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RAE XP-79B "Flying Ram", RAE Farnborough (FINISHED Pics pg. 3)

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TheChronicOne:
We're all aware, or mainly aware, of Northrops many adventures with the -Flying Wing- and the large, more well known models. Well, here's the small, lesser known jet fighter one. I'm not entirely convinced it was ever ACTUALLY intended to be used to fly through other aircraft although that seems to be the consensus. Either way, the proposal is utterly preposterous. Still, it makes for some fancy lore!

"The Northrop XP-79, USAAF project number MX-365, was an ambitious design for a flying wing fighter aircraft, designed by Northrop. It had several notable design features; among these, the pilot would operate the aircraft from a lying position, permitting the pilot to withstand much greater g-forces in the upward and downward direction with respect to the plane and welded magnesium monocoque structure instead of riveted aluminum."  Wiki + more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_XP-79   



Fancy Book Learnin'  (nice article about it): https://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=549

Some notable aspects of this thing:

*Pilot flies prone.
*Canopy is also the nose
*Quad landing gear in a typically automotive fasion, i.e. "four corners"
*No rudders, but has fins
*Control surfaces partialy operate with ram-air from wing-tip inlets
*No rivets
*Made out of Magnesium
*Ridiculous

This is the RS kit. I've went and did some intell gathering and it seems I'll have problems with the intakes and a couple other minor things but should go together reasonable well. It's an extremely simple looking kit:



See why I picked it?   ;D ;D   Should be simple even having to fix things. RS Models even helps out as the "what if" scheme is all there in the box with a painting guide and everything so all the work of that type is done for me which saves a decent chunk of time. Good job, RS Models!  :thumbsup:

It will have yellow on the bottom and green-grey camo on top with the UK roundels. 


Should be interesting... I've never built anything quite like it. Closest to a flying wing would perhaps be the Vampire I made but it has booms and a tail....  (OH HEY I just came up with a neat idea to make a Vampire flying wing!!  take the booms away and stick the fins and stuff up on the fuselage, etc etc etc...  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow: )   I DIGRESS. Long story short, it should be pretty interesting.  :mellow:

zenrat:

--- Quote from: TheChronicOne on June 07, 2018, 12:27:47 pm ---...Some notable aspects of this thing:

*Pilot flies prone.
*Canopy is also the nose
*Quad landing gear in a typically automotive fasion, i.e. "four corners"
*No rudders, but has fins
*Control surfaces partialy operate with ram-air from wing-tip inlets
*No rivets
*Made out of Magnesium
*Ridiculous
...:mellow:

--- End quote ---

IMO the last point is the most important.
 ;D

NARSES2:
Ah, another magnesium aircraft to keep the manufacturers of fire extinguishers in business  :rolleyes: Just make sure it's parked in a bay a long way away from anything else flammable.

The biggest problem you might have with this is getting a good coverage with the yellow funnily enough.

TheChronicOne:
I'm going to try some intermediate coats of differing colors under that yellow. I've heard pink works pretty well so after primer I might throw on a couple coats of white-ish color then some pink then try the yellow on top of that to see what happens. I'm thinking of "black-basing" it, as well, so if anything doesn't cover quite as well, it just looks like weathering instead of primer-grey shining through. It's an experimental airplane anyway so why not have a little fun with the painting!  :wacko:

You know, it's a shame, and I can see why they cancelled the program, but it would have been nice if the craft (and test pilot) weren't destroyed and we could have seen more of what could have become of it.  Magnesium... and.... at first they were wanting to use rocket motors or whatever with some highly corrosive, volatile fuel if memory serves. Seems like a disaster waiting to happen even after they went with the turbo-fans.  :unsure:  Fascinating stuff.

JayBee:
Let's just go back five years :

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