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 Post subject: Weird planes competition
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:35 am 
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Howzit all

A couple years ago FG had a competition for 'weird' plane building (or something like that). Why not repeat the idea or something similar to encourage some lateral thinking or even just have bit of a laugh. It would at least draw some interest to FG and card model building.

What do you say?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:38 pm 
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That would be nice.

Unfourtunately, I found FG too late for the previous contest, so I'd like a chance to do it.

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Food for thought.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:41 pm 
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Just wondering, is the above offered as a model, or do you have to convert your own B-17?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:42 pm 
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It's one of those nasty PhotoChopped things. They physically hurt my eyes to look at, for some reason...

Maybe I'm too traditional, too much a purist, but IMNSHO, anyone who would do that today to a 12"=1' original-build WWII-vintage B-17 should be SHOT. You wanna build a new one from raw metal and try it, it's your money, your plane and your funeral, but leave priceless historical artifacts ALONE...

Yes, I disapprove of chopping P-51s up into radically-altered raceplanes too. Like I said, you wanna leave spec beyond a bolt-in engine change or modern materials, build it new--save the vanishing supply of warbirds for museums, collectors and historians.

Alex, I highly doubt a canard B-17 would fly, due to weight and CG. The wings and bomb-bay are roughly co-centered, and on that chop, once the cargo was out, the bird would be nose-heavy beyond compensation if the bomb-bay was relocated, or tail-heavy to a similar degree otherwise.

Re the model, you'll have to cut and gut your own, probably.

Back when that comp was on, I thought about entering an "Old Dog", but couldn't quite figure out how to graft a Concorde nose and V-tail to a B-52 airframe.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:36 pm 
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I agree, original vintage WWII aircraft should be preserved for future generations.

You're right, it probably wouldn't fly, I just thought that the plane (Photoshopped, of course) looked kinda neat.

I might, in that case, after the desert storm A-7, see about trying to do my own conversion. (But don't anyone hold their breath. :mrgreen: )

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 4:41 am 
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here are my nominees


the Hansa-Brandenburg D1
http://www.arizonamodels.com/product_in ... cts_id/125


and the Blohm und Voss BV 141

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blohm_&_Voss_BV_141

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 5:58 am 
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The Blohm und Voss BV 141 definitely qualifies as weird! How anybody could conceive of such a lop-sided design and expect it to fly is amazing, but even more surprising is that it actually flew, and pretty well too by the looks of it :shock:.


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We mustn't forget the b***ard child that resulted when careless RAF maintenance technicians left a Lancaster and a Lysander alone in a remote hangar for a few days!

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That's the Airfix model - here's a photo of it actually flying:

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 1:39 pm 
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:shock: what on earth is that?????? :shock: :shock:

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THAT is a Westland Lysander P12

http://www.unrealaircraft.com/hybrid/lysander.php

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 4:53 pm 
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Oh, you gotta see this one!

http://www.flyingflea.org/docs/SprattControlwing.htm

is it a car, a boat or a plane? maybe all 3! whatever it is. it's weird!

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Ya know, I almost thought that Lysander was a hoax or one of those Photoshop-ed things, but it turns out that this was actually a real aircraft! :shock:


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How about this beauty?


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Is that one of your creations Tom? Looks like something funny is going on with the ultra-white background and the white edging of the plane. :D


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...and what might that 3-fuselage nazi werdo be?????

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