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Title: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 15, 2012, 09:34:10 AM
Landship for the moon.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/LS.jpg)

the future for us sardines
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/a380.png)

Russian Maritime Patrol based on license-built DC-3 -- Peklovov Pe-3m
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Li-XU2.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on February 15, 2012, 10:54:23 AM
So good.  With retirement of space shuttles, you have repurposed the transporter as a mobile coastal defence gun battery.
DC-3 conversion is a favorite for me. 
Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 15, 2012, 11:55:20 AM
DC-3 conversion is a favorite for me. 

It does look right with a Pe-2 tail doesn't it?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: RussC on February 15, 2012, 05:08:20 PM
Wow, a packed airliner cabin and unlimited Red Bull....all passengers hands should be leather bagged like is done with trained performing bears.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 15, 2012, 05:36:55 PM
Current project ...
      Ma.K  "Sponge-Bob"  Underwater Combat Suit by my alter-ego Globa-Glue.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/sbob-1.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/wavy.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on February 16, 2012, 04:50:35 AM
That's some great stuff, raafif! I really like how you got NASA to finally build a Moon Landship!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on February 16, 2012, 07:19:15 AM
<...>
      Ma.K  "Sponge-Bob"  Underwater Combat Suit by my alter-ego Globa-Glue.
<...>

Whoa, awesome! (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/hammer.gif) I think it's hilarious!
Hmmm, I wonder whether the sci-fi modelling faction also has their share of JMNs that gets miffed about "heretic" stuff like this.  :P
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on February 16, 2012, 08:10:45 AM
If it was a model in stores I would finish the transporter as a mobile coastal defence gun battery.
But don't know if it should be Army and Olive Drab or Navy and Battleship Gray.  If navy, could have shined brass pieces here-n-there.
Bill
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on February 16, 2012, 11:27:30 AM
funny delirium, thanks :D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 16, 2012, 12:06:13 PM
wonder whether the sci-fi modelling faction also has their share of JMNs that gets miffed about "heretic" stuff like this.  :P

    Yep, they sure do !!!   To some of them, using decals from another Ma.K kit or a mod so mild that us here don't even consider it worth mentioning will cause great upset  :icon_surprised:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 17, 2012, 09:00:05 AM
Oh, good to know! Ma.K Sponge-Bob must drive 'em wild  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on February 17, 2012, 12:11:49 PM
wonder whether the sci-fi modelling faction also has their share of JMNs that gets miffed about "heretic" stuff like this.  :P

    Yep, they sure do !!!   To some of them, using decals from another Ma.K kit or a mod so mild that us here don't even consider it worth mentioning will cause great upset  :icon_surprised:

 :D Thought as much. Seems there's Joyless types everywhere. Although it's kinda twice as odd in the Ma.K. universe, where a lot of stuff was scrounged from other kits in the first place.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 18, 2012, 05:48:01 AM
well, it's nice of you guys to say I'm a Genius :o -- 4 to 2 (I voted "Genius" for myself so guess that one don't really count).
I've told my cat but he just looked at me with his normal derision ... ??? eh, what ?

What to do with a Beluga kit with yellowed decals when you don't like airliners ...
      turn it into a sub !      (kit in the "to build someday" pile)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Tsub.jpg)


Soon I'll upload my 15 Lancaster / Lincoln profiles.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on February 18, 2012, 07:34:05 AM
Love it! You turn air freighters into subs and I turn subs into airships.

I hope you're not too disturbed by being on a wavelength with someone like me...

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 18, 2012, 08:43:22 AM
a few more before lunch ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Twixen.jpg)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/ARDU.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/V3d.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/O.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Tas.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on February 18, 2012, 12:41:16 PM
Oh, I do love your Twixen :-* Sea-Sea-Vixen... :-* Thanks a lot!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 18, 2012, 01:23:55 PM
thanks, Tophe.  It's one of my favourites too  :-*

My Avro Lancaster & Lincoln profiles in this thread ...
http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=876.0 (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=876.0)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 19, 2012, 07:52:57 AM
"Thylacine Fighter" ... love it  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 19, 2012, 10:12:12 AM
a few more whackos from my old stash...

improvised armour ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/x2.jpg)

Japanese licence-built He-280 fighter, 1947
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/fj1.jpg)

2-seat Turboprop version with observer nose for JSDF
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/fj2.jpg)

Chinese Ming Fighters
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/ming.jpg)

"Burma Hump" Express anniversary scheme on a Taiwanese Li-XU
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/bhe.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on February 19, 2012, 10:49:23 AM
Your antipersonnel threatening machine makes me all shivering... I surrender! Stop it!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 19, 2012, 11:07:59 AM
Oh, that antipersonnel machine is so wrong...and so right!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Rafael on February 19, 2012, 11:46:10 AM
And the Ming-5s are stupendous
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on February 19, 2012, 01:41:12 PM
Anti-personnel does double duty as mine field clearing machine.
FU-280 variants are great.
Favorites:  Ming-5c & d    be available in resin or plastic soon?
I still buy into space shuttle transporter as mobile coastal defense gun battery.  Know if there is a kit of the transporter?
Bill
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 20, 2012, 06:39:07 AM
finsrin,
          there was a 1/400th transporter as part of a resin launch-tower kit.  But I think it would be esier to start with four 1/72nd Churchill tanks or maybe if you could find something suitable in a toy shop -- I had a look myself & it seems too expensive + lots of scratch-building with plastruct girders.

The Ming-5s can be altered from a Mig-15 which is what I used for the line-drawing.  A 1/72nd model based on a F-86 Sabre or FJ-1 Fury kit gave me the idea for the wing shapes - just need to do new wings & fin.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on February 20, 2012, 05:49:58 PM
Your "Strawberry Jam" maker is a riot, raafif! I really like the hungry-looking shark's mouth on the gun tower! Sweet!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 21, 2012, 10:30:01 AM
The Ming-5s can be altered from a Mig-15 which is what I used for the line-drawing.  A 1/72nd model based on a F-86 Sabre or FJ-1 Fury kit gave me the idea for the wing shapes - just need to do new wings & fin.

That Ming-5c screams out to be made variable geometry!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on February 21, 2012, 12:00:00 PM
I took another look at that Fuji turboprop and I sure hope they have exceedingly smooth taxiways and runways 'cause there's minimal ground clearance with those props and I suspect that digging into dirt or concrete will not help them in their intended function.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on February 21, 2012, 01:59:47 PM
contrarotating propellers helped for ground clearance anyway, maybe not enough but that was a good reason to use them here...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on February 21, 2012, 07:16:34 PM
Love the Ming Fighter
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 23, 2012, 02:09:26 PM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/bk3.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 23, 2012, 04:36:55 PM
Nice.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on February 24, 2012, 01:00:35 AM
Yes, pleasant but what is it? or by what has it been inspired?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 24, 2012, 05:41:05 AM
Yes, pleasant but what is it? or by what has it been inspired?

      oh, yes I forgot to say, didn't I.
              It's a Bake-17b of the Chinese Nationalist Forces, 1950 -- done for a story (The history of aviation in a neo-imperial China) on the "other" site where the Nationalists continue to fight the Communists instead of fleeing to Formosa.

The AVG pilots stay & get to keep their old squadron markings too -- I'll post two more profiles of these soon ...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 24, 2012, 08:28:24 AM
Nice! If only Marcel Bloch had thought of that  ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 25, 2012, 06:31:35 AM
Bake-17b standard fighter
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/bk0.jpg)

Bake-17b AVG
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/bk1.jpg)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/bk2.jpg)

Chinese Huanlong Type-33 Rishi jet-fighter, 1952
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/t33.png)

Chinese Huanlong Type-34 Rishi-II jet-fighter, 1954
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Type34f.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on February 25, 2012, 09:01:37 AM
I really like the camo scheme on that top Bake 17bm raafi!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 25, 2012, 09:55:33 AM
more for your pleasure ...

Japanese Ki-112A  fighter
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/k1-1.png)

Japanese Ki-112-kai  fighter
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/k2-1.png)

Japanese Nakajima Ki-129  heavy fighter
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/129j.jpg)

Fw-1500 recon
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Fw.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 25, 2012, 10:02:58 AM
Russian Buffalo
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/ib.png)

Mustang of the Jugoslav AF, 1946
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/51jo.png)

Spitfire 53 Floatplane of the Greek Orthodox Air Force, 1956
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/54.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on February 25, 2012, 12:41:09 PM
 :-* My favourites in this batch (genius once again) are the Buffalo with in-line engine and the true-long-nose Focke-Wulf (from this one, I may be inspired to draw a similar Mustang). Thanks!

EDIT: Here it is:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Tophe2712/r_P-51TR6_azzzzc.jpg)
Thanks again, Raafif!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on February 25, 2012, 07:14:45 PM
Great designs!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 26, 2012, 09:18:44 AM
:-* My favourites in this batch (genius once again) are the Buffalo with in-line engine and the true-long-nose Focke-Wulf

Thanks Tophe,
                      I'm afraid GTX may have to change his name to Dr.Schnoz as he does do some neat conversion designs.

Your Braafif with the Drafif's nose would look neat ... & add the Roo markings !!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on February 26, 2012, 11:39:06 AM

I still buy into space shuttle transporter as mobile coastal defense gun battery.  Know if there is a kit of the transporter?


Bill, look here (http://educraftdiversions.org/).

Regards,

Greg
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 26, 2012, 12:38:08 PM

I still buy into space shuttle transporter as mobile coastal defense gun battery.  Know if there is a kit of the transporter?


Bill, look here ([url]http://educraftdiversions.org/[/url]).
Regards,Greg


and here ....
http://www.ebay.com/sch/d-condave/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=200&_sop=12 (http://www.ebay.com/sch/d-condave/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=200&_sop=12)

several scales -- including 1/72nd !!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on February 26, 2012, 01:50:42 PM
Your Braafif with the Drafif's nose would look neat ... & add the Roo markings !!
I changed noses as requested but sorry I am not good with colours and I run away from nationalism.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Tophe2712/r_P-51TR6_azzzzd.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Silver Fox on February 26, 2012, 02:07:18 PM
It's all great... except for the Jugoslavia Mustang. Everybody knows that the 'Jug'oslavian Air Force only ever flew the P-47. :)
 
Great Work!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 28, 2012, 07:34:33 AM
I'm currently doing several special profiles for a story that M.A.D. is writing - I'll also post them here when the story is posted.  Meanwhile here's the last of my old profiles ...

Rocket Lightning -- 2 rocket engines + booster to height -- FFRs in nose bank
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/LR.jpg)

F-23 Boomerang II  fighter
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/BI.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/BII.jpg)

stretched supply-carrier
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/t3.png)

Stryker Overhang
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/st.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on February 28, 2012, 11:22:07 AM
Love the Tilleypede  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on February 29, 2012, 06:53:29 PM
Very good!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 08, 2012, 07:11:13 AM
more Rusian Li-X Bombers as modified by Petlyakov
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Li-X.jpg)

Ground Attack / Anti-Tank
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Li-X2.png)

Taiwanese "Burma Hump" supply anniversary scheme
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/bhe.jpg)

ANA DC-3 airliner - (not a whif but real)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/ana.png)

American Jet-Dakota
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/dsd.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on March 08, 2012, 12:31:14 PM
So thatz what the revival of PanAm looks like  :-*
Are they doing it in style or what?     Where can one buy tickets?
Bill
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on March 08, 2012, 01:23:11 PM
Many pleasant ones, thanks!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: jorel62 on March 08, 2012, 06:19:08 PM
Very cool stuff......
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 13, 2012, 01:26:42 PM
This is the Arado entry for the Luftwaffe's strike-bomber competition -- (against the TSR-2).

Cam suggestions ??  I've seen Luftwaffe Phantoms in light-grey&brown and green/dk.grey.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/534.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on March 13, 2012, 01:42:55 PM
Pleasant!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Doom! on March 13, 2012, 11:04:53 PM
Very cool!  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on March 14, 2012, 01:11:58 AM
Nice ones
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 14, 2012, 06:05:55 AM
more ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/536.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/535.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 14, 2012, 06:22:46 AM
Cool! Your Ar-534 could just as easily be a sub for the VTOL VAK-191.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on March 15, 2012, 05:07:15 AM
Great stuff, raafif! I really like how you added twin-tails to a DC-3 to turn it into a most believable bomber. Fantastic!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: AXOR on March 15, 2012, 05:21:42 AM
Certainly ''Arado-Ar 534'' is an interesting and beautiful aircraft,and deserves more paint schemes...great job Raafif !

Alex
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on March 15, 2012, 05:26:45 AM
These Arados are amazing
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 15, 2012, 05:57:15 AM
Great stuff, raafif! I really like how you added twin-tails to a DC-3 to turn it into a most believable bomber. Fantastic!

Brian da Basher

thanks Brian ......... just wait till M.A.D. gets his story written then you'll see a few even more mind-boggling DC-3 twin-tails :o


apophenia -- "Cool! Your Ar-534 could just as easily be a sub for the VTOL VAK-191."

          actually the profile IS a Yak-38U , I thought it had an "Arado" look to it (some captured design paperwork probably helped)  so I cheated & just changed the nationality & cam :icon_crap:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 15, 2012, 10:17:32 AM
raafif: Oh I got it! I was just thinking that a 'German' Yak-38 would make a great stand-in for the 3-engined VFW VAK 191 VTOL strike fighter of the early '70s.

http://www.aviastar.org/air/inter/vak-191.php (http://www.aviastar.org/air/inter/vak-191.php)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 18, 2012, 03:53:36 PM
inspired by dy031101 & others on ShipBucket ....


After the bombing of Peenemünde, the High Command ordered several "air-cap" ships to be stationed in the Baltic to intercept the Allied bombers.  The concept was that the ships could re-position as needed as well as, not being fixed, evade bombing raids themselves - a fate that had befallen the many of the protective Luftwaffe airfields surrounding Germany's best experimental establishment.

This scene shows the cap-ship launching a He-162 off the angled bow catapult and one Natter aft while two others are prepared.  Two Natters are already in the air and a third, having expended its AA-rockets & fuel is about to ditch back at the ship -- a Focke-Achgelis Fa-232 helicopter is coming in to pick the pilot out of the drink & another waits on the rear-deck ready to take-off if needed.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/as.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: JP Vieira on March 19, 2012, 12:10:27 AM
Very interesting
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Rafael on March 19, 2012, 12:34:12 AM
Great!!! Natters are the ideal point-defense interceptors. Genius!!!!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 19, 2012, 02:07:17 AM
Hmmm...interesting.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on March 19, 2012, 05:58:48 AM
That is a creative ship idea for the German's situation.  An element of Luft 46.
Nice to look at and ponder.  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: dy031101 on March 19, 2012, 07:32:16 AM
Awesome!  ;D

I wonder, however, if aircraft-launching facilities can all be concentrated aft and maybe the aft superstructure be made into a servicing point for all aircraft.  After being serviced and/or prepared for sortie, the He-162 can be moved straight to the catapult, Ba 349 to launch rails, and Fa 232 to the helipad.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: RussC on March 19, 2012, 07:33:33 AM
Amazing gallery is amassing here, great work Raafif.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 23, 2012, 07:36:11 AM
here's the Bristol Beaufort Mk.III --- this isn't a whif but was a real proposal for replacing the Taurus engines but Merlins were needed for Spits & Lancs so, like Oz, they opted for P&W R-1830s.  Drawing is a cut & paste of the HighPlanes Beaufort & Beaufighter Mk.II box-arts -- you can easily do the same with the plastic parts.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MkIII.jpg)

a few more ideas ...

ex-KM Lürssen MTBs of 1st Squadron, Tasmanian Navy
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/eb.png)

Fairey Penguin of Strike Squadron 1, Tassie Tiger Air Force with practice "torpedo".
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/fp.png)

Bristol Sea-Elephant (Beaufort Mk.13) of Strike Squadron 3, Tassie Tiger Air Force.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/se.png)

read their story here ...
http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1097.0 (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1097.0)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on March 23, 2012, 08:36:16 AM


Fairey Penguin of Strike Squadron 1, Tassie Tiger Air Force with practice "torpedo".
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/fp.png[/url])



At first I thought this was the MK. XIII anti-personnel log.   ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 23, 2012, 10:07:41 AM
Love the Tassie stuff. Clever on the Penguin's practice torpedo as well -- torpedo recovery efforts would be dictated by the current market price for hardwoods  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 24, 2012, 06:02:23 AM
well, at that time Huon Pine was very plentiful .... now it's very rare & just as expensive as a real torpedo.  Huon Pine is heavy & sinks in water, but doesn't rot so at present there's an industry for divers recovering logs that were lost in shipping on the rivers :)

a couple more I "found" in my photobucket album ...

armed & armoured excavator, used to dig out underground forts, Second Battle of the Maginot Line, 1964.  Armour is internal, protecting vital parts only.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/D2.jpg)

SdKfz.225 -- to give better cross-country ability in the soft sand of Nth Africa, Rommel suggested that the SdKfz-250 be given an extended chassis.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/8.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 24, 2012, 06:07:52 AM

Fairey Penguin of Strike Squadron 1, Tassie Tiger Air Force with practice "torpedo".
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/fp.png[/url])



My that looks familiar ;):

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e68/GTwiner/More%20Creations/RANN-8WandabaaII.jpg)

Except that I called mine the DAP N-7 Wandabaa (aboriginal for Eaglehawk).  I certainly wouldn't have thought of the practice torpedoes though - great idea! :)

Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 24, 2012, 06:08:45 AM
At first I thought this was the MK. XIII anti-personnel log.   ;D

Nah, that was banned under the Geneva Conventions because of its splinters ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 24, 2012, 06:18:36 AM
My that looks familiar ;):

Except that I called mine the DAP N-7 Wandabaa (aboriginal for Eaglehawk).  I certainly wouldn't have thought of the practice torpedoes though - great idea! :)

yes, Greg,
               I had to copy your idea of the Wandabaa but the line-drawing wasn't clean enough so I re-did it from scratch using a couple of your others & re-scaleing several parts ----- your ideas are such an inspiration !! :)

"Fairey Penguin" seemed just sooo right for mine 8)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 27, 2012, 11:05:28 AM
NOTICE -- as I've done so many new DC-3-based profiles, I've started a new thread for all my DC-3s.

Copied the existings ones to there as well as 2 new ones .....
http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1125.0 (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1125.0)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 31, 2012, 03:08:13 AM
a Sandringham pressed into military service ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Ofb.png)

Flying Boats for Freddie
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/af1.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/af2.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/af3.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/af4.jpg)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/af5.jpg)

   story here ....... http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1137.0 (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1137.0)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 02, 2012, 09:15:25 AM
Polish PZL-23 Karas light bomber ...

the real item, 1939
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/ka.png)

with R.R. Kestrel engine, July 1940
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/kx2.png)

with Allison engine, 1942
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/kx1.png)

S.T.O.L. version
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/kx3.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on April 02, 2012, 11:49:03 AM
LIke the PZL variations -- especially the STOL!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: AXOR on April 02, 2012, 05:04:18 PM
LIke the PZL variations -- especially the STOL!

Me too! (http://freesmileyface.net/smiley/respect/respect-048.gif)

Alex
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 07, 2012, 08:40:28 AM
RNAS Shack-bag airship ...
  Mk.I.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/sb.png)

Mk.II
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/sbn.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: dy031101 on April 07, 2012, 09:01:08 AM
The inline-engined Karas idea is awesome!  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 17, 2012, 07:18:22 AM
in line with ideas on another thread ....
             http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1215.0 (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1215.0)

Japan fights on the British Side during WWII ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/z1.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/r3.png)

Russia is allied with Germany & Italy ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/s1.png)

As they have many lakes in the mountainous areas, neutral Switzerland purchased fifty A6M2n "Rufe" floatplanes as part of their air-interception force to counter the many German & Russian "strays" over their territory.  During the war they forced down 157 German, 62 Russian and (late in the war) 20 Allied aircraft that drifted, either intentionally or by accident, over Switzerland.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/r4.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: AXOR on April 17, 2012, 05:03:30 PM
Nice!

Alex
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 18, 2012, 05:32:01 PM
In 1945 the French company of Sud-Est Aviation joined with the American Convair Aviation Co. to produce & market a fast private / corporate transport based on the captured Dornier Do-335 design.  The result was the Sud-Est / Convair 835 "Libelle".  It would seat 10 passengers plus two pilots -- a freight version was also offered to Wells Fargo & Western Union for shipment of valuables, documents etc.

Convair 835 private aircraft belonging to GM for transport of executives around their branches/ factories.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Li1.png)

What other company schemes ??  What 1940s/50s movie-stars in Hollywood would have one of these ??
Suggestions for colour schemes ??
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 18, 2012, 05:53:32 PM
I like!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 21, 2012, 02:12:35 PM
to continue my off-beat subjects with more unpopular civil items ...

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Li2.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Li3.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 21, 2012, 03:35:28 PM
Mmmmm....
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on April 21, 2012, 03:45:42 PM
Liking the 385s with those markings.  :) :)    Wells Fargo one is out there in the way cool zone.  8)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 22, 2012, 12:05:52 PM
1970 and the far right religious movements in the US succeed in lobbying for expanded censorship laws.  Entrepreneur Hugh Heffner now finds it totally impossible to deliver his magazine, even in plain brown wrappers, through the regular postal system.  Special FBI agents intercept over 2000 private-company delivery trucks on the interstate highways every day searching for illegal publications & products but in short time the usual underground black-market system sees this material regularly available, tho through different outlets than in the past.

The right-wing parliament of Margaret Thatcher, supported by the Mary Whitehouse organisation, also adopts almost as strict legislation for Britain.
To obviate this blockage of his empire, Mr Heffner institutes his own international fast-delivery service.  Buying six surplus B-58 bombers he converts them for cargo - mainly for his own magazines but also some international & diplomatic mail.  Banned from landing at Heathrow Airport, he is granted covert landing-rights at the US Greenham Common Airbase.

While the Sonic Bunnies deliver Playboy & Hustler magazine to Britain & other Commonwealth countries, Larry Flint obtains the US military-mail contract & his aircraft delivers his magazine, Playboy and priority-mail to troops on military bases in Vietnam.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 24, 2012, 12:24:52 PM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/LiT.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 25, 2012, 03:39:15 AM
Nice...but is it just me or are you heading towards the FLETCHER FU-24...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on April 25, 2012, 04:38:03 AM
A Hustler Hustler! Sheer genius!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 25, 2012, 05:11:13 AM
Nice...but is it just me or are you heading towards the FLETCHER FU-24...

           ..... there's plenty of room in this world for more ugly aircraft ! :icon_fsm:
                           ((( we need an "Ugliest Plane" / "most perverted design" group build contest ))) :-\
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on April 25, 2012, 10:57:08 AM
           ..... there's plenty of room in this world for more ugly aircraft ! ...

Too right!  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on April 27, 2012, 04:41:10 AM
Quote from: raafif

           ..... there's plenty of room in this world for more ugly aircraft ! :icon_fsm:
<snip>

I've been building models of them for years now...

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 07, 2012, 01:18:21 PM
Pre-production Me-110 for the Spanish Civil War .... 3 open cockpits, short nose, early engines & pantaloons !!

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/110-0.png)
     yet to add the red-brown cam.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on May 07, 2012, 01:27:41 PM
Pre-production Me-110 for the Spanish Civil War .... 3 open cockpits, short nose, early engines & pantaloons !!

([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/110-0.png[/url])
     yet to add the red-brown cam.

Definitely a different look.  How about an earlier prototype with engine installations similar to the earliest Bf109s?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on May 07, 2012, 02:50:51 PM
Right on design.  So much looks the part.  Cool.   :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 07, 2012, 05:23:03 PM
cammed in the German Fighter / Fighter-bomber scheme -- light green-grey & red-brown.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/110-01.png)

      I'll have to look at the early -109 engines ...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on May 07, 2012, 05:35:22 PM
That Me-110a is inspired!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Litvyak on May 08, 2012, 12:12:47 AM
My knowledge of WW2 stuff - especially Jerry stuff - is minimal, so if I didn't know, you'd be able to convince me that that 110a was real!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 08, 2012, 06:58:08 AM

That Me-110a is inspired!

My knowledge of WW2 stuff - especially Jerry stuff - is minimal, so if I didn't know, you'd be able to convince me that that 110a was real!

It certainly was, Empty ! .... by our own Daryl J ..... hopefully he will now follow thru & do it in plastic to make it real :D


Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on May 08, 2012, 10:10:44 AM
Kudos to you both! I'd love to see the prototype version ... BMW VIs?  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 09, 2012, 11:52:02 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/110aJ.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 10, 2012, 07:19:58 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/110aS.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/110aF.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 10, 2012, 01:57:42 PM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/110a1.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 15, 2012, 07:31:30 AM
Horten Ho-349 -- Allied code-name "Flounder" .... (or maybe "Bumble-Bee").
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/hf.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 27, 2012, 08:50:19 AM
a few recent ones ....
B-35 schemes
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/351.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/352.png)


JRS-79 (twin inline-engine version of the SM-79) in Romanian markings

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/79.jpg)


Gunstar fighter in Iron Sky markings

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/gis1-1.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/gis2.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: AGRA on May 27, 2012, 10:08:56 AM
a few recent ones ....
B-35 schemes

Heah cool. I have a stashed 1/72 XB-35 that I always wanted to build in RAAF colours so interesting to see these profiles. BTW the legs on the red rat are always meant to point inwards on wings.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: AXOR on May 28, 2012, 01:18:44 AM
Nice JRS  :)

Alex
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 28, 2012, 11:58:21 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/F52.png)

make it a T-tail
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/F522.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 28, 2012, 06:47:15 PM
Interesting...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 29, 2012, 06:47:17 AM
more interesting ??
     ..... who'd have guessed they'd choose the Grumman TigerCat instead.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/CD.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: RussC on May 29, 2012, 06:04:16 PM
more interesting ??
     ..... who'd have guessed they'd choose the Grumman TigerCat instead.

([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/CD.png[/url])


Well, you know procurement boards, they always choose the wrong item ! If they ran a restaurant, it would be your choice of boiled chicken, meatloaf or sardines from their entrees.  :o
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 30, 2012, 09:16:31 AM
just finishing up the F-52 posibilities ;D

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/F523.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/F524.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Litvyak on May 30, 2012, 01:08:15 PM
just finishing up the F-52 posibilities ;D

([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/F523.png[/url])
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/F524.png[/url])


Would this fly?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 01, 2012, 01:17:36 PM
my final F-52 profile -- (any others will just get sillier ;D)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/F52oo.png)

when Tamiya first put out their Merkava Mk.1, I planned on doing this ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/mapc.png)

15yrs ago I did this simple aniamated-gif with a free 'net program ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/flapper.gif)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 07, 2012, 12:43:17 AM
Belated congratulations for your F-44U and F-52/86, mainly... :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on June 07, 2012, 06:59:02 AM
my final F-52 profile -- (any others will just get sillier ;D)

You may have hurt the feelings of Dastardly design staff. They'll have worked really hard on their F-32/86!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 07, 2012, 08:53:19 AM
my final F-52 profile -- (any others will just get sillier ;D)

You may have hurt the feelings of Dastardly design staff. They'll have worked really hard on their F-32/86!

ah, well it does only have two main-planes -- maybe I'll get them to add 3 more to make a FUNf-dekker.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 09, 2012, 02:13:41 PM
back to the CorDare for versions ... it's obviously a W-(for wobbly)-wing :-\

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/CD2.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 09, 2012, 02:42:01 PM
Nice!
What about twin-CorDare versions? or an asymmetric single-engine derivative?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 10, 2012, 06:44:00 AM
Nice!
What about twin-CorDare versions? or an asymmetric single-engine derivative?

 He he ... I'm off to the flea market & model train show today so you'll have to wait a few days for what I have in mind next :icon_ninja:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 10, 2012, 11:46:02 AM
No problem, I will wait then enjoy for sure... ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on June 10, 2012, 11:55:38 AM
back to the CorDare for versions ... it's obviously a W-(for wobbly)-wing :-\

I'm  impressed that you were able to resist the temptation to turn those outboard panels into gulls  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on June 10, 2012, 12:32:57 PM
F-44U variants are creative and inspirational to build one or apply elements of in a kit-bash.   :)  :)  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 11, 2012, 11:42:38 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/CD3.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/CD5.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/CD4.png)
It almost need black crosses on it & a Bv- designation.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/CD6.png)

I think I need a lie-down before the men in white coats come :-X
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 11, 2012, 12:04:31 PM
Hurrah! Raafif for president! :-* :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 11, 2012, 12:27:09 PM
PS. Now the famous RAAFIF designer has comen part of Aviation history! (see at the end of my site http://cmeunier.chez-alice.fr/Asymm_addition.htm (http://cmeunier.chez-alice.fr/Asymm_addition.htm) )
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on June 11, 2012, 03:07:07 PM
B-44,,,  but of course, its a natral, now why didn't I think of that ?
Bill
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 12, 2012, 06:44:20 AM
PS. Now the famous RAAFIF designer has comen part of Aviation history! (see at the end of my site [url]http://cmeunier.chez-alice.fr/Asymm_addition.htm[/url] ([url]http://cmeunier.chez-alice.fr/Asymm_addition.htm[/url]) )

Oh NO !! .... quick, erase the evidence before the world sets the International Criminal Court after me :o
I take solace in that, before me, they will go after the man that inspired & trained me ..... Tophe (all hail the lop-sided master :uuu: )

I always have been a legend in my own lunch-time :icon_fsm:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 12, 2012, 11:08:49 AM
I have erased it, as required, while I don't understand if you were joking or not (in that erasing command) ???. If you wanted not to be known, why putting your name on each drawing? I may have discarded this name and the link towards here, but this was a great dreamy invention according to me. Thanks again for it.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on June 13, 2012, 07:09:53 AM
Pretty sure he's kidding Tophe  ;)

I think I need a lie-down before the men in white coats come :-X

You can't lie down yet! -- where's our F-44U-xxo's carrier stowage configuration image?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 13, 2012, 07:22:16 AM
yes, just joking Tophe ! ;)  I was tempted to post it on Hyperscale but the flame-wars by those absolute purist rivert-counters would be too much.

apophenia ....
F-44U-xxo carrier stowage configuration ...... hmm lots a work there -- in the thought-train now tho :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on June 13, 2012, 07:38:43 AM
F-44U-xxo carrier stowage configuration ...... hmm lots a work there -- in the thought-train now tho :)

He he. I thought that might happen  >:D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 13, 2012, 12:00:46 PM
Thanks. I feel better.
I think dreaming is one of the most peaceful things on Earth, not deserving war... Between victims, we may support each others and sing the glory of the F-44U-xxo... If the JMNs think we are stupid, let them be 'happy' in their sad way... we are simply in a different way. Dream.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on July 05, 2012, 09:18:19 AM
been playing around with Shipbucket & Planebucket drawings for a bit & did these tanks.
SB scale = 2 pixels to 1 foot  &  FD scale = 22.093 px to 1 meter.

These T-34s are to FD scale.
I used the basic T-34/76 hull / tracks & T-34/85 turret by the other guys but did new wheels, sprockets & idlers for all profiles & totally new turrets / guns for the others. (original items in red frames)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/T34s.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 05, 2012, 10:01:40 AM
Looking good.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: Litvyak on July 05, 2012, 10:08:25 AM
Those look great!

But I'm kinda curious... how do you draw .093 pixel?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 05, 2012, 10:19:31 AM
Those look great!

But I'm kinda curious... how do you draw .093 pixel?

Carefully... ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: raafif on July 05, 2012, 11:07:55 AM
Those look great!

But I'm kinda curious... how do you draw .093 pixel?

well, I find that no two calculations agree (calculator, ruler or "official" conversion tables) so I guess everything's actually "close guesstimate" scale ;D -- even Tamiya's Spitfires don't conform to the known measurements taken off original unrestored airframes. :-\
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: arc3371 on July 05, 2012, 06:26:12 PM
Love the T-34 conversions any chance for a Syria T-34/122?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: dwg on July 06, 2012, 12:43:21 AM
SB scale = 2 pixels to 1 foot  &  FD scale = 22.093 px to 1 meter.

And here I am debating whether to standardise on 1 pixel to the centimeter or 2 pixels to the centimeter ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: arc3371 on July 06, 2012, 12:58:19 AM
What is FD Scale? A shipbucket for tanks?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: raafif on July 06, 2012, 05:39:17 AM
Love the T-34 conversions any chance for a Syria T-34/122?


What is FD Scale? A shipbucket for tanks?

yes ARC, I'm considering a Syrian T-34-122 SP after a Colet 10 x 10 Fire-engine (see below).

SB obviously stands for ShipBucket scale -- a convenient scale of their choosing.

I've no idea what "FD" stands for & it's not explained on that site.  Its mainly for AFVs - they shoulda called that sub-forum "Bucket Bucket" :D - but it seems that anything goes as there are aircraft there too.  I won't be posting there again as the thread-posting rules seem to be very haphazard & the the moderators tend to be extremely Anal about pixel-width of the blank page you draw on -- so you end up with a big blank white page with a tiny drawing in the bottom left hand corner !! :-X
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: arc3371 on July 06, 2012, 06:24:10 AM
Thanks for the explantion
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: raafif on July 07, 2012, 06:56:16 AM
next batch of FD stuff .... Bren Carrier is my first 100% original drawing followed by the Mack T3 (wip)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MD.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles ..... NEW SB & FD scale vehicles
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 07, 2012, 06:59:21 AM
Well done!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on August 07, 2012, 05:17:19 AM
Halftrack London bus
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/RMB1.png)

Stretched Mk.1 British Tank
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MK1L.png)

Australian Sentinel Tank
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Sent.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on August 07, 2012, 11:09:03 AM
Double-deckers    ??? ???

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MK1DD.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/LTDD2.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Acree on August 07, 2012, 12:14:00 PM
Awesome!  I love the double-deckers.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on August 09, 2012, 06:35:06 AM
A double-decker tank bus?

Absolute, 100% unadulterated true genius!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: TerryCampion on August 15, 2012, 08:20:57 PM
Oh the double deckers!!!  >:D >:D

Pure genius.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: arc3371 on August 22, 2012, 03:59:41 AM
Now we need a double decker APC ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Dr. YoKai on August 24, 2012, 01:39:38 AM
 I'm tempted to buy a few Airfix Mk 1s.... :D Great stuff ! Now, what about a Whippet with a two-story
 tower?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on August 24, 2012, 05:22:06 AM
Now, what about a Whippet with a two-story tower?

Only two stories ??? ???  I'm thinking short skyscraper ;D .......
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Dr. YoKai on August 24, 2012, 05:46:58 AM
 ? I thought the Short Skyscraper was that 60 foot tall Flying boat prototype.... :P ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on September 06, 2012, 07:04:38 AM
war-weary Lancaster as an assembly-ship
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/l22.png)

Stirling squadron hack / assembly-ship
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Stirl.png)

Halifax assembly-ship
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Hali.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on September 06, 2012, 07:40:57 AM
Wow!!!

Need sunglasses for the Stirling.   ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on September 06, 2012, 08:10:53 AM
Wow!!!

Need sunglasses for the Stirling.   ;D


yep! -- painted like this B-17 .....

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/b17colour.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 06, 2012, 03:33:46 PM
 :) :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: phoenix54 on September 08, 2012, 01:32:27 AM
Oh bugger!

They let the blind painter out again i see!

Cracking ideas though.......................mmmmmm!!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on September 27, 2012, 08:09:03 AM
When it was introduced the F4U Corsair had several problems and these were slowly rectified even after it went into service.  As the war progressed, there were fewer experienced aviators and a training version of the aircraft was required to teach the budding new pilots how to fly these "hot" ships.  Initially a two-seat trainer was designed & it did pretty good service ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/HN3.jpg)

But one fault was the horrible view over the nose on take-off & landing/taxiing -- there were still many accidents due to trainees not seeing obstacles in their path as the long nose blocked a free view of what was ahead.  The answer of course was to lower the nose so that a good view was possible !!  This led to the "crank"-nosed 2-seater Corsair which had a de-rated engine & a smaller diameter prop to ease their introduction from fast trainers like the T-6 Texan to Fast fighters.  The aircraft was adored for it's ease of taking-off, landing & taxiing by Navy & Marine students & it was in fact these same students who gave their much loved, but ugly mount the monica of "Double-Bubble Buzzard".
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/HN2.jpg)

I blame that "Rocky Horror" Radish & his current crop of models as the inspiration ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Acree on September 27, 2012, 08:16:18 AM
Wow!  I admit I kinda like the original two-seater, but that crank-nose job is truly UGLY!  Nice work!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: TerryCampion on September 28, 2012, 05:14:21 AM
Oh WOW!!!!

Amazing stuff.....heck...would it fly?
Who cares!!!!!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on September 29, 2012, 06:59:24 AM
WARNING !! -- "Tophe-ish" idea ...

my modification of the GA1546 twin-fuselage bomber into a missile carrier.  British aircraft were traditionally short on range so this one carries the missile out to the limit then launches it & returns as an asymetric aircraft ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/AMC.jpg)

http://www.transportarchive.org.uk/getobject.php?rnum=G1546&searchitem=RAF&mtv=G1&pnum=10 (http://www.transportarchive.org.uk/getobject.php?rnum=G1546&searchitem=RAF&mtv=G1&pnum=10)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on September 29, 2012, 12:39:22 PM
Loved your "Double-Bubble Buzzard" which inspired this ...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: AXOR on September 30, 2012, 01:36:23 AM
 W A W ! ! !
That Corsair looks soooo cool.thanks Apophenia !

Raafif,I like your Double Bubble but I like more this version :

Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on September 30, 2012, 04:23:35 AM
Oh, you guys ! ;D ;D    Glad I inspire some of you :D

apophenia -- that looks good enough to work some of my silliness on it :-\

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/bbt.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on September 30, 2012, 09:13:41 AM
something different ....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/HN4.jpg)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/HN5.jpg)

Finstang 1 & 2 ....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/FN1.jpg)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/FN2.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on September 30, 2012, 11:56:03 AM
Finstangs.....  a stroke of brillance  :o
Why didn't I think of that  :(
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 30, 2012, 07:35:02 PM
Love that last one! :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on September 30, 2012, 08:27:14 PM
Belated congratulations! :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on September 30, 2012, 08:53:34 PM
Dear Raafif, your art is once again celebrated on my site http://cmeunier.chez-alice.fr/Asymm_addition.htm (http://cmeunier.chez-alice.fr/Asymm_addition.htm)
Can you help me in enriching the text? Was this GA1546 a British project of 1955 by General Aircraft, or else?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 01, 2012, 06:57:10 AM
thanks Tophe, here's the page ... courtesy of What-If Modellers discussion
http://www.transportarchive.org.uk/getobject.php?rnum=G1546&searchitem=RAF&mtv=G1&pnum=10 (http://www.transportarchive.org.uk/getobject.php?rnum=G1546&searchitem=RAF&mtv=G1&pnum=10)

another page on the airliner vesion !! ...
http://www.transportarchive.org.uk/getobject.php?rnum=G1064&searchitem=concept%20&mtv=G1&pnum=1 (http://www.transportarchive.org.uk/getobject.php?rnum=G1064&searchitem=concept%20&mtv=G1&pnum=1)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on October 01, 2012, 10:38:09 AM
apophenia -- that looks good enough to work some of my silliness on it :-\

Love it! I do wonder though whether a mere three airscrews would be adequate to the task. That engine cries out for four props!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on October 02, 2012, 07:56:11 AM
The more I looked at the bent-nosed Corsair, the more it cried out for a forward cockpit. Then I thought, why not train more pilots at once. And if more trainee pilots are a good thing, then it only stands to reason that more wings are ...  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on October 02, 2012, 11:36:04 AM
Wonderful family... Vought designers were shy and fearful compared to both of you...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 03, 2012, 05:31:28 AM
thanks to you guys, I'm now considering an upside-down cockpit underneath to train pilots in inverted dogfighting !! :-X :-\ :-X ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on October 03, 2012, 09:59:39 AM
thanks to you guys, I'm now considering an upside-down cockpit underneath to train pilots in inverted dogfighting !! :-X :-\ :-X ;D

Congrats on another breakthrough concept here at BTS......
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on October 03, 2012, 10:46:56 AM
Excellent concept! If the cockpits were placed on either side of a twin-boomer, dogfight training could be accomplished with a single aircraft  ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 27, 2012, 09:01:48 AM
my next plastic aircraft project ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/SF.png)


The 300th Rainbow bomber was rolled of the assembly-lines on July 2nd 1944 & was then shifted into the paint-shop where it received a special "4th July" scheme, becoming the Star-Spangled Rainbow.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/RB1.png)

the RAAF also received a few ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/RB2.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on October 27, 2012, 09:47:39 AM
F-103B - yes, build it, like to see that one in plastic.  V-tail maybe.
Rainbow bombers, fits right in to post war thru mid 50s.  SAC markings.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on October 27, 2012, 03:00:45 PM
Pleasant profiles :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Acree on October 27, 2012, 03:09:58 PM
Love the F-103, but Navy? Underpowered, underwinged and with poor visibility, the Stilhetto would not have gotten along well with carrier ops (I think).  Also, In a service version, I would be inclined to increase the size of the vertical tail (at least for aesthetics). 

Love the Rainbows, but either the date or the US national marking is "wrong" - of course, it is WHIF, so maybe not!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 27, 2012, 03:16:19 PM
Isn't that far from this though:

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DJafCAFzQZI/Tt0DUdPWAYI/AAAAAAAADsU/8A8B0hV8xbM/s1600/5728344167_cc3b3f64d8.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N0Ee7RDjg3Q/Tt0DN1h2SMI/AAAAAAAADsE/OctVOAVYbTk/s1600/zf.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Acree on October 28, 2012, 12:36:32 AM
Wow - that's a new one on me!  And AMAZING!  I sit corrected - go right ahead with that Navy theme!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 28, 2012, 04:17:10 AM
I've always liked the Stiletto & have that book (along with a few other Zichek ones too, all excellent refs).

Bought 2 of the old Revell 72nd kits at $38 each !! so one may get the "straight" build while the other will get the Sonicfighter treatment - seriously considering a V-tail for it :P  The Revell kit is quite crude -- appalling joint for the nose, no engine buckets, molded-on markings etc, however apart fron lots'a PSR, will do a nice whif.

The old Lindberg "48"th kit is crude too but accurate - if I ever get the chance to grab one someone will produce a much better kit :icon_nif:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 28, 2012, 04:25:58 AM
The old Lindberg "48"th kit is crude too but accurate - if I ever get the chance to grab one someone will produce a much better kit :icon_nif:

Want to put that to the test?  I have one you can have if you want.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 29, 2012, 04:41:22 AM
OK Greg, send it down :)

Just to speed the new-tool kit along for you, I'll order resin cockpit, wheels & engine buckets for it now.  That way, by the time I've spent a gazillion $$$ & much elbow-grease PSRing it up to par, whatever company does do the new kit, it will have everything in the box and at a cheaper price too ...... as usual :icon_nif:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 30, 2012, 08:05:46 AM
At the end of W.W.1, Mr Sopwith (along with French & some German designers) was still enamoured with tri-planes.  In early 1920 he designed a Troop / VIP transport aircraft for the Army - it also having three main wings.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/SLT.jpg)

This aircraft soldiered on till 1930 when better engines meant the same aircraft could fly well with just two main-planes so the Land-Tripe was reconfigured as a bi-plane, losing the lower wings.  Only a few were converted, as at this point, Supermarine Aircraft became involved, seeing the possibilities of sealing the all-metal fuselage & making it a flyingboat -- the rest of that story is well known.

Post-war there was a need for civil transport & land-planes were again in demand -- De Havilland was doing well with their Foxmoth cabin-biplane, an enlarged TigerMoth.  Now just as reluctant to drop the bi-plane as he was the tri-plane, the retired Sopwith insisted his chief designer continue with a tried & true concept -- the original Land-Tripe but with two main-planes.  This time the lower two of the original wings were kept with solid interplane struts doing away with most of the drag-inducing rigging-wires & sporting flashy spats on the fixed undercarriage.  It was renamed the "Pegasus".
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/SP.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on October 30, 2012, 12:46:35 PM
I've always liked the Stiletto & have that book (along with a few other Zichek ones too, all excellent refs).

Bought 2 of the old Revell 72nd kits at $38 each !! so one may get the "straight" build while the other will get the Sonicfighter treatment - seriously considering a V-tail for it :P  The Revell kit is quite crude -- appalling joint for the nose, no engine buckets, molded-on markings etc, however apart fron lots'a PSR, will do a nice whif.

The old Lindberg "48"th kit is crude too but accurate - if I ever get the chance to grab one someone will produce a much better kit :icon_nif:
Consider bashing F-5 wings onto it or a F-5 root transitioning to a smaller scale F-18 outer wing.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 07, 2012, 01:12:08 PM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/G-447.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 07, 2012, 05:04:49 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on November 07, 2012, 06:35:50 PM
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/G-447.png[/url])


I have to so build this. !!!!!!

The Wings are a from a P-47? Did you scale them down or shorten them? Drops tanks from the P-80?

And the pilot lands how?  >:D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Doom! on November 07, 2012, 10:15:25 PM
Best looking parasite fighter I've ever seen!  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 08, 2012, 03:14:06 AM
I have to so build this. !!!!!!

The Wings are a from a P-47? Did you scale them down or shorten them? Drops tanks from the P-80?

And the pilot lands how?  >:D

Wings & tanks too are P-47 ...... scaled to fit, you'll have to experiment to see what plastic fits together .... it's so much easier to be pixelated than plasticated, eh ? :D

I usualy scan drawings or nick borrow them off the Russian / French 3-vue sites then scale to fit whatever I have in mind.  There are sometimes several versions shown so I choose whatever one suits my use best - some are highly accurate & to pure scale but messy, others are very basic but clean B/W drawings.

Ahh, how does he land ?? .... he doesn't !!
He hooks back up to the "ZF Surcouf"  (Zeppelin Francais "Surcouf") ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on November 08, 2012, 05:51:13 AM
I have to so build this. !!!!!!

The Wings are a from a P-47? Did you scale them down or shorten them? Drops tanks from the P-80?

And the pilot lands how?  >:D


Wings & tanks too are P-47 ...... scaled to fit, you'll have to experiment to see what plastic fits together .... it's so much easier to be pixelated than plasticated, eh ? :D

I usualy scan drawings or nick borrow them off the Russian / French 3-vue sites then scale to fit whatever I have in mind.  There are sometimes several versions shown so I choose whatever one suits my use best - some are highly accurate & to pure scale but messy, others are very basic but clean B/W drawings.

Ahh, how does he land ?? .... he doesn't !!
He hooks back up to the "ZF Surcouf"  (Zeppelin Francais "Surcouf") ;)



Oh, the old pixelated plastic trick. I should have know that. ;D

A fit check with 1/72 scale wings looks like I'll need 1/48 wings.

Cool. I'll build a flying trapeze hook (http://api.ning.com/files/hWzjMNzRaDoHOLMW99-MuRHGVlw2NJyp5rfuPHx7cRdcGhKg2YIO1l*K1ihmIvZiMwU0vOg70co28F4*yN5FvQ__/Sparrowhawk_Home.jpg).
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on November 08, 2012, 06:49:18 AM
The "hook on" should be interesting since you'll need the hook in the pilot's line of sight but not where it would interfere with the propellers.  I'm thinking that something more akin to BAE's "Skyhook", where the pilot can fly formation with a reference point and the system acquire the aircraft might work better here.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 08, 2012, 08:19:20 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/G-447t.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on November 08, 2012, 09:07:19 AM
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/G-447t.png[/url])


Thanks Ron. So what I can see is all I need to add a triangular latch on the nose.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 17, 2012, 10:26:22 AM

RAAF Anson Bomber in desert colours, Northern Territory.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/AN6.png)

yet another variation on the Beaufort ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/BS.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on November 17, 2012, 10:45:37 AM
Nice  :)   I can just see the Seaford flying off HMAS Shangri-la heading for Tokyo  ;)

It's also easy to imagine a later Anson variant with more powerful P&W Wasp Juniors (à la the Canadian Anson Mk Vs).
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 25, 2012, 05:19:44 AM
As the 2pdr shells just bounced off German armour, in 1942 most Matilda's were converted into SPATs to ambush German tanks.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MSP1.jpg)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MSP2.jpg)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MSP3.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: arc3371 on November 25, 2012, 05:22:14 AM
A logical step, I often wonder why the Western allies didn´t copy the Germans and Soviets in that regard
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 25, 2012, 05:27:19 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 25, 2012, 05:33:01 AM
They were so short of tanks, & bigger guns to put in/on them, they couldn't do it.  They did make plans to do this tho -- mostly as improv vehicles for the German invasion of England.  Lend-Lease M7 Priests soon solved the problem for them.

Have a good idea for another SP ....... German into IDF use, 1948 ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on November 25, 2012, 02:51:50 PM
Damn, that Matilda SPAT looks great!  :) Someone should build that!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 02, 2012, 04:50:32 PM
not entirely my fault .... GTX provided the "mono-spat" idea ....
Not a tilt-rotor ... just a fast twin.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Mspat.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 02, 2012, 04:53:21 PM
I should probably explain...especially for Brian's benefit:

Brian recently received a Miles Master kit.  As a suggestion for what to do, I suggested the following:

Maybe it will end up with 2 engines (1 on each wing tip) plus a single central spat (and outriggers in each engine nacelle) as the Miles Monospat...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 08, 2012, 12:50:51 PM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/NH.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: arc3371 on December 08, 2012, 03:00:36 PM
Nice, could you post a larger pic of the navajo marking?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 09, 2012, 09:23:02 AM
Here's the shields of "Cowboys & Aliens" -- I modified.  The horse is a modification of one of the Pony-Express logos.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: arc3371 on December 09, 2012, 04:04:19 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on December 11, 2012, 05:54:06 AM
not entirely my fault .... GTX provided the "mono-spat" idea ....

And a parasol to boot! Love it  :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 11, 2012, 06:56:25 AM
Next may be a military version as part of the competition for an RAF fighter replacement -- it'll go up against the Westland-Hill Pterodactyl ... ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on December 11, 2012, 07:38:29 AM
Maybe it will end up with 2 engines (1 on each wing tip) plus a single central spat (and outriggers in each engine nacelle) as the Miles Monospat...
Outriggers from a high wing may not be a good idea. You probably know this was the reason for the design of the Twin-Monospat (Monospat Mk 11):
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on December 11, 2012, 12:26:24 PM
Next may be a military version as part of the competition for an RAF fighter replacement -- it'll go up against the Westland-Hill Pterodactyl ... ;D

I like it! And a good stablemate for the Twin-Monospat   ;D  Then maybe a Lysander replacement with a variable-incidence wing?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 13, 2012, 06:22:31 AM
Developed military version of the Miles Mono-Spat -- the tail was raised via a boom & a two-gun turret added ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MM.png)

There are two more versions coming ....... including an asymetric for Tophe >:D .....
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on December 13, 2012, 06:29:39 AM
Such a pleasant departure from sanity  :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on December 13, 2012, 06:31:18 AM
Neato!  How about a ship based seaplane with a boat hull?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on December 13, 2012, 06:37:03 AM
Indeed, I like that quite a lot.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 13, 2012, 10:23:57 AM
Neato!  How about a ship based seaplane with a boat hull?

as if I haven't got enough ideas for this one ............ oh, ok ;)


Here's two heavy versions for beach strafing ....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MS1.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MS2.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on December 13, 2012, 02:46:57 PM
I am surprised BdB hasn't comment yet...after all there are spats...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 14, 2012, 05:50:13 AM
I am surprised BdB hasn't comment yet...after all there are spats...

he's probably frantically rummaging thru his bits & Airfix boxes to find the necessary parts to build it ;D


Ship-board recon aircraft ...... would it be strong enough to survive a catapult launch ? .....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Msea.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Doom! on December 14, 2012, 06:47:59 AM
The Sea Spat is just too cool!  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on December 14, 2012, 07:36:36 AM
Mmmmmm very nice sir, very nice indeed!  Now hang a pair of anti-ship torpedoes under the wings   ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 18, 2012, 02:39:11 PM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Boom1.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: arc3371 on December 18, 2012, 05:27:22 PM
Now taht is interesting, Allison engine?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on December 18, 2012, 09:37:36 PM
You know, I have an engineless Boomerang and a Griffon off of a Firefly I going spare and your Boomerang looks pretty tasty!  :D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 19, 2012, 06:32:49 AM
thanks, I always thought the Boomer should get an in-line engine sometime but immediately disregarded the Merlin as it's too powerful for the airframe.  I discounted the Allison too so I've used an indiginous V-10 -- the Syd. Lusty-designed one built at Lidcombe, NSW ;D

Cowling is scaled down from a Barracuda (very curved top lines) -- initialy it looked a bit long to me so I did try to shorten it but didn't look so nice.

Should really lengthen the aft fuselage a bit as the Boomerang is very short-coupled & tends to go arse-over-tit landing on rough ground -- the pilot of the first flying genuine restoration nearly wet himself on his first grass-field try (big hump in the ground) & had to do a go around :-[


EMPTY .... a Firefly nose is similar in shape so should look good too !!! When will you have the model done & pics posted ?? ?? ?? :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on December 19, 2012, 07:53:30 AM
The Miles Sombrero asymmetric aircraft is a delicious design :-*
Congratulations to the designer!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on December 19, 2012, 11:49:07 AM
Love the Boomerang II  :)  Easy-peasy to stretch the rear fuselage since it's welded steel tubing. Although you could always go the P-40M route and just push the vertical tailplane aft.

Since the Real world Lidcombe Engine Plant produced Merlins, I'd assumed that was what it was (and it looks a bit like a Barracuda cowling). Is your Lusty a totally new design or a Merlin derivation (like a V10 version of the Rover Meteor V12 to Meteorite V8 evolution)?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on December 19, 2012, 09:16:31 PM
EMPTY .... a Firefly nose is similar in shape so should look good too !!! When will you have the model done & pics posted ?? ?? ?? :)

Done? Done?!!!! You mean you have to finish them??? Not just look at the bits and go, yeah that will look cool? Arrrrrgggghhh!!!!!!!

Erm.... if I go alphabetically..... 6 months!  :D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 20, 2012, 08:02:43 AM
A development installation (designed by Frank Bullard) of an inverted version of the Lidcombe Lusty engine - the radiator, mounted above the propellor's final-reduction housing, has side-outlets which also helps draw the hot air from the engine area -- however the airflow tended to suck seeping oil from the engine bay & swish it up over the cockpit canopy.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Boom3.png)

After the war, Mr Bullard converted the engine to a dry-sump which cured the oil-seepage problem & used it in pylon racing.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Boom4.png)


When the RAF rejected the Westland Pterodactyl as too heavy & slow for a fighter, they built a twin version as a Bomber-escort -- it was known to the test-pilots as the "Twinner-Dactyl".
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/TD.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on December 20, 2012, 08:23:23 AM
For some reason, the Bullard I says 'Italian'. And is it just me, or does that Twin Pterodactyl cry out for variable-geometry on those outer wing panels?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on December 20, 2012, 08:43:44 AM
Wonderful Twin-Pterodactyl :-* :-*
I qualify it as "most efficient turret-fighter ever" at http://cmeunier.chez-alice.fr/Asymm_addition.htm (http://cmeunier.chez-alice.fr/Asymm_addition.htm)
Thanks again!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 21, 2012, 04:50:30 AM
is it just me, or does that Twin Pterodactyl cry out for variable-geometry on those outer wing panels?

apophenia -- stay tuned in ..... more to come ....... Tophe will flip when he sees my next Pterodactyl version :-\ :D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on December 21, 2012, 01:34:00 PM
Well that sounds very promising ... or ominous ... or both  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 22, 2012, 03:48:34 AM
As stated before, when the RAF rejected the Pterodactyl as too heavy & slow for a fighter, Westland built a twin version (known to the test-pilots as the "Twinner-Dactyl") as a Bomber-escort for the RAF's Heavy Bomber squadrons (currently flying the Handley-Page Heyford) -- it was accepted & went into service as the WHF-1 "Twin-Dactyl".  The RAF squadrons practised their mission profiles often with the opposing light-fighters coming from other squadrons - it was on one such mission that a Twin-Dactyl collided with a Heyford, bending the Dactyl's starboard wing forward to an alarming degree.  The Heyford spiralled down crashing in a field - the crew escaping with moderate injuries.  The twin-Dactyl however performed a sight never seen before .... initially entering a flat spin ... normally impossible for that design ... & that no-one thought would end.  The pilot fought valiantly then gave up and the three crew prepared to bail-out .... if they could against the centrifugal forces.  On letting go of the control-column, the aircraft suddenly straightened out for a second, then performed what can only be described as a one-turn, nose-up 360deg spin & vertical "jump" before starting to fall again.  The crew didn't care for these antics & with a seriously damaged aircraft they wisely opted to complete their exit.

Examination of the wreckage brought nothing to light - all damage was consistent with a mid-air collision & subsequent crash.  However the reports on the bent aircraft's behaviour seemed to match the thoughts of Westland's wing-design theoretician - ie:- that a wing of certain orientation could behave in some amazing ways .... the wing & attachments would have to be strengthened considerably but it was quite possible that a revolution in fighter tactics was on the cusp of attainment.  A prototype was modified from a standard Twin-Dactyl & tested in every possible way -- it was found that by advancing the starboard-side main-plane, the observed gyrations were possible.  The asymmetric power application (both engines being on one side of the aircraft) made the turn much better to the left than to the right and this suited pilots. ((it was a long-standing physicological rule, known to many Aces, that is more "natural" for people to bank left, than right, giving those who knew about it an advantage)).

The Westland "Zag-a-Zig", named after the wing plan-form, was a radical departure from normal aircraft design & was the first ever "swing-wing" aircraft to fly.  Due to its deliberately stable / unstable flight-characteristics (depending on the pilot's selection in flight), it could evade even the most nimble light-fighter sent to destroy it.  It was immediately seen that a normal RAF pilot wouldn't have the required training to fly this aircraft -- it was thought that at least 3yrs of aerobatic training was necessary for full proficiency -- a standard that very few pilots had.  An ideal opportunity to test the aircraft in a real arena came with the Spanish Civil War and as war with Germany was already seen as inevitable, the RAF started offering pilot's commissions to all who qualified as advanced aerobats.  Many barn-stormers saw that their world was coming to an end -- stunts were becoming "old hat" & "routine", crowds, & income from them, were getting smaller and many of their sort, ex-WW1 pilots, were getting too old for this type of activity.  Most accepted the RAF's offer of a regular pay-cheque -- those still young enough to have fast reactions were offered Active pilot's commissions in a special squadron - the others were offered commissions to train the increasing number of fighter-pilots now being sort for the war ahead.

A small batch of twenty Zag-a-Zigs were built &, after a year of secret training, five were sent to Spain to observe developments there as part of a League of Nations observer team -- it was rightly seen as a testing-ground of the future war.  Being prohibited in joining in any fighting apart from the most dire self-defence, these Zag-a-Zigs of 000 (Triple-Zero) Sqdn -- whose pilots were all ex barn-stormers -- had the turrets removed & faired over - only twin, fixed 303's being mounted in the nose of the right-hand fuselage.  000 Squadron went as ordered, hoping to be challenged by all sides in the air as interlopers.  Being prohibited from firing their guns didn't faze them - they were confident in their mounts to evade anyone that got on their tails & had their secret banks of ten Delco-Remy "air-guns" either side of the right fuselage & two bottles of compressed-air mounted inside to "fire" them.

They soon made a nuisance of themselves -- flying above the general area, they waited for the protagonists to clash.  Then they would dive and fly in & out of the ensuing melee, causing much annoyance to those who had just lined-up on an enemy machine.  The Polikarpovs welcomed this interruption to their deaths, but the pilots of the Me-109a's of the Kondor Legion's Herman Goring Squadron saw it as un-Knightly behaviour & unforgivable poaching on their ground.  The Me-109's thought they'd teach these arrogant Englishmen a lesson - they knew that their aircraft were faster & they could catch them in a run any time.  But the Englishmen didn't run .... in fact they slowed down a bit & tempted the Messerschmits to shoot at them by lazily waggling their wings & waving to them.  This was too much !!  One pilot, a holder of the Knight Cross with 35 kills to his credit in the Great War, decided to shoot the offender down.  He positioned himself behind the Zag-a-Zig & closed in .... the British pilot held his position, continuing to wave at him !!  Just as he was about to fire his guns, the Zag-a-Zig disappeared !!  His wing-man warned him -- "Ze Englander hast spun below you !"

The pilot had moved the lever of the wing-actuation mechanism to "U" for unstable & the right wing swung forward, the spoiler popping out as it did so.  The Zag-a-Zig dropped the wing-tip & the aircraft performed it's special turn - a fast 360deg spin & extremely rapid climb, temporarily blacking out the pilot, it put him right behind his enemy in just a fraction of a second.

       "Aaaargh-oooooh-Gaahh !!!", "Aaaargh-oooooh-Gaahh !!!" went the Englander's "air-guns" -- the extremely loud, old-fashioned, car horns blasting the Messerschmitt pilot with sound, urging him to get out of the way of the Zag-a-Zig, now quite unexpectedly, immediately behind, causing the German pilot to soil his clothes ...

The lessons of the Spanish Civil War had indeed been learned ... by the German Pilots.  Triple-Zero Squadron had the desired effect -- zero "kills" & zero losses in Spain resulted in zero aggression towards the RAF bombers on their way to Keil when-ever they were in the air.

An asymmetric swing-wing ....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/ZaZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on December 22, 2012, 07:45:44 AM
Great aircraft and great story, thanks! :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 23, 2012, 01:16:21 PM
 here's the .....
            Heinkel tri-motor Flying-Wing ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/HeFW.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on December 23, 2012, 01:35:11 PM
Still another diamond! Thanks! :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on December 24, 2012, 01:20:53 PM
here's the .....
            Heinkel tri-motor Flying-Wing ...c

Love your He-331  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 29, 2012, 11:12:29 AM
A German Mixer ....
For power Heinkel wanted the new jet engines for his Flying-Wing bomber but these were still being developed and some time was expected to pass before they were ready for service so, forced to accept propeller engines, he sought some of the new prop-jet types.  Hensch-Mess had one that worked well & two were coupled together to drive one propeller ..... but it destroyed gear-boxes at a fast rate.  Engineer Helmuth von Würthnöt designed a set-up that used the usual two gear-boxes with inter-meshing propellers that provided good power-delivery with only the occasional catastrophe ....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/HeFW2.jpg)


Retro Time .... pantaloons are back !!
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/He1111.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/He1112.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on December 29, 2012, 12:06:14 PM
Your lovely He-333 design is probably the first asymmetric aircraft with intermeshing propellers... :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on December 30, 2012, 12:10:44 PM
There just aren't enough aircraft with trousered undercarriages! Thank you for doing your bit to redress the natural balance  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on January 01, 2013, 01:44:50 PM
I want a 1/35th scale model of a Boarhound 8x8 but as there is no such kit I decided to do one in pixels instead ....

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/WH1.jpg)


As an exercise in doctoring a photo in MS Paint, it was reasonably easy ... original photo of some guys model of a Staghound .....
(http://imageshack.us/a/img835/5454/stag2x.jpg)

then copy, trim, paste together & fill in some minor areas.  Took about 3 hours total.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on January 03, 2013, 09:50:40 AM
retro-B-17 ....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/YB13.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on January 03, 2013, 10:20:07 AM
The latest two are incredibly cool!  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on January 03, 2013, 10:29:43 AM
Fabulous  retro :-*
Boeing-Keystone  :)
You discovered the missing link in US bombers  ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on January 03, 2013, 10:35:26 AM
Thanks guys ...... I recently saw a 1980's B-17 whif on a site -- just a modern paint scheme on a B-17F unfortunately .... but I think a -17 with turbo-props & other modern upgrades would be just the go ! !  I'll make that the next profile when I get time ... unless something else gets my attention first :D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 03, 2013, 12:42:29 PM
Thanks guys ...... I recently saw a 1980's B-17 whif on a site -- just a modern paint scheme on a B-17F unfortunately .... but I think a -17 with turbo-props & other modern upgrades would be just the go ! !  I'll make that the next profile when I get time ... unless something else gets my attention first :D
Suitable turboprops (late-model PT6A's driving six-bladed props?) + modified CIWS units in place of upper, lower, and chin turrets+SNIPER (or other targetting pod) on side of nose + 500 lb LGBs in bomb bay?

A couple side thoughts - use the conversion installations from a pair of Basler DC-3 conversions for this?  If you do so, do you need to stretch the fuselage and can this be done in such a way as to enlarge the bomb bay? 
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on January 03, 2013, 09:56:52 PM
I love the Y1B-13! Great idea!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on January 05, 2013, 09:37:00 AM
Love the Boeing-Keystone ... and the Boarhound 8x8 was pretty cool too  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on January 05, 2013, 10:20:44 AM
Like that 1YB-13 sooooo much, just had to comment on it again.
Definitely keeping concept in back pocket of my modeling mind as a like-to-build.   :-*
Did I say wow?
If not here it is - WOW
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on January 05, 2013, 01:27:57 PM
It's up there as one of my own Top Five favourites too, Bill -- if you like it so much why haven't you already started it ??? ;D

Next installment ...
WW2 ends early, B-29 not developed.  Post-war isolationism, austerity and the only wars are those in British-controlled colonial Africa & the Mid-East.  This means that the B-17 remains the USA's main bomber till 1975.  No A-Bomb or Cold-War so jet-bombers are not needed as prop-jobs are better for small, low-intensity conflicts .....

Threats in 1968 to the West's oil supplies by more Mid-East unrest has American bombers sent as part of a League of Nations force .....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/AB-17.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on January 05, 2013, 02:01:31 PM
OMG  :o
What I said before is x2.
You may be the cause of a run on B-17 kit purchases  :)

Being a long time B-17 fan both grab me.  One of the two versions can end up at end of my to build queue.
I take it those turrets have 20mm Vulcans.  Bombay can be half 20mm ammo and half whatever else.
Any estimates of full throttle speed - 350 mph ish?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Volkodav on January 05, 2013, 09:01:46 PM
Mmmm.....this has got me thinking Vietnam and an interdiction variant of the B-17.  Tip tanks and lots of underwing pylons, FLIR ......and of course an appropriate interdiction paint scheme.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on January 05, 2013, 09:58:49 PM
Mmmm.....this has got me thinking Vietnam and an interdiction variant of the B-17.  Tip tanks and lots of underwing pylons, FLIR ......and of course an appropriate interdiction paint scheme.

Good idea. Could be an all-in-one replacement for the:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on January 06, 2013, 01:13:07 AM
OMG  :o
What I said before is x2.
You may be the cause of a run on B-17 kit purchases  :)

Being a long time B-17 fan both grab me.  One of the two versions can end up at end of my to build queue.
I take it those turrets have 20mm Vulcans.  Bombay can be half 20mm ammo and half whatever else.
Any estimates of full throttle speed - 350 mph ish?
Absent any driver for development, I'd argue that the gatlings would be .50 cal (.50BMG) and I could see them being tri-barrels much as the turreted gun on the AH-1G.  That would ease the space requirements for ammo a bit.  I wonder if it would have tip tanks, winglets, or both (there was an offered mod for 20-series Learjets that blended winglets onto the tiptanks - don't know if anyone ever bought one or if it made it into production, but it looked distinctive).
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on January 06, 2013, 05:53:38 AM
Any estimates of full throttle speed - 350 mph ish?

Over the standard DC-3, the Basler PT-67 gives you 25% increased speed at altitude (no increase at low alt), 55% altitude increase & 24% more cargo but 43% less range.  I wouldn't expect those improvements to be quite as good for a 4-engine bomber but still an increase over the WW2 version -- if range is a priority stick with the Wright Cyclones or fill the bombay with fuel !!

                    B-17G                      AB-17-ST
Max          300 mph                360 mph at reduced range  (needs drop-tanks !)
Cruise       263 mph              200 mph loiter / 320 mph cruise at reduced range
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on January 06, 2013, 11:44:58 AM
Love the B-52 style tail  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on January 06, 2013, 02:00:52 PM
Love the B-52 style tail  :)

Totally agree with that. 
If doing this in plastic (1/144 B-52 tail ?) I would go for a 2000+ modernization.  Though don't know what that means changing from what is in profile.  To me your profile says 1990+.  Tri-barrel 50cal turrets does make sense.  Waist gun could be a 20mm and pivot to use waist doors on both sides.  To have more defensive punch/reach to rear, perhaps a B-66 twin 20mm turret.  Also good for parting shots a surface targets.  Like the addition of winglets (1990+ feature to me) and would add F-80 like drop tanks.  Drop em as necessary.  Is there a modern more efficient 6-blade prop for those engines?  Of course the sensors would be contemporary.  Reskinning selected pannels with carbon fiber would help with weight.  Intriguing build to contemplate.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on January 08, 2013, 11:19:20 AM
Love the He-111C-0
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on January 09, 2013, 07:47:47 AM
did these a while back -- WW1 DeMole Tank, my version based on the War-dept artist's drawing of the 1913 DeMole chassis .... DeMole's working model is in a museum, one day I may get to measure the real thing up.

Mk.1. British Tank
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/DM1.jpg)

Mk.II. British Tank
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/DM2.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: sotoolslinger on January 09, 2013, 08:10:04 AM
It's up there as one of my own Top Five favourites too, Bill -- if you like it so much why haven't you already started it ??? ;D

Next installment ...
WW2 ends early, B-29 not developed.  Post-war isolationism, austerity and the only wars are those in British-controlled colonial Africa & the Mid-East.  This means that the B-17 remains the USA's main bomber till 1975.  No A-Bomb or Cold-War so jet-bombers are not needed as prop-jobs are better for small, low-intensity conflicts .....

Threats in 1968 to the West's oil supplies by more Mid-East unrest has American bombers sent as part of a League of Nations force .....
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/AB-17.png[/url])

Saved to hardrive for future build :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on February 03, 2013, 11:12:15 AM
Russian Maz guntruck in Afghanistan ....
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: M.A.D on February 03, 2013, 11:28:29 AM
It's up there as one of my own Top Five favourites too, Bill -- if you like it so much why haven't you already started it ??? ;D

Next installment ...
WW2 ends early, B-29 not developed.  Post-war isolationism, austerity and the only wars are those in British-controlled colonial Africa & the Mid-East.  This means that the B-17 remains the USA's main bomber till 1975.  No A-Bomb or Cold-War so jet-bombers are not needed as prop-jobs are better for small, low-intensity conflicts .....

Threats in 1968 to the West's oil supplies by more Mid-East unrest has American bombers sent as part of a League of Nations force .....
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/AB-17.png[/url])

Wow I would hate to be on the shovel during brass duty while that thing is firing!!

M.A.D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: arc3371 on February 17, 2013, 12:13:28 AM
Interesting stuff and it is my kind of whiffs, old material upgraded
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 03, 2013, 05:26:56 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Tag.png)
(based on Grumman A-6E airframe)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on March 03, 2013, 05:28:55 AM
Oooo...interesting
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: jorel62 on March 03, 2013, 07:36:14 AM
very cool....
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on March 03, 2013, 10:39:20 AM
funny... :D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on March 03, 2013, 10:47:59 AM
Super  :)
One of those why didn't I think of it concepts.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 04, 2013, 05:55:44 AM
it pays to read a book up-side-down on occassion ! :-\ ;D

DML's 1/144th A-6E or Tamiya's 1/100th A-6A should make a neat 1/35th UAV ;)

Fujimi's 1/700th A6 may be a bit small for an aircraft-mounted Firebee target-drone ?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 07, 2013, 11:47:53 AM
it pays to read a book up-side-down on occassion...

Still dead clever though!  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on March 08, 2013, 02:58:15 PM
It's up there as one of my own Top Five favourites too, Bill -- if you like it so much why haven't you already started it ??? ;D

Saved to hardrive for future build :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

Sooo dang cool  8)
Following your lead - saved to hardrive too.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 01, 2013, 08:13:21 AM
run out of ideas lately but -- as usual -- Tophe gave me a starter with his vtol Me-262.  Here's my take on it - a 2-seater "x-wing" ....
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on April 01, 2013, 08:18:50 AM
 :-* Thanks a lot! I mean: I was thinking I am the most crazy in the World... (sigh of relief) ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 20, 2013, 11:49:05 AM
In an attempt to survive in the cuts to the number of Leyland brands, MG took an idea from the Morgan 3-wheeler.  The M.G. B-T was designed for the new market in 3-wheel single-seaters which became popular in an effort to slash the exhorbitant new road-tax, insurance & registration costs.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MG-BT.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Litvyak on April 20, 2013, 12:11:47 PM
O_O

I *love* the MG B-T!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 20, 2013, 12:55:46 PM
O_O

I *love* the MG B-T!

you do ?? ??  :-\ :-X

      I'll have to do more .... how about a Mazda MX-GT or a BMW ? ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on April 20, 2013, 01:42:45 PM
 :-* Wonderful! May I dream of a flying-car version?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 20, 2013, 02:51:41 PM
I'm sure they'd sell more MX-5's in UK & Canada if it had a hard-top hatch ..
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MX-GT.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/BMW42.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 20, 2013, 03:05:18 PM
:-* Wonderful! May I dream of a flying-car version?


(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/mg-gtf.jpg) ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on April 20, 2013, 03:16:57 PM
:-* Wonderful! May I dream of a flying-car version?
Well, I did it myself, thanks a lot Raafif!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Litvyak on April 20, 2013, 08:36:45 PM
The Mazda looks great - very natural. And the MG B-T Flyer is pretty cool, too; looks like something that could fit into the Star Trek world as a retro-styled personal planetary shuttle. ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: jorel62 on April 20, 2013, 10:05:59 PM
Nice stuff......
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on April 21, 2013, 09:49:00 AM
I'm sure they'd sell more MX-5's in UK & Canada if it had a hard-top hatch ..
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/MX-GT.png[/url])

Beautiful, though I always pictured a hardtop MX-5/Miata as having a curving roof line like a 240Z or a Cobra Daytona Coupe.

I do agree they'd sell a lot of those in the US and Canada.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 21, 2013, 02:44:34 PM
The Mazda looks great - very natural. And the MG B-T Flyer is pretty cool, too; looks like something that could fit into the Star Trek world as a retro-styled personal planetary shuttle. ;D

Thanks Litvyak !  well, I do have this Star Trek concept - model will be done if I can find a buggy for wrecking at a reasonable price ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Brian da Basher on April 23, 2013, 02:18:34 AM
I'm very much enjoying your auto whiffs, raafif!

Keep 'em coming!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 27, 2013, 11:40:33 AM
Boeing-Republic B-536 (V-tail), 1950.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/b536.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on April 27, 2013, 03:57:11 PM
amazing!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on April 27, 2013, 04:42:43 PM
If Curtis Lemay were here today, bet he would like that profile framed and on wall of his den.
So would I  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: dy031101 on April 27, 2013, 11:58:10 PM
Boeing-Republic B-536 (V-tail), 1950.

It manages to remind me of BM-335 in Ace Combat Zero, only much better-looking.  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 01, 2013, 08:04:58 AM
RAF Birmingham bomber, Egypt 1956.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/b537.png)

Canadian Chesapeake bomber, 1955.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/b538.png)

Israeli AF B-536 (loaned by the RAF for local war)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/b539.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on May 01, 2013, 08:23:48 AM
Someone build those NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!  8)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 03, 2013, 12:54:13 PM
a few mods on a design by Tophe ....
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 20, 2013, 12:31:10 PM
German shark-mouths ...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 20, 2013, 04:32:45 PM
Vicious anteaters...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on May 21, 2013, 04:35:20 PM
Being a B-36 fan to start with, B-536 is brillant concept for me.  Then there are cool camo and markings variants  8)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on May 22, 2013, 03:36:02 AM
German shark-mouths ...


Could you please do an Aussie Do-335?  I don't know what kind of backstory there would be, but who needs one?  The concept justifies itself.  And the simple fact that an Aussie Do-335 would just be flat out cool to see...

Thanks and regards,

CPT Mike
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 22, 2013, 10:34:18 AM
Could you please do an Aussie Do-335?  I don't know what kind of backstory there would be, but who needs one?  The concept justifies itself.  And the simple fact that an Aussie Do-335 would just be flat out cool to see...

Thanks and regards,
CPT Mike


Aussie Anteaters ?? ??? hmmm ..... :o
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/RE1.png)
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/RE2.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on May 22, 2013, 03:11:44 PM
Great! Can you imagine/design a single-engined/pusher version of the Do-335? With a free nose for either navigator or guns?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on May 22, 2013, 03:20:09 PM
Great! Can you imagine/design a single-engined/pusher version of the Do-335? With a free nose for either navigator or guns?


Maybe like this one with one large, 4000hp Argus As 413:

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e68/GTwiner/More%20Creations/335rearengar.jpg)

More here (http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1556.0)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on May 22, 2013, 03:25:22 PM
Wow!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on May 23, 2013, 04:24:57 AM
Could you please do an Aussie Do-335?  I don't know what kind of backstory there would be, but who needs one?  The concept justifies itself.  And the simple fact that an Aussie Do-335 would just be flat out cool to see...

Thanks and regards,
CPT Mike


Aussie Anteaters ?? ??? hmmm ..... :o
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/RE1.png[/url])
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/RE2.png[/url])


Thanks RAAFIF!  :D Outstandingly cool!  ;)  BTW, what if you take BOTH engines out and install a jet?

Thanks again,

CPT Mike
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 25, 2013, 10:51:24 AM
Thanks RAAFIF!  :D Outstandingly cool!  ;)  BTW, what if you take BOTH engines out and install a jet?
Thanks again,
CPT Mike


WW2 - 1948.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Dj.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on May 25, 2013, 01:20:31 PM
Great transformation, thanks!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on May 25, 2013, 01:46:06 PM
Yes, "Great transformation".  Looks to be Luft 1950s-1960s from those markings.
Can picture it in late 40s-50s service with USAF ADC.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 26, 2013, 06:23:09 AM
thanks ....... but what sort of bombers are those that he shot down ?? ;)
The two fighters look like F-86A Sabres :D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: lauhof52 on May 26, 2013, 03:41:24 PM
Do-397J is very nice!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on May 29, 2013, 12:03:09 AM
Thanks RAAFIF!  :D Outstandingly cool!  ;)  BTW, what if you take BOTH engines out and install a jet?
Thanks again,
CPT Mike


WW2 - 1948.
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Dj.png[/url])


Another great profile RAAFIF!  ;)  Thanks!  :)  BTW, isn't one of those "kill" marks a Tu-95 "Bear"?  The fighter "kills" look like Mig-17's

Best regards,

CPT Mike
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 06, 2013, 05:53:49 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/F216.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 06, 2013, 06:16:34 AM
Whoa!!!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 06, 2013, 11:14:09 AM
I would say it differently: wow! :-* :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on June 06, 2013, 11:39:06 AM
Very nice, but can it carry more fuel than for a couple go-rounds with touch and goes?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on June 07, 2013, 10:06:28 AM
I like it! F-16 meets EE Lightning and F-107 :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 07, 2013, 10:28:48 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/228t.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 07, 2013, 11:22:45 AM
Pleasant!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 08, 2013, 01:04:49 PM
retro steam-punk tram ... crude, but a start on a better try
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/spt.png)

Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on June 08, 2013, 02:21:50 PM
Amazing!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on June 10, 2013, 02:29:20 PM
Mono-rails reign Supreme !!

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/spm.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on June 10, 2013, 02:44:26 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on June 11, 2013, 01:27:29 AM
If it stops between stations, watch out for that first step, it's quite a drop.  That's definitely something different and I imagine you'd need some tall supports to carry the rail for a three-decker car.  of course, it'd look worse on an Alweg-style track.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on July 17, 2013, 07:27:04 AM
could'a, should'a but wouldn'a -- WW1 deMole Tank

While surveying land in Western Australia in 1911, engineer Lancelot deMole came up with his idea for a track-laying vehicle.  He drew up plans & submitted them through the official channels to the War Office in England in 1912.  DeMole only drew plans for the rolling-chassis as he believed that the War Office had other people more experienced in designing engines, transmissions & armaments for his machine.  At the time, his designs were rejected as the British Army had stopped experimenting with "chain-rail" vehicles.  DeMole's friends urged him to sell his design to Germany (as the foremost country in vehicle engineering at that time) but he refused on patriotic grounds.  When a Tank was needed by Britain in 1914, it seems that all previous submissions of military designs, regardless of merit, were ignored & only a few tracked (mostly American) farming machines were studied.  He re-submitted his design in 1916 (& a working 1/8th scale model in 1917) & was again ignored by the Army, even when (tho being classed as unfit) he had managed to join the Army & was then fighting in France.  The British Army fought WW1 with an inferior machine.
DeMole should'a approached the First Sea Lord, Winston Churchill, as Churchill was encouraging the Royal Navy to adopt all new innovations from aircraft & remote-control drones to armoured cars.  Maybe Landships would'a remained as part of the Navy till today with the Army only having the infantry & artillery.

After 1919, deMole was credited with designing the first practical Tank & awarded some money to defray his costs.  Several concepts of his design like bogie-suspension & track-warping on the front bogie/idler for steering, would not be incorporated in armoured vehicles until many years later.

DeMole's 1/8th scale model is now in the Australian War Memorial storage facility (open to researchers who need to apply for access 6mths in advance of their planned visit !).
(http://blogs.smh.com.au/mashup/images/tank1.jpg)

Here are prototype & production machines had Britain accepted deMole's design in 1912 ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/DM3.png)


could'a, should'a but wouldn'a -- WW1 deMole Tank  (take 2)

Having his design rejected by Britian in 1912 & again in early 1913, deMole sells it to Germany.  They see the slow speed of the machine as no hinderance in infantry support & fortress attacks, they still have the horse cavalry for fast attacks on the plains (trench warfare is still in the future) .... as it turns out the German Panzer-zugs turn the tide of the Trench War in Germany's favour in mid-1915 .....  Britain is still to get it's design onto the battlefield ....

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/DM4.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: buzzbomb on July 18, 2013, 10:57:14 AM
Really nice ideas with colour and layout for this forgotten piece of history

Glad you bought his visions to life

Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on July 19, 2013, 06:14:14 AM
thanks Buzz,  not many appreciate whif or paper tank designs & their innovations.  I've been reading up on the strange French WW1 pedrail :-\ & multi-hull  :-\ tank designs that were actually built & tested ..... look out for a few more I'm drawing ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on July 19, 2013, 07:11:10 AM
Not quite on-topic but seeing your DeMole tank and the strong resemblance it has to another WW1 tracked vehicle that was used to create trenches with a cover name that was not associated with a tank.  What was the name of that tank-like vehicle that was used to create trenches?  I recall an image of it and it looked to be about as large as the DeMole design but mounted some kind of auger device at the front of the vehicle which channeled the spill out to the sides to provide additional height to the trench that was being excavated. 
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on July 19, 2013, 02:41:02 PM
Not quite on-topic but seeing your DeMole tank and the strong resemblance it has to another WW1 tracked vehicle that was used to create trenches with a cover name that was not associated with a tank.  What was the name of that tank-like vehicle that was used to create trenches?  I recall an image of it and it looked to be about as large as the DeMole design but mounted some kind of auger device at the front of the vehicle which channeled the spill out to the sides to provide additional height to the trench that was being excavated.

well there was the German "Schutzengrabenbagger" trench-digger based on A7V chassis plus WW1-era commercial machines of several nations that used caterpillars & bucket-conveyors to dig trenches for sewerage pipes & phone cabling - quite a few were impressed into military service.
Also there was "Nellie" - a British WW2 device that looks like a very lengthened WW1 tank with a giant plow on the front :-X

Some are very difficult to draw as there is really insufficient drawings or photos of them - the French seem to have documented most trials with film tho 8)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on July 21, 2013, 09:17:19 AM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/CST.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on July 22, 2013, 11:04:03 AM
Love Old Ironsides but it's nice to see that you're still working on the DeMole too  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Dr. YoKai on July 22, 2013, 09:13:23 PM
Smashing concept and execution! If we can get a Great War GB going next year, I'll have to give this
some thought. On the subjest of WW 1 paper projects, the excellent site http://www.landships.freeservers.com/ (http://www.landships.freeservers.com/)  has unfotunately been "disabled due to a billing issue", but
it might be findable through the Internet Archive site. It had some excelent articles on several of the
more amazing and outrageous tracked and 'Big Wheel' concepts that never got off the drawing board.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on July 23, 2013, 04:43:19 AM
thanks Doc, I'd like to see the deMole in plastic :-* ;)

Landships is the best for WW1 info :)  but they moved without telling anyone ! -- now at http://landships.activeboard.com/ (http://landships.activeboard.com/)

I will be doing other WW1 armour whifs based on real-life alternatives when I get the time ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 23, 2013, 04:52:21 AM
If we can get a Great War GB going next year

I think there is a reasonable likelihood of this...probably a good chance of being from 28 July – 11 November  ;)...but what would I know?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on July 23, 2013, 06:16:08 AM
Not quite on-topic but seeing your DeMole tank and the strong resemblance it has to another WW1 tracked vehicle that was used to create trenches with a cover name that was not associated with a tank.  What was the name of that tank-like vehicle that was used to create trenches?  I recall an image of it and it looked to be about as large as the DeMole design but mounted some kind of auger device at the front of the vehicle which channeled the spill out to the sides to provide additional height to the trench that was being excavated.
well there was the German "Schutzengrabenbagger" trench-digger based on A7V chassis plus WW1-era commercial machines of several nations that used caterpillars & bucket-conveyors to dig trenches for sewerage pipes & phone cabling - quite a few were impressed into military service.
Also there was "Nellie" - a British WW2 device that looks like a very lengthened WW1 tank with a giant plow on the front :-X

Some are very difficult to draw as there is really insufficient drawings or photos of them - the French seem to have documented most trials with film tho 8)

I suspect it was "Nellie" that I was thinking of. 
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on July 26, 2013, 02:05:07 PM
for those familiar with MaK sci-fi kits ....
In 3056 the new Porsche 895 racer was "rolled" out.  Based on an old LunaDiver hull from the MaK wars, it had new rocket engines & for lift, had an improved anti-grav unit that maintained adequate ground clearance while hugging the terrain.  Wearing the Martini sponsor's colours, it was entered in that year's LeMans 24hr race on the moon ....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/LD1.gif)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Old Wombat on July 26, 2013, 06:10:23 PM
 :D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on July 27, 2013, 12:31:04 AM
 ;D That's just inspired! (http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m309/ChernayaAkula/Emoticons/377.gif)

Some PKAs Gustav or Ketzer for a pit crew?  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on July 27, 2013, 04:11:11 AM
Oh yeah!!! :) :)  Inspired!!!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on August 13, 2013, 11:02:36 AM
Boston with Allison engines
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20a.png)

Russian Boston with engine pods off an La-5FN & twin 20mm to the belly-pack (ex-ferry-tank).
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20fn.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on August 13, 2013, 11:12:54 AM
Interesting! Will you dare drawing a twin-boom Boston?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on August 13, 2013, 02:32:27 PM
Boston with Allison engines
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20a.png[/url])

Thanks for sharing the Havoc/Boston with the V engines.  It certainly does give it a different look.  I have enough A-20/Boston/Havoc kits in the stash to consider something like that if I can find a suitable pair of engine cowlings and propellers.  The P-38 Lighting might be the best choice at this time.  If the resin XB-38 engine conversion for the B-17 had been of better quality that could have been the best source for the parts but that is never going to happen.  Of course propeller spinners always make things look better. 

The ferry tank that fits on the bottom caught my interest when I first discovered the parts in the kit.  If you take two of these tanks and glue them together you end up with a very interesting looking fuel tank or cargo pod shape.  No idea what to hang it on yet. 

The cannons mounted in the tank are a great idea.  Should be room for a lot of ammunition and the spent casings and links can accumulate in the bottom of the pod to be disposed of later so as to not upset the balance of the aircraft. 
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on August 14, 2013, 03:43:18 AM
Boston with Allison engines
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20a.png[/url])

Russian Boston with engine pods off an La-5FN & twin 20mm to the belly-pack (ex-ferry-tank).
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20fn.png[/url])


Hi Raafif,

Very nice A-20's; could you indulge another "what if" on this theme?  Let's say that some wag gets ahold of a couple of captured Junkers Jumo 004 jet engines and tries them out on a Havoc?  Could you please show us your vision of what this might look like?

Regards,

CPT Mike
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on August 14, 2013, 05:51:18 AM
Interesting! Will you dare drawing a twin-boom Boston?

Stop reading my mind Tophe !! ;D ..... already in progress ......

a couple of captured Junkers Jumo 004 jet engines and tries them out on a Havoc?  Could you please show us your vision of what this might look like?

Hmmm, a jet Havoc = Javoc ...... the Germans did experiment with captured planes so a test-bed for the Ar-234 program or a US Navy test-bed ??
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: elmayerle on August 14, 2013, 09:56:09 AM
How about a pair of Jumo engines per side, allowing neat nacelles still with suitable MLG bays.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on August 14, 2013, 10:50:32 PM
Interesting! Will you dare drawing a twin-boom Boston?

Stop reading my mind Tophe !! ;D ..... already in progress ......

a couple of captured Junkers Jumo 004 jet engines and tries them out on a Havoc?  Could you please show us your vision of what this might look like?

Hmmm, a jet Havoc = Javoc ...... the Germans did experiment with captured planes so a test-bed for the Ar-234 program or a US Navy test-bed ??

A test-bed for the Ar-234 program would probably make the most sense.  Perhaps, a Russian A-20 that fell into German hands...Also, the suggestion of twin Jumo nacelles is a good one...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on August 15, 2013, 07:54:41 AM
Woah! That A-20 with ASh-82s is really something!  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on August 15, 2013, 12:09:13 PM
twin-boom supercharged-Allisons
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20tb.png)

Javoc (4 x Jumo-002s) with mono undercarriage
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20ju.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on August 15, 2013, 12:18:41 PM
These two are gems  :-*
How about shortend B-47 twin jet pylon under each wing ?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on August 15, 2013, 11:23:50 PM
twin-boom supercharged-Allisons
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20tb.png[/url])

Javoc (4 x Jumo-002s) with mono undercarriage
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20ju.png[/url])


Wow Raafif, nice job on the Javoc !  :D  Thanks!  Could you please do a Luftwaffe version?  I would ask for an Australian version, but I couldn't imagine how a Javoc would end up in the Outback!  ???
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on August 16, 2013, 12:02:15 AM
twin-boom supercharged-Allisons
:-* Wonderful! Thanks Raafif! :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Empty Handed on August 16, 2013, 11:24:11 PM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20tb.png)

I really like this!!!!

Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on August 16, 2013, 11:47:23 PM
I really like this!!!!

Yeah!  :) Way cool!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on August 17, 2013, 01:19:46 AM
Dear Raafif,
now that you have revealed to the whole World the twin-boom A-20, let me present the observation derivative of it:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on August 17, 2013, 07:24:38 AM
Dear Raafif,
now that you have revealed to the whole World the twin-boom A-20, let me present the observation derivative of it:

yeah :) , I was gonna do that one as a fuselage with the booms removed to show it better.   I'm thinking now that the booms are just a little bit too short :(

Thinking about a tandem cockpit (fore-aft) version as suggested earlier ...... a side-by-side is a no go as the Boston is actually more cramped than a Beaufighter.

An Aussie Javoc is a possibility ... USA uses Woomera for desert testing or a RAAF Boston with aussie-designed jets ??
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Old Wombat on August 17, 2013, 10:58:26 AM
An Aussie Javoc is a possibility ... USA uses Woomera for desert testing or a RAAF Boston with aussie-designed jets ??

Ah! Now we're talkin'! :D

(Can I help it if I'm an unashamedly patriotic Aussie? ??? )

:)

Guy
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on August 17, 2013, 02:15:57 PM
Can I help it if I'm an unashamedly patriotic Aussie? ??? :)
Guy


"sigh" ... ok, here you go then  .....
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20J2.png)

and a tandem-cockpit Luft-machine ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A-20L.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Old Wombat on August 17, 2013, 03:15:21 PM
 :D Thank you, sir! :icon_alabanza:

:)

Guy
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on August 17, 2013, 10:10:32 PM
If you enlarge the nose glazing, put the pilot there and get rid of the normal cockpit, this would look very Ar 234-ish.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on August 17, 2013, 10:36:33 PM
Waiting Raafif to show the standard A-20/Ar-234 mix, here is the twin-boom version of it:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on August 18, 2013, 06:07:05 AM
prone pilot ??  US did tests with a prone pilot in a B-17 nose station - pics somwhere on my hard-drive :)

Might try plan-views of some of these including an asymetric :-\
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: cptmike2012 on August 21, 2013, 10:56:05 PM
Can I help it if I'm an unashamedly patriotic Aussie? ??? :)
Guy


"sigh" ... ok, here you go then  .....
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A20J2.png[/url])

and a tandem-cockpit Luft-machine ...
([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/A-20L.png[/url])



Wow, that three story Luftwaffe Havoc is outstanding!  :D  Could you please tweak it one more time?  Could you please put single pod Jumo 004's under each wing; something similar to those on the Me 262?

Thanks,

CPT Mike
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on September 15, 2013, 01:29:08 PM
captured FAA corsair at Rechlin
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/cor2.png)


(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Ruski2.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on September 15, 2013, 02:56:25 PM
 :) :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: taiidantomcat on September 15, 2013, 11:54:07 PM
Ive been dreaming of doing a Sovier Corsair forever  :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Cliffy B on September 15, 2013, 11:58:44 PM
That Soviet Corsair would go really well with some of their immediate post-war CV designs  8)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on September 16, 2013, 12:27:07 AM
Nice Soviet "Kopcep" (Corsair)... :)

EDIT: can you show us a profile of Twin-Corsair, with bubble canopy on the port fuselage and faired canopy on the starboard fuselage?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on September 16, 2013, 01:53:03 PM
EDIT: can you show us a profile of Twin-Corsair, with bubble canopy on the port fuselage and faired canopy on the starboard fuselage?


you mean like this ?
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Dsair.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: The Big Gimper on September 16, 2013, 06:36:45 PM

([url]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Ruski2.png[/url])


Thanks. Now I know what to do with my surplus Kopcep's. But I do not have any Lidia's in my stash.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on September 16, 2013, 11:14:10 PM
you mean like this ?
Wonderful! :-* :-*
(I was just dreaming of a profile, but a slanting view is even better! :-* :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on September 17, 2013, 12:58:27 AM
(I was just dreaming of a profile

I was wrong, sorry, this was not spectacular, I had to shorten the port nose and move the front canopy back...:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/Corsair25.JPG)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on September 18, 2013, 10:47:12 AM
(apart of the Twin-Corsair result, here is the modified Corsair I used:)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Tophe2712/Corsair4t_zps4f28c04a.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 01, 2013, 10:56:56 AM
The Baltic Dispute, November 1940 -- after taking Norway, Germany attacks Sweden, taking advantage of the winter freeze of the Baltic Sea to launch their attack over the ice.  Air support is provided by Me-109s, Hs-123s, Ju-88s, He-111s & Stukas - all equipped with skis.  The armoured thrust is by light tanks that won't fall through the ice such as the Pz-1's & II's and "ski-sled" versions of the SdKfz-222 & SdKfz-232.  Infantry are towed in armoured sledges by the tanks & halftracks.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/222S.png)


The on-going war between India & Pakistan in the Himalaya mountain range demands new ideas to advance from the current static warfare.  They both choose the Gamma Goat as a base vehicle for modifiying into a compact, mobile lightly-armoured combat-car that can climb the steep terrain.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/AB.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on October 01, 2013, 11:41:59 AM
Cool profiles  8) all four.
You may continue.....
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 02, 2013, 08:58:52 AM
fast a/car
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/232J.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on October 02, 2013, 10:22:22 AM
Could you put wings on it like an Antonov KT (flying tank)? :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 02, 2013, 12:43:52 PM
Could you put wings on it like an Antonov KT (flying tank)? :)

Why is there no "grumpy- sticking tongue out at you" emoticon ? ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ChernayaAkula on October 02, 2013, 01:47:27 PM
Love the sled versions of the 222 and 232.  :)
I vaguely recall seeing a box-art of some 222 kit on the net, but it had a funny light reflection on it that blinded out the wheels and made the whole shebang look like an anti-grav APC.  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on October 03, 2013, 11:33:46 AM
Dear Raafif, here is the (Antonov-KT-inspired) biplane you suggested me to draw:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Tophe2712/AntonovKT4_zps49fc47fd.jpg)
Alas, it is not perfectly twin-boom, and I would prefer a monoplane. May I try again?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on October 04, 2013, 11:50:36 AM
No refusal? So... here is the Antonov-Sk (a flying-tank airplane, no more a glider!) twin-boom made with a captured Sdkfz-232:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/AntonovKT-Sk.JPG)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on October 05, 2013, 04:18:44 AM
 ;D

I would have insisted on sticking to a bi-plane but needed a day out so took my car for a walk to charge the injectors & battery ..... spent an hour walking thru a river deep in a cave & long drive back.

Almost finished a 3D drawing ...... maybe tomorrow.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on October 05, 2013, 11:25:25 AM
Dear Super-Hero... thanks for still thinking about us in all your adventures... ;)
"Someday" will be fine for this drawing that will please us very much, for sure.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 10, 2013, 02:02:53 PM
some stuff I've been doing ...

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/Invasion2.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/starcruisers.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/starf.png)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/E4.png)

WW.1 Armour ...
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/SPG2.png)
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Post by: GTX_Admin on November 10, 2013, 02:13:36 PM
Cool!  I like the Starfighter.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 11, 2013, 05:03:27 AM
following the "Great Accident", resulting in the moon moving out of Earth's orbit & drifting off, Moon-base Alpha was left to its own devices to survive.  Over the next few years they had the usual malfunctions in their equipment & with very few spares at hand, made do with what they had.  Eagle Transporter 3 suffered a major fire in the cockpit area rendering it unrepairable & so damaging it that the crew-pod was no longer able to hold an atmosphere.  Unable to bring themselves to park Eagle-3 for parts just yet, the engineers decided to scavenge the crew-pod from the Falcon Lander that had failed to launch from the 1985 Moon-landing due to a fuel-pump failure.  Even though it still contained the bodies of the two astronauts that were condemned to a slow death & was considered as sacred as a war grave, they appreciated that Alpha's situation justified such a move.
The complete Falcon was retrieved and the astronauts buried in the landing crater - a simple monument was built over them.  The lower Falcon stage was stripped of everything usable & the upper, crew section was fully refurbished with new & 2nd-hand parts.  A jury-rig stystem of controls gave the pilots equally good control as a standard Eagle though her front-end didn't look anything like standard now .....

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/E3.png)
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Post by: GTX_Admin on November 11, 2013, 02:59:42 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 27, 2013, 06:33:56 AM
Japanese what-if armour ...
Japan gets handed the German NeuBauFahrzeug & replaces the Pz-1 turrets with their own conical ones.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/JN1.png)

Panther ballistic-shaped tank (3/4 the size of a Panther tho).
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/JP1.png)

Japanese "Hetzer" on Chi-Ha chassis.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/JH.png)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Logan Hartke on November 27, 2013, 06:57:56 AM
These are great.  They look more "Japanese" than most What-If designs.

Cheers,

Logan
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Talos on November 27, 2013, 07:20:23 AM
I really love the look of that Chi-Hatzer. Awesome job on it!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on November 27, 2013, 09:21:46 AM
Each of three is so different from the others, yet each looks right for what it is  :)
Nb.Fz. is my favorite  :-*
Kitbash build of Panther ballistic-shaped tank (3/4 the size of a Panther tho) parked next to a stock Panther would make for and interesting study.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 27, 2013, 12:49:58 PM
thanks guys :D I've tried this subject on other modelling & what-if sites but the concept of J-46 AFVs seems to be Verboten !!! even among the guys who mostly build German Panzer-46 stuff :icon_sueno:.

I have measured up a 1/48th Panther hull & it is as long as a 1/35th Chi-Ha chassis & about 1cm wider so would work well.  Need to add 35th figures to properly show the scale & bamboozle some.
A mix'n'match of various Japanese tanks with  a few German & Russian components would work surprisingly well in plastic with a little simple effort.

Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 23, 2014, 01:51:06 PM
my Kombi for the beach ...

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s34/hobgrot/VWB.jpg)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Volkodav on March 23, 2014, 04:15:08 PM
 :)

Outstanding, wheres my angle grinder and dads old combi!
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 24, 2014, 09:59:41 AM
Don't forget to add the peripheral chassis-frame first -
               cut-down Combi's tend to get a bit floppy with out them ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 27, 2014, 09:51:08 AM
Love the VW Van with the surrey on top!  :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Volkodav on March 27, 2014, 10:09:49 AM
My parents had a Combi when I was a kid, they loved the way they could stick a kid on each corner out of reach of each other, made for much less violent driving holidays.  Used to have clutch problems to the point we would carry a spare one and dad and I could drop the engine out, replace the clutch and reinstall the engine in less than half an hour.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 16, 2015, 11:07:56 AM
Mini Frontseata :-\
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on March 16, 2015, 11:09:23 AM
some rough Rushin' ideas
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Post by: ChernayaAkula on March 17, 2015, 01:30:13 AM
  ;D Lovin' that Hoplite car!  :-*
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Post by: GTX_Admin on March 19, 2015, 02:25:04 AM
  ;D Lovin' that Hoplite car!  :-*

Ditto
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Post by: apophenia on March 22, 2015, 06:10:43 AM
Very nice  :)  Both Aeroplast and Směr do the Mi-2 in 1:48  ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on April 10, 2015, 10:45:24 AM
As WW2 dragged on into late 1946, the Russo-German Pact forces proved hard to push back from France - losses in Allied armour were staggering.  Even the mighty industrial resources of the USA were hard pressed to keep up & new engine designs using crude-oil-fired steam-engines instead of the refined-petrol engine were looked at.  These new engines were based on those used in locomotives & as the various loco manufacturers were already heavily involved in tank production, they were asked to perfect the type.

However, by this time, there were shortages of material & the manager of the Lima Locomotive Works complained to the General Staff that they could not complete the current batch of Sherman Tanks until March 1947 at the earliest.  General MacArthur, head of the Allied Europe theater bluntly told him "I don't care what parts you use ! Just get them Tanks rolling out the door !!"
The Lima manager took the General at his literal word & delivered 80 Sherman Mk.13 tanks on January 13, 1947 ....
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Volkodav on April 10, 2015, 07:05:17 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on April 11, 2015, 03:44:07 AM
Now for someone to build it in plastic, resin...whatever.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 01, 2015, 09:43:56 AM
another old car name making a comeback ?

based on the current Rover codfish styling.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on December 14, 2015, 07:13:35 AM
Other than the Dornier 335, Push-Pulls are disappointingly rare :icon_nif:
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on December 14, 2015, 11:52:15 AM
Wonferful! :-* Thanks to your imagination (and skills) completing the so little collection in the World outside... ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ericr on December 14, 2015, 03:59:59 PM
some rough Rushin' ideas

the hoplite car and front seat mini scream to be built !

 :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 11, 2016, 11:43:36 AM
long time since I was here but I've got the web for an hour so here's a few profiles I've done in the last 4 months .... it may be another few months before I can get back so enjoy !!

1949 Fairchild M-121 & 1950 Fairchild M-128 -- designed as a shipboard bomber for the US Navy, it was supposed to carry a nuke but they turned out too big for this aircraft so they were modified to carry a single large bomb in the cavity between the circle of 12 small turbojet engines.  This design meant the bomber didn't have to slow down to open bomb-doors & avoided the aerodynamic shock of same ....
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Post by: raafif on November 11, 2016, 11:46:00 AM
Vulcans & Victors ...

B-29 Weather-Watchers ...

Avro Lincoln AWACs ...
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Post by: raafif on November 11, 2016, 11:47:07 AM
Yak 60X2 helo & Chinooks
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on November 11, 2016, 12:10:44 PM
My favorite is the double-Yak helicopter... :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on November 11, 2016, 02:35:01 PM
Did your customarily fine job on profiles.
My favorites are Vulcans & Victors ...  B-29 Weather-Watchers ...  Avro Lincoln AWACs ... :)
Certainly are resourceful with color schemes !
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Post by: ericr on November 12, 2016, 02:19:50 AM

beautiful banana !
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: CiTrus90 on November 13, 2016, 06:50:54 PM
Wow, I had never seen those Fairchild's projects!

Really like the Vulcan in BOAC livery and the USAF variant :)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on January 10, 2017, 12:40:31 PM
got a minute so here's a few I've done over Christmas.

To a U.S. Army requirement for a bigger heavy-lift helicopter Boeing came up with a bigger & higher-powered Chinook.  This aircraft quickly evolved into the 4-engined Super-Chinook version using 99.9% of standard components.  There was also a Marine requirement for a sky-crane version to air-lift vehicles from ship to shore & so the Boeing Pegasus was created from the Super-Chinook.

A civilian version of the Pegasus was soon in demand & had a long life with many large & small companies, later ones being converted from ex-military aircraft by the SkyLifter company based at the Davis Monthan boneyards.  Even the Birdseye company made use of it flying processing / freezer pods to outlying farms to process their harvest on the spot then collecting them a few days later for transfer direct to the local supermarket …


After the original Chinook production ended, Kaman bought up retired airframes to cannibalise for building a small helicopter for the business market.  As its inaugural flight was scheduled for January 1st, 2000, the prototype Kaman GyroEgg was given the registration number N0001.  One of the ground crew had  a wicked sense of humour & put a dab of yellow paint on the lower portion of the 1 in the registration number, being (quite rightly) disgusted at the design of this “aircraft”.

On January 1st the GyroEgg took off, rising quickly to 500 feet where a nasty grinding noise was heard – the upper gearbox had failed bringing the top rotor to a sudden standstill.  The Egg started to spin like its namesake, whereupon the pilot cut the engines to descend in auto-rotation.  There was no expectation from the pilot that the landing would be anything good & he hung on with grim thoughts …

Indeed, the crash-landing was more of the former than the latter & even Humpty-Dumpty had a better chance of being put back together than the first, & only, GyroEgg – happily the pilot survived with only minor injuries.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on January 10, 2017, 12:42:05 PM
Convair needed a large airliner in their range & decided to make the best of the Boeing B-36 design creating an airliner for long-distance routes.  The initial mock-up shown to airline executives was a regular B-36 with a paint job showing window placement - Pan-Am was the first airline to order it for their South American routes, calling it the Brazilia & naming each aircraft after South American countries.  Suggestions from the pilots were a lowering of the wing to a mid position & a more-conventional cockpit area doing away with the B-36’s distinctive large bubble canopy.  Soon company maintenance men were complaining that their hangers couldn’t accommodate the tall tail-fin so, as a folding-fin upper section was deemed to weaken the structure too much, the second batch featured a twin-fin – this version also introduced a more modern airliner cockpit arrangement.  Unfortunately only a few Brazilias were built as the newer all-jet airliners were becoming available.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on January 10, 2017, 12:44:09 PM
The Yak-60 helicopter was a good extra-large helicopter but a double-deck version was requested & became the standard passenger helicopter for airlines.  While export versions retained the regular 4-engine layout, Soviet ones received two extra engines making it a 6-engined aircraft with contra-rotating blades to absorb the power – this was used almost exclusively by Aeroflot.  A freighter version was built for both military & civil use ….
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Post by: raafif on January 10, 2017, 12:46:06 PM
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.

Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on January 10, 2017, 01:35:48 PM
I mainly love your huge helicopters :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin 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...
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: AXOR on January 10, 2017, 06:21:27 PM
Nice bunch,Tupolev THK is my favorite.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ericr on January 10, 2017, 08:21:47 PM

the flying boats are very inpired !
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin 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.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on January 11, 2017, 02:54:25 AM
All brilliant but the Kaman GyroEgg has to be my personal fav  ;D
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif 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.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif 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.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif 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.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin 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 !
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe 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?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on March 17, 2017, 01:43:37 AM
Love your BrabaBomber and Byzantium  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif 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.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on May 15, 2017, 01:36:52 PM
another Tu-52X & some orlyonoks
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: AXOR on May 15, 2017, 05:44:54 PM
Impressive birds!
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Post by: raafif 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.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif 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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Post by: raafif on November 22, 2017, 12:56:15 PM
bet your sweet Guppy !
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif on November 22, 2017, 12:58:08 PM
flying boats ...
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Post by: raafif 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  ???
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: raafif 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.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on November 22, 2017, 01:39:34 PM
Wow, that does work. :smiley:
Worthy polystyrene project.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin 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?
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: GTX_Admin on November 23, 2017, 02:31:09 AM
flying boats ...

Mmmmm....
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: ericr on November 23, 2017, 12:04:43 PM
flying boats ...

 :smiley:

Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: Tophe on November 24, 2017, 01:32:04 AM
Hawker Twinphoon
Wow! Good! Maybe a Twin-Twinphoom (2 fuselages, 3 engines) would be even better... ;)
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: apophenia on December 01, 2017, 08:18:17 AM
Man are you on a roll! Especially love the Ilyushin Guppies  :-*
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: john_matthews129 on December 02, 2017, 12:51:16 PM
Loved the Princess profiles.  Looks so stately and refined.
Title: Re: Raafif's profiles
Post by: finsrin on December 02, 2017, 02:12:51 PM
Boeing SeaFort  --   :-*