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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #300 on: April 16, 2012, 10:43:01 AM »
Inspired by another of Upnorth's ideas http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1215.msg15288#msg15288

A Nakajima Nauk Mk.IA torpedo bomber of the Fleet Air Arm. This particular Nauk, flown by Lt-Cdr MW Williamson of 815 Naval Air Squadron led the first wave of attack on Taranto, 11 Nov 1940. 'Nauk' is a dialect name for the Great Northern Diver but FAA Nakajima crews invariably referred to their mounts as 'Nutcrackers'.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #301 on: April 16, 2012, 11:05:47 AM »
That looks so natural.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #302 on: April 16, 2012, 11:19:19 AM »
So typically British, almost...

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #303 on: April 16, 2012, 11:22:04 AM »
That looks great, apophenia.  The Kate always looks fantastic.  Best carrier-borne torpedo bomber in the world until the Avenger.  Heaven knows the FAA needed one!  One question, though, how can the prop be casting a shadow when it isn't there?

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #304 on: April 16, 2012, 10:32:24 PM »
Really enjoying these Japanese aircraft in British markings. Keep 'em coming!

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #305 on: April 17, 2012, 03:45:30 AM »
I don't know how you guys feel, but I think an FAA Rufe would go down well right about now.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #306 on: April 17, 2012, 04:18:39 AM »
Now... why do I think that Herr Kondor is not going to appreciate an FAA Rufe?  ;D
 
Not as much as I would appreciate one anyway!

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #307 on: April 17, 2012, 01:42:57 PM »
I don't know how you guys feel, but I think an FAA Rufe would go down well right about now.

Mitsubishi fighters entered British service with two models -- the Merganser floatplane and the Murrelet carrier fighter. Mergansers and early Murrelets were both powered by Bristol Taurus radials. After 1943, the Japanese felt able to export Sakae radials (beginning with the Murrelet Mk.IV).

First is Mitsubishi Merganser Mk.IA of 702 Sqn. aboard HMS Asturias in 1941. At that time, HMS Asturias was on convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic where the ship's Mergansers did useful work chasing off shadowing Kondors.

Second is a Mitsubishi Murrelet Mk.II flown by Sub-Lt Peter Hutton from 801 NAS off HMS Victorious during Operation Pedestal. On 12 Aug 42 Sub-Lt Hutton downed an Re.2001, the following morning he shot down a recce Ju-88 and shared a score on another.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #308 on: April 17, 2012, 01:58:27 PM »
The Merganser success cured the failure of the float-Spitfire, I have heard of that. Thanks to provide the very first picture ever! (this was top top secret till yesterday)...

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #309 on: April 17, 2012, 05:11:11 PM »
Well those British Zero's looks quite natural!
Lovely  :-*

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #310 on: April 17, 2012, 06:57:30 PM »
Weren't they built under licence in a Scotish factory?
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #311 on: April 17, 2012, 07:03:17 PM »
Yeah, those look lovely.

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« Reply #312 on: April 17, 2012, 08:33:45 PM »
Wow! Love the Merganser.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #313 on: April 17, 2012, 09:11:13 PM »
Weren't they built under licence in a Scotish factory?

They were built in Canada by Canadian Car and Foundry (CCF) along side the Hurricanes .  ;D
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #314 on: April 21, 2012, 09:52:37 AM »
They were built in Canada by Canadian Car and Foundry (CCF) along side the Hurricanes .  ;D

Not in my Alti-verse ... CanCar built Airacobras!  ;D

Logan: Bamboo stealth blades -- they just couldn't figure out how to get around the shadows!
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #315 on: April 21, 2012, 09:55:07 AM »
The Kawasaki Kestrel was unique in serving with the RAF but not operationally with the Japanese. The IJAAF tested a prototype but quickly rejected the fighter when its Hiro Type 00 inverted V12 engine failed repeatedly. Kawasaki then redesigned the Type 3 for its own Ha-38 engine, a licenced Hispano-Suiza 12Y. A small batch of Ha-38 powered aircraft were trialled by the IJAAF as their Army Type 3 Fighter but no orders followed.

Kawasaki offered their fighter to Britain but the RAF requested an alternative engine, the US Allison V-1710. This was taken into service as the Kawasaki Kestrel Mk.I fighter and was primarily issued to Army-Cooperation squadrons. The Kestrel became famous with No.112 (F) Squadron in the Western Desert but soon faded in both fighter and Army-Cooperation roles as Hurricanes and Spitfires became more available.

Experiments in the camera-equipped fighter-recce role were successful enough to warrant a switch in production. The Mk.II was the last fighter version before the Kestrel PR Mk.III tactical reconnaissance variant began deliveries. While successful at low-altitude recce in the MTO, the RAF needed higher-altitude aircraft to operate over North-Western Europe. This led to the Merlin-engined Kestrel PR Mk.X series.

The Kestrel PR Mk.X was powered by a Merlin 45 which improved altitude performance. The Mk.XI introduced a pressure cabin and Merlin 47. A bigger boost came with the PR Mk.XII with its 2-speed Merlin 64. Unlike the Allison-engined PR Kestrels, most Mk.X series aircraft were unarmed. Some Kestrels with oblique cameras were given a wing-gun armament of four 0.5" Brownings. These tactical recce aircraft were given 'A' suffixes as PR Mk.XA and PR Mk.XIIA.

The Kestrel PR Mk.XII and pressurized PR Mk.XIII were the most capable of PR Kestrels whose performance was not eclipsed until the introduction of the high-altitude PR Spitfires.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #316 on: April 21, 2012, 10:01:11 AM »
Winner!
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #317 on: April 21, 2012, 11:05:06 AM »
Thanks for your Ki-61 derivatives, still enriching the family (together with the Ki-60, Ki-100, Ki-61-II)... :-*

Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #318 on: April 23, 2012, 04:43:55 AM »
The Kestrel PR.XII is gorgeous!!

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #319 on: April 24, 2012, 04:58:25 AM »
Thanks lads. Now, for Greg, an ex-US 'Warthog' turned over to the Afghans ...
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #320 on: April 24, 2012, 05:30:45 AM »
Winner!!!

Thanks.  I was imagining the other day what such a beast would look like if the USAF gave the Afghans some Warthogs for CAS/COIN missions.
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #321 on: April 25, 2012, 04:36:31 AM »
That Afghan A-10 is brilliant, apophenia!

Your British "imports" a page back are fantastic too!

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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #322 on: April 25, 2012, 04:43:31 AM »
Given the failed attempt to gain Sierra Nevada/Embraer EMB-314/A-29 Super Tucanos under the USAF's Light Air Support (LAS) programme (still think it was the best choice), one could quite easily imagine an option being put forward to transfer something like a dozen A-10Cs to the Afghans rather then to bring them home...
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« Reply #323 on: April 25, 2012, 11:03:36 AM »
Thanks Brian ... but all credit for the Afghan A-10s goes to Greg  ;)

Greg: Not sure what the glitch was with LAS -- should've been a no-brainer  :P

I've modified the first image into a A-10C (and decided she should have arabic serials from the outset). Here are two more ...

The Fairchild Republic A-10Aa is a refurbished Thunderbolt II airframe (taken from AMARG, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ) for the Afghan Air Force to make up attrition of ex-USAF A-10Cs. Known as 'Breshna' (Lightning) to the AAF, ANA troops dubbed them 'Toptshi' ('Gunner') or 'Khar' ('Donkey', because they do the heavy hauling. The Aero L-39 is the 'Khargóttey' or 'Little Ass').

The upper aircraft, 143, is a Gardez-based 'Breshna' supporting the ANA's 203rd Corps out of the appropriately-named Camp Thunder. This aircraft wears the locally-applied 'Khost-Gardez' camouflage scheme, lo-viz roundels, and both Roman and Arabic serials.

The lower A-10Aa sports the 'Kandahar' scheme of a KAF-based aircraft flying in support of the 205th Corps ANA. 'Breshna' 156 carries FAB-500 'dumb' bombs outboard with KAB-500L guided bombs inboard (with their associated KAB-Kr UPK acquisition pod).
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Re: Apophenia's Offerings
« Reply #324 on: April 25, 2012, 11:44:55 AM »
It seems the major language of Afghanistan is Pashto rather than Arabic, would you write a Pashto version? ;)