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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2385 on: November 12, 2020, 11:10:31 am »
Curtiss P-42D Twin Warhawk - No.15 'Shark' Squadron, Royal Dhimari Air Force, 1943

In response to USAAC Materiel Division Circular Proposal 39-775 issued in 1939 for a high altitude interceptor, Curtiss submitted a twin-engined version of their P-40 Warhawk powered by two V-12 Allison V-1710-39 engines. Whilst their proposal finished a disapointing third behind the Grumman G-45 XP-50 and the winning Lockheed Model 522 XP-49, Curtiss revised their Twin Warhawk to incorporate two Packard (Rolls-Royce) V-1650-1 Merlin engines each developing 1300 h.p. and turning their own 3-bladed Curtiss electric constant-speed propellers with LH and RH rotation to remove the expected heavy swing on take-off.

Redesignated as the Curtiss P-42 (replacing the earlier single-engined XP-42 derived from the P-36) the Twin Warhawk featured a powerful nose armament consisting of six 0.5 inch M2 Browning machine guns with 500 rounds per gun and two 20mm Hispano M2(C) cannon with 150 rounds per gun making it the most heavily armed fighter aircraft of it's era especially as the close grouping of the weapons meant that there were no convergence problems when compared with wing-mounted guns. With the ability to carry up to 2,000lb in external stores Curtiss pitched their new design as a multi-role fighter with primary missions of interceptor fighter and fighter-bomber.

With an increasingly hostile Japan continuing its war against China during 1940 (and also signing the Tripartite Pact in 1940 with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy) the Roosevelt administration slowly moved from being a neutral power to one preparing for war and Curtiss gained further contracts for it's P-40 Warhawk and also an unexpected contract for 300 of the new P-42 Twin Warhawk for the USAAC. This was soon followed by an order for 200 P-42's from the UK Government in late 1940 for use by the RAF in the Western Desert but immediately after Pearl Harbour all 200 aircarft were requisitioned by the USAAC and redesignated as P-42D's.

The first YP-42 prototype first flew on October 11th 1940 and proved to be relatively easy to fly at all speeds with stable handling characteristics although test pilots were very critical of the visibilty over the nose and the engine nacelles. In addition, they considered that the high wing loading made it more suited to ground attack than to air combat. Testing progressed well during 1941 and by the end of the year production P-42B's were rolling off the Curtiss-Wright production line at Buffalo, New York and entering service in May 1942 with the 14th Pursuit Group in San Diego to provide West Coast defence.

However, most P-42B's went to the 12th Air Force in North Africa as part of the force being built up for Operation Torch. Initially based in Algeria the P-42B's were first involved in North African combat operations during November 1942 shooting down several Italian twin-engined bombers plus two German Me-323 Gigant transports. But it was in the ground attack role that the P-42's of the 12th Air Force excelled in North Africa flying ground attack missions against gun emplacements, troops, supply dumps and tanks. In early 1943 the Royal Dhimari Air Force received 30 P-42D's directly from US stocks and these were used by No.15 Squadron to good effect during the Maqazad counter-offensive in the Spring of 1943.

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.07 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

DHIMAR P-42D TWIN WARHAWK.06 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

I've previously done the P-40 Twin (or Twin Warhawk) in Soviet and Portuguese schemes and this one uses Dhimari markings along with the lovely sharkmouth already painted on the skin. Curtiss were so greedy in grabbing fighter designations for P-36/P-40 derivatives that I've made them reuse the P-42 designation!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_XP-42
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dhimari Twin Warhawks
« Reply #2386 on: November 12, 2020, 11:29:29 pm »
I just wonder how nose-heavy this Twin Warhawk must have been?  :o

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dhimari Twin Warhawks
« Reply #2387 on: November 13, 2020, 04:25:50 am »
That might explain the two engines. ;-)

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dhimari Twin Warhawks
« Reply #2388 on: November 13, 2020, 06:23:10 am »
They had VERY heavy tailwheels.................  ;D

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Dhimari Twin Warhawks
« Reply #2389 on: November 13, 2020, 06:32:42 am »
That would work in plastic given a lengthened fuselage and larger tail. Kind of Curtis equivalent to the Whirlwind.

Very nice  :thumbsup:
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2390 on: November 21, 2020, 11:01:02 am »
You might remember that back in the Summer I had problems with Photobucket on service, price increases and I also discovered that they were double-charging me by taking direct debits twice a year! Well, sadly I have to report that Photobucket have simply not bothered to get back to me (but sent loads of e-mails when they were chasing up their expected premiums). I feel well and truly shafted by Photobucket and almost 16,000 of my hosted images now have an ugly watermark running through them which affects the vast majority of this long-running thread. Sorry guys!

As one of you guys advised me at the time, never pay a blackmailer as they'll just keep coming back for more so since early July 2020 I've used a free Flickr account that I'll need to upgrade at some time.
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Photobucket Woes Part 2
« Reply #2391 on: November 21, 2020, 12:05:26 pm »
Well Spinners as I have mentioned before I gave up on BotoPhukit some time ago.  :rolleyes:
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Photobucket Woes Part 2
« Reply #2392 on: November 21, 2020, 12:41:06 pm »
Someone, with lots of money, needs to sue those money grabbing swines.   :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Photobucket Woes Part 2
« Reply #2393 on: November 21, 2020, 03:06:56 pm »
I use FlicKer and so do several others on this site. The premium accouont, for over 1,000 immages is around Eight GBP so not too expensive and it can be quite easy to use. The only thing that can be anoying os the tag that goes on the end of each image posted on a site but its easy to remove by deleting from the last [/url] forwards untill you reach the [/url][url] where you delete the [url] part. This leves the link to the picture but removes the tag saying where the picture was hosted.  Easy to do with practice.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Reply #2394 on: November 26, 2020, 01:03:36 pm »
North American FJ-1 Fury - Belgian Marine Component, 1953

BZ FJ-1 FURY.01 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BZ FJ-1 FURY.02 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BZ FJ-1 FURY.03 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BZ FJ-1 FURY.04 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

BZ FJ-1 FURY.05 by Spinners1961, on Flickr

A bit of a one-hour speed build this. An FJ-1 was released as a 'beta' by the DAT boys today so I've quickly overpainted the USN insignia and used some Belgian Navy insignia with some generic numbers and the 'Force Navale Belge' and 'Belgische Zeemacht' previously used on my Belgian Super Etendards.

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Belgian FJ-1 Furies
« Reply #2395 on: November 26, 2020, 01:51:12 pm »
nicely done  :thumbsup:
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Re: Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Belgian FJ-1 Furies
« Reply #2396 on: November 26, 2020, 05:33:18 pm »
OOH yes!

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Belgian FJ-1 Furies
« Reply #2397 on: November 26, 2020, 11:27:35 pm »
Neat!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Belgian FJ-1 Furies
« Reply #2398 on: Yesterday at 01:59:07 am »
I like!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread - Belgian FJ-1 Furies
« Reply #2399 on: Yesterday at 06:18:32 am »
I like!  :thumbsup:

As do I. Suits the scheme  :thumbsup:
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