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de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« 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.

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« Reply #1 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"

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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #2 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:
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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2009, 02:03:46 pm »
Very interesting idea!
Beautiful planes are french! (Amiot 143, for example...ugh!)

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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #4 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.



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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2009, 02:46:52 pm »
that works surprisingly well.....nice one  :thumbsup:
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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #6 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:
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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2009, 02:36:11 am »
That marvellous - it actually looks right for early war FAA  :bow:
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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2009, 02:43:11 am »
Fantastic idea!  :wub:

Out of curiosity, what engines did you use?

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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2009, 06:01:38 am »
Lots of examples, the Handley-Page O/400 being one of the best known.
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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2009, 06:12:07 am »
Stunning! Absolutely great idea, and believable.
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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #11 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...
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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2009, 07:54:39 am »
Nice one! :thumbsup: Certainly looks the part!
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« Reply #13 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.

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Re: de Havilland dh.89s Sea Dragon
« Reply #14 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.
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