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Samsung Aircraft - Northrop Aviation (SANA) F-55A Camaro
« on: June 28, 2012, 02:09:54 pm »
As the Second World War wound down, Jack Northrop realized he was not going to be one the key players in the very crowded post-war aviation business in the US. So he cast his eyes to the east for ideas and to the far east for a market.

He got in touch with Colonel Harold E. Watson of Operation LUSTY (LUftwaffe Secret TechnologY) fame and asked him if he could have a wish list, which German or Japanese aircraft (real or paper) would he build today.

He came up with this short list:

Arado AR. 555
Dornier Do 335
Gotha Go 229
Kyūshū J7W1 Shinden
Messerschmidt Me 262
Messerschmidt P 1099
Messerschmidt P 1101

(This list is no way represents what I have in my stash  ;) )

Jack took this list, went to Washington and asked if he could negotiate for the rights to build these aircraft for off shore sales with the provision that some jobs will remain in the US, he would not compete with US firms and no US intellectual property would be used in the aircraft. Jack got his wish and so off he went to looking for a partner. Jack created a business spin-off called Northrop Aviation.

After a few months of presentations and false starts, Jack a came to terms with an unknown Korean firm called Samsung.

So both parties agreed to form Samsung Aircraft - Northrop Aviation or SANA.  First it was suggested the the new company be called NASA but that sounded too wimpy and spacey.

So here we have the 3rd aircraft build by SANA, the F-55A Camaro. It is based on the Dornier Do335A-1 airframe. This aircraft flew with the 14th Fighter Squadron (Heavy) out of Suwon. This is the CO's aircraft hence the colour extra trim on the nose, fuselage and wing tips. It is armed with two 60 and eight 80 LB rockets.





For size comparison, here is my itty bitty Spitfire PR XXa.





Note the ex-RLM official tail stand support nut.

So you say to yourself: geez not another NMF aircraft Carl? Give it up, will ya buddy. There is more to modeling than NMF. Sorry, I just like NMF finishes. But I promise to use another colour in the future. Say Gloss Sea Blue with FAA markings.  ;D

Future SANA aircraft builds will include:

B-31A Vendetta
B-33A Viceroy
F-52A Skylark
F-53A Firebird
F-57A Impala
F-62A Polaris
RF-55B Camaro Type R
TF-55A Camaro Type T
T-25A Novice

No, I will not match up the builds with the “Watson” list. You will just have to wait and see what comes out.

Build Notes:

The Do335 was a real pain. The engines and landing gear are mega over-engineered. Good fit, almost no PSR required. Just a complex build.

What I used:
Dragon Do335A-1
Tamiya Spray Bombs - Gloss and flat aluminum/silver
Model Master Insignia Blue and OD
Decals are from the Academy ROKAF F-51D
60/80 LB rockets from the Academy Spitfire XIVe and the Academy F6F-3 Hellcat.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2012, 02:29:30 pm by The Big Gimper »
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1/72 ROKAF F-57A Firebird
1/72 USN F-2A (ex-Spitfire Mk. I PR. Type F)

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Re: Samsung Aircraft - Northrop Aviation (SANA) F-55A Camaro
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2012, 02:48:27 pm »
Nice NMF for using spay cans. I'll have to check into those. I say carry on!
Will you be kit bashing any of these, say airframes with Merlin engines for instance?
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Re: Samsung Aircraft - Northrop Aviation (SANA) F-55A Camaro
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2012, 03:11:09 pm »
Now I like NMF, although I wasn't sure at first about the Do335, but it's growing on me :thumbsup:
But I can't help wondering, if Jack Northrop wouldn't have tried to improve a little on the aerodynamics
Of the design?
It looks fairly easy to me to introduce a more 'Mustang' like outline to the Fin, and add perhaps
The laminar flow wings from the Mustang, And thinking about the engine, like Kerick why not
License built RR Merlin fore and aft?
(I suspect the Mustang wings would have to be 1/48 if the Dragon kit is in 1/72)

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Re: Samsung Aircraft - Northrop Aviation (SANA) F-55A Camaro
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2012, 02:17:08 pm »
Now I like NMF, although I wasn't sure at first about the Do335, but it's growing on me :thumbsup:
But I can't help wondering, if Jack Northrop wouldn't have tried to improve a little on the aerodynamics
Of the design?
It looks fairly easy to me to introduce a more 'Mustang' like outline to the Fin, and add perhaps
The laminar flow wings from the Mustang, And thinking about the engine, like Kerick why not
License built RR Merlin fore and aft?
(I suspect the Mustang wings would have to be 1/48 if the Dragon kit is in 1/72)

Regards
Keith (with a large glass of red inside him :drink:)
That thought about the engines and wings crossed my mind. Like most engineers, he wouldn't have been able to leave the design alone.
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Re: Samsung Aircraft - Northrop Aviation (SANA) F-55A Camaro
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2012, 07:04:01 pm »
Thanks to all for the thoughts and comments.

Alas Jack, rest his soul, needed to generate some immediate revenue so most of the A models were built stock from current designs. However the follow on B and C models are to incorporate advanced features respecting the agreement the US intellectual property was not to be used if possible.
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Re: Samsung Aircraft - Northrop Aviation (SANA) F-55A Camaro
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2012, 03:24:08 am »
Interesting idea - nice model  :thumbsup:
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Re: Samsung Aircraft - Northrop Aviation (SANA) F-55A Camaro
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2012, 10:23:18 am »
 :thumbsup: :bow: NMF is always difficult!
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