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« on: June 26, 2019, 12:23:58 PM »

https://charliemikeromeo.com/2019/06/25/what-if-lockheed-l-206-3/

Lockheed L-206-3 - a packplane derivative of the design that would become the C-130. Just think - this...thing...could have been the Herk!  ;-)

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2019, 12:33:46 PM »
Must say, has notable aesthetics.
Recommend Constellation like tri-tail to lower total height.  Avoid costs of building higher hangers and doors.

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2019, 02:04:04 AM »
Kind of reminds meow this:



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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2019, 02:19:16 AM »
Some details:





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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2019, 07:10:02 AM »
I thought it was just a whimsical whiff profile! That's some beer gut!

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2019, 01:58:55 AM »
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2019, 10:30:41 AM »
Would be an interesting whiff from a C-130, especially if you had some "special duty" pods worked up.  Say, a "Spectre" attack gunship pod, a SAR pod, a MPA pod, a communications jamming/control pod, a command and control pod, an AEW pod with British-style fore-and aft-scanning radar antennae, various special purpose cargo pods - bulk solid, bulk liquids of different types, vehicles of different types, paratroop drop,  and so on.
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2019, 10:26:19 AM »
Oh, yeah - a strictly whif gunship version is indeed being cooked up :-)


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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2019, 02:07:08 AM »
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2019, 02:47:29 AM »
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2019, 07:03:14 AM »
Very cool! I'm guessing that the engines were twin GE J47s geared to drive the single props. How about a follow-on with contra-rotating propellers? (From 1949, NACA was testing an AS Python specifically for its contraprops.)

If you're looking for an engine designation for your turboprop Tornado, you might need to 'recycle'. There are no gaps in the US 'T' for turboprop/turboshaft range until the T59 ... but there are a couple of cancelled projects in the right number range ...

The best option would probably be T41 for GE's own cancelled TG-110 (a TG-100/T31 derivative). AFAIK, the J47/TG-190 turbojet was the last internal GE 'TG' designation (maybe Jon knows otherwise?). So, your 'T41-GE-1' could have the GE corporate designation 'TG-200'  ;)
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2019, 02:12:48 AM »
Or possible Allison T40s as used in the North American XA2J Super Savage:

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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2019, 04:23:58 AM »
Or possible Allison T40s as used in the North American XA2J Super Savage:

That works! And for those not averse to 1:72, Anigrand does an XA2J-1.
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2019, 06:44:45 AM »
The NAA Savage is one subject that I really wish the model companies would consider producing.
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2019, 07:01:34 AM »
The NAA Savage is one subject that I really wish the model companies would consider producing.
Quite!!  I really wouldn't mind seeing some other companies do the XA2J-1 also.  Unlikely to happen, but one can wish. :-[

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« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2019, 02:34:03 AM »
The NAA Savage is one subject that I really wish the model companies would consider producing.

There have been multiple produced:  https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION%5B%5D=Kits&q=AJ-1+Savage

I have one of these in the stash:

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« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2019, 02:35:19 AM »
Quite!!  I really wouldn't mind seeing some other companies do the XA2J-1 also.  Unlikely to happen, but one can wish. :-[

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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2019, 02:49:00 AM »
@Greg/GTX, guess having just one of those CollectAire kits is not enough to get a proper injection moulded kit in 1:48th scale. 

Looks to me like you need to buy another one to get this party started. :smiley:
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« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2019, 03:22:32 AM »
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« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2019, 10:31:51 AM »
Quite!!  I really wouldn't mind seeing some other companies do the XA2J-1 also.  Unlikely to happen, but one can wish. :-[


Donate the engine nacelles to a turboprop B-45 and fit the wings from an A3D or B-66 to the A2J fuselage and tail, though you'd likely need to do some modifying of the fuselage to get the CG correct.

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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2019, 01:34:03 AM »
You should post some of your other work here as well.
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« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2019, 01:32:21 AM »
You should post some of your other work here as well.
They're coming soon, thanks much!!



https://charliemikeromeo.com/2019/07/22/what-if-high-speed-handley-page-bomber-as-a-wartime-boac-transport
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« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2019, 01:25:41 AM »
Convair Portage "what if" profile by Christopher Reed, on Flickr

The Convair Portage - early postwar concept for a flying boat powered by a quartet of Wright T-53 turboprops. Payload would have been 50,000lbs over a 5,000 mile range. A what-if profile as a water bomber, with a paint scheme derived from that of the Martin Mars.

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« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2019, 03:21:00 AM »
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« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2019, 09:17:45 AM »
Both. :smiley: 8)
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« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2019, 10:17:04 PM »
Lots of beautiful gorgeousness in the last two pictures.

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« Reply #28 on: August 01, 2019, 07:34:08 AM »
Love your Convair Portage in Coulson colours   :-*
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« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2019, 02:08:00 AM »
Nice - this was quite an attractive design:


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« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2019, 02:52:37 AM »
Very attractive aircraft; too bad it used underperforming engines (which is a nicer description than my first thought about the engines).

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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2019, 04:22:33 AM »
I wonder if there were any British engines that could have been used instead?
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« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2019, 08:14:01 AM »
Mikoyan I-7K

The USSR had a substantial challenge in defending the vast Soviet airspace frontier, especially as the performance of threat aircraft increased. Among the large interceptor projects of the 1950s was Mikoyan's I-3P, a swept-wing design powered by a single Klimov VK-3 and armed with two 30mm cannon and the capability to carry unguided rockets. Problems with the VK-3 kept the I-3P prototype from being finished as planned, but this airframe was converted to take the Al-7F engine as the I-7. This was intended to lead to an I-7U tactical fighter that would have been accompanied by an I-7K interceptor variant fitted with the Almaz-3 radar and armed with K-6 AAMs. Testing with the I-7 showed a disappointing performance, and no series production of either model would be undertaken.

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« Reply #35 on: November 03, 2019, 01:13:16 PM »
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« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2019, 12:44:54 PM »
Did this one _ages_ ago...an RAF B-32 or Dominator Mk.I

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« Reply #37 on: November 07, 2019, 02:21:39 AM »
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« Reply #38 on: November 07, 2019, 09:43:48 AM »
Did this one _ages_ ago...an RAF B-32 or Dominator Mk.I
Beautiful!!  Perhaps with the demand of other programs for R3350 engines, production B-32's could have been fitted with W3420s as trialed on the XB-39?

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« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2019, 12:01:07 PM »




IN THE REAL WORLD: Although the US Navy would not operate monoplane fighters until the first F2A Buffalos requipped VF-3 aboard USS Saratoga in December 1939, it had been interested in this class of aircraft for some time prior, and in late 1932 ordered prototypes from Boeing (the XF7B, a navalized P-29) and from Northrop, the XFT-1, a Wright R-1510 -powered design that owed much to the company's work on the Delta and Gamma monoplane transports. The XFT-1 was the first fighter from designer Ed Heinemann, who would go on to find much success with Douglas, but this initial foray would be far less successful than its illustrious descendants.

First flown in January 1934, the XFT-1 would prove to be fastest USN fighter of its day, but had poor low speed controllability and buffeted badly when spun. The prototype was reworked with a larger tail and R-1535 engine as the XFT-2, but this configuration proved even worse, and the Navy actually deemed the aircraft unairworthy. Despite instructions to ship the aircraft back to California from Anacostia, an attempt was made to fly it back, ending in a crash in the Allegheny Mountain range.

This did not mean an immediate end to the design, as it formed the basis for the Northrop 3A land-based fighter, with retractable landing gear. This was proposed as a P-26 replacement, but USAAC testing showed that the aircraft still tended to spin. The prototype was lost without a trace over the Pacific in July 1935.

This ended Northrop's involvement with the project, but amazingly the design was to cling to life, being sold to Vought, which used it as the basis for the V-141 prototype. This was put forward to meet the P-26 replacement need, but still proved susceptible to spinning, and there would be no US orders. Vought tried to sell the V-143 with a larger tail to export customers, but there were no takers. Aftrr the aircraft was stretched, given a new tail and uprated engine, there were still no customers, and Vought disposed of the V-143 by selling it to Japan as the AXV1. Predictably, the Japanese found no more use for the design than any others, and the program finally died an overdue death.

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« Reply #40 on: November 24, 2019, 08:27:49 PM »
My what lovely spats you have there!
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« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2019, 01:12:36 AM »


A hypothetical F-80E of the 8th Fighter Bomber Wing in Korea. The F-80E was a planned but unbuilt version of the Shooting Star, with swept wings and an afterburning engine.


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« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2019, 07:05:33 AM »
De Havilland DH.111 Comet Bomber what-if profile by Christopher Reed, on Flickr

Years before the Comet airliner was adapted into the Nimrod patrol aircraft, there was another proposal to use the type as the basis for a military version - the De Havilland DH.111, a bomber variant that was not pursued. 18 1,000lb conventional bombs or a Blue Danube-sized nuclear store could have been carried in the revised fuselage with bomb bay.

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« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2019, 07:25:53 AM »
Your DH.111 bomber is very cool  :smiley:
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« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2019, 10:31:26 AM »
Thank you!

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« Reply #46 on: December 08, 2019, 07:53:28 PM »
Hmmm,interesting bird  :smiley: I like it .
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« Reply #47 on: December 09, 2019, 05:44:45 PM »
Tail needs a bit more length forward, or depth of fuselage under it. Looks like it'd fall off in a stiff breeze, let alone in flight! :o

Other than that, interesting concept! :smiley:
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« Reply #48 on: December 09, 2019, 06:52:16 PM »
Tail needs a bit more length forward, or depth of fuselage under it. Looks like it'd fall off in a stiff breeze, let alone in flight! :o

Other than that, interesting concept! :smiley:

Agree  :smiley:      Great concept  :smiley:
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« Reply #49 on: December 11, 2019, 12:28:00 PM »
Thanks! Yeah, the original would have had the early B-17 tail, but I'd guess that it wouldn't have taken long at all to transition to a B-17G type unit!



The Boeing 464-17, an early B-52 predecessor optimized for conventional warfare, fitted out in "real world" B-52D Southeast Asia colors. 90,000 lb payload!

Model 464-17 color profiles
https://charliemikeromeo.com/2019/12/10/boeing-model-464-color-profiles/

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« Reply #50 on: December 11, 2019, 04:27:21 PM »
That looks good! :smiley:
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« Reply #51 on: December 11, 2019, 04:37:23 PM »
 :smiley:   :-*

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« Reply #52 on: December 12, 2019, 02:33:04 AM »
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« Reply #53 on: December 12, 2019, 05:42:44 AM »
That's quite a looker and the props are a nice touch.

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« Reply #55 on: December 13, 2019, 01:17:19 PM »
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« Reply #56 on: December 14, 2019, 01:26:55 AM »
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« Reply #57 on: December 14, 2019, 10:50:57 AM »
BV P.211-01 as a captured Soviet example:

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« Reply #58 on: December 17, 2019, 04:28:47 AM »


Wetland twin Metrovick Beryl turbojet fighter-bomber "what if"
https://charliemikeromeo.com/2019/12/16/westland-jet-fighter-bomber/

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« Reply #59 on: December 18, 2019, 01:15:33 AM »
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« Reply #60 on: January 03, 2020, 10:05:44 AM »
Did a minor re-do of an older profile tonight - the Consolidated LB-26. This was  a lightweight outgrowth of the company’s (equally unbuilt) LB-24 medium bomber design, and might have been put forward to meet the same requirement that spawned the B-25 Mitchell and B-26 Marauder.


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« Reply #61 on: January 03, 2020, 12:18:43 PM »
Nice! Great subject  :smiley:
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« Reply #62 on: January 03, 2020, 12:36:42 PM »
Damn, that's nice!!

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« Reply #63 on: January 04, 2020, 05:10:41 AM »
That's a nice approach to rendering the ever-challenging natural metal finish too!
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« Reply #64 on: January 16, 2020, 12:38:58 PM »
Thank you all!!

"What if" Lockheed CL-590 TFX (F-111) by Christopher Reed, on Flickr

Lockheed's CL-590 TFX competitor
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« Reply #65 on: January 17, 2020, 02:54:27 AM »
 :smiley:

A couple of other images to give people an idea of what it would have looked like from other angles:



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« Reply #66 on: January 17, 2020, 02:55:10 AM »
Any chance of one in RAAF markings?
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« Reply #67 on: January 17, 2020, 04:06:43 AM »
Adding RCAF markings please.
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« Reply #68 on: January 18, 2020, 11:06:48 AM »
Thanks! The RAAF bird was already in the que, now an RCAF a/c is as well

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« Reply #69 on: February 01, 2020, 10:36:27 AM »

The NA-295, a North American competitor to the Vought design that would become the A-7:
https://charliemikeromeo.com/2020/01/29/what-if-north-american-na-295/

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« Reply #70 on: February 01, 2020, 08:30:12 PM »
Curs Fury on serious steroids!  :icon_surprised: Very cool!  :smiley:

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« Reply #71 on: February 02, 2020, 02:18:44 AM »
TF30 powered too.

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« Reply #72 on: February 02, 2020, 07:11:37 AM »
Not sure they put enough ordnance on there. Maybe a couple of Sidewinder rails on the fuselage, Corsair-/Crusader-style?
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« Reply #73 on: March 01, 2020, 02:01:51 PM »
I remember seeing, waay early on in the program, and artist's depiction of the A-10 in a Southeast Asia type scheme. Here's my interpretation of what a slightly earlier Warthog might have looked like:




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« Reply #74 on: March 02, 2020, 02:01:33 AM »
 :smiley:

Now, what about a South Vietnamese one?
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