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  1. Hi all Having withdrawn my unstarted An-14 from the Group Build (due to a lack of remaining time), here's my simpler/quicker alternative offering. It's a 1/200 scale, white metal/PE kit by Shed Models of the Hunting 126, STOL research aircraft. It's a delightful little kit (if you like that sort of thing), with a pleasingly comprehensive decal sheet. The H126 was designed to allow the investigation of the 'jet flap' principle as an aid to STOL performance. It first flew in 1963 and operated from RAE Bedford. In 1969 it went to the US for a period of wind tunnel testing at NASA, before being retired from service in 1972. It currently resides in the RAF museum at Cosford. As I understand it, the thrust from the aircraft's single gas turbine engine was ducted to various outlet nozzles. 55% of the thrust was blown over the wing flaps in order to provide additional lift. 30% of the thrust went to conventional fuselage jet pipes (to provide propulsion), whilst the remaining 15% was ducted to small nozzles on the wing tips and tail to provide roll, pitch and yaw control at slow speeds (as later copied in part, on the Harrier). The net result of all this was a stall speed of just 32 mph. Cheers
  2. Place holder for my Pilatus Porter entry. This will be my first Dora Wings kit and I’m quite impressed with what I’ve seen of it so far. Sprues: Four sprues of crisp grey plastic, nicely detailed with engraved panel lines, resin wheels and exhausts (choice of two exhaust styles). Two frets of PE and masks for windows and wheels: I won’t be using the right hand PE as it is a ski attachment for the Japanese Antarctic plane which I am not building. Instruction book: One oddity I have noticed is that the instructions show six passenger seats whereas the sprues contain four seats and six seat backs! The decals I will be using will be from a local producer here in Adelaide: I intend to do the second scheme with the hand painted legend on the fuselage, operated by the Australian Army in Vietnam. Work on the build will commence when I finish organising my new study. AW
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