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F-35 Ideas and Inspiration
« on: January 05, 2012, 07:22:19 PM »
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A thread dedicated to your Lockheed Martin F-35 ideas and inspiration.

To start, something silly:  Since it seems the only kit of the aircraft in 1/48 are various iterations of the PANDA MODELS kit.




How about an F-35 in a "panda" scheme.




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Re: F-35 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 07:22:57 PM »
Speaking of F-35 Whiffs, here's one straight out of the box:

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Re: F-35 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 07:52:30 PM »
Here's the Lockheed Martin YF-45A Starbolt, a small fighter derived from the F-35...




And here is the QF-35D, an unmanned variant of the basic F-35.



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Re: F-35 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 10:45:18 AM »
F-22 style fins:





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Re: F-35 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2012, 11:49:38 AM »
I like that kind of subtle change - would have people scratching their heads knowing something was wrong, but not quite sure just what...
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Re: F-35 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 01:12:42 PM »
The QF-35 isn't that far off.   Replace the cockpit with another equipment bay and that pain of a canopy with an access panel and you've got it.  The "pilot's associate" that's part of the baseline design takes it lot closer to a UCAV than most designs are.

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Re: F-35 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2012, 08:41:44 AM »
A F-35A derivative that could be done in RL if there was demand would have either dual mode flying boom or probe and drogue in-flight refueling capability or just probe and drogue for those nations without flying boom tankers.

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Re: F-35 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2012, 12:22:24 AM »
I was considering a "Panda" scheme for something in my stash.... A permanant winter scheme basically, When i get around to it... Possibly sometime in the next ten years i still might :D

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What gets ordered when (if) F-35 cancelled
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2012, 09:38:03 AM »
With the US budget deficite the way it is and the size of cuts being planned, the F-35 is now in very real danger of being culled.

So, who will order what to furfill the outstanding requirements????

For the first suggestion, how about the HAL Tejas for the Fleet Air Arm!?!?!

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Re: What gets ordered when (if) F-35 cancelled
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2012, 10:40:33 AM »
(very carefully making comment on the F-35... :icon_ninja:) A year or so ago, Joe (TSR) asked me to do a run of 'alternate F-35' profile options.  These included JAS-39s and F/A-18Es.

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Re: What gets ordered when (if) F-35 cancelled
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2012, 12:45:59 PM »
(very carefully making comment on the F-35... :icon_ninja:) A year or so ago, Joe (TSR) asked me to do a run of 'alternate F-35' profile options.  These included JAS-39s and F/A-18Es.

Would USAF "Super Bugs" have been on that list?  'Twould seem an obvious approach.  I could also see further F-15 and F-16 developments incorporating appropriate low observables technology (for the F-15, perhaps a step beyond the Silent Eagle) and whatever systems and technology they could from the F-35 (for example, a new block of the F-16 with the F-35's engine and the JIST inlet adapted for production and the requisite airflow).

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Re: What gets ordered when (if) F-35 cancelled
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2012, 03:52:07 PM »
With the US budget deficite the way it is and the size of cuts being planned, the F-35 is now in very real danger of being culled.

*Real World Mode On* Sorry to disappoint some, but there is absolutely NO chance of the F-35 being culled!  Anyone who seriously thinks this will happen doesn't have a clue what they are talking about.*Real World Mode Off*

Now in the fantasy whiff-verse:

Options to play with, in various iterations:

F/A-18E/F and developments thereof ( see what was offered to India recently)
F-15E and warmed over developments such as the Silent Eagle
Raffle
Typhoon
Su30/35
Su-?? (T-50)
F-16 developments
JAS-39E/F and developments
UCAVs
...

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Re: What gets ordered when (if) F-35 cancelled
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2012, 04:34:08 PM »
F-18E and F-18F in USAF markings instead of more lawn darts. 
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Re: What gets ordered when (if) F-35 cancelled
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2012, 09:06:17 PM »
Evan, I did do a couple of Es and one F Super Bugs in USAF markings but they were for another request.

Greg, one could suggest there have been many times throughout history where 'definite' things haven't happened regardless of all intentions.  Time will tell obviously and I suspect at least the CTOL variants will enter service, but to say definitely is brave.

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Re: What gets ordered when (if) F-35 cancelled
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2012, 09:28:19 PM »
Odds are in the F-35s favor, since jets are sexy, but you never know. The only thing harder to kill than a jet program is probably a ship program.

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