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Offline finsrin

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Bristol Brabazon I
« on: August 24, 2019, 05:20:58 PM »
Got a surprise local 'deal' on 1/72 Bristol Brabazon.  Less than half lowest Ebay price.  In reality they work but to me props appear small for such a large aircraft.  Am considering concepts that at least look to have more power.  Starting with two concepts.

1 >> Add under wing jets outboard of props.

2 >> B-36 wings match well to OOB mounting positions on fuselage.  Looks doable.

Plan to check fit of 1/48 B-29 wings.  Drawback to them is cutting out engine mounts and filling hole.  Next install alternate engines.
For now is a contemplation exercise.  Have three involved over half done builds to finish first.

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Re: Bristol Brabazon I
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2019, 08:03:51 PM »
Got a surprise local 'deal' on 1/72 Bristol Brabazon.  Less than half lowest Ebay price.  In reality they work but to me props appear small for such a large aircraft.  Am considering concepts that at least look to have more power.  Starting with two concepts.

1 >> Add under wing jets outboard of props.

2 >> B-36 wings match well to OOB mounting positions on fuselage.  Looks doable.

Plan to check fit of 1/48 B-29 wings.  Drawback to them is cutting out engine mounts and filling hole.  Next install alternate engines.
For now is a contemplation exercise.  Have three involved over half done builds to finish first.

Looking forward to this
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Re: Bristol Brabazon I
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2019, 09:11:13 PM »
In the Brabazon book I have, the second one that was getting built when it was all cancelled, was to be powered by turbo-props Bill. And it would have got 4-wheel trucks/bogies for the main gear. I was going to buy a couple of the Execuform kits to do the two versions but I missed out on the chance to get them when Mike Herryll retired and shut his operation down.

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Re: Bristol Brabazon I
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2019, 02:34:31 AM »
Which kit is it Bill?
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Re: Bristol Brabazon I
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2019, 03:25:28 AM »
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Re: Bristol Brabazon I
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2019, 03:49:22 AM »
the second one that was getting built when it was all cancelled, was to be powered by turbo-props

Indeed, the Mark II was to be powered by eight Bristol Coupled Proteus turboprop engines paired turboprops driving four-bladed screws through a common gearbox.  This would therefore have changed the coupled Bristol Centaurus radial engines nicely show n in the below diagram:



With these:



Which incidentally also were used to power the Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess:

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Re: Bristol Brabazon I
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2019, 11:52:17 AM »
Thanks guys.  When build time comes thinking to finish as 1950s-60s MATS to go with C-47H.

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Re: Bristol Brabazon I
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2019, 01:55:44 AM »
Some other ideas for you:

Finish as normal operational airliner, perhaps as an alternate to Lockheed Super Constellation in schemes of BOAC, QANTAS or others?
Do as something equivalent to EC-121?
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