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Blackburn Blackbeard
« on: April 16, 2020, 02:20:07 am »
While finishing the development of the Blackburn Buccaneer, the Blackburn works were given the job of converting a few ex-USN Vought Cutlass's as a stop gap carrier aircraft. Renamed the Blackbeard it servered until the Buccaneer came on-line in 1959.










Ok I know the tail markings are not right for the era but they look pretty  :banghead:
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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2020, 03:05:32 am »
But the combo looks very good, great choice for an RN aircraft.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2020, 05:16:05 am »
Lovely job, and for once an FAA aircraft that doesn't need an extending nose gear leg!  :thumbsup:

Which kit is that, the Fujimi one maybe?
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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2020, 05:24:05 am »
Nice, though Air to air weaponry on an aircraft to be a stop gap for an anti-shipping aircraft?

Looks great though  :thumbsup:

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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2020, 05:51:20 am »
Perhaps they're early Shrikes and it's armed for an anti-radiation strike before the Martel armed Blackbeards arrive?  ;)
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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2020, 06:31:00 am »
I've always liked the Cutlass and she does suit that scheme  :thumbsup:
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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2020, 06:35:04 am »
Lovely job, and for once an FAA aircraft that doesn't need an extending nose gear leg!  :thumbsup:

Which kit is that, the Fujimi one maybe?

Thank you

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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2020, 06:36:36 am »
Nice, though Air to air weaponry on an aircraft to be a stop gap for an anti-shipping aircraft?

Looks great though  :thumbsup:

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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2020, 06:37:05 am »
Lovely job, and for once an FAA aircraft that doesn't need an extending nose gear leg!  :thumbsup:

Which kit is that, the Fujimi one maybe?

Thank you

Yes it's the Fujimi which is a lot easier than the Rareplanes vac kit I did (along time ago when I had hair and Corona fizzy drinks got delivered to your door)


Ah yes, fond memories. <sigh>

I've got one of those Fujimi Cutlasses, I must remember to open the box one day....
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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2020, 07:00:20 am »
The early model Sparrows (judging by the sharp noses the missiles are Sparrow I/AIM-7A) with their beam-riding guidance instead of semi-active radar homing were notoriously inaccurate at range, so maybe these have been converted to antiradiation missiles? This plane's mission is to knock out the enemy fleet's radars so that the rest of the strike package can follow.

The Sparrow body was actually later used for the AGM-45 Shrike antiradiation missile, so the idea is not even that far-fetched.

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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2020, 08:17:51 am »

The early model Sparrows (judging by the sharp noses the missiles are Sparrow I/AIM-7A) with their beam-riding guidance instead of semi-active radar homing were notoriously inaccurate at range, so maybe these have been converted to antiradiation missiles? This plane's mission is to knock out the enemy fleet's radars so that the rest of the strike package can follow.

The Sparrow body was actually later used for the AGM-45 Shrike antiradiation missile, so the idea is not even that far-fetched.


I suggested that in post #4......
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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2020, 10:16:00 am »
Nice job. Checking the dimensions of the engines, I think RR Avons would have been a relatively easy swap, and might have greatly improved the performance of the Gutless Cutlass.
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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2020, 02:09:15 pm »
That looks good - and Avons might have made it work! :thumbsup:

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Re: Blackburn Blackbeard
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2020, 02:46:29 pm »
J46 engine, up to 6000lbs thrust:    RR Avon of the same vintage 9500 lbs thrust......and if one uses the RB.146 Mk.301:The ultimate military Avon for the English Electric Lightning   17,110 lb
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