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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #735 on: June 06, 2017, 08:27:48 PM »
Thank you Guys!... and Apophenia maybe an F3L...

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #736 on: June 24, 2017, 03:30:35 AM »
Boeing wanted a successor for the P-26 and came with the YP-29 for testing. A slightly different version was send as the XF7B-1 to the US Navy, because Boeing was the dominant deliverer of fighter and bombing aircraft for the navy carriers before Grumman took over. Because of the fact that the Grumman designs were biplane versions and the P-26 and YP-29 were monoplanes, the US Navy was very interested. But due to high speed, instability and visibility problems the Navy decided the XF7B-1 was unfit for carrier duties and cancelled the collaboration end of 1934.

In the summer of 1935 Boeing came back with a modified XF7B-1, different canopy, longer fuselage. At the same time they brought a two seated scout-fighter version from the YP-29 as the XSF7B-1. Although there were still problems with the speed handling, Boeing was contracted for 30 F7B-1, mostly delivered to ground stationed squadrons in 1936 (the navy wanted badly to have a monoplane) . In 1938 several were send to carrier squadrons after satisfied trials. More fond were the pilots of the SF7B-1 and it was send to carrier scout-squadrons. An SF7B-2 version as scout bomber monoplane was delivered in 1938 but was already redundant for the arrival of the SB2U vindicator and Douglas TBD-1 devastator. Only one squadron was equipped with the SF7B-2 at Pearl Harbour. Several pilots were still flying F7B-1’s when in 1941 war broke out due to the attack on PH. In the beginning of 1942 all F7B-1’s were exchanged for F4F wildcats. Several SF7B-1 scoutplanes were used for training

Here are the three different types of the originated YP-29

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #737 on: June 24, 2017, 08:57:23 PM »
My favorite :-* is the single seater, even if the whole family is pleasant! ;)

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #738 on: June 25, 2017, 01:15:55 AM »
My favorite :-* is the single seater, even if the whole family is pleasant! ;)

Thanks Tophe!
Project was lying on the shelf for more than two years. Love the SF2B-1 myself.

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #739 on: June 25, 2017, 06:36:37 AM »
Yes,F7 B1 is on my taste .
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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #740 on: July 07, 2017, 08:00:46 PM »
Thanks Alex!

On to another old subject: The story is based on the idea and story from Dizzyfugu who built a model of the FK60.
N.V. Koolhoven was an aircraft manufacturer based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In May 1940, Koolhoven’s engineers escaped and remained active in England. Together with the Desoutter-company they built the biplane fighter FK-52C . Which I exposed early in one of my threads.
At the moment of the invasion of German forces in 1940 Koolhoven’s FK-58 single-seat monoplane was at the front in France en Holland. The successor FK-60, which had been on the drawingboard was built in England by Koolhoven and Desoutter in Croydon, Surrey.
The FK-60 had been designed with a more powerful armament, but needed a more powerful engine for duty-tasks in the Netherlands East Indies. So it was powered with the Wright-Cyclone R.1820 engine.
Flight tests with the modified prototype, started in November 1941 proved to be promising. Speed and handling at low altitude was very good.
The new Dutch fighter came just in time: On 1 January 1942 the Dutch forces joined the American-British-Dutch-Australian Command, but at the onset of the Japanese assault the ML-KNIL was not up to full combat strength. Production of the FK-60 was immediately taken up and the airframes transported by ship to the Dutch New-Guinea theatre.
In 1943, 120 (NEI) Squadron was established. Equipped with Kittyhawk fighters and the newly arrived FK-60 fighters, it flew many missions under Australian command, including the recapturing of Dutch New Guinea.
Here are two examples. One ML-KNIL version and one RAAF one.

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #741 on: July 07, 2017, 10:28:41 PM »
I like this one! :) 8)
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #742 on: July 07, 2017, 11:35:55 PM »
Thank you!

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #743 on: July 08, 2017, 03:58:57 AM »
 :)
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #744 on: July 08, 2017, 10:40:50 AM »
I love your FK-60 :-* so harmonious silhouettes...
They remind me the Curtiss XP-60C
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_P-60#/media/File:Curtiss_XP-60C_in_flight,_modified_from_second_XP-60A._061024-F-1234P-018.jpg
but better ;)

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #745 on: July 08, 2017, 03:10:04 PM »
:)

Thank you!

I love your FK-60 :-* so harmonious silhouettes...
They remind me the Curtiss XP-60C
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_P-60#/media/File:Curtiss_XP-60C_in_flight,_modified_from_second_XP-60A._061024-F-1234P-018.jpg
but better ;)

Thanks Tophe! Better than the XP-60... 8)

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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #746 on: July 08, 2017, 06:32:08 PM »
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Re: Lauhof's profiles
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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #748 on: July 11, 2017, 02:48:06 AM »
Excellent stuff! And I love the Desoutter tie-in. I guess that makes the F.K.60 the Desoutter III ?

BTW, does anyone know when Desoutter Tools moved to France?
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Re: Lauhof's profiles
« Reply #749 on: July 13, 2017, 10:27:47 PM »
Excellent stuff! And I love the Desoutter tie-in. I guess that makes the F.K.60 the Desoutter III ?

BTW, does anyone know when Desoutter Tools moved to France?

Thanks Apophenia!
Desoutter Tools was founded in 1914 in England as Desoutter Bros Ltd. The Desoutter aircraft company, who manufactured the Desoutter II was founded in England, Croydon in 1928 by Marcel one of the brothers. Desoutter Tools went to Hendon in 1924. Already George Renault was making the same tools in France. In 1989 George Renault joines Desoutter. So it could be around that time the company moved to France with their headquarter.

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Lauhof
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