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hsr

YO-3A Yoyo Unicraft 1/72

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This is my Unicraft YO-3a, affectionally know by its crews as the Yoyo. The work in progress thread can be found at;

The YO-3a was a low altitude silent stealth aircraft designed to observe enemy troops at night without making an audible ground level sound. For more information see:

  http://www.yo-3a.com/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_YO-3

You can see the build thread for my trials and tribulations, but this is what I had to start with;

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Given that I am kind of proud about how it turned out, K'velen in fact. 

 

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Next up is the Airfix O-2 Skymaster. Enjoy.

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I watched the wip and all I can say is - very well done!

 

I wasn't even sure there was a kit in amongst all that.......

 

and on another note - never heard of this aircraft so you learn something new every day (but now i can't remember where my keys are ;) )

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Nice one.

I think this is what I saw in Riyadh some years ago.

It was being flown over the city at night by an American

chap called 'Dave' who we suspected worked for 'a firm'.

The one I saw had quite a few aerials on it however.

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They only made 11, none were ever lost in combat, and there are 6 at various museums. That leaves 5 unaccounted for :smile:

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That has turned out just brilliant, really something to be proud of. :thumbsup:

Steve.

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Your turned it into nice model! Congrats :)

I remember when I was a kid interesting already in airplanes and the Vietnam War was on. In Polish airplane journal ("Skrzydlata Polska") with my Brother we saw photos of a new weapon used by US in this war, and it was not looking very dangerous, it was exactly this photo, I think:

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Nevertheless  it is  Lockheed OY-3. Unicraft is name of model maker, I guess?

Regards

J-W

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It looks like security retouched the photo to make the wings looks smaller and the tail bigger, but that's it. Yes Lockheed YO-3A, based on the Schweizer SGS 2-23 sail plane.

 

Thanks

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Having had what passes for a good think.

The one I saw was white with no markings at all!

It more than likely arrived in a box out of a C130

and probably departed the same way.

I think it was about fifteen years ago.

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Great kit of an obscure bird.   And Pete, they could fit the parts for one aircraft in a C-47, unmarked of course!  For what it was intended to do, it was a great design.  Just didn't have much range and was really slow.  But it was silent and only gave off a faint vibration when directly over you. I would love to build a kit of this plane, but to be honest, I don't think I have the talent or patience to tackle this particular kit.  Hsr you have truly taken the sow's ear and made a silk purse!  

3 hours ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Having had what passes for a good think.

The one I saw was white with no markings at all!

It more than likely arrived in a box out of a C130

and probably departed the same way.

I think it was about fifteen years ago.

 

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Hi hsr!!!

 

Wonderful kit of a wonderful bird, congratulations for this nice build, you have turned a great masterwork from all that not so good looking spread of parts!!!

Thank you very much for sharing!!!

Cheers,

 

Luis Alfonso

 

 

 

 

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The transition from photo #1 to photo #2 is likely more than I can accomplish without resorting to clouds of colorful language. A great job with a brick of a kit. 

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Amazing job, especially considering the starting point, great work

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A lot of work, but worth it

 

Thanks

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Absolutely amazing, having seen the WIP, I've never seen a kit made with hardened "Angel Delight" before.

 

Take a bow Sir, my goodness you've earned it ! :worthy: :clap2:

 

:cheers: cheers Pat

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Just an amazing transformation. You more or less started with the Unicraft blurred, vague 'suggestion' of a kit and made it your own solid, clearly defined model.

 

The canopy and interior have worked out really well; the paint job is great. Would recommend anyone that hasn't seen it to read the WIP.

 

:goodjob: 

 

TonyT

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Usually the interior and canopy are my downfall with dust infiltration from sanding, but this one was easy to seal and the vacuformed canopy, which I hate, worked out.

 

Thanks

 

Howard

 

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