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Offline elmayerle

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2019, 02:11:03 PM »
SLAR on an LO bird is not impossible.  TACIT BLUE showed that it could be done as it was a testbed for the Assault Breaker radar system that later developed into JSTARS.  I also know of some LO recce drone concepts that carried both emitting and passive sensor systems.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2019, 08:22:30 PM »
Just a leetle stretch! :smiley:
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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2019, 11:25:04 PM »
SLAR on an LO bird is not impossible.  TACIT BLUE showed that it could be done as it was a testbed for the Assault Breaker radar system that later developed into JSTARS.  I also know of some LO recce drone concepts that carried both emitting and passive sensor systems.
Plus, of course, there are radars that can know a LO aircraft is out there, but can't target it. In an environment where they know you're there, just not exactly where, you can radiate in small doses and on frequencies that they might not be monitoring and still stay hidden. After all, the new LINK 16 communication system radiates constantly but all over the spectrum such that you can't get a fix on it.

But, certainly, planning on doing primarily passive optical recce and SIGINT is a very good plan.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2019, 02:29:50 AM »
Looks like Iím behind the times on my knowledge of radars and such. Iíve read where the F-35 has some electronic recon capabilities built into each aircraft.
Thanks for all the info. Iíll try the paint.net and study up on elint

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2019, 03:45:39 AM »
AESA radar on F-35 has some interesting potentials for ELINT.  Too, the DAS system has demonstrated some good visual recce abilities in addition to what the sensors for the EOTS can pick up.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2019, 10:00:19 AM »
It appears more and more that there is a lot more to the F-35 than the usual fighter plane stuff. Not trying to start a whole discussion on it but it seems thatís another topic to read up on. BTW thanks for all the input.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2019, 02:56:43 AM »
It appears more and more that there is a lot more to the F-35 than the usual fighter plane stuff.

Indeed, that is the case.  I've used the analogy before that comparing the F-35 to other, older platforms on traditional features such as speed, turning ability etc is a bit like comparing a '80s era walkman to a modern iPhone.  Sure, they can both play music but the iPhone also allows you to make calls, surf the web, watch movies, do all sorts of things with various apps whereas the walkman just plays music.  Most, if not all of the F-35's capabilities are less obvious.
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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #22 on: February 26, 2019, 02:49:59 PM »
I said the inlets would be easy....I lied. I'll try some more tomorrow, this time with beer.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2019, 08:35:52 AM »
Some progress at last! Once I found a piece of plastic to cut the new inlets out of things got easier. I rummaged around in the two drawers of found objects I have until I came across this cap for some old spray bottle. Tough part was judging the shape of the teeth on the edge of the inlet. Once I made one I had to make another mirror image of the first. The plastic was brittle so I had to be careful. Lots of file work.



Then I cut out the old inlets.



And boxed in the new openings.



Hopefully I can glue them in place and start the putty work tonight.

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2019, 01:13:57 AM »
Looking good.
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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2019, 02:05:05 PM »
Some more progress! Let the PSR begin in full force!


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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2019, 01:56:57 AM »
Hmmmm really interesting, Kerick...

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #27 on: March 03, 2019, 09:53:07 AM »
Nice use of found objects on the inlets and expertly shaped looking forward to the end result

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2019, 12:23:07 PM »
I sanded down the Bondo Putty and added a layer of Perfect Plastic Putty to fill minor imperfections. Not much to show for now, just lots of dust. For the fuselage section I'm going to try covering as much as possible with sheet plastic to cut down on PSR. I'm considering cutting out the flaps, ailerons and slats and re-positioning them. I've found some pics of YF-23s on the ground with these surfaces dropped.
Thanks for the encouraging comments!

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Re: F-23A photo recon version
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2019, 12:39:34 PM »
This is coming along great!   Loved the F-23 and can't wait to see this one done.