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Aero-space / Re: AV-22 and E-22 Tilt Rotors
« Last post by kitnut617 on Yesterday at 07:36:29 AM »
OK, the idea is not to go the 'arming the V-22' route, which is why I'm shortening the prop-rotors but adding more of them. The idea is to make the equivalent of a Cobra compared to a Huey. For what it's worth, I don't like the AC-130 type of gunship, the Cobra seemed to me to be what a gunship should be so that's what I'm attempting here.

The Gepod is quite a large bit of kit, but here's a comparison of a 1/72 Gepod alongside my sponson. You can see the A-10 GAU-8 barrels and fairing that I removed from the A-10 kit, glued to the front of the sponson (top pic). I've positioned the barrel ends about where it shows in the drawing shown in Greg's posting. The next pic shows the sponsons to the AV-22, which is a big aircraft. As big as an A-10 really ---

The prop-rotor blades are shortened enough that they clear the sponson, although until I get the weapons bay doors done, I think only the inner ones will be able to fire the RP's in a head-on attack.

If you go back to Post #11, you can see how the sponson will be orientated. The bottom half of it has the weapons bay and wheel bay, the top half was to be fuel tanks but I've since changed that. The photo I posted of the barrels/breach and the ammo drum shows some interesting details, it looks like the gun is just bolted down by the brackets it shows. So as the sponson has a mid-point shelf (so to speak) the gun would be bolted down to that.

Sorry, I don't mean to ruffle anyone's feathers, and I know everyone is trying to offer helpful advice, but the plan is to make a modern day Cobra.
Scifi and Fantasy / Re: Convair NEV
« Last post by Frank3k on Yesterday at 07:24:43 AM »
Thanks for the comments, guys! This wasn't a difficult build and it was fun. If the kit were cheaper, I'd buy more for parts.

A quick calculation online shows that it would take around 60-90 days to get to Mars in a Hohmann transfer orbit, maybe twice that long to get to Ceres. You have to be a dedicated astronaut to be willing to spend all that time in a fairly small crew module just to visit some smelly Belters!
My latest victim is a vintage 1/48 Hawk Laird Solution racer a friend sent me recently (thanks a million, hamsterman!). Since this was a bagged kit, there's no box art, but you've got to admit that bag is something.

Research shows this kit first sold in 1962, practically the dawn of styrene models. This one was molded in gold plastic so one can easily replicate the black and gold racing scheme. Of course, mine was going to be a little bit different.

After a quick dive into my spares, I discovered a 1/72 P-40 canopy and P-36 prop were a pretty good fit.

Welcome to a 1/48 - 1/72 scale-o-rama!

It was a natural to make this one with retractable gear like an F3F using wheel halves but I've always been fascinated by biplanes with cantilever wings that don't need interplane struts, so I decided to save the kit struts for another day.

Of course, something would have to be done about the lack of armament. Ends snipped off landing gear struts came to the rescue.

I also added exhaust stubs cut from this great plastic tubing Mr Fontaine sent me a while back (thanks again, Jeff!).

After this, it was time for painting. The old hairy stick was trotted out and the model given an overall base coat of acrylic Model Masters Gray Primer. Italian Gray and Medium Gray were used for the camouflage.

The canopy was tinted on the inside with Insignia Blue. Black was used on the tires, engine and cowl with the gun barrels and cylinders picked out in cheap craft-store metallic. The tail hook was given a coat of Aluminum and the exhaust stubs some Jet Exhaust. The rudder stripes were painted with Insignia Blue, White Primer and Insignia Red. Decals were all left-overs.

Total build time was about a week but this was stretched out to a couple of weeks since things kept getting in the way. Before I forget, here's the "money shot" (U.S. penny for scale).

I hope you enjoyed the Curtiss YF9C-2XL Super Sparrowhawk and reading a little more forgotten aircraft history even if you're not really hooked just yet.

Brian da Basher
Awesome work Brian.  Love the Sparrowhawk
Other / Mermaid.
« Last post by Camthalion on Yesterday at 05:50:52 AM »
Finished this one off yesterday instead of working on my centurion like I was supposed to


While never built in great numbers, the Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk holds a place in aviation history as the famous U.S. airship-based fighter.

Built in even fewer numbers and utterly forgotten today is an aircraft it inspired, the YF9C-2XL Super Sparrowhawk.

Envisaged as a more streamlined, modern follow-on to the F9C, the YF9C-2XL Super Sparrowhawk was the first U.S. Navy aircraft to feature a fully retractable sky hook and tail wheel.

Flight testing proceeded apace and the Sparrowhawk prototype successfully hooked on to the Navy airship U.S.S. Bacon and was again launched from it a moment later.

The U.S.S. Bacon and its YF9C-2XL were slated to take part in Fleet Problem LXXVIII in the Bering Sea in the spring of 1935. Accordingly, the Super Sparrowhawk was given temporary war games camouflage.

The YF9C-2XL was launched for a scounting mission and later spotted the "enemy" fleet but was forced to return to the U.S.S. Bacon to make a report in person due to radio problems.

Unfortunately, while hook-on tests had been flawless off the coast of sunny San Diego, no one had reckoned on the effects of a colder climate on the aircraft's complex systems.

The Super Sparrowhawk's skyhook failed to deploy due to ice in the hydraulic actuator and the YF9C-2XL was forced to make an emergency landing on the "enemy" carrier U.S.S. Saratoga. This was the first documented incident of a U.S. Navy scout reporting enemy movements directly to the enemy and it was considered quite an intelligence breakthrough at the time.

Since the new fighter was proposed as a modified F9C-2 but had less than 6% parts commonality with the original Sparrowhawk, Congress refused to fund production and the prototype was the only one ever built. The lone Super Sparrowhawk was soon scrapped after being tested to destruction as an uninstructional airframe.

Despite its brief historic role, a lack of documentary evidence prevents the so-called "experts" from being hooked by the Curtiss YF9C-2XL Super Sparrowhawk but some of us know better.

Brian da Basher
Scifi and Fantasy / Re: Convair NEV
« Last post by Camthalion on Yesterday at 05:35:29 AM »
very nice
Other / Yuri Gagarin
« Last post by Camthalion on Yesterday at 05:22:58 AM »
1/32 Yuri Gagarin.  Second photo shows him next to my 1/35 version

Tah, what did I write?

"Insperation Thread" - see above ;D

I'll take that over a Perspiration Thread any day.

Brian da Basher
Aero-space / Re: Dams301 thread : 1/48 F-5E (finished), page 10
« Last post by elmayerle on Yesterday at 04:41:54 AM »
Beautiful!!  That model ROC's!!
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