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Devilfish

Black Widow B.1

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By the mid 1980's, the RAF were looking towards replacing its fleet of aging Eagle aircraft (TSR-2).  Looking to the future, they wanted an aircraft that would be able to survive the modern, and future, battlefield.
Around this time, the USAF were looking for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF), and two designs were in contention, the YF-22 and YF-23.  With the YF-22 winning the contract, Northrop looked around for other uses for their design.
BAe approached them with a view to a collaboration.  The design was tweaked to suit the RAF's requirements, which mainly included adding a second seat, specialist avionics, and strengthening the airframe for lower level flight.
The result was the Black Widow B.1

 

Kit is the Hobbyboss 1/48 YF-23, with a scratchbuilt rear cockpit and a modified 1/32 Hawk canopy.

 

37803008792_d98460b738_z.jpg20171021_001358 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

37786273856_627c2db8d2_z.jpg20171021_001409 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

37834681121_b28ab2e082_z.jpg20171021_001420 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

37577016950_4831c7f340_z.jpg20171021_001511 by Paul Carter, on Flickr

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Well done! :goodjob:

 

I really like the lines of your build - it sort of flows! :D

 

I too have the Hobbyboss YF-23, but I never thought of making it into a twoseater!

I must rethink my whole existence! :hmmm:

 

...done! ;)

 

Cheers :bye:

Hans J

 

 

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