Author Topic: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft  (Read 4361 times)

Offline Goonie

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Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« on: August 02, 2016, 12:37:57 AM »
Hi guys, It's been quite a long time since my last visit here, but I'll try to atone for this, at least with these entry ;)

So I've recently dug out some interesting model scraps such as 1:48 F-22 carcass, some sadly looking parts from 1:72 Sr-71, cockpit with canopy from 1:72 A-6E (or more accurate - remnants of my early atempts to glue togeatgher some parts ;) ), wheels and part of landing gear from 1:144 Airbus A-310, few toy rockets and other, less significant model debris:


I'm thinking about putting it togeather in this configuration:


There will be also something like NASA style docking port few centimeters behind cockpit which will be conected via acces tube with cockpit. Im also planning to widen a bit space between pilot chairs - enough to place acces tube exit. Canopy will be non transparent, partialy beacuse it's totaly dirty from glue (those mentioned earlier early attempts...) and it also need to be widen a bit more. Beacuse It's going to operate primary in spcae air intakes going to be converted into additional weapon bays :D As I see it, to operate in orbital conditions this air craft or rather space craft will be using some... different and classified propulsion system  ;) . Finally wing tips going to be wrapped up a bit (enough to look a least a bit like capable of atmosferic entry) and I'm also thinking about spherical nose like in NASA Shuttles...
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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2016, 01:44:46 AM »
This looks very interesting! Standing by for launch! (Or was that lunch?)

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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2016, 01:38:11 AM »
Glad you joined us  ;)

When I saw your composition I saw in mind spaceship from old anime Crusher Joe - Minerva :)



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Offline taiidantomcat

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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2016, 02:33:26 AM »
Certainly fits the Bill!!! Wow!!  :o Great potential here!
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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2016, 11:07:56 AM »
This looks very crazy nice ! Go on ! :-* :)

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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2016, 02:05:36 AM »
It could also be a recon ac for fast response photos in crisis situations. An SR-71 replacement. I really like this concept!

Offline Goonie

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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2016, 07:48:52 PM »
Wow, thanks for such strong feedback :D

@Artoor: that's almost exactly what I'm thinking about - armoured cockpit with little viewfinder in the front part of canopy (thought still resembling the shape of A-6E canopy) and flatten or ball-like nose to disperse air pressure during atmospheric reentry.

@kerick: I'm planning to add a lot of recon like looking electronics, but those weapon bays of F-22. It would be such a loss not to use it ;)
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Offline Kelmola

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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2016, 06:42:54 AM »
Well, there was the plan to modify SR-71 to be able to carry four SRAM's, so it's only natural that SR-72 Aurora would have been designed with conventional and nuclear strike capabiliity in mind... :P

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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2016, 11:18:58 AM »
The X-15 used a sphere in the nose to take the heat. I don't recall the material it was made of.

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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2016, 12:46:04 PM »
The X-15 used a sphere in the nose to take the heat. I don't recall the material it was made of.

The moving Q-Ball was part of the inertial flight data system (it helped tell the aircraft which way was up),
was first flown on the #2 X-15 and was not part of the original design. It was machined from Inconel-X,
which was also the primary material for the X-15 airframe. The #1 aircraft originally had a large nose
mounted probe.
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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2016, 02:23:03 PM »
Build looks like it could get interesting! :)
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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2016, 07:24:24 AM »
Wow what an outstanding amalgamation of parts!

My money's on this one coming out a real beauty!

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Offline Kerick

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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2016, 08:39:22 AM »
This does look like fun
Please keep us posted

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Re: Space/High altitude heavy strike craft
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2016, 07:15:00 AM »
Nice bitification going on with this build