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Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144 (finished page 2)
« on: October 26, 2019, 05:52:50 pm »
For a long time (seeing great Vultee P-54 twin-boom models
TomZ's https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=46060.msg831017#msg831017
Narses2's https://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,43620.msg764601.html#msg764601
), I was dreaming of building a XP-54 of my own, but transformed, not just with in service colours , and as it was too big for my shelves, I wanted to make a 1/144 version. Alas it was not existing as a kit, only in the Anigrand XB-31 kit, together with Curtiss XP-55 and Northrop XP-56, the other pushers of this program (not twin-boom but canard and tailless). And, after the insurance company gave me money, I had the opportunity to buy this XB-31+ kit. Anyway, I will make a separate topic for the B-31A/B someday, here now I plan to mix together the XP-54 + 55 + 56 into XP-5456.


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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2019, 07:18:27 pm »
That's a BIG job you've set yourself there Tophe. Best of luck with it.
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2019, 11:15:43 pm »
Thanks!
Here is the project of mine:

Rather simple, I guess (I mean: in my way, without undercarriage and these sorts of things) ;)
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2019, 11:45:14 pm »
Ahem... the canard front tail (drawing above) made like a third boom while I prefer the twin-boom layout, so this may be modified in the mass-produced version (ordered in 50,000 copies by the Peace Air Fun of the Dream planet):  ;)
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2019, 04:18:14 am »
Here are the parts for realist modellers (not me):
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2019, 04:21:31 am »
And here are the parts I plan to use:
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2019, 04:24:41 am »
To show how small this is at 1/144 scale (not like the xB-31, far bigger in the same kit), here is a picture with fingers:
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2019, 05:04:36 am »
What clean hands and neatly trimmed fingernails you have Tophe.
They put mine to shame.

Good luck with this build.  I am looking forward to seeing it.  I think you might need to use some stiff wire to pin the parts together to add rigidity.
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2019, 07:58:17 am »
What clean hands and neatly trimmed fingernails you have Tophe.
They put mine to shame.
The explanation is that I am disabled without work anymore (and without garden).
If you are a manual hard-worker, Don't feel ashamed: you deserve more congratulations than me. <_<
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2019, 10:57:35 am »
As the propellers' blades are separate parts, not fixed on the spinners, I may use them elsewhere, and I think I will have a 6-engined push-pull airplane  <_< , more what-if than the first project of mine :-\ :unsure:  (that was too much serious, I agree  :angry: ):
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2019, 02:10:03 am »
There is a "serious" (technical or aesthetic not military) need for the final plane to be twin-boom, not having 4 booms, so:
(turning lateral fuselages into pods)
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2019, 08:21:38 am »
Well advanced now:

Later, I have to cut the XP-54 wings tips, glue on there the external XP-55/56, paint and glue the propeller blades (I think I will let the model in this color, rather good for me).
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2019, 08:23:18 am »
The p 5456b looks like a  high altitude  long endurance  bird Tophe.  Perhaps a pollution  monitor  aircraft  and the engines  run on ethanol
I like it  :thumbsup:
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2019, 06:52:10 am »
I've never thought of using a pair of pincers to remove the flash from Anigrand kits, and there's always a fair bit of flash, but it might be worth a thought especially in 1/72 let alone 1/144. :thumbsup:
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Re: Vultissop XP-5456 at 1/144
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2019, 10:03:24 pm »
Thanks!
The model is not finished yet but it is already what-if: the Ascender part of it is now push-pull (and without air intake).
I use only 2 blade propellers, this way there is no need of undercarriage for ground clearance, ahem... :-\ ;D
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