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Offline Brian da Basher

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #60 on: January 28, 2012, 09:26:33 AM »
Wow that's hot! Most excellent work, Logan and my what lovely spats it has!
 :-*
Mr GTX my original thought was a Morane-Saulnier too but something about the rear 'pit and the tail kept making me think Spanish Civil War so now my best guess is it's an He-46.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #61 on: January 28, 2012, 09:31:41 AM »
my original thought was a Morane-Saulnier too but something about the rear 'pit and the tail

My thoughts exactly.
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #62 on: January 28, 2012, 09:58:22 AM »
Well done you two!  It is indeed an He 46 variant.  This is the original line art as drawn by my dad.



I removed the MG 15 in my image so that it wasn't a dead giveaway.  My first profile should be following soon.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #63 on: January 28, 2012, 10:46:12 AM »
Nice Logan! And the spats have an He-51 look about to keep it all in the family  :)
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #64 on: January 28, 2012, 11:41:47 AM »
Mmmmmm...a string bag!  *gets the popcorn*
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #65 on: January 28, 2012, 11:45:11 AM »
Is it sad that we were able to so quickly identify what is a rather obscure aircraft?
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #66 on: January 28, 2012, 12:53:09 PM »
Logan, very nice! And tell your Dad he did a great job!  :)
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #67 on: January 28, 2012, 02:11:01 PM »
Thanks everybody!  The spats do make it seem more like a sibling of the He 51 than the original, apophenia.  That cowling, spinner, and spats really make it look 10 years newer than the standard He 46, doesn't it?  That may not be saying much, but I think it is a big improvement aesthetically.

The ID skills were more impressive than anything, Greg, though I do agree with you and Brian that it has a bit of a Morane-Saulnier look to it.

Thanks, Doom!  I'll make sure to pass that along.

Full profile coming soon...

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #68 on: January 28, 2012, 04:44:18 PM »
As promised:



Quote
From the outset, the Heinkel He 46 was considered to be underpowered--too slow to operate over the modern battlefield.  The early He 46C was accepted in small numbers by the nascent Luftwaffe, but Heinkel had already undertaken a program to re-engine the He 46 at least as a stopgap until a more advanced design could be produced.  The BMW 132 was selected for its reliability and fuel efficiency.  This was the same engine that powered the Junkers Ju 52 at that time.  Initially, the increased power resulted in significant vibration throughout the airframe, but a redesign of the engine mount alleviated much of this.  The improved aircraft was designated the He 46G and rewarded with a production contract almost immediately to help rearm Germany's Luftwaffe.

While never a fantastic aircraft in any aspect of flight, the He 46 was sturdy and reliable, making it popular in forward operations.  Its handling was sedate but very forgiving, and it wasn't necessarily easy prey in the hands of a skilled pilot.  The aircraft would quickly come to equip nearly all Luftwaffe short-range reconnaissance squadrons from 1936-37.  To meet such a demand in such a short time span, the aircraft would be produced by Heinkel, Siebel, MIAG, Fieseler, and Gotha.  It formed the backbone of Luftwaffe Aufklärungsstaffeln in the pre-war period.


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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #69 on: January 28, 2012, 07:30:12 PM »
Excellent! :)

Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #70 on: January 28, 2012, 08:26:43 PM »
Very nice work!

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #71 on: January 29, 2012, 02:42:40 AM »
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #72 on: January 29, 2012, 05:16:09 AM »
Very nice  :)
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #73 on: January 29, 2012, 07:24:14 AM »
Very nice Logan. The He-46 always seemed business-like but I'd never have described it as 'handsome' until now!

... That cowling, spinner, and spats really make it look 10 years newer than the standard He 46, doesn't it?  That may not be saying much, but I think it is a big improvement aesthetically...

Indeed. Some of (all?) the He46Fs had cowlings but those were less shapely than yours. I don't think any had spinners and they certainly lacked spats! Your 'G-1 is a vast improvement  :)
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #74 on: January 29, 2012, 07:27:29 AM »
I can see some South American operators of this...
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