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Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« on: December 07, 2020, 10:10:16 pm »
The Royal Navy started looking towards the supersonic age in the 50's, and were after an interceptor that could operate from any of its carriers.  Douglas offered their upcoming Skyray.  A deal was struck where Shorts would assemble the aircraft from kits, but fit British electronics, including the AI.23 Airpass radar and Firestreak missiles.  The Skyray entered service in 1960, and served until 1970



Skyray F.1, 899 Sqn HMS Hermes, c.1964

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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2020, 10:41:52 pm »
Oh man...I've been eyeing the Skyray in my stash with an almost identical idea.  Having seen yours I both want to jump into it with both feet, and also put it in the back burner because it won't end up near as good as yours.  Absolutely stunning job.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2020, 11:18:02 pm »
this is a Superb Build :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Tell me the Skyray Doesn't Look Natural in RN Colors! Keep up the Superb Work :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: Dan

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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2020, 11:53:45 pm »
Uh, pretty!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2020, 11:58:35 pm »
What a build!  :wub:

I am so, so far from this. And probably much to lazy too.  ;)
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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2020, 02:03:21 am »
Erm... stunning much?

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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2020, 02:11:19 am »
 :thumbsup:
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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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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2020, 03:14:50 am »
That looks SO right, and with the Firestreaks and Airpass radar it would have made so much sense too.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Maybe Spey engines as well, or was that the F2?  ;D

I LOVE the IFR probe mounted on the drop tank too, so very much 'of the period'.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2020, 03:49:28 am »
That is a fantastic job! Love the Ford! Love what you did with it! :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2020, 04:30:08 am »
That looks SO right, and with the Firestreaks and Airpass radar it would have made so much sense too.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Maybe Spey engines as well, or was that the F2?  ;D

I LOVE the IFR probe mounted on the drop tank too, so very much 'of the period'.  :thumbsup:

I thought about an engine change. I don't know if the Spey was around in 1960?  I had thought about the Avon, but the difference in power was negligible. Like you say, maybe the F.2, with Red Tops?

The IFR probe is actually standard....Strange idea, but it works.

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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2020, 04:43:54 am »

I thought about an engine change. I don't know if the Spey was around in 1960?  I had thought about the Avon, but the difference in power was negligible. Like you say, maybe the F.2, with Red Tops?

The IFR probe is actually standard....Strange idea, but it works.


Good point.

The Spey first ran in 1964 after being specced for the Buccaneer in '61, so it'd be a bit marginal for your F1.

But for a Red Top armed F2 it'd be right on the button.

The various F-84s used in IFR trials used a similar 'probe on tank' arrangement too, but I can't recall any Brit aircraft that did.
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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2020, 07:24:39 am »

I thought about an engine change. I don't know if the Spey was around in 1960?  I had thought about the Avon, but the difference in power was negligible. Like you say, maybe the F.2, with Red Tops?

The IFR probe is actually standard....Strange idea, but it works.


Good point.

The Spey first ran in 1964 after being specced for the Buccaneer in '61, so it'd be a bit marginal for your F1.

But for a Red Top armed F2 it'd be right on the button.

The various F-84s used in IFR trials used a similar 'probe on tank' arrangement too, but I can't recall any Brit aircraft that did.

Going to have to get another one now.... :banghead:

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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2020, 07:28:24 am »
That's fantastic  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Both the Skyray and Skyhawk really suit this classic FAA scheme  :thumbsup:
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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2020, 08:08:42 am »

Going to have to get another one now.... :banghead:


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What was the original kit anyway?
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Re: Douglas/Shorts Skyray F.1
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2020, 08:54:34 am »
Beautiful.  :wub:  :thumbsup:  I've seen one in the Royal Navy scheme before, and it just looks so right. The lines of the Skyray are instantly recognisable, and very pleasing to the eye, and would look good in any scheme. Yours is not only beautiful, but very well done!
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