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I just added a new member to this display and realized I have not updated this thread in a while. So here is the latest. In both pictures the bottom row has the real X planes i.e. aircraft built specifically to test aeronautical theories and never intended to go into production. Above that are what I refer to as the "also rans"; Aircraft that made it to the prototype stage but for one reason or another did not go into full production. This set is not all inclusive but, contains aircraft that I thought looked interesting.

 

This is the whole display;

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The order is from right to left, top to bottom they are in chronological order of first flight starting with the oldest. But in order to see better I divided into right and left pictures.

 

Starting with the top row from left to right they are: Vultee XP-54 Swoose, and Curtiss XP-55 Ascender. Row 2: Douglas XB--42 Mixmaster, Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly, and Boeing F8B. Row 3 is the Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing. Row 4: Curtiss XP-87 Black Hawk, McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, Vought F7U-1 Cutless, Republic XF-91 Thundercepter and Martin XB-51. Row 5: Martin P6M-2 Seamaster. Douglas F5d-1 Skylancer. North American. F-107A Ultra Sabre , and Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III. Row 6: Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne, Sikorsky S-67 Black Hawk, Northrop F-20 Tagershark, Northrop YF-23 Black Widow II and Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche. Finall row 7: Northron HL-10, Martin-Marietta X-24A, Northrop M2-F3, Martin-Marietta X-24B, Grumman X-29, Rockwell-MBB X-31, Boeing Bird of Prey, Boeing X-32, Boeing X-36 and Northrop Grumman X-47B Pegasus.

 

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For the left half starting at the top row is the Grumman XF5F-1 Skyrocket. Row 2: Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet, Fischer P-75A Eagle, McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat,Douglas BTD Destroyer, and Bell XP-77. Row 3: Consolidated XP-81, Curtiss XF15C-1 Stingaree and Northrop XP-79B.  Row 4: Vought F6U Pirate, Ryan XF2R-1 Dark Shark, VoughtXF5U-1 Flying Pancake, and Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing. Row 5: Douglas XA2D-1 Skyshark, Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar, Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart, Bell HSL-1, Convair XFY-1 Pogo, and Lockheed XFV-1. Row 6 is the North American XB-70A. Row 7: Douglas X-3 Stiletto, Ryan X13 Vertijet, North American X-15A-2, M2-F1, and Northrop M2-F2. 

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As you can see there are a few spaces to be filled so stay tuned for updates.

 

 

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Great collection.  Is the Grizzley a vac kit?

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Wow- a better collection than the Air Force Museum's! Impressive! Other than the undercart, how did the Anigrand Grizzly build go? I have one, but have yet to start it. No Hughes XF-11?

Mike

 

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With only few exceptions I have usually been happy with my Anigrand builds I built the Grizzly over 2 years ago and given my advanced age I don't remember many details, but I also don't remember any major issues. The landing gear is partly my problem. A whole string of previous builds had tricycle landing gear, so I just automatically added weight to the nose before it dawned on me that it was a tail draggier.:banghead: I am sure that contributed to the problem. The XF-11, while a fine aircraft, just doesn't do anything for me.

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Hi hsr,

 

Really great collection! I really think that Seamaster is spectacular!

 

One of these days, I'll have to see if I can get some more of mine posted up...

 

I hope everyone else posts theirs as well!

 

Ed

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Thanks. The Seamaster is the Mach 2 version. I bought my kit on EBay, which was a mistake since the kit is still in production. What I got had all of the airplane parts loose and off the sprues, but otherwise unmolested, while all the beaching gear was still on the sprue but sprayed with a heavy coat of yellow paint.  I also found that the canopy was missing. I immediately sent an e-mail to Mach 2 requesting a replacement. I wrote this in English and then used Google translate to translate it to French and I sent both versions. I always thought that most aircraft terms were French words, such as fuselage, empennage, ailerons, and canopy. Google thought that also and translated canopy to canopy. But apparently this is incorrect since I quickly got an email back asking what part was the canopy and where it went on the plane and could I draw a picture. I sent a picture of the part that I found in a review and while I still don’t know the correct French term they quickly sent me off a replacement one and it arrived before I absolutely needed it so I could paint the upper half blue.

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Great collection!

I especially like your HL-10!;)

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Very nice collection, do you let your other half dust them? I don't anymore!!

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Great stuff from a man after my own heart. There is a lot there that I would like to have.

Here is my collection. It's biased more towards British, European and Russian a/c. I am reaching the point where I have to stop building models and make a new cupboard! It does contain quite a few 'ordinary' a/c built before I decided to concentrate on experimentals and prototypes of jet and rocket a/c.

 

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John

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A fantastic array of X-Planes.  I particularly like the lifting bodies and Jack Northrop's flying wings.  The XB-51 really catches the eye too as, of course, does the Valkyrie.  Great stuff.

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24 minutes ago, John R said:

Great stuff from a man after my own heart. There is a lot there that I would like to have.

Here is my collection. It's biased more towards British, European and Russian a/c. I am reaching the point where I have to stop building models and make a new cupboard! It does contain quite a few 'ordinary' a/c built before I decided to concentrate on experimentals and prototypes of jet and rocket a/c.

 

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John

A superb collection.  What really shines out, literally, is the P.1A.  I really want one.  I've built Whirlybirds P-1B but haven't been able to find a kit of the 'A'.  Could you tell me which kit it is? I'm assuming it's 1/72.

 

P.S.  I really like the Griffon too. 

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Meatbox8 - It's an Airfix F3 with Aeroclub vacform fuselage. Everything in there is 1/72.

The Griffon was a nightmare to build.

John

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2 hours ago, MarkSH said:

do you let your other half dust them? I don't anymore!!

No, unfortunately that means that no one does since I am too busy building.

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6 hours ago, John R said:

Here is my collection. It's biased more towards British, European and Russian a/c. I am reaching the point where I have to stop building models and make a new cupboard! It does contain quite a few 'ordinary' a/c built before I decided to concentrate on experimentals and prototypes of jet and rocket a/c.

Very nice, puts mine to shame :worthy:

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1 hour ago, John R said:

Meatbox8 - It's an Airfix F3 with Aeroclub vacform fuselage. Everything in there is 1/72.

The Griffon was a nightmare to build.

John

Thanks for the speedy response.  I've got a set of Airfix F.3 wings lying around somewhere.  Perhaps it's time to bite the bullet and attempt a vacform (shudder). 

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21 minutes ago, hsr said:

Very nice, buts mine to shame :worthy:

No way! But if we could arrange a merger that would be some collection as there are not many duplicates.

21 minutes ago, Meatbox8 said:

Thanks for the speedy response.  I've got a set of Airfix F.3 wings lying around somewhere.  Perhaps it's time to bite the bullet and attempt a vacform (shudder). 

I thought that Whirlykits did a P1a and I thought Pro-resin have had one on their 'to do' list for some time.

I don't know where you would get the Aeroclub vacform from unless you could persuade Aeroclub to make one for you. I saw one on Ebay last year go for £37!

John

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29 minutes ago, John R said:

No way! But if we could arrange a merger that would be some collection as there are not many duplicates.

I thought that Whirlykits did a P1a and I thought Pro-resin have had one on their 'to do' list for some time.

I don't know where you would get the Aeroclub vacform from unless you could persuade Aeroclub to make one for you. I saw one on Ebay last year go for £37!

John

I think the P1B was originally Project X and the moulds were taken over by Whirlybird.  Can't quite remember now.  I still have the T.4/5 kit in the stash in its original brown cardboard box with the original maker's name on the label.

 

 

Ooops.  Just remembered I use the box for their Lightning F.1 for keeping bits in.  It was actually Protojets who originally released it, not Project X.

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I do like a nice X-plane after lunch. ^_^ Just a shame more of them aren't available in my preferred scale, 1:48 :(

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