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Hello people I'm new to Group Builds and I apologise if I shouldn't be making suggestions. I'm not all that sure of how the whole process goes; but this is just an idea - one close to my heart/home in fact. My wife's grandfather was the chap portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the film 'The World's Fastest Indian'; Burt Munro. He wasn't an Indian; it was the make of an extremely old motorcycle; one that he dedicated his life to, and got the world record for the fastest of it's type after trekking all the way from one of the Southernmost parts of New Zealand (Invercargill) to the USA on a shoestring. That's an extremely sketchy and brief summary - as it is just the idea I'm interested in. It was watching an interview with Burt that inspired me this morning, anyway my question: Has there yet been a World First, Fastest (Largest, most powerful etc.) and Record Breakers' Group build? It would be pretty far reaching; from world land speed records, to water (e.g. Mr Campbell), to Mr Bleriot and his cross channel activities, The Polar Star, Alcock and Brown, Yuri Gagarin and so on. By 'First' I mean things like: 'First man in Space', 'First human to break the sound barrier', 'First human to fly across the Antarctic', 'First to fly over Mount Everest'. This aspect is about individual triumphs and achievements. Fastest human on water, Fastest human in a vehicle of any kind on land, highest manned flight and so on may often go hand in hand with the 'Record Breakers' element. A Group Build that could have the highest manned balloon, world record fastest manned speedboat, fastest quarter mile dragster ever, the Wright Flyer, The Southern Cross, Spirit of St Louis, deepest manned submarine and the first dog/monkey/man in space appeals to my slightly eccentric nature! I've probably been lurking around the GB area too much, but I just had this, admittedly still 'forming' idea, but thought I'd throw it out there for any feedback, howls of derisive laughter or (polite) suggestions! Thanks for reading and happy modelling Tony Edited to include the word 'manned' although PC would suggest 'peopled' it sounds a bit odd..but there are so many lady record breakers - so I hope its ok. Edited due to a merger! In the process of the evolution of this idea for a GB, I didn't realise, but I managed to more or less duplicate a proposed GB by Pin. This means we can now include prototypes, e.g. ; Bf-109 V1, X and Y series US aircraft and so on. Pre-production models should be ok too, but check with us first as some pre-production runs fly in the face of the definition. We hope people didn't mind the merger, it gives us a better chance of the GB getting to the vote and brings together more people with more fascinating ideas! Please note that Experimentals (e.g. X-planes), flying laboratories and 'one of a kind' (e.g. Wright Flyer) are now included in this group build as per Pin's original proposal. We have 33! Still room for many more on board the bus; so go on, prod your friends! ! The List: 1. Pin (Co-Host) 2. Caerbannog 3. SleeperService 4. Giorgio N 5. Arniec 6. heloman1 7. whitestar12chris 8. Misterfriend 9. HansReggelsen 10: Antoine 11: JohnT 12: Milktrip 13: theplasticsurgeon 14: Sgt. Squarehead 15: TonyTiger66 (Co-Host) 16: Rob85 17: CliffB 18: AntPhillips 19: Radleigh 20: Black Knight 21: Avereda 22: Dermo245 23: Jb65rams 24: Sofusthecat 25: Helios16v 26: Angus Tura 27: PhantomBigStu 28: trickyrich 29: mirageiv 30: Bengalensis 31: 71Chally 32: greggles.w 33: Helios16v All really wonderful and incredibly varied ideas so far. Fantastic! I have edited this on 27th November 2016 to add our 33rd person! Thanks to to you all, Pin and I appreciate all these great ideas and this promise ms to be a great, historically informative and fun group build. Now we must carry on enthusing people to vote for it ! This build is really open to imagination and passions, so lets see more people and more incredible ideas along. Don't be shy, be welcome to come and join the fun Best regards TonyT
- experimental vehicles - prototypes - record breakers (if specially modified) - flying laboratories - one of a kind Examples (some qualify by in more than one category) : Experimental: XB-35, X-29, X-47B, Su-47, Maus tank Ptototypes YB-49, YF-23, Sukhoi T-50, Concorde G-BSST, A-380 and B-787 in "First Flight" livery Record breakers TB-1 "Strana Sovetov", Bloodhound SSC, Ruthan Voyager SR-71 is an example that DOES NOT qualify as no special modifications were made Flying Laboratories NB-52, Tu-144LL One of a kind An-225, Sukhoi T-4, Wright Flyer Worth trying ?
My main interest is in experimental aircraft and prototypes, especially those 'G-Whizz'aircraft of my childhood when new and exciting types appeared regularly. All are 1/72 scale Supermarine 510, Maintrack Vacform (my first vacform) Hawker Hunter prototype, PJ Hunter F6 resin with 'knobbly' bits removed. Anti-spin parachute added and home-made registration letters. The font I used to make the letters didn't match the photo I had, so I spent some time modifying the figure '8' only to find that when the registrations were cut up and spread over the u/c legs you couldn't tell the difference! Saunders Roe SR53 Kit was of Polish origin, bought from Hannants several years ago. I suspect it is a copy of the original Airfix version Fairey Delta One Olimp resin kit, Alclad finish. I thought that I had 'cracked' doing Alclad after the P1 (next pic) but found that I hadn't English Electric P1a Aeroclub vacform fuselage, Airfix F3 wings and tail, RAF roundels from Xtradecal, home made warning stencils More to come ( the foreigners) John