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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:10 pm 
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First scratch build
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:48 pm 
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Looks great! Did you design that on the computer?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:54 pm 
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With Photoshop--from the actual plane. Took lots of measurements and made prelim drawings that I scanned into the computer. then I followed the same proceedure as I did with the Fury.

This is rough and there are serious fit problems that have to be resolved yet before I can go on to adding any detail.

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What is that thing? It looks like an observation plane or something


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Not a Helldiver, but looks big enough to be a 3-seater dive- or torpedo-bomber.

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Generaly considered to be the worst U S PRODUCTION aircraft of WW2, the Brewster Buccanneer (Bermuda to the Brits) was a two place dive bomber. The US military bought about 750 of the beasts, as the SB2A and A-12. The plane's poor flight characteristics, coupled with incompetent management at the plant, relegated the planes to secondary roles: training, towng targets, and general liason duties. None ever found it's way into combat. The fact that both the USAAF, USN and RAF took delivery of the plane (the Netherlands fell before they could take delivery in the far east) was testament to the aircraft shortage of the period. (In an old letter I found, written by my mother, back in 'early 1942, she states that my father's patrol squadron had a full complement of aircrews, yet only two aircraft).

As a side note: the Brewster Aircraft Co was the only manufacturer to manage to go bankrupt during the period. The factory was taken over by the Navy, and Corsairs, designated F3A were built until the war's end. The Naval Aviation Museum just finished restoring the only example known to exist. The plane was assembled from two wrecks, and nearly one third of the airframe was handmade from original drawings.

The entire fleet of Brewster Buccanneers was 'reduced to produce' in the last year of the war--in otherwords--scrapped and recycled....so none survived the war as surplus.

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HERE I find a small RealPlay movie "Flying the SB2a Buccaneer" and the question "Was the Buccaneer really "one of the worst aircraft of World War II?". Very strange and interesting plane, Rob... :?


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that looks pretty cool!!! you might be able with some changes to make a vought vindacator out of it!!!

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Watching the video clip of the plane turning had me nervous. Either the brakes were really grabby, or the pilot didn't know how to turn the plane very well when taxiing. Should be a neat subject none the less. Keep it up Rob!


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Watching the video clip of the plane turning had me nervous. Either the brakes were really grabby, or the pilot didn't know how to turn the plane very well when taxiing. Should be a neat subject none the less. Keep it up Rob!


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 6:23 am 
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Coming along--need to add sopmemore fuselage and wing detail, and design some struts yet.
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In that film--the brakes were said to be very good when cold--What that actually meant was that when cold they grabbed--and when hot were weak--a common affliction of the old expander tube type brakes. The only plane I've ever taxiied was the Skyhawk--and it was tricky on that tall and narrow gear. My dad used to fly taildraggers in the Navy and said that taxiing them could be devilishly hard. This must have been a beast.

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Looks really really nice! :shock:


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here's the finished USN prototype. I've also done an RAF Bermuda version.

look for it soon.

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Looks great Rob !!!!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on it :D


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An interesting model that I looked forward to eagerly! Thank you Rob!

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