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Offline Brian da Basher

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Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« on: September 14, 2019, 03:49:48 AM »
So for years I've had the fuselage from a 1/72 Heller ND-622...



(let me unpack that for you)



I always wanted to turn it into a float plane but never found wings I was happy with until yesterday...



Those are 1/72 Revell P-26 wings left over from another build.



I can't remember where the main float comes from but the outriggers are drop-tanks wrapped with 10 thou card. The ventral fin was cut from 20 thou stock.



The cockpit hole was stuffed with more card, rolled into a cylinder. I built this yesterday and the first bit of paint is drying now.



But will I beat da Deadline?

Stay tuned to find out.

Brian da Basher

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2019, 03:53:56 AM »
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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2019, 04:03:49 AM »
We believe in you... >:(
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2019, 10:55:05 AM »
You figured out another one.  Good use of card stock.

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2019, 11:49:10 AM »
Looks good, Brian! It reminds me of the Supermarine S.6B racer

Offline Robomog

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2019, 03:47:41 PM »
Go buddy go !

My Catalina is going down to the wire too

Good luck

Mog
>^-.-^<

PS: Looks good too ........

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2019, 07:39:45 PM »
Looks good, Brian! It reminds me of the Supermarine S.6B racer

You've got an eagle-eye Frank and caught the subconscious influence before I did.  :icon_surprised:

Well, after some coffee



and a hearty breakfast



I was back at it and most of the major paint is on and dry enough now for an update.



Earlier, I stuck a bit of crimped foill from a bag of snacks inside the radiator.



It looked like louvers but that detail got lost under the paint.  :(



Oh well, onward & upward. Rudder stripes are next, which will explain the cursing you hear...

Go buddy go !

My Catalina is going down to the wire too


Good luck getting your Cat completed in time, Mog!

Brian da Basher

« Last Edit: September 14, 2019, 07:44:35 PM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2019, 10:14:30 PM »
Not being at all happy with that blank radiator, I added some detail.



These are nibs of plastic wire soaking in a shallow bath of Gator Glue.



As you can see, I also started on those rudder stripes.  Ugh.   :-\

Brian da Basher

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2019, 07:36:28 AM »
The U.S. Navy Loening XLFPF "Loner"



While the Loening Co. is well-known as the maker of the famous Loening OL amphibian



they're less known for a follow-on, the XLFPF prototype float-plane fighter.



Developed soon after the Lone Eagle's famous non-stop Atlantic flight



during a time of rugged individualism one could rightfully call the Lonely Era.



So it seems natural a single-seat Loening float-plane would be called the Loner.



Envisioned as a means of air defense for areas such as archipelagos, small beach heads, deltas, swamps and creeks, the Loening XLFPF "Loner"  was ideal for use when aircraft carriers were impractical.



The Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics was impressed with the design and gave Loening the go-ahead to construct a prototype in 1929.



The new XLFPF prototype completed flight-tests as the 1930's dawned. The Navy's BuAer requested additional endurance testing in the form of long-range friendship flights to Central and South America.



The route and distances were daunting, but the Navy would have warships waiting at various points to assist in refueling, navigation, and rescue if needed.

The Pan-American flight had every indication of success but even the best-laid plans are apt to be un-done by mechanical gremlins.



Unfortunately, engine trouble forced the pilot to divert to Corpus Christi, Texas. After repairs were made, the XFPF continued south to Mexico.



Where it broke down again. And was repaired again.



This would continue on each and every stop during the flight.



The Pan-American goodwill tour became full of bad will because the pilot had to constantly coerce the locals into fixing never-ending mechanical break-downs.



The aircraft was finally abandoned in Guyana as the pilot ran from an angry crowd of local mechanics and their families.



The light-heavy battle-cruiser U.S.S. Cascadia spirited the pilot back to the United States but it would take a lot longer for his Loening XFPF "Loner" to return.





By the time things quieted down in Guyana, the prototype float-plane fighter had been torn apart during the riots and the pieces were packed up and put in the mail. Fifth class.



It finally arrived in even more pieces in 1933. By then the Depression had taken hold and the Navy wasn't going to be getting any new aircraft.



Nothing remains of this once promising (on paper) float plane fighter today except an access panel which lies derelict and forgotten in a closet of the Pelican State Seamen's Association Ladies' Auxilliary Museum Gift Shoppe Cafe` & Creamery on Lake Pontchartrain Landing, Maxfield Parish, Louisiana (Who dat?).



Still, for one brief moment the Loening XLFPF "Loner" showed the promise of a bright float-plane future.





Brian da Basher
« Last Edit: September 15, 2019, 08:04:57 AM by Brian da Basher »

Offline Robomog

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2019, 08:29:56 AM »
Well done Brian, you made it on time and with a back story I'm impressed

Nice .looking plane tell the designer chappie  :smiley:

Mog
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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2019, 08:58:34 AM »
Nice job, Brian! I looked at the sprues for the original kit, and swapping out the main wings was a good choice!

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2019, 11:13:24 AM »
Forget about his bow and arrows- why wait until that sparrow has done his deed when I can just bury him right now 'cause I'm sick and tired of hearing why he wants to have his way with the cock robin!?

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Re: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2019, 09:35:02 PM »
 ;D :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: Brian da Basher Tries to Beat da Deadline
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2019, 01:33:09 AM »
 I can only wonder at the strength of will it must have taken not to use the original P-26 landing gear, Brian... ;)
 Samshing build, and a great story.