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Offline TomZ

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Republic Rainbow Airliner
« on: November 16, 2019, 09:30:56 am »
Republic Rainbow Airliner



Developed in 1943 the Republic XF-12 Rainbow was meant as a fast long range reconnaissance aircraft. It was the fastest large aircraft of its time. Because of the end of the war it did not enter into production however.
Republic had always intended to also build an airline version of the aircraft to be known as the RC-2. Fuel capacity would have been increased, and more powerful (at lower altitude) P&W R-4360-59s were substituted in place of the P&W R-4360-31s on the U.S. Air Force version.



The aircraft was lavishly appointed for the 46 passengers and seven crew. It was fully pressurized to sea level, air conditioned, with an electric galley providing hot meals and with an inflight lounge. It had the ability to cruise above the weather at 435 mph at 40,000 feet.



The launch customer for the RC-2 Rainbow was American Overseas Airways who operated the rainbow on their route from New York to London from 1945 onwards. The aircraft could fly this route non-stop at a cruise speed of 400mph making the crossing a lot faster than the Douglas DC-6 which had to make a stop en route and had a much lower cruise speed.
The Rainbow served with a large number of airways and was only replaced by the jet engined DC-8 and Boeing 707 in the early 1960s.



Kit: Anigrand 1/72 resin

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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2019, 10:06:09 am »
 :thumbsup:
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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2019, 10:53:32 am »
Truly wondrous Tom.  :thumbsup:

The Rainbow has always been one of my fave aircraft, and in an airliner version it looks even better than the USAF PR version. Superbly done.
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2019, 12:52:47 pm »
Wow!!! Pretty cool, what a good idea!!
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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2019, 03:11:05 pm »
Gorgeous

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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2019, 03:13:55 pm »
Fred

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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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2019, 06:21:02 pm »
A true BEAUTY. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :wub:
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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2019, 09:11:23 pm »
Wow!!! Pretty cool, what a good idea!!
I have the same feeling:  :wub: :thumbsup: :bow:
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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2019, 09:51:44 pm »
Yeah buddy, it's as if someone wanted to make something to compete with the Connie to take the beauty contest.  :mellow:


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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2019, 10:42:00 pm »
Great work  :thumbsup:

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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2019, 12:17:31 am »
Superb Build,Tom :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Really looks Cool as an Airliner, if You Have Another,Howabout making it into a US Coast Guard Rescue plane? Keep up the Superb Work :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: Dan

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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2019, 02:04:10 am »
Beautiful. I don't think I've seen more than one other example of this kit built online, let alone as an RC-2. Wonderful work!
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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2019, 05:57:53 am »
Absolutely gorgeous.

Well done Tom  :bow:
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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2019, 06:27:29 am »
Yes very smart.  I knew of the XF-12 but not the RC-2 that I read about on Wikipedia.
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Re: Republic Rainbow Airliner
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2019, 08:10:57 am »
Very nice.
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