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P-38 AWACS 1/72
« on: July 26, 2010, 10:31:08 am »
Apart of finishing my 1/32 Lightning, I was considering (for years) to what-if somehow my very old 1/72 Lightning (built 1977?), not even standing because of a too light nose. But I delayed that again and again.
Then I found, in my spare box, a surpringly big round part (radar of the Rutan Proteus Unicraft 1/72 resin http://www.unicraft.biz/on/proteus/proteus.htm ). My project now is to install it under the nose, to get a weight balance.
And I will discard the nose guns, and the roundels somehow, I will see.
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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2010, 09:22:54 am »
I have considered 3 versions, and I drew them for my what-if P-38 huge site http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/#Sit .
I will choose the left one, to provide the model with the balance it needs for a few decades...
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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2010, 12:12:45 pm »
I think the area cut out by the twin boom arrangement is just crying out to be filled by a second and or third crew man position and the dome (though it will take more plastic. Ill try and sketch something out.

Edit: So, taken out the guns and stretched the crew section, added a third fin to support the dish at the rear and I guess one at the rear of the crew nacelle.
« Last Edit: July 27, 2010, 12:43:47 pm by Caveman »
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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 07:10:24 pm »
Homina homina homina.
Say WHAAAAT?!?

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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010, 09:25:01 pm »
Caveman, this great project is far above my plastic skills, but as a drawing, your creation is marvellous, thanks! ;D
(I may draw it as slanting view in some future, maybe)
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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2010, 01:09:28 am »
Where do the klystrons and electronics go? :o

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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2010, 03:11:54 am »
hmm... maybe i should have extended the nose and put heavy gear in there to offset the weight...

hell you may as well start with one of these

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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2010, 08:21:16 am »
So... here are the Caveman Aircraft Co models CAC-38, CAC-48 and CAC-58... Thanks! :thumbsup: :bow:
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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2010, 08:36:27 am »
I really like this idea!  :thumbsup:
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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2010, 02:47:38 pm »
A P-38 AWACS?!! Absolutely inspired, mon ami!
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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2010, 05:08:56 am »
Wow, im honoured.

I won a Tophe :)

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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2010, 11:12:13 am »
Painting and gluing is done, now standing on the nose wheel. The whole result, even what-if-modified, is still a child toy (with unpainted frames of the canopy, ). I will not improve it further though, just modifying the roundels.
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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2010, 03:16:24 am »
Final picture:
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Re: P-38 AWACS 1/72
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2010, 07:36:36 am »
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Decals my @r$e!