Author Topic: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft  (Read 14102 times)

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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2016, 05:44:23 AM »
In Glorious 1/72nd scale.  :o

So I could scale-o-rama it up to 1/35?

Unfortunately the skirts don't scale well, the 1/72 LCAC skirts come out too shallow for a 1/35th model,
and you can pretty much forget about the 1/144 LCAC. 
:-\

That said the old Airfix 1/144 SR.N4 can be scale-o-rama-ed to a 1/72 machine, maybe 1/48 at a stretch,
but it doesn't look right with a 1/35th tank hull mounted, I know because I put an S-tank hull on the SR.N4
platform/skirt and it just doesn't look right, a turreted tank would be even more off.
 :-\

In general, people tend to over-load sci-fi hovertanks. They forget that the ratio of hover platform to payload has to be quite large, which is why most hovercraft are, on average, thin and flat, and ones with a non-negotiable heavy centre tend to have a large, flat deck surrounding it.
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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #46 on: May 20, 2016, 06:00:53 AM »
Yep, the inflated skirt depth is around 1/3, or more, of the total depth.

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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #47 on: May 21, 2016, 07:07:51 PM »
Stumbled on this:

On May 20, 1972, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) participated in testing Bell Aerospace Canada's hovercraft Voyageur on the Great Lakes and on the Mackenzie River and Beaufort Sea.



1 minute video here shot in glorious 0.000004K Video

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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #48 on: May 22, 2016, 04:47:47 AM »
I have a plan for a military SR.N4 assault transport.  Anyone know where I can get a 1/144 set of British military vehicles.  Ideally at least 1 Chieftain plus probably some other vehicles.  Some SAMs etc might be good too.
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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #49 on: May 22, 2016, 05:06:21 AM »
This is probably as close as you'll get for most of it, however no Chieftain, just Challenger:
http://pg-models.co.uk

1/152 (2mm:1') scale.

Found listings for a couple of other Brit machines, Centurion and a Landie, but not much, at least PG has an extensive range.
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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #50 on: May 22, 2016, 05:14:40 AM »
Chieftain I'm not sure, but Dragon did a 1/144 Challenger (maybe several versions), Warrior and an AS 90.

Scalemates sez Matzo Matuo Kasten do a 1/144 Chieftain. May not be cheap, though.


EDIT: Damn you, autocorrect!  :icon_twisted:
« Last Edit: May 22, 2016, 09:42:20 AM by ChernayaAkula »
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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #51 on: May 22, 2016, 05:33:54 AM »
Yep, HLJ has the Matuo Kasten Chieftain V for 3,000.

http://hlj.com/product/MTUAFV-015/Mil

Seems they carry  bunch of 1/144 military veheicles, doesn't appear to be much Brit though.
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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #52 on: May 22, 2016, 06:07:39 AM »
Thanks guys.  The Challenger, AS90 and Warrior are probably a bit more modern than what I was thinking - I am thinking of a scenario around early '80s (maybe a Falklands or maybe WWIII one).

The Matzo Kasten Chieftain and their similar scaled Salidin might be options:





I am also looking at some Shapeways options...if only to detail the Hovercraft.

Was tempted to add 1 or 2 Sea Wolf SAM launchers:



or maybe a Phalanx:



Maybe some Land Rovers as well:



Generally, the idea is to have a British equivalent to some of the large Russian/Soviet Hovercraft such as the Aist-class:


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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #53 on: May 22, 2016, 07:01:21 AM »
They probably wouldn't fit Seawolf: it needs loads of electronics volume below decks and has big, heavy fire-control radars.

There's an outfit on ebay called Panzer Depot who do 1/144th armour including a Centurion and a Conqueror: http://stores.ebay.com/Panzer-Depot/1-144-British-AFV-/_i.html?_fsub=1103982014
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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #54 on: May 22, 2016, 07:37:42 AM »
They probably wouldn't fit Seawolf: it needs loads of electronics volume below decks and has big, heavy fire-control radars.


Fair enough.  Maybe something akin to a multi-round Blowpipe SAM then:



Or perhaps a variant of the SLAM system:





Which was already considered for hover craft application:


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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #55 on: May 22, 2016, 09:26:09 AM »
Ah, you beat me to it: I'd just come back to suggest Blowpipe. The SLAM system would have been ideal.

It might also have carried the BMARC twin 30mm Oerlikon cannon mount as seen in some of Jon's other postings as well.
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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
« Reply #56 on: May 22, 2016, 09:55:09 AM »
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Would it be too cheeky to suggest they'd stand a greater chance of hitting the helo with a torpedo than by chucking a Blowpipe at it?  ;D
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Re: Air Cushion Vehicles and Hovercraft
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