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Offline finsrin

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Slowy jet
« on: March 19, 2012, 04:34:27 PM »
Slowy  ---  world’s slowest attack and light bomber jet.
Was at model store and spotted  Airfix 1/144 Handley Page H.P.42 Heracles.  With no forethought/plan to build a H.P.42 kit bash, I bought it to bash into a 1/72 something.  Decided that H.P. 42 fuselage and wings had to be used to be a H.P.42 kit bash.  Since 1/48 Venom and 1/100 A-10 kits were already out from Spider Venom and Zip Jet builds, I looked at them first.  A-10 tail stood out as a good fit.  Then it was dive into stash to consider what might be useful.  After looking at piston and turboprop options (could have ended up single or twin prop), the A-10 engines which were out in the first place ended up my choice.  Since it was not already known to have a bomb bay, like you would know a B-17 has, I decided to install one.  Turns out 1/72 F-19 bay is ideal size.  As if not already making enough bomb bay work for myself, it became a magnetic bay which lets you magnetically mount a Maverick missile or mount closed bomb bay doors (work on doors not yet finished).  Has 1/72 Lindberg AR-234 nose with 1/72 F-15 cockpit.  Top wing fuel tanks are 1/48 Venom.  Main landing gear (spats) are 1/48 Gee Bee racer.  Gun turret is from Airfix Do-217.  Turret gunner must be of small stature to enter thru side hatch and work in confined space.  See attached one page briefing sheet and pictures. 
Doing two postings to include all attachments.
Bill
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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012, 04:38:08 PM »
Love it! :)
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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012, 04:50:39 PM »
Slowy jet - second set of pictures

Offline Brian da Basher

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012, 05:08:40 PM »
My what lovely spats you have there!
 :-* :-* :-*
Absolutely delightful and wonderfully imaginative, Bill!

An absolute crackerjack model!

Oh and those spats are very nice too!
 :-* :-* :-*
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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2012, 07:25:48 PM »
Excelente! Fantástico!! Maravilloso!!!
 :-* :-* :-*
Very inspiring. Would easily fit in "Wings of Horneamisse", "Porco Rosso" or other aerial action animé.

Love the integration of jet engines and "conformal" wing tanks. The transparent prow is icing on the cake. And the trapeze equipped weapons bay....... :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2012, 08:25:59 PM »
Wow, someone's been drinking a lot of Brian's Kool-Aid!  Well done!

Cheers,

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2012, 08:37:26 PM »
Retro futurism at its best  :-*
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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2012, 08:40:29 PM »
Very interesting.
Would go great with some of my early jets.
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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2012, 09:02:40 PM »
That is some wonderful imagineering right there. :-*

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2012, 12:04:21 AM »
Totally unexpected and yet pretty cool.  :)
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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2012, 03:22:08 AM »
What to do with left over bits.... Make ANOTHER plane !!

LOVE IT !!

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2012, 03:39:14 AM »
Weird! :-*

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2012, 04:53:31 AM »
Bill, you are a sick, sick man - and I mean that as a compliment!

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2012, 05:18:51 AM »
Or to quote Chef Emeril LeGasse  ........ BAM !!!!

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2012, 05:39:39 AM »
 Well, I like it ! ( mind you, it still needs a Death Ray... )

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2012, 08:07:24 AM »
Thanks for all the nice comments and appreciation guys.  :)
Interesting how it came out with no plan of what to build.  Selected the core model then looked at other finished models and opened stash kits until finding some part(s) that seem promising and the build ideas come with seeing the parts.  Hence - Finds part glues it on....
Think the weirdness effect it has on us with our aircraft smart eyes/mind is that you see a 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1970s to today airplane in one image.
Next two core kits are not 1/72 and will be built to be 1/72 when done using same look around until parts & ideas pop out.  So at this time don't know what types of aircraft builds will become.  For one the core is a P-38 that was a bit short on plastic when molded.  Have to make changes there anyway.

Regards
Bill

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2012, 10:44:16 AM »
Was thinking about overseas deployment of Slowy Jet squadrons.  Ocean crossings at 200mph cruise makes for darn long flights.
Bomb bay mounted fuel tanks would be a big range extension.  However, Slowy Jet still needs IFR capability.  Meaning a fixed IFR probe should be on the model.
Partial dissasembly for transport by C-5, C-17, or by ship is another option.

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2012, 10:51:45 AM »
OMG! An airplane that is slower and uglier than a Warthog.  That's great! What's not to like.

Ed

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2012, 12:47:35 PM »
I got to see this beast in person today when Bill brought it by for show-n-tell at Discount Models in Tacoma/University Place.  Very impressive and several of the other customers were astounded by Bills craftsmanship. 
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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2012, 03:30:22 PM »
Thank you all again for those falttering comments.  Ed makes a point I had not thought of.  Even grace and poise of the spats (fixed landing gear saves defense dollars for non-defense spending) is not enough to change overall ugly-wierd appearance.  Slowy Jet does beat A-10 in catagories Ed mentioned.
Any suggestions on where IFR probe should mount?
If Slowy Jets accelerate to 250+mph for refueling, can KC-135 do refueling at such speeds?  Or does KC-97 have to be used?
 
BTW - grey paint on wings was a "deal" at swap meet.  Tured out to be old and had an attitude.  Since I'm new at this, I didn't have eye to catch how dated the paint was.  Russ at Discount Models asked where I found it.  Is one more model building lesson learned.  Since painting skill is so-so to start with, that paint is outa here. 

Bill

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2012, 04:26:13 AM »
Well, my google-fu failed me for actual KC-135 stall speed, but the 707 had a stall speed around 175 mph, so I think your Slowly Jet coud be refueled safely.

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2012, 06:14:22 AM »
Brilliant ... I love it!

Was thinking about overseas deployment of Slowy Jet squadrons.  Ocean crossings at 200mph cruise makes for darn long flights...

Greg is always trying to turn everything into a UAV. How about pilotless delivery? The crew can leave a day later and meet up at the airfield  ;D
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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2012, 03:04:30 PM »
Quote

Greg is always trying to turn everything into a UAV.

You say that like it is a bad thing...
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Offline finsrin

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2012, 05:49:45 PM »
Ripe for in-flight diorama with KC-135 nose high and flaps half way down refueling Slowy Jet.  Probe-and-drogue.  Fixed probe can be mounted on the top wing between fuel tanks.  Raised above at mid wing or straight out of leading edge.  Hmmmm....
What a striking image that would be.  Though IFR probes don't do anything good for aircraft asthetics.   :))
Bill

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Re: Slowy jet
« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2012, 04:10:08 AM »
That's a smashing idea and I'll be applauding wildly when you build it!

As far as I know, most USAF KC-135s use the flying boom method, so all your Slowy Jet really need is the decal of the refueling door outline from a B-52, B-1, B-2, etc. It would be a natural in the middle of the top wing between the tanks.

I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Brian da Basher