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Firefly F.III
« on: February 04, 2011, 02:36:31 pm »
Sabre-engined Firefly coming soon!  Based on the Frog/Novo Firefly I and in British Pacific Fleet colours.
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 04:43:42 pm »
Best to use the one from the Matchbox Tempest as it's got the tropical radiator.
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 12:51:10 am »
Best to use the one from the Matchbox Tempest as it's got the tropical radiator.

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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 01:08:50 am »
Best to use the one from the Matchbox Tempest as it's got the tropical radiator.
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011, 10:58:12 am »
Started work on this one, pics will follow soon.
Essentially a straight build, with the exception of the engine.   Cockpits are done (a little extra detail has been added), the wings assembled and fitted (wheel well boxing in under way), and the tailplanes fitted.
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2011, 02:49:31 pm »
Some pics of the build showing some quick and basic cockpit detailing (most of which will be lost when the caonopies are fitted), the ample use of filler, and how much the Sabre engine changed the front end.  I didn't think it would do so that much - but au contraire, I think it does. Anyway, make your own minds up on that once the build is finished.
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2011, 03:30:36 pm »
It doesn't seem to change it that much to me....but then again, it's a little early to tell. A very cool idea for a very cool aeroplane !

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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2011, 08:57:19 am »
Good stuff  :thumbsup:
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2011, 09:20:29 am »
Best to use the one from the Matchbox Tempest as it's got the tropical radiator.

But you've got them all.............  ;D ;D

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The P.1027 in the background looks as though it's progressing nicely.  I do hope it's getting a Wyvern prop?

Almost tempted to re-engine one of these with a Centaurus.  I know I've a Novo one kicking about somewhere.
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2011, 11:57:43 am »
Best to use the one from the Matchbox Tempest as it's got the tropical radiator.

Not just as a tropical radiator Lee  The Tempest Mk.V had a 2000+ hp engine and the same radiator layout as the Typhoon, that is that it had the carb' air intake through the middle of it and a section of the radiator was an oil cooler.  The Tempest Mk.VI (the Matchbox kit) had a Sabre Mk.V engine which was 2300+ hp which required a bigger radiator, so Hawker moved the air intake and oil cooler to the wing's leading edge and the radiator under the nose was all for engine coolant.  I'm going with this bit of history for my second DH.101 model because of the increase in power that Sabre engine had over the intended engine the DH.101 was to get.
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2011, 08:03:04 am »
There is an interesting photo of the prototype Firefly Mk.VII in the newest Aeromilitaria magazine I get, it was a converted Mk.I but has a four blade prop powerd by a Griffon but with an annular radiator, like this below
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2011, 02:32:29 pm »
The Firefly I and II was an attractive aircraft from the off - but the IV, 5 and 6 were very pretty ( probably the best looking Fairey series production type) courtesy of the wing radiators.  The 7 was pretty -pretty ugly, that is!
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2011, 11:41:09 am »
Painting under way - only after undercoating and painting the prop/spinner did I realise that the Matchbox Tempest Sabre nose must be a little bulkier than the Heller Tempest's as I'm using the latter's prop and spinner.  Plasticard disc had to be made up and shaped to make up the difference (pics to follow below).  Oh, and I've started the backstory - yes I can tell you can barely contain yourselves!
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2011, 12:26:42 pm »
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Re: Firefly F.III
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2011, 01:49:14 pm »
Very nice and well executed ---  :bow: :bow:

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