Author Topic: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'  (Read 4045 times)

Offline Robomog

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The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:40:15 AM »

After the Bluebird tragedy  Bittsa Industries, a private company intending to compete for the water speed record, radically redesigned their machine to incorporate as many safety features as possible.

Named ‘Jings!’ It was a jet powered machine with the engine above the main hull on a pylon, the  body of craft  featured a punt style hull with short canard wings to prevent the craft from nosing up at speed. To stabilise the craft in the water two wings were attached with floats at their extremity. The machine was designed to ride up onto its step at speed and skim across the surface of the water with minimal contact only a stabilising fin and the rudder actually in the water.
Initial slow speed runs on Loch  Lomond proved satisfactory in both the operation and handling and it was decided to fully test the machine before actually attempting the world record.

By the third trial and at around half the available power the craft was up on the step with the floats out of the water. On the sixth trial they accelerated to full power and that’s when disaster struck.

Despite the forward canard, the machine suddenly unstuck and left the water. The pilot pulled back the throttle which caused the craft to nose down and hit the water at speed which bounced it back into the air, lacking the computer technology of today to damp the control movement the machine bounced three more times, each getting more violent than the next as the driver tried to regain control of the craft but over compensated as a result. The fourth impact  proved too much, the machine hit the water and the pylon holding the wings and engine parted from the main body. Fortunately the safety systems worked perfectly and there was barely any flash from the leaking fuel, but the engine was still producing thrust so the engine and wings moved forward and struck the bobbing hull before continuing up the loch some hundred yards and disintegrating in a spectacular welter of spray. The cabin section slewed to a halt still upright and afloat, but it had received a mortal blow and slowly started to sink.

Fortunately the chase boat arrived in time to take off the driver before the remains part of ‘Jings’ slipped beneath the waves.
 As the driver looked on he said “Bugger that for a game of soldiers, I’m not doing that again” and never drove or flew a jet powered  vehicle again.
Bittsa Industries realised it was way out of its depth and moved onto other things, all documents regarding ‘Jings’ were archived and eventually destroyed.

‘Jings’ disappeared into History before it really got off the ground, or rather after it got off the ground when it wasn’t supposed to and suffered the consequences !

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Hi All

First model in 30 years and a scratch  build so I can get used to techniques again, also my first whiff so a lot happening here at once.

The build was influenced by the Floaty Group build and intended for the Racing Group build but I have posted here because it is unlikely I will finish it before the deadline.

Looking at my parts  stash it was immediately obvious I have a lot of rubbish. So having a rough idea in my mind I felt anything in there was fair game. I found a piece of bubble packaging that would serve as a rakish canopy and selected the parts as shown below. It’s unlikely  i will use all of them but this is the starting point.

Perhaps you would like to play spot the part ?


20170708_114615 by Robomog, on Flickr

Will update progress soon

Mog


Offline Old Wombat

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 08:56:38 AM »
Sounding & looking promising! :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

Offline Frank3k

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2017, 12:10:11 PM »
J-79 from a B-58, looks like canopies from an Me-163 and a Saab Tunnan. The rest, not getting much on the ol' meatware image recognition neural net.

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2017, 07:12:18 PM »
Hi Frank3k

right on the button with the Engine, why I had only one in the stash when it had four beats me and I'm still looking for the big pannier !

canopies not 163 as I have never had that kit I think I know what the left one is from but not the right.

Mog

Offline Brian da Basher

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2017, 04:43:24 AM »
Watching with interest and applauding your use of blisterpack!

A far under-utilized material in my opinion.

Looking forward to more,

Brian da Basher

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2017, 09:26:31 PM »
Hi Brian

Funnily enough it was the blister pack which triggered Jings the idea. 

This site has effected me psychologically you know,  every piece of plastic I look at I try and think of what use to put it too.  Only the other day I was in McRons with the family looking closely at a the plastic top of a coffee cup thinking of possibly turning it into a flying saucer. Mum said 'are you thinking of making a model of that?' Then Mrs Lady Mog piped up with 'I thought he was doing that to !' My notoriety goes before me.

Mog

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2017, 09:41:24 PM »
Right, build has started in earnest,  although this is a seat of the pants build I quickly learned it had to have a sequence. The canopy governed the size of the hull and cockpit position, the cockpit depth governed the hull depth, the engine had to be fitted before the wings act.

So here we have started,  the canopy is shown placed in position and the cockpit cut out, the pilot seat position is also dependant on the canopy. The jet engine has been separated from the pylon as I have to turn it round so that it will be blowing in the right direction.

20170714_210500 by Robomog, on Flickr

20170714_210543 by Robomog, on Flickr

More as it happens

Mog

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017, 07:50:53 AM »
Initial parts list for them wots interested

Wings = Supermarine Seahawk left over from a truly awful conversion to a swept wing Seahawk prototype
Engine = B58 Hustler spotted by Frank3k
Camouflaged hatch = SM79
Left hand canopy = P47 Thunderbolt
Right hand canopy = don't know looks a bit Migish
Top drop tank = A4 Skyhawk (I think)
Bottom drop tank = don't  know
Floats = Grumman J2F Duck
Small blue wings = Navy Blue Angels Grumman F11F
Small silver wings = F5 Freedom Fighter
Silver Angled wings = Don't know possibly Fouga Magister or helicopter tail stabiliser

How many did you get ?

Mog


Offline elmayerle

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2017, 09:11:34 AM »
Shouldn't that be "Supermarine Attacker"?  The Seahawk was a Hawker design.

Very interesting collection of parts there; 'twill be most interesting to see them come together.

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2017, 08:31:38 AM »
Doh !  Quite right well spotted Hawker Seahawk not Supermarine

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2017, 09:17:37 AM »
More progress, started the cockpit detail, built the shell and two side consoles then subsequently found out that they took up too much room so found an instrument panel from the spares box and adapted the controls for a single driver.

The wings have had the moulded weapons pylons removed and the Aileron detail filled in, also had to fill in some moulding dents and a line of pits cause by the wing resting against a vinyl tank track, curios reaction between the two that.

The bubble packaging has been trimmed and cut in two, one half will form the canopy the other part will become part of the structure, it is going to support the engine so I have reinforced it with plastic card, photographs show that Gel Superglue does fog a transparency but this won't matter as it is going to be painted over.

20170719_213821 by Robomog, on Flickr

20170719_213839 by Robomog, on Flickr

20170729_005957 by Robomog, on Flickr

The build continues.....................

Mog

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2017, 07:46:48 AM »
I seem to be getting more spare time so building continues apace.

I have discarded a large number of the parts I originally chose at the start, the following picture shows a sort of exploded view


20170729_010439 by Robomog, on Flickr

I've detailed the cockpit with an instrument panel and seat belts, no driver as it will be sat on its beaching gear (design pending).

20170802_192507 by Robomog, on Flickr

20170802_192602 by Robomog, on Flickr


With the cockpit is done I can gauge the depth of the hull and have cut the ribs to suit, then stuck card along the keel and sides

20170802_192417 by Robomog, on Flickr

The Completed Hull

20170819_174819 by Robomog, on Flickr


 Note the black line at the back, I suffered a (born again) noob sanding accident and ended up with the classic  banana shaped stern, this is a couple of pieces of plastic card stuck on and sanded Very carefully to true up the shape.


Coming soon the engine and the wings ....................

Mog


 

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2017, 08:34:21 AM »
<------------------------- WARNING ------------------------------>
<---------- furry black thing has stopped construction --------->
<-----Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible ----->


20170902_162808(0) by Robomog, on Flickr

20170909_164021 by Robomog, on Flickr

20170909_164000 by Robomog, on Flickr

Hi all

I'd like to introduce you to Claude, resident house cat and daddies boy.

He has discovered my back bedroom retreat and has claimed my lap for catdom and personal use, regardless of sharp knives, open tins of paint, pointy things and live adhesives so had to move the lappy out of the way temporarily.

Some cats have no idea.

<---------   Watch this space for Further Bulletins ------------>

Mog



Offline andonio64

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2017, 07:28:29 PM »
Hi Robomog,
I'll watch your build log, not only because I like the work you are doing on this "Jings" but also because I love your cat! We have a family cat as well, but after a few attempts to get on the workbench she got rudely scolded and she does not attempt any more.

 ;)

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Sad Story of 'Jings!'
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2017, 12:16:37 AM »
Hi andonio64

Thanks for your comments,  Claude is the latest in a long line of cats we have had in our house, he is a rescue cat basically a domestic gone wild, gone domestic again and born again kitten. when we were running a small cat rescue operation before Mrs Lady Mog became poorly we had 11 cats in our house, all ours, because we kept inheriting the nutters that nobody else wanted. Happy days.

regards

Mog

P.S.  Normal Service will resume shortly