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Re: 1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II", Rhodesian Air Force, 1972
« Reply #45 on: July 21, 2019, 06:25:10 am »
Even LESS like a Mustang now!  :o
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: 1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II", Rhodesian Air Force, 1972
« Reply #46 on: July 22, 2019, 02:01:06 am »
A serious mutation. Almost done, only position lights to be added.  ;D

I actually like the simple green/brown livery and already think about another Rhodesian build, a Gnat single seater with a photo recce nose...

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Re: 1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II", Rhodesian Air Force, 1972
« Reply #47 on: July 23, 2019, 01:39:41 pm »
Looks good! I had always had in mind to do a Dart powered Enforce style Mustang in Rhodesian colours. I figured they had the engines from the Viscounts. Theyd just need the airframes.

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Re: 1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II", Rhodesian Air Force, 1972
« Reply #48 on: July 24, 2019, 03:49:07 am »
More from the bench, progress is still slow, but I am about to apply decals and do some detail work, e.g. painting the props and the ordnance:
Marvelous!
I mainly wait for the canopy to show the final look. Probably fabulous! :thumbsup:
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Re: 1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II", Rhodesian Air Force, 1972
« Reply #49 on: July 24, 2019, 11:40:25 pm »
There has been a profile shot on p. 2:


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Re: 1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II", Rhodesian Air Force, 1972
« Reply #50 on: July 25, 2019, 02:12:38 am »
Sorry I missed this post (the Notify tool failed, once at least).
With the other picture including spinners, I think I have enough to draw a profile, thanks.
(Anyway I hope you will survive the hot weather and finish this model... ;D )
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Re: 1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II", Rhodesian Air Force, 1972
« Reply #51 on: July 30, 2019, 12:04:31 am »
Still no progress here concerning the final beauty pics, but the local temparatures are now low enough again to consider a shooting soon.

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Re: 1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II", Rhodesian Air Force, 1972
« Reply #52 on: July 30, 2019, 11:53:07 pm »
Finally, the photo session could take place, but there's still some editing work to do on the pictures. However, the finish line for this one is coming into reach!

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Behold the Mustang that is none anymore (and we need the Finished Builds sub-board to be opened now, please  ;D):


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr



Some background:
Reims Aviation Industries was a French aircraft manufacturer located in the city of Reims. Max Holste, the company founder, built his first aircraft in 1931, a light two-seater aircraft called the SHB1. In 1946 he started his own aircraft company in downtown Reims. In the 1950s two new models were designed, in 1950 the Broussard MH.1521 and in 1959 the Super Broussard MH.260, both military utility monoplanes. Additionally, Max Holste (later renamed into Reims Aviation) developed in 1956 the Bastang MH.351, and its evolution, the MH.352.

In 1954, when France had just emerged from the Indochina war, the country was again involved in a conflict: that of the Algerian war. The General Staff was aware of the need to have a specialized aircraft in the fight against guerrilla warfare, known as the "Overseas support aircraft". The resulting requirements brochure called for a two-engine aircraft with a crew of two or three, which, in addition to the anti-guerrilla warfare, had to be capable of ground attack, air support, reconnaissance and observation.


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


The project was submitted to industrialists in August 1955 with the following demands: a cruising speed greater than 400 km/h, loitering time of 5 hours on an observation mission, conveying distance of 2000 km and a 300 m takeoff distance on rough terrain. The aircraft had to weigh less than 5 tons, approximately 4800 kg. The armament had to be composed of at least 2 guns against lightly armored ground targets, plus bombs and rockets. Finally, a secondary capacity of transport and liaison was added.

No less than seven aircraft manufacturers submitted their projects in early 1956, which included Fouga (CM-220), Latcore (Lat 820/821), Nord-Aviation (North 3300), Potez (TOE or 75), SIPA (S-1100), South-East (SE- 116) and Max Holste with the MH.351.

Unlike the other projects, which were designed from scratch, Reims Aviation decided to use an existing and proven airframe as basis for a conversion - the North American P-51D from WWII, which was at that time available at low costs and in considerable numbers, and the type had already been in use with the Arme de l'Air in recent years.


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


The initial MH.351 was a simple but thorough conversion of the warbird: the original Merlin engine and its ventral radiator bath were omitted and the cowling replaced with a new, solid nose section that contained two 30mm DEFA cannon and four 7.62 mm FN Browning machine guns. The new engines, a pair of light Bastan turboprops, were mounted in small nacelles on the wings' leading edges, more or less in the position of the P-51s former machine gun bays. The original tailsitter landing gear was retained, including the Mustangs inward-retracting landing gear. Inside of the cockpit, a second seat replaced the original radio equipment bay, so that an observer or a passenger could be carried. Four underwing hardpoints outside of the propeller arc could carry light ordnance like bombs of up to 227 kg (500 lb) caliber, unguided rockets/rocket pods or wire-guided AS.12 anti- tank missiles. No defensive armament was mounted.

Two prototypes were built and presented in March 1957, but the MF.351 was, like all other contenders, rejected and remained at the draft stage. Eventually, this whole contest did not lead to any serial construction, and in March 1960 the French Air Force preferred to buy off-the-shelf A-1 Skyraider and T-28 Trojan from the USA.

However, this was not the end of Reims' ambitions, since the idea of converting a P-51 into a cheap but effective COIN/reconnaissance aircraft was appealing to many small air forces around the world In 1958, when the failure of the French design contest was already to be expected, Reims started an evolutionary development of the MH.351 Bastang as a private venture, leading to the MH.352 Bastang II.


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


While the MH.352 was still a modified P-51D airframe, it had a totally different look and was effectively a total reconstruction of the WWII aircraft. The nose section had been lengthened, so that it could now, beyond the gun armament, hold a well for a front wheel, effectively changing the MH.351s tail sitter layout into a tricycle aircraft. In order to shift the center of gravity backwards and ensure a proper stance, the wings were moved back 75cm (3 5 ) and the cockpit was moved forward by 50 cm (1 7 ) and lengthened, giving the crew of up to three more space and the pilot a better field of view forward.
The wing span was slightly extended and new, more aerodynamic tip tanks introduced. In order to improve stability, especially at low speed, the fin the stabilizers were enlarged.

The main landing gear was also modified: the main struts, equipped with low pressure tires for operations from semi-prepared airstrips, were re-located into the engine nacelles. They were attached to the wings rear spar and now retracted forwards into fairings behind the Bastan engines, rotating 90 to lie flat next to the Bastans exhausts. The space inside of the inner wings was used for additional tanks, and fixed wing tip tanks were added, too. The gun armament was not changed, but three heavy duty hardpoints were added under the inner wings and the fuselage (all plumbed for drop tanks), which allowed the carriage of bombs of up to 1.000 lb caliber each. The Bastang Is overall ordnance capacity of maximum 3,300 lb was not improved, though.


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


Around the same time, a cooperative agreement was signed with Cessna to produce light aircraft for the European market. The Max Holste company was officially reborn as Reims Aviation in 1962, mainly producing the FR172 Reims Rocket, a more powerful version of the Cessna 172, and the Cessna 337 Skymaster, which was developed into the armed Reims Milirle.

The MH.352 was met with mixed interest while there was serious sales potential in Africa, Asia and South/Middle America, the costs for a converted, now twenty years old WWII aircraft scared off many potential buyers. Another factor was that the USA pushed their own products into the 3rd world markets with Cold War military support program and attractive products like the A-1 or the A-37. As a consequence, in the course of the MH.352s production from 19611972 only 32 aircraft were built.

Major operators included Guatemala (8), (Southern) Rhodesia (6), Myanmar (4), El Salvador (3) and Honduras (3). Some machines were involved in hot conflicts in which they demonstrated their tactical worth, despite the aircraft basis age, especially the Rhodesian aircraft were heavily involved in several campaigns during the early Seventies. The last MH.352, in the service of the Gabon Air Force, was retired in 1982.


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr




General characteristics:
    Crew: 2-3
    Length: 33 ft (10,08 m)
    Wingspan (incl. tip tanks): 40 ft 11 in (12,50 m)
    Height: 15 ft 11 in (4.86 m)
    Wing area: 260 sq ft (24.2 m)
    Airfoil: NAA/NACA 45-100 / NAA/NACA 45-100
    Empty weight: 8,535 lb (3,875 kg)
    Gross weight: 9,962 lb (4,523 kg)
    Max takeoff weight: 13,788 lb (6,260 kg)
    Fuel capacity (incl. wing tip tanks): 470 US gal (391 imp gal; 1,780 l)

Powerplant:
    2 Turbomeca Bastan turboprops, 570 kW (760 hp) each, driving 4-bladed constant-speed,
      variable-pitch propellers, 9 ft (2.75 m) diameter

Performance:
    Maximum speed: 500 km/h (311 mph; 270 kn) at 3,000 m (9,800 ft)
    Cruise speed: 430 km/h (267 mph; 232 kn) at 6,000 ft (1,800 m)
    Stall speed: 143 km/h (89 mph; 77 kn, with flaps and undercarriage down)
    Recommended Mach limit 0.8
    Range: 1,650 mi (1,434 nmi; 2,655 km)
    Combat radius: 350 km (217 mi; 189 nmi) with 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) weapons, High-low-high profile)
    Ferry range: 3,710 km (2,305 mi; 2,003 nmi, max internal and external fuel)
    Service ceiling: 10,000 m (33,000 ft)
    Rate of climb: 18 m/s (3,500 ft/min)
    Wing loading: 39 lb/sq ft (190 kg/m2)
    Power/mass: 0.18 hp/lb (300 W/kg)
    Lift-to-drag ratio: 14.6

Armament:
    4 7.62 mm (0.3) FN Browning machine guns with 380 RPG
    2 30mm (1.18) DEFA cannon with 150 RPG
    7 hardpoints for a total of 3,300 lb (1.500 kg) ordnance, including bombs, unguided missiles,
      gun pods and drop tanks




1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


1:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


:72 Reims Aviation MH.352 "Bastang II"; aircraft R2118/M of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force No. 4 Squadron; Thornhill AB, during Operation Sable, late 1972 (Whif/Italeri P-51D conversion)
by dizzyfugu, on Flickr


A very tough project, more ambitious and riddled with realization problems than the first look might reveal. It is also amazing that, even though roughly 80% of the original P-51D kit were used and donor parts are few, the whole thing looks so different from its WWII ancestor like a crossbreed between a Shorts Tucano and a Grumman F7F? The dull Rhodesian paint scheme adds IMHO credibility to the exotic and somewhat purposeful-looking aircraft, only the stalky landing gear looks a little out of place my fault, though, I should have placed the engines higher, above the wings, but it was already too late before I realized this mistake.

Nevertheless, considering the effort and the risks that went into the build, I am happy with the outcome: A Mustang with more engines than usual, and a further evolutionary step from the original mono-fuselage P-82 idea from 2016. I am also amazed how well the simple paint scheme works over the real landscapes of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe!
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A more un-Mustang-like Mustang would be difficult to imagine.

Super job Thomas, and the colour scheme works a treat.  :thumbsup:
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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I reckon a 48 scale one seater would be a great build

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A real transformation indeed !

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She's certainly a leggy girl.

Good job.
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Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

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That's nice, in particular I really like the side opening canopy and that colour scheme  :thumbsup:
Decals my @r$e!