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We've had a number of factors conspiring against us this last few days that has resulted in a long queue of new members waiting to be able to post. I've just spent the last hour clearing down two pages, so if you were waiting to post, you should be able to now. If not, drop me a line and we'll get you sorted Thanks for your patience
For some time now I have been looking for something bonkers enough to go with my Haunebu model that I built last year and shortly before Telford I found something that I feel will fit the bill nicely. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the BMW Flugelrad 1 V-1! Believe it or not, this thing actually was built and did fly, albeit very badly, from Prague-Kbley airfield in the latter half of WW2. The aircraft was a sort of jet powered autogyro for want of a better description. The exhaust from it's engine being deflected upwards onto a ring of variable pitch fan blades to give the lift required for take off. The jet blast deflector was also used to control the aircraft directionally and here it seems was the weak point of the design. According to eyewitness reports, the aircraft was able to leave the ground quite quickly and flew for about 300 meters but was very hard to control longitudinally, resulting in some very hard landings. The latter addition of a fin and rudder to the design failed to have any significant improvement on this issue. Although I have yet to find a photograph of the machine, The project was subject to intense secrecy, the German Magazine "Flugzeug" does do a very good special on these German disc aircraft designs and contains some good descriptions of the machine as well as some drawings. Reports differ as to the colour scheme on this aircraft. One states that it was unpainted whereas another says that it was yellow. My instinct leans towards NMF with some areas of yellow to improve the machine's visibility although a camouflaged What If? finish could be fun as well and I am sure you guys will have your own ideas about this! A civilian scheme for Eva Hitler's new sporty little runabout perhaps or Whacky Races 1946 style? I have had the Unicraft kit of this type for a few years now but not wanting to spend the rest of my life filling bubbles in the resin, I decided to go with the much better cast Planet version. What actually gets added to this build will depend largely what more I can turn up by was of reference material. My hopes aren't high here but we can but try. If all goes well I may add the Planet kit of the Flugelrad V2 to this thread. Apparently this was also built but suffered from the same control issues as the V1 As always, all comments, sensible or otherwise are welcome. Thanks for looking Martian
Martian Hale posted a topic in Work in Progress - AircraftAs some of the denizens of this forum may be aware, I have for a while been chuntering on about a large project that I have had in mind for some time now. The nature of this project is to build the two types of aircraft that formed the air group of the Dutch carrier Karel Doorman on it's final deployment in 1968: namely the Grumman S-2A Tracker and the Sikorsky SH-34 helicopter. This idea was sparked off by the issue, some while ago, of the Flevo Decals set on this very subject. I have the Kinetic kit of the Tracker and the Gallery Models kit of the H-34 laid down along with a raft of accessories, all or some of which will find their way into the project. Both kits will, naturally, be super detailed to within an inch of their lives. Regarding the Tracker, it is my intention to fully detail the flight deck and scratch build the two observers positions behind. The weapons bay will receive full detailing as will the radar compartment and I may well expose the radar itself to view. The wing fold will receive extra detail and the searchlight added from scratch. At least one engine will be exposed to view and I may or may not open up the nose cap. The SH-34 will have extra detail added to the engine and I will probably open up the transmission compartment. Extra detail will be added to the cockpit and the cabin will be fitted out for the anti-submarine role. Following a poll on the Cold War section of the forum, the two builds will be conducted as part of the same thread (over 80% in favour of this) and I estimate that the project is going to take the best part of two years. This is only a rough estimate as I have never tried such a complicated project before. I am also factoring in the probability that I will want to do the odd quick build of other subjects along the way in order to preserve what little remains of my sanity! as well as trying to finish things already in progress such as my Gotha. Thinking about it, as the builds progress, I will have no choice but to finish the Gotha as I will need the space big time! I had hoped to start this build in my forthcoming man cave but I have got fed up of waiting for the promised room to become available. I must admit that I am kind of hoping that, on this occasion, Sod's Law will work in my favour for once and the room will become available as soon as things get under way. Anyway, enough waffle from me for now. Here are some pictures of the raw materials for the project. Thanks for looking Martin PS: Both kits were presents from my wife Gill, the Tracker being a Silver Wedding gift. So no pressure at all to make a good fist of things then!!