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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #50 on: July 03, 2012, 03:40:46 PM »
Especially for Tophe!  In fact, I did this almost as a joke, to see how Tophe's idea might really work out, and, I have to admit, I kind of like it.  It is a Mustang-Vega hybrid (actually more of a Vega inspired Mustang transport, as Tophe might say).  Anyway, here's the story:

In 1945 Capstan Aviation was directed to design a fast light transport specifically to carry the Farralonian President around the various islands of Farralon.  The result was the Capstan Farralon.  Three were built; shown here is the first, used by President Fahrquar from 1945 to 1951 and named "Fair Farralon." 

Hope you like it, Tophe!

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #51 on: July 03, 2012, 06:06:24 PM »
I like the inline Fortresses.
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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #52 on: July 03, 2012, 08:17:23 PM »
I second GTX's motion - those Forts look superb!
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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #53 on: July 03, 2012, 10:20:26 PM »
Thanks, guys!  I always thought the XB-38 was the best-looking Fortress ever built and one of the most gorgeous bombers ever made (RW)!  It's a shame Boeing had so much trouble with the V-1710 installation.

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #54 on: July 03, 2012, 11:34:37 PM »
Especially for Tophe!  In fact, I did this almost as a joke, to see how Tophe's idea might really work out, and, I have to admit, I kind of like it.  It is a Mustang-Vega hybrid (actually more of a Vega inspired Mustang transport, as Tophe might say).  Anyway, here's the story:

In 1945 Capstan Aviation was directed to design a fast light transport specifically to carry the Farralonian President around the various islands of Farralon.  The result was the Capstan Farralon.  Three were built; shown here is the first, used by President Fahrquar from 1945 to 1951 and named "Fair Farralon." 

Hope you like it, Tophe!
Thanks a lot, Acree, I love it. Glory to the Farralonian president!

Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #55 on: July 05, 2012, 09:13:55 PM »
Love the Fair Farralon!

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« Reply #56 on: July 07, 2012, 04:32:37 AM »
OK, I feel a little stupid asking for this help, but I need a name for Farralon's rival nation.  I have a few profiles ready to post, but can't until I think of a name.  Here's what I know about the country:
It is a coastal nation (think approximately Morocco in location); Farralon is about 400 miles off the coast.
It is a Fascist government modelled after Mussolini's Italy (but also admiring and having good relations with Nazi Germany). 
Colors are red and black. 
I was considering that it might be the historical descendants of the Barbary Coast, but with a strong central government.   I was also considering the possibility that they may have started as a US colony after the US Navy/Marine expedition of 1805.  What if O'Bannon and company had stayed in Tripoli, brought in reinforcements to occupy the territory and set up a US colony, which eventually (late 1800s) became independent, and turned to Italy for support. 

I don't know if any of this makes sense.  What are your thoughts?  And, most urgently, what should I call this fictitious nation?

Thanks! 
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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #57 on: July 07, 2012, 04:34:04 AM »
What language do you want them to speak?
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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #58 on: July 07, 2012, 04:55:44 AM »
Well, being pretty much a monoglot myself, I was planning on using English for all my descriptions and unit designations, but it would certainly make more sense for them to speak Arabic or Italian, unless, of course I go with the American colony history, then I could use English.  The more I think about it, the more I think I will go with that history.  So, I guess English it is, but certainly with Arabic and Italian influences.

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« Reply #59 on: July 07, 2012, 05:48:54 AM »
I was considering that it might be the historical descendants of the Barbary Coast, but with a strong central government.   I was also considering the possibility that they may have started as a US colony after the US Navy/Marine expedition of 1805.  What if O'Bannon and company had stayed in Tripoli, brought in reinforcements to occupy the territory and set up a US colony, which eventually (late 1800s) became independent, and turned to Italy for support. 


Using that as a starting point, what if you go with "Tripolitan"?
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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #60 on: July 07, 2012, 05:55:07 AM »
Thanks GTX, I think I will go with that.  I'm not really putting THAT much effort into the backstory right now, as I'm just using the story as an excuse for the profiles.  But, I do want something that I can flesh out later (if I decide to).  So, in a very slight modification of your suggestion, I will go with Tripolitania for the country's name, and Federal Tripolitan Air Force. 

Thanks again!!!

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #61 on: July 07, 2012, 05:55:48 AM »
My pleasure.
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« Reply #62 on: July 07, 2012, 07:04:17 AM »
Farralon's great rival throughout the 1930s and 1940s was the coastal nation of Tripolitania.  The main medium bomber of the FTAF at the beginning of the 1940s was the Cant Z.1011.  Rejected by the Italian Regia Aeronautica, it was offered to Tripolitania, which ordered thirty.  The Z.1011 was underpowered, which was the main reason the Regia Aeronautica rejected it to begin with.  So, CRDA re-engined the Z.1011 with the Piaggio P.XI RC40 engine installation of the Z.1007.  CRDA also added a third Lancia turret in the nose of the upgraded bomber, now known as the Z.1011bis.  The new aircraft was much improved and made a formidable foe for the Farralonian Wedell Wasps. 


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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #63 on: July 07, 2012, 07:09:04 AM »
The Tripolitans were also offered another Regia Aeronautica reject in the Meridional Ro 51 fighter.  A relatively modern fighter, yet simple in operation, it was deemed by the Italians to be ideal for the Triploitans.  The FTAF purchased both the fixed-landing gear (with lovely spats) version and the floatplane Idro version.  After a year of operation, the Tripolitans asked Meridionali to improve performance of the Ro 51, and the result was the Ro 51bis, which featured an upgraded engine installation (again the Piaggio P.XI RC 40) and a retractable landing gear installation.  The FTAF ordered 100 of the landplane versions, as well as 7 floatplane Ro 51bis Idros. 

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #64 on: July 07, 2012, 09:27:19 AM »
Outstanding!!! :)
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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #65 on: July 07, 2012, 12:11:50 PM »
Why would it be so far from Farralon Islands? Independant California could be a possibility, no?

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #66 on: July 07, 2012, 01:40:15 PM »
Hi Tophe! 

Independent California could be an option - of course, they would much more likely be Socialist or Communist in government.  However, you're thinking of the real world Farralon Islands.  My fictitious country has the same name, but a very different location - in the eastern Atlantic, about 400 miles off the coast of Africa.  I chose that distance to make the air battle difficult, but not impossible. 

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #67 on: July 07, 2012, 02:23:10 PM »
Sorry, Acree, I have enjoyed the drawings and not read all the text. Well, would Sicily (Sicilia locally) be a good opponent? As central in the Mediterranean sea... A civilisation movement northward from Egypt to Crete to Greece then Westward to Sicily to your Fallaron to America to China...

Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #68 on: July 07, 2012, 08:09:45 PM »
I'm a big fan of the little Ro.51 so great to see it here. It will be interesting to see this rivalry play out!

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #69 on: July 08, 2012, 01:46:32 AM »
Thanks EH.  I really like the Ro 51, too.  Here is another iteration of the theme:
The Ro51 was developed by Meridionali (IMAM) to use the 1175 HP Alfa Romeo R.A.1000RC.41-1a (license-built Daimler-Benz DB 601).  With the new engine, the Ro 51ter was the clear master of the skies over the eastern equatorial Atlantic.  The new fighter had a top speed of just over 330 mph, and upgraded armament, with two 12.7mm Breda SAFAT machine guns inthe upper cowling and two more in the wings.  Tripolitania ordered another 100 Ro 51ter as well as 60 Ro 51ter Idros to replace the basic Ro 51s.   
« Last Edit: July 08, 2012, 02:01:52 AM by Acree »

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #70 on: July 08, 2012, 04:34:55 AM »
Nice.
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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #71 on: July 08, 2012, 05:32:42 AM »
That works better than I'd expect!  :o 8)

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #72 on: July 08, 2012, 06:03:54 AM »
Cant Z.1011 and Ro.51 together! This just gets better and better  :)

For the Tripolitanian language, maybe something akin to the Berber-related Guanche, the indigenous language of the Canary Islands? That gives you a natural tie-in to Franco's Spain to make the connection with Fascist Italy.
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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #73 on: July 08, 2012, 06:06:54 AM »
Thanks, Apophenia!  I'll use that link when I flesh out the backstory. 

Yes, EH, I was surprised too.  I threw the nose of an Re 2001 onto the Ro 51 and was srprised how good it looked.  IMHO, better than the Re 2001! Very aggressive looking, and with an overall airfoil shaped fuselage. 

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Re: Acree's Profiles
« Reply #74 on: July 11, 2012, 09:14:13 AM »
In 1928, the Tripolitans ordered their first dedicated maritime strike aircraft, the Dornier Do D, after sending a delegation to observe operation of the Do D in Yugoslavia.  In all, twenty Do Ds were delivered to Tripolitania, where they equipped the 14th Torpedo Squadron.  Shown below is Beta, the second Do D delivered.  Showing the orange Fort Azamor emblem on the aft fuselage, Beta served until retired in 1939, one of only 7 surviving Do Ds.