Fritag Posted January 21 Share Posted January 21 (edited) There may be just a little deja view in the text of this intro for them as can remember as far back as page 158 of my Hawk thread But that was several months ago (I obvs. raced through the last 30 or so page of that thread... (just saying)). Anyways. So who knew the USAAF flew the Defiant. Well not me anyways. When we were down at the 453rd BG Museum on the 11th June last year (when a pleasant time was had by all), Jim the proprietor gave me this: And thought p'raps it was just something he had and he didn't want. But it turns out the USAAF, 8th Airforce did have a couple of Defiants; TT MkI's - DR945 and DR944 that served with the 11th Combat Crew Replacement Centre at Bovingdon. To be fair, Jim never said (or even implied) that there was a condition that the kit be built for the museum. But, well, why not? So my next build is going be another museum build. I know Giorgio @giemme is planning another museum build and I'm pretty sure Crisp @Ex-FAAWAFU needs to get his P-38 over the line and Terry @Terry1954 has a museum kit or two and I'm pretty sure some of the other museum crew have promised more kits: Andy @general melchett? Neil @woody37 ? Tom @tomprobert? Johnny @The Spadgent? Ced @CedB? But seeing as I'm known to be a speedy builder I thought I'd better get cracking So this is DR945 in USAAF markings. And it seems that DR945's USAAF markings are quite well known (even if not to me): And indeed I now know that Classic Airframes did a 1/48 TT Mk1 and what's more included markings for DR945. And what's more ebay has provided me with a set of the Classic Airframe decals - and Amazon has provided a few more references: BUT. There's always a but ain't there. We don't want to do DR945 do we? Nope. We want to do DR944 don't we? Yep. First of all cos someone stuck a sharks mouth on it (what's not to love): And second of all (and as far as I'm concerned the most important of all) of all cos someone later did this with it: On 11 May 1945 Martin Baker's first ever airborne test of a Martin Baker ejection seat (with a dummy) was conducted using DR944 (after its service with the USAAF DR944 was given to Martin Baker to be used as an ejection seat test aircraft). And as some long term BM's will know I have a particular interest in Messrs Martin Baker's work and I couldn't possibly ignore the connection now could I? So DR944 it will be. Trouble is I don't know and haven't yet been able to find out what Unit markings it carried. But hey ho to that. The tiny bit of the code letter to be seen on the phot of DR944 above suggests a ‘V’ to my eyes. So maybe it’s JW-V? The other thing of course is that the Airfix kit is a MkI and the TTMkI not only had the turret removed and the rear fuselage built up, but it was also based on the Defiant MkII, which had the merlin XX engine with a longer nose than the MkI to accommodate it. But such differences are why God invented Fusion 360, Chitubox and the Mars 3 ain't it? And that's why I needed the above plans. (I did say on page 158 of the Hawk build that I'd probably repeat most of the introduction in the first post of this build - so you were warned...) Anyways some preparatory work has commenced. The Mk I nose was assembled and removed: Which gave me a precise cross section to work with in Fusion: My Epson printer/scanner proved to be useful in scanning in a nice imaged of the cut off nose/kit bulkhead for use as a Fusion canvas. And various plans and photos were also used as canvases: And some preliminary sketching and surface work gets us this far: Which should be a pretty good fit to the kit, as the kit cross section was sketched around at the join point: And the scanner was also called into use to capture the kit fuselage shape, which was used as a reference: Whilst trying to stay as faithful as practicable to the plans of the TT Mk I: I'm not going to refine the shape of the nose any more just yet, or start to add any detail, because the next step will be to print a test plug of a few mm of the rear of nose at the join with the fuselage to get as seamless a fit as I can before committing any further to the design. As ever I'm indebted to the likes of Alan @hendie, Tony @TheBaron and Serkan @Serkan Sen, who's workflow and other CAD/printing ideas I have and will shamelessly borrow from. Oh, but I should say that this ain't gonna try to be a definitive TT Mk I build. I'll be happy with what might be called a 'stand-off' scale result But at least it's begun. Virtually. So to speak... Edited January 21 by Fritag Typo 42 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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