I considered many other things, including an all-red, a white-and-blue, an orange and even a dreadful tractor-green livery, but eventually settled for this subdued color, plus some deep red trim around the nose. Since I did not have a conclusive idea for the rest of the vehicle, I decided yesterday evening that I extend the red along the flanks in a narrowing trim line. From that I'll see what happens next, maybe thin white borders around it?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4821/44104553130_ed2ca8b0b3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2acnn4Q)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2acnn4Q) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4893/44104552050_1cf371d3f0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2acnmKd)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2acnmKd) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4908/45920334521_26894758b0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cXPHBx)
1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2cXPHBx) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Also in parallel runs the work on the salt lake seabed base. It's 18x12" in size, so that there's some room for depth in the later pics. It was created with white tile grout, thinly spread onto the wooden board, and on top of that I simply thinly sprinkled salt crystals and sprayed some water on top of everything, hoping for some glittering light reflexes. And it actually worked!

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1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2cXPJB8) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2acnmf5) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Gondor on November 17, 2018, 07:13:10 am
Very nice base, the "car" looks good too  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: scooter on November 17, 2018, 07:41:58 am

 Not flashy, but this one will be a university's experimental vehicle, and it's a Soviet design after all, not a sponsor-decked private US thing.


Perhaps some patriotic Cyrillic slogans to enthuse the uni students to greater efforts in support of the Motherland's efforts to go faster than the decadent West?  ;D ;)

останься в школе

No, no, the complete slogan is this:

останься в школе и ебать хорошеньких девушек   :wacko:

некультурные свиньи
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 17, 2018, 10:11:00 am
Well, rather back to the creative part. I've been reluctantly creative, and came up with this simple institute logo (it will be available in left/right side variants). A bit grainy, but it will later only be a few millimeters in size:

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1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “Скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/PdbH9n) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Slightly more prominent will be the vehicle's name on the flanks - I think that this works well:

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1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “Скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2bShVcE) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 17, 2018, 04:03:32 pm
All VERY artistic!  :thumbsup:

The 'Feriski' intake is a work of genius!  ;D
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Gondor on November 18, 2018, 04:13:41 am
I think the lower design is better Dizzy, the top one has too stylish a car outline to be soviet

Gondor
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on November 18, 2018, 08:25:11 am
I think the lower design is better Dizzy, the top one has too stylish a car outline to be soviet

Gondor

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Khadi 7, 1968

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Khadi 11, electric 1972

http://khadi34.blogspot.com/2010/05/laboratory-of-high-speed-automobiles.html?m=1

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Pobeda Sport

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Torpedo-GAS, set two speed records.
Title: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 18, 2018, 11:16:06 am
So THAT'S what they did with old Mig-9 drop tanks!  ;D ;)
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 18, 2018, 11:36:25 pm
AFAIK, there were at least 27 ChADI vehicles thoroughput the years, some of them record holders in their respective classes.
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 19, 2018, 10:33:55 am
Meanwhile, Mos Eisley, space port... err, or wasn't it Chrakov?

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1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2d2cQqF) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Not 100% happy with the self-made decals, since they tended to bleed under the coat of varnish - it's a kind of reddish glow. But, thanks to the deep red trim on the car, this flaw almost looks like a natural design twist. Looks pretty retro, but I think it has a late Soviet touch?
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Old Wombat on November 19, 2018, 05:42:32 pm
Looks awesome, Dizzy! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 19, 2018, 05:44:55 pm

Looks awesome, Dizzy! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


... and very red too.  ;D
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Old Wombat on November 19, 2018, 05:46:14 pm
... and very red too.  ;D

Shouldn't that be "Red"? :unsure: ;)
Title: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 19, 2018, 10:10:54 pm
... and very red too.  ;D

Shouldn't that be "Red"? :unsure: ;)


Both of the above...........  ;D ;)
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: NARSES2 on November 20, 2018, 07:07:13 am
Looks awesome, Dizzy! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Putting it mildly. Looks terrific  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on November 20, 2018, 07:40:13 am
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :wub:
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: jalles on November 20, 2018, 08:09:01 am
That really does look fantastic  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 20, 2018, 08:44:40 am
Thanks a lot! And it once was a (very) crappy MiG-21 kit...  :lol:
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 20, 2018, 09:46:24 am
Almost there... and I finally found a use for those dark red stencils from Italeri's 1:72 MiG-37 kit!

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1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2bWvsjb) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “скорость” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2ah2gkf) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Looks purposeful!  ;D
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: loupgarou on November 20, 2018, 10:03:08 am
Fantastic! Will it keep an open cockpit?
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 20, 2018, 11:03:13 am
No (even though that would be an interesting alternative!), there's the rest of the 1:144 Tonka canopy lurking around on the work bench somewhere. And the shock cone in the air intake will also grow and probably protrude even forward of the lower lip.
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Mossie on November 20, 2018, 11:24:38 am
Woooooshh!  Weird enough to be Soviet. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Gondor on November 20, 2018, 01:19:26 pm
That is looking really really good  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: major on November 20, 2018, 06:07:13 pm

Just, Stunning!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: kerick on November 20, 2018, 07:24:30 pm
Well, I'd say you made an awesome silk purse out of a sow's ear!!
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: loupgarou on November 21, 2018, 12:42:20 am
Well, I'd say you made an awesome silk purse out of a sow's ear!!

Hmmm... a new idea for next year: a SOW'S EAR GROUP BUILD! ;D
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 21, 2018, 01:07:51 am
Thank you very much! The thing was finished yesterday evening, and the Panther wheels work VERY well! Even my calculations and guesstimates for a slight nose-down stance were correct, now I am looking forward to the beauty pics at the shores of Lake Baskunchak...  :mellow:
Title: Re: WiP +++ Charkov Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 22, 2018, 01:48:08 am
First photo session finished yesterday evening, now comes the editing phase.
Title: Re: WiP +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость (Pics!)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 23, 2018, 12:28:49 am
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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2bZNUFC) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2d6MXBx) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/PkG3ft) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr



Some background:
The Soviet Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles (LSA ChADI, today the Chardiv National Automobile and Highway University) was founded in 1953. One of the laboratory’s founders was Vladimir Nikitin, a famous racer not only inside the Soviet Union but also around the world. The main purpose of Vladimir Nikitin’s of was to build the fastest car in the world. This idea of creating race cars became the purpose of the laboratory and has been continued by students of Nikitin throughout the years, with research and prototypes in various fields of car propulsion.

The first car created in LSA by students was ChADI 2 in 1961. The body of the car was made of fiberglass, the first time that this material was used for a car body in the Soviet Union. This technology was improved and later used in mass-produced cars. Another famous LSA car was ChADI 7. To create it, Nikitin and his students used airplane wing elements as car body material and used the engine from a helicopter to power it. The highest speed of ChADI 7 – 400 kilometers per hour – was recorded on an airport runway near Chardiv in 1968, and it was at that time the fastest car in the Soviet Union, setting the national land speed record.

After this successful vehicle, Vladimir Nikitin started a new, even more ambitious project: a speed record car with the jet engine from a high performance airplane! The name of this project was ChADI 9, and it was ambitious. This time Nikitin and his team used a Tumansky RD-9 turbojet engine with a dry thrust of 25.5 kN (5,730 lbf), the same engine that powered the supersonic Mikoyan-Gurewich MiG-19 fighter plane. He expected that this needle-shaped car would be able to break the absolute land speed record, which meant supersonic speed at level zero of almost 1.200 kilometers an hour. The car was finished in 1981, but unfortunately ChADI 9 never participated in any race and no official top speed result was ever recorded. This had initially a very practical reason: in the 1980’s there were simply no tires in the USSR that could be safely used at the expected speeds in excess of 400 km/h, and there was furthermore no track long enough for a serious test drive in the Soviet Union! In consequence, ChADI 9 had to be tested on the runway of a military airport in the proximity of Chardiv, outfitted with wheels and tires from a MiG-19, but these were not ideal for prolonged high speeds. Film footage from these tests later appeared in a 1983 movie called “IgLa”.
The Automotive Federation of the United States even invited ChADI 9 to participate in an official record race in the USA, but this did not happen either, this time for political reasons. Nevertheless, the main contribution of this car was gathering experience with powerful jet engines and their operations in a ground vehicle, as well as experience with car systems that could withstand and operate at the expected high levels of speed, and the vehicle was frequently tested until it was destroyed in high speed tests in 1988 (see below).

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II „скорость“ experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2bZNVa3) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2bZNUXE) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II „скорость“ experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2bZNV41) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


ChADI 9 was not the end of Nikitin’s strife for speed (and the prestige associated with it). The know-how that the design team had gathered in the first years of testing ChADI 9 were subsequentially integrated into the LSA’s ultimate proposal not only to break the national, but also the absolute land speed record: with a new vehicle dubbed ChADI 9-II. This car was a completely new design, and its name was deliberately chosen in order to secure project budgets – it was easier to gain support for existing (and so far successful) projects rather than found new ones and convince superior powers of their value and success potential.

ChADI 9-II’s conceptual phase was launched in 1982 and it was basically a scaled-up evolution of ChADI 9, but it featured some significant differences. Instead of the RD-9 turbojet, the new vehicle was powered by a much more potent Tumansky R-25-300 afterburning turbojet with a dry thrust of 40.21 kN (9,040 lbf) and 69.62 kN (15,650 lbf) with full afterburner. This new engine (used and proven in the MiG-21 Mach 2 fighter) had already been thoroughly bench-tested by the Soviet Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles in 1978, on an unmanned, tracked sled.
However, the development of ChADI 9-II and its details took more than two years of dedicated work by LSA ChADI’s students, and in 1984 the design was finally settled. The new vehicle was much bigger than its predecessor, 44 ft 10 in long, 15 ft 6¾ in wide, and 9 ft 10¾ in high (13.67 m by 4,75 m by 3,02 m), and it weighed around 9,000 lb (4 t). Its construction was based on a steel tube frame with an integrated security cell for the driver and an aluminum skin body, with some fibre glass elements. While ChADI 9’s slender cigar-shaped body with a circular diameter and the tricycle layout were basically retained, the front end of ChADI 9-II and its internal structure were totally different: instead of ChADI 9’s pointed nose, with the cockpit in the front and ahead of the vehicle’s front wheel and a pair of conformal (but not very efficient) side air intakes, ChADI 9-II featured a large, single orifice with a central shock cone. A small raked lower lip was to prevent FOD to the engine and act at the same time as a stabilizing front spoiler. The driver sat under a tight, streamlined canopy, the bifurcated air intake ducts internally flanking the narrow cockpit. Two steerable front wheels with a very narrow track were installed in front of the driver’s compartment. They were mounted side by side on a central steering pylon, which made them look like a single wheel. Behind the cockpit, still flanked by the air ducts, came two fuel tanks and finally, after a chamber where the air ducts met again, the engine compartment. Small horizontal stabilizers under the cockpit, which could be adjusted with the help of an electric actuator, helped keeping the vehicle’s nose section on the ground. Two small air brakes were mounted on the rear fuselage; these not only helped to reduce the vehicle’s speed, they could also be deployed in order to trim the aerodynamic downforce on the rear wheels. The latter ware carried on outriggers for a wide and stable track width and were covered in tight aerodynamic fairings, again made from fibre glass. The outriggers were furthermore swept back far enough so that the engine’s nozzle was placed in front of the rear wheel axis. This, together with a marked “nose-down” stance as well as a single swept fin on the rear above the afterburner nozzle with a brake parachute compartment, was to ensure stability and proper handling at expected speeds far in excess of 600 km/h (372 mph) without the use of the engine’s afterburner, and far more at full power.

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/PkG3cH) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2bZNUzf) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


Construction of ChADI 9-II lasted for more than another year, and in May 1986 the vehicle was rolled out and ready for initial trials at Chardiv, this time on the Chardiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Company’s runway. These non-public tests were successful and confirmed the soundness of the vehicle’s concept and layout. In the course of thorough tests until July 1987, ChADI 9-II was carefully pushed beyond the 400 km/h barrier and showed certain potential for more. This was the point when the vehicle was presented to the public (it could not be hidden due to the noisy trials within Chardiv’s city limits), and for this occasion (and marketing purposes) ChADI 9-II received a flashy livery in silver with red trim around the air intake and long the flanks and was officially christened with the more catchy title „скорость“ (Skorost = Velocity).

Meanwhile, a potential area for serious high-speed trials had been identified with Lake Baskunchak, a salt sea near the Caspian Sea with flat banks that resembled the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA. Lake Baskunchak became the site of further tests in 1988. Initially scheduled for May-July, the tests had to be postponed by six weeks due to heavy rain in the region, so that the sea would not build suitable dry salt banks for any safe driving tests. In late June the situation improved, and „скорость“ could finally take up its high speed tests.

During the following weeks the vehicle was gradually taken to ever higher speeds. During a test run on 8th of September, while travelling at roundabout 640 km/h (400 mph), one of the tail wheel fairings appeared to explode and the ensuing drag differences caused heavy oscillations that ended in a crash at 180 km/h (110 mph) with the vehicle rolling over and ripping the left rear wheel suspension apart.
The driver, LSA student and hobby rally driver Victor Barchenkov, miraculously left the vehicle almost unscathed, and the damage turned out to be only superficial. What had happened was an air pressure congestion inside of the wheel fairing, and the increasing revolutions of the wheels beyond 600 km/h caused small shock waves along the wheels, which eventually blew up the fairing, together with the tire.  This accident stopped the 1988 trials, but not the work on the vehicle. Another disaster struck the LSA ChADI team when ChADI 9, which was still operated, crashed in 1988, too, and had to be written off completely.

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II „скорость“ experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2d6MXsp) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II „скорость“ experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/QY5zMu) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II „скорость“ experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2bZNUJJ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


In mid-1989 and with only a single high speed vehicle left, LSA team appeared again with „скорость“ at the shores of Lake Baskunchak – and this time the weather was more gracious and the track could be used from late June onwards. Analyzing last year’s accident and the gathered data, the vehicle had undergone repairs and some major modifications, including a new, anti-corrosive paintjob in light grey with red and white trim.
The most obvious change, though, was a completely re-shaped nose section: the original raked lower air intake lip had been considerably extended by almost 5 feet  (the vehicle now had a total length of 49 ft 1 in/14,98 m) in order to enhance the downforce on the front wheels, and strakes along the lower nose ducted the airflow around the front wheels and towards the stabilizing fins. The central shock cone had been elongated and re-contoured, too, improving the airflow at high speeds.
New tireless all-aluminum wheels had been developed and mounted, because pressurized rubber tires, as formerly used, had turned out to be too unstable and unsafe. The central front wheels had received an additional aerodynamic fairing that prevented air ingestion into the lower fuselage, so that steering at high speeds became safer. The aerodynamic rear wheel fairings had by now been completely deleted and spoilers had been added to the rear suspension in order to keep the rear wheel on the ground at high speeds.

This time the goal was to push „скорость“ and the national land speed record in excess of 800 km/h (500 mph), and step by step the vehicle’s top speed was gradually increased. On August 15, an officially timed record  attempt was made, again with Victor Barchenkov at the steering wheel. The first of the two obligatory runs within an hour was recorded at a very promising 846.961 km/h (526.277 mph), but, at the end of the second run, „скорость“ veered off and no time was measured. Even worse, the vehicle lost its parachute brakes and went out of control, skidding away from the dry race track into Lake Baskunchak’s wet salt sludge, where it hit a ground wave at around 200 mph (320 km/h) and was catapulted through the air into a brine pond where it landed on its right side and eventually sank. Again, pilot Victor Barchenkov remained mostly unharmed and was able to leave the car before it sank – but this fatal crash meant the end of the „скорость“ vehicle and the complete KhAGI 9-II project. Furthermore, the break-up of the Soviet Union at the same time prevented and further developments of high speed vehicles. The whereabouts of the „скорость“ wreck remain unclear, too, since no official attempt had been made to save the vehicle’s remains from Lake Baskunchak’s salt swamps.




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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2bZNVew) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2d6MXHe) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2d6MXNV) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

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1:72 Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II “„скорость“” experimental high speed/land speed record vehicle (final form); Lake Baskunchak (Soviet Union), August 1989 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2bZNVhY) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


I am very pleased with the outcome, despite the not-so-perfect finish – the „скорость“ looks purposeful and does IMHO blend well into the line of spectacular USA and UK jet/rocket car designs that broke the 800 km/h barrier. I also find that, even though the MiG-21 ancestry is certainly there, the vehicle looks different enough so that the illusion that it was designed along the jet fighter’s lines (and not converted from one, like the real world “North American Eagle” which was built from an F-104 Starfighter) works well. I also think that the vehicle’s livery works well – it looks quite retro for a vehicle from the late Eighties, but that just adds to the “Soviet style”. An interesting project, outside of my normal comfort zone. :D
Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: Old Wombat on November 23, 2018, 12:33:04 am
Looks fast just sitting there! Great job, Dizzy! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 23, 2018, 12:47:25 am
I had good reference literature for such vehicles - I can highly recommend the books by German author and LSR enthusiast Ferdinand C. W. Käsmann, which have, AFAIK, even been translated into English. There's a very good anthology about the history of the Land Speed Record (where I also found much information concerning ChADI 9), and there's also a book about the air speed record (covering the piston-driven record and the absolute speed record).
Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: Tophe on November 23, 2018, 01:53:33 am
Great! :wub:
Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: zenrat on November 23, 2018, 01:55:57 am
Excellent piece of work Dizz.
 :thumbsup:

Anyone interested in reading about the last (IMO) "real" Land Speed Record attempts (ie using cars built in sheds from surplus parts) should look at Speed Duel by Samuel Hawley.
https://www.fireflybooks.com/catalogue/adult-books/transportation/product/10614-speed-duel-the-inside-story-of-the-land-speed-record-in-the-sixties
https://www.fireflybooks.com/catalogue/adult-books/transportation/product/10614-speed-duel-the-inside-story-of-the-land-speed-record-in-the-sixties
A great book which I thoroughly recommend.


Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: ericr on November 23, 2018, 04:24:42 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: NARSES2 on November 23, 2018, 06:15:49 am
Seriously stunning  :bow:
Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: FAR148 on November 23, 2018, 07:52:25 am
Wow!! How flipping cool!  :wub: :thumbsup:
Title: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 23, 2018, 08:49:33 am
LOVE that 2nd pic! You can almost hear the engine roaring away!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles
Post by: Rheged on November 23, 2018, 09:46:56 am
Великолепный !

This most definitely earns the award  of  an extra half portion of Kasha next May Day Parade  (weather permitting), and a certificate of excellence from the chairman of the supreme praesidium of the  Soviet Vehicle Constructors  Collective. 
Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: Dizzyfugu on November 24, 2018, 02:27:42 am
большое спасибо! ;D

And also many thanks for the Whiffies nomination outside of the GB!  :lol:
Title: Re: DONE @ p.5 +++ Chardiv Laboratory of High-Speed Automobiles ChADI 9-II скорость
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on November 24, 2018, 08:56:45 am
Beauty.  :thumbsup: :wub: