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Offline finsrin

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Saucer Jet
« on: October 14, 2017, 03:41:07 PM »
Introducing the "Saucer Jet" per Frank3K request to start posting.
Based on Atlantis kit "Vic Torry and his Flying Saucer" which measures to 30ft 9in as 1/72.  Went thru stash selecting likely donor kits.  Nothing glued yet cuz sizing and cutting-filing parts to see what works.  Expect to be one or two seat 1950s roots attack jet.  Not a dogfighter.  Decided on 1/72 Revell Horten Go 229 wings.  Working on nose and jet intakes right now.  Only progress picture is wings taped on to show general configuration.  More later.
Attached two pictures.

Offline ericr

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2017, 05:39:57 PM »

the wings have a nice fit

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2017, 10:58:38 PM »
Funny how bits not related to each other just seem to blend together perfectly, watching this closely Bill   :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2017, 12:05:01 AM »
Good subject! Go on! ;)

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2017, 04:27:28 AM »
Looks like a natural match.
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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2017, 04:34:16 AM »
The wings really fit well!

Offline finsrin

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2017, 02:37:16 PM »
Thanks folks.  Nice to hear you like wing match as much as I do.  Was a pleasant surprise to find how well OOB wing flowed into saucer.
Looking at single seat canopies and landing gear.  Trying to avoid excessive plastic surgery like most prior and unfinished builds.

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2017, 04:41:48 AM »
Looking at single seat canopies and landing gear.

Can't you use the existing forward windows? Maybe enlarge the slots? The forward slope will be a bitch to match with a canopy. Maybe a hemisphere? The intersection of the two curves would give it a somewhat elliptical cross section.

Offline finsrin

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2017, 02:02:57 PM »
Looking at single seat canopies and landing gear.

Can't you use the existing forward windows? Maybe enlarge the slots? The forward slope will be a bitch to match with a canopy. Maybe a hemisphere? The intersection of the two curves would give it a somewhat elliptical cross section.

Have to be 1/200 or smaller to sit inside and use windows.  Am figuring out a couple possible canopies.
Some underside strakes have to go.
Leave on week trip Tuesday.  Be back to it after that.  Always open to comments and ideas.  Thanks.

Offline finsrin

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2017, 07:18:14 PM »
Removed center three of five under body strakes.  Hope to fill in before trip.  Outer two will hold landing gear.
Front gear and guns will be in nose piece from 1/55 P-38. 
Attached picture shows under body with strakes cut off and 1/72 F4F for size comparison.

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2017, 07:46:05 PM »
 :smiley:
"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: Saucer Jet
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2017, 06:05:18 AM »
Wow this has all the makings of a fantastic model Bill!

Glad to see you got off to such a great start and will be looking most forward to updates!

Brian da Basher

P.S. That Wildcat looks every bit the business. Don't recall you posting that little beauty before.
« Last Edit: October 17, 2017, 07:58:31 AM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2017, 12:51:58 PM »
Some progress.  Took three steps forward then one step back.  Puttied in where bottom strakes were and OOB holes on top. 
Cut open end of wing to fit on saucer.  Helps a lot but must cut into saucer (fuselage?) to get flush fit.  Cutting-sanding-fitting x2 are ahead for wing fit.
After much work on 1/55 P-38 nose to fit over & under on front and got it to fit well.  When attached with wings in position it suddenly looked like a form of large fin turtle.  Need to downsize P-38 nose or find a plan "B".

pictures attached

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Re: Saucer Jet
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2017, 02:04:19 PM »
When attached with wings in position it suddenly looked like a form of large fin turtle.  Need to downsize P-38 nose or find a plan "B".

pictures attached

Need to see a photo of that before I pass final comment but it sounds fine to me! :smiley: ;)
"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: Saucer Jet
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2017, 02:34:44 PM »
Per request; pictures with 1/55 P-38 nose.

see attached