Author Topic: Lockheed P-7B Aurora  (Read 295 times)

Offline RayS

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Lockheed P-7B Aurora
« on: May 08, 2022, 10:32:43 AM »
Thanks to Old Wombat for allowing this one into the GB, it was started back in 2018 and I have decided to try and finish it now. There is still a fair bit of work to go with tidying up dodgy putty work.

From Wiki:

The P-7 was designed as an enlarged version of the original P-3C. The fuselage, of similar cross-section to that of the P-3, was lengthened by 2.40 m (8 ft), and the wingspan by 2.10 m (7 ft). The wing center section was increased in length, which moved the engines farther away from the fuselage to reduce noise levels in the cabin. The tailplane was increased by about 25% in area, but shortened in height compared to that of the P-3. The P-7A was to be powered by four General Electric T407-GE-400 turboprops with 5-blade propellers.

Initial plans included the Update IV electronics equipment of the P-3C. The cockpit was to be fitted with eight CRT displays and a stowable HUD for weapons delivery. Other equipment included search radar, MAD, decoy flare launchers, electro-optical detector, radar warning receivers, IR suppression on the engine exhausts and laser deflection screens on the windows. The primary submarine detection sensor was to be the sonobuoy, of which 112 were carried internally; 38 more could be stowed for in-flight reloading. Another 150 could be carried in 10 underwing pods.

The design had an internal bomb bay for a maximum of 3,400 kg of weapons and 12 underwing pylons.

My build consists of 2 kits cut up to give the increase in length and span, I had to make compromises with the engines as no General Electric T407-GE-400 turboprop engines are available, so I am using a spare set of RR AE2000s for a C-130J. The 5 bladed props were made using the AE2000 prop hub and redrilling the prop blade positions to allow for 5 rather than 6 blades. All bar one of the original blade mounting point was filled. The engines were modified to install them upside down. The rudder has been removed and replaced with a longer chord replacement and the vertical stab cut down. I also had to extend the horizontal stabs.

The next major change is the low IR signature exhausts which are flat at the trailing edge of the engine cowl. I reprofiled the rear part of the cowling by cutting them down and made a new flat 'roof' with card. I also replaced the wingtips with the CP-140 tips supplied in the kit. The ail was also shortened as no MAD boom is present. I cut about 15mm off and blanked it with card and rounded it off with Milliput. This still needs to be reshaped.
The final major mod is the wing/fuselage section in the lower fuselage with is more 'boxed' than the P-3. I used card and Milliput to get the basic shape. When the Milliput hardens I will refine the shape.
Since there are no images of the aircraft (only artists impressions) I will add a few lumps, bumps, antenna, and EWSP sensors to my liking.

Still deciding on a scheme, thought the white I like and may make it a USN Naval Research Labs test bird.

I am calling it a 'B' model due to the different engines and props, a natural progression from the A model IMHO :-)

Some of the work done over the years

And as it stands at the moment


Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Lockheed P-7B Aurora
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2022, 10:22:50 PM »
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Lockheed P-7B Aurora
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2022, 01:47:46 AM »
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Offline apophenia

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Re: Lockheed P-7B Aurora
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2022, 04:32:54 AM »
Great stuff!

Substituting inverted AE2000s from the Herk J was a great solution for the 'missing' T407s. And nice work on converting the props to 5-bladers  :smiley:
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Offline RayS

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Re: Lockheed P-7B Aurora
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2022, 09:23:41 AM »
Thanks, gents

Some weapon pylons added

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Re: Lockheed P-7B Aurora
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2022, 06:02:13 AM »
I like the work so far. Great mods

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Re: Lockheed P-7B Aurora
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2022, 07:55:43 AM »
“Fascinating!” Said a certain Vulcan.

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Re: Lockheed P-7B Aurora
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2022, 02:11:09 AM »
Both P-3s are 'projects'.   Great plastic surgery.   Congratulations on successful mods from 6 to 5 blade props.  :smiley:

Offline Kerick

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Re: Lockheed P-7B Aurora
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 12:08:00 PM »
Any progress lately? I'd love to see this one in paint. Maybe that dark grey the Canadians use.