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Beekster:

--- Quote from: The Big Gimper on June 14, 2016, 09:15:58 PM ---Love it. Reno racers would be a great group build.

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I agree, Reno Racers that Never Were would be cool.  Aircraft not eligible, because they were or are used at that venue, include the following:

P-51 Mustang
F8F Bearcat
P-38 Lightning
Sea Fury
F4U/FG-1/FG-2 Corsair

On the other hand, everything else is fair game.  A Raiden (Jack), perhaps, with clipped wings?  A P-47 Jug?  A Yak-3?  This is also fertile ground for prototypes, on the assumption that they got sold for scrap and someone got ambitious.  How about XP-55 Ascender or XP-56 Bullet or XP-67 Moonbat?  Those could get expensive, being limited-run and/or resin, but they'd look really wild.  Especially with mild mods like different props.

The Big Gimper:

--- Quote from: Beekster on June 14, 2016, 09:45:47 PM ---
--- Quote from: The Big Gimper on June 14, 2016, 09:15:58 PM ---Love it. Reno racers would be a great group build.

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I agree, Reno Racers that Never Were would be cool.  Aircraft not eligible, because they were or are used at that venue, include the following:

P-51 Mustang
F8F Bearcat
P-38 Lightning
Sea Fury
F4U/FG-1/FG-2 Corsair

On the other hand, everything else is fair game.  A Raiden (Jack), perhaps, with clipped wings?  A P-47 Jug?  A Yak-3?  This is also fertile ground for prototypes, on the assumption that they got sold for scrap and someone got ambitious.  How about XP-55 Ascender or XP-56 Bullet or XP-67 Moonbat?  Those could get expensive, being limited-run and/or resin, but they'd look really wild.  Especially with mild mods like different props.

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Also:

Martin Baker MB.5
Boeing XF8B-1
Republic XP-72
Seafire MK. 46/47
Supermarine Spiteful/Seafang
Kawasaki Ki-64

Anyone notice the contra-prop theme?  8)

Acree:
The prototype YP-60E did race at Reno in the National Air Races before they moved to Reno but crashed during qualifying.  Douglas A-26s have also raced at Reno and a DC-7 (once). Clay Lacy raced a DC-7 ("Super Snoopy") at Mojave in 1970, coming in 6th

The Big Gimper:

--- Quote from: Acree on June 15, 2016, 02:26:53 AM ---The prototype YP-60E did race at Reno, as did A-26s and a DC-7 (once).

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Ah, "The Big Boy" class: 36 or more cylinders.  ;)

Beekster:

--- Quote from: Acree on June 15, 2016, 02:26:53 AM ---The prototype YP-60E did race at Reno in the National Air Races before they moved to Reno but crashed during qualifying.  Douglas A-26s have also raced at Reno and a DC-7 (once). Clay Lacy raced a DC-7 ("Super Snoopy") at Mojave in 1970, coming in 6th

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Hmm...why stop at four engines when you can have six?  I need to find a cheap Monogram B-36 Peacemaker, paint it Orange & Black, and put Oregon State University decals on it.  Competition number 36, of course.

Or if two engines is all you think you need, how about an F7F Tigercat retrofitted with a pair of P&W R4360s?

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