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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #425 on: January 10, 2017, 02:45:50 PM »
Really enjoying your profiles.  Lot of kitbashing inspiration in last couple pages. :)
Have yet to do a helicopter,,, hmmm...

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« Reply #426 on: January 10, 2017, 06:21:27 PM »
Nice bunch,Tupolev THK is my favorite.
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« Reply #427 on: January 10, 2017, 08:21:47 PM »

the flying boats are very inpired !

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #428 on: January 11, 2017, 02:33:42 AM »
With the forced-landing of three Airbus A-380s into the ocean & the massive loss of life, flyingboats & WIGs became popular again – at least they can alight on the water & not sink immediately.  Russia was the only country to continue building new craft so most airlines, including Qantas, ordered some to offset the new passenger aversion to land-based long-distance aircraft.

Love these ones.
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« Reply #429 on: January 11, 2017, 02:54:25 AM »
All brilliant but the Kaman GyroEgg has to be my personal fav  ;D
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« Reply #430 on: March 16, 2017, 12:47:44 PM »
Soviet Tu-52X

During the war several Boeing B-52 bombers were shot down over North Vietnam.  The larger pieces were sent to Russia for evaluation and Moscow decided to reverse engineer the design just as they did with the B-29.  Using Soviet engines, radars, gun stations etc, the result was the Tupolev Tu-52X.


Yakolev Heliotrope

A temporary worker at Kaman was really a KGB spy & had seen their GyroEgg prototype being built & he reported it to the office of the Central Committee in Moscow.  The Central Committee immediately instructed several helicopter manufacturers to work with the Central Design Bureau to come up with a similar, but more impressive, machine for the glory of the Soviet Union.
The result was three very similar machines & Yakolev’s design was chosen to be built.  However following the crash of the Kaman GyroEgg on its maiden flight, the Yakolev Heliotrope was not even tested & is currently in a shed at the Monino test & storage site.
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« Reply #431 on: March 16, 2017, 12:51:27 PM »
Bristol Brababomber

The RAF needed a new bomber &, to save an otherwise lost project, they redesigned the Bristol Brabazon to fill the role ....


Bristol Byzantium

Due to the commercial success of the Short Brothers Princess flyingboat, Bristol Aircraft redesigned their Brabazon in competition.  They changed it to a high-wing design &, lacking flyingboat hull experience, engaged the services of a naval architect then working at Clyde ShipMasters dock in Scotland who decided on retractable outrigger floats on the hull sides for stability.  Also in response to Short’s naming their ‘boats as the “Empire” series, Bristol named theirs the Byzantium.  The design, as the Byzantium II, was soon further modified with jet engines replacing the 6 propellor types.

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #432 on: March 16, 2017, 12:54:38 PM »
Ram Ship Sea Shepherd V

For the new whaling season of 2025, Sea Shepherd commissioned another ship.  While they could still not afford a new ship, this one was only 5 years old & they had her modernized in the Bremmerhaven shipyards by extending the aft hull & fitting a new streamlined ramming bow.  She was delivered in standard grey & initially saw service in this scheme but during maintenance in Tasmania was repainted in Antarctic colours for the following year.  She was also fitted with a forepeak, due to its shape it was known to the crew as the “White Dove of Peace”.  This peak was needed to stop the enemy ship riding up the bow once rammed, and it also provided a convenient podium to mount a high-pressure water-cannon.

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #433 on: March 16, 2017, 02:02:23 PM »
Enjoyed last three posting.  Detail of profiles and background give each one context. :)
Tu-52X like kitbash would be quite the build !

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #434 on: March 17, 2017, 01:22:47 AM »
Yakolev Heliotrope
impressive, machine for the glory of the Soviet Union.
Wow, so big, so glorious... :-* ;)
and... Yakolev, not Yakovlev?

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #435 on: March 17, 2017, 01:43:37 AM »
Love your BrabaBomber and Byzantium  :-* :-*
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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #436 on: May 15, 2017, 01:34:59 PM »
CDL 300 U   AirLiner

   Following the theft of only a few of the sheets of drawings for a large airliner from a major U.S. company, a new airplane appeared in the skies of Russia.  With few fully-trained staff, the CDL manufacturing company of Uzbeckistan left the initial copying of the airplane’s layout to a 2nd year apprentice draftsman who was rather a Walter Mitty type & too busy daydreaming to notice that he had got some of the drawings upside-down, resulting in a unique-looking plane.
As he usually did, the chairman of the Board of Directors wandered around the offices to see the latest designs & asked the apprentice to see his unfinished work.  He was astounded at the styling of this aircraft & thought the guy was a genius – a board meeting was convened the next day & the 2nd year apprentice was immediately made head of design for the project !
First flying in the colours of AeroSplät  (pronounced Aero-Splart), it was an attention-grabber where-ever it went.  Very quickly the military saw a use for it as a launch vehicle for their new cruise-missiles.  Stowing 18 missiles in its gutted fuselage, the podded undercarriage allowed them to launch by dropping out internally-retracting under-side doors.
A version with over-wing engines was requested by the military but was considered unnecessary.

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #437 on: May 15, 2017, 01:36:52 PM »
another Tu-52X & some orlyonoks

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« Reply #438 on: May 15, 2017, 05:44:54 PM »
Impressive birds!
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« Reply #439 on: June 01, 2017, 12:37:41 PM »
Blackburn Beverly  T2, T4, etc

After WW2 the Blackburn Beverley was the mainstay of RAF Transport Command & civil operators saw a use for it too.  Initially only BOAC used it for cross-channel car/passenger flights to France but Australia’s TAA & Qantas companies also took up a stretched version for their long-distance services across the country.  After a few years a super-stretched version powered by Armstrong-Siddeley Python engines was created for BOAC &, after getting the contract to relocate public servants around the country, a similar version powered by six Bristol Centaurus engines was sold to IPEC Air Freight in Australia.



WAASP – Weapon Armed Airborne Surveillance Platform.

Evolved from the old Whirlygig surveillance drone, the WAASP can be manned or un-manned and is fitted with a rear static-discharge pulse cannon while up front is a standardised pod that contains either laser-scanner lenses for observation or a combination laser / static-discharge pulse weapon.  The WAASP can also carry dumb bombs & missiles underneath.

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #440 on: June 01, 2017, 12:39:11 PM »
Handley-Page O/402

After the Great War there were many surplus aircraft available to budding civilian air services.  The progressive Queensland & Northern Territory Aerial Service started with an Avro 504 then quickly moved onto surplus D.H.4s with an enlarged rear fuselage to accommodate passengers but they soon required larger aircraft for their Brisbane-Alice Springs-Darwin route & the only such aircraft were ex-bombers like the Handley-Page O/400.
Initially they bought two, hiring ex-RFC pilots & engineers and making minor changes like moving the cockpit forward into the former forward-gunner's position for extra room & adding seats to quickly press them into service.
Over the years that these aircraft were in service they received various upgrades -- it soon became clear that the passengers did not like the dark & cramped accommodation so they were modified by raising the top decking for better headroom with windows.  Next the ungainly nose profile was improved by raising the cockpit area and shortening the nose without losing any useable space.  Other improvements were replacing the tail-skid with a wheel, fairings on wheels & later a fully-enclosed cockpit.

The Royal Australian Flying Corps (it would not become the RAAF until 1941) also used these H.P. O/402s, utilising their deeper fuselage for extra bomb tonnage.  They were later fitted with high-powered Rolls-Royce Kestrel engines in new fairings and near the end of their lives they had fully-enclosed cockpits like their civil partners and a light-weight turret to protect the crews from the weather.  After soldiering on for 20 years, the last one was retired in August 1940.



Wittman-Lewis NBL-2

The USAFC saw the 1923 “Barling Bomber” (aka Wittman-Lewis XNBL-1) as a failure but others didn’t.  The RAFC bought seven Wittman-Lewis NBL-2s as adjuncts to the H.P. O/402s of their heavy bombing units.  They soon had the cockpit repositioned aft & fully-enclosed, receiving enclosed turrets in 1936.  They soldiered on until 1940 when they were scrapped but one very low-time airframe, lost in storage, was found in a postwar clear-up of the maintenance base.  This aircraft was sold off to DeHavilland Canada & converted to float-plane configuration to service a freight line.

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #441 on: November 22, 2017, 12:56:15 PM »
bet your sweet Guppy !

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #442 on: November 22, 2017, 12:58:08 PM »
flying boats ...

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« Reply #443 on: November 22, 2017, 01:00:41 PM »
did Thistle Aviation mix the plan up ?

Canards I get, not sure about the leading rudder tho  ???

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« Reply #444 on: November 22, 2017, 01:02:16 PM »
Hawker Twinphoon

Following the second failure to upgrade the Westland Whirlwind with new engines it was decided to reorganise the standard Hawker Typhoon parts into a twin-engine aircraft to replace it.  Working with Westland engineers, it was initially flown with a standard tail on a lengthened fuselage but was soon modified with a T-tail setup.  Both versions were test-flown by Hawker pilot Roland Beaumont.

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #445 on: November 22, 2017, 01:39:34 PM »
Wow, that does work. :smiley:
Worthy polystyrene project.

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #446 on: November 23, 2017, 02:29:32 AM »
did Thistle Aviation mix the plan up ?

Canards I get, not sure about the leading rudder tho  ???

Maybe make the rudder like the Ju187?
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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #447 on: November 23, 2017, 02:31:09 AM »
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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But you can make the Bastard work for it.

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #448 on: November 23, 2017, 12:04:43 PM »

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Re: Raafif's profiles
« Reply #449 on: November 24, 2017, 01:32:04 AM »
Hawker Twinphoon
Wow! Good! Maybe a Twin-Twinphoom (2 fuselages, 3 engines) would be even better... ;)