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Aircraft Modeling / A6M2 302 Kokutai
« on: November 09, 2022, 03:56:33 PM »
New project with remained A6M2, sample from 302 Kokutai, which flew night fighter sorties and was in overall Dark Green color. There will be used a lot of Eduard extras for build.

Warplane Art / Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
« on: October 02, 2022, 06:29:44 PM »
The very start of E-2C color profile, just basic shapes

Combat Warplanes / Bf 109E-7 WrN 6308
« on: September 24, 2022, 01:32:26 PM »
From lake under Pechenga (Russia) was recovered Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 (WrN 6308) from the the 1/.JG77, shot down on September 14, 1941. The pilot, Lieutenant Heinrich Weil, was wounded. The aircraft was originally produced as E-1, but later underwent modernization. It is planned to restore the machine with further transfer to a museum.

Aircraft Modeling / Grumman Wildcat, Eduard 1/48 82201
« on: September 05, 2022, 07:36:53 PM »
This is brand new kit from Eduard and for now it look really splendid!!!

Aircraft Modeling / Spitfire Sweep
« on: May 10, 2022, 09:47:13 AM »
This kit finally come on work bench, its Eduard, 1/48, Spitfire Mk. V dual combo

Warplane Art / Boeing C-135
« on: April 27, 2022, 01:32:13 PM »
Now something big, in flying tanker version :-ok

Warplane Art / MiG-27
« on: March 18, 2022, 09:58:12 AM »
Absolute new subject, never did it before... so the very start :-razz

Aircraft Modeling / Hawker Hurricane, Eduard 1/72
« on: February 14, 2022, 04:09:54 PM »
This kit look so simply and with Eduard add, look like amazing built to be!!! Kit no. 7099

Warplane Art / Raytheon T-6 Texan II
« on: January 16, 2022, 04:06:22 PM »
Something interesting and miss in my work  :-razz

Warplane Art / Northrop T-38 Talon
« on: January 16, 2022, 12:26:20 PM »
Very start of this trainer :-razz

Combat Warplanes / MiL-1
« on: January 13, 2022, 08:28:56 PM »
Mi-1 helicopter on the icebreaker "Leningrad", bringing out the diesel-electric ship "Penzhina" in the Bay of Baikal in the Sea of Okhotsk.

photo by Yuri Sadovnikov, May 1966

Aircraft Modeling / Eduard A6M2 no. 11155 1/48
« on: January 08, 2022, 12:12:14 PM »
Photos from few days behind but did not managed to process em before. Build also start, photos come soon :-ok

Miscellaneous Subjects / Bell X-1
« on: December 09, 2021, 09:37:40 PM »
Already in the middle of the Second World War, it became clear that the future of combat aviation was jet propulsion. Therefore, in 1943, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) began the MX-524 program to overcome the sound barrier. A year later, Bell Aircraft received a contract for the construction of the X-1 aircraft. On December 9, 1946, the first flight of the experimental Bell X-1 aircraft with a running engine.

The X-1 was a mid-plane with a retractable landing gear. It was equipped with a Reaction Motors XLR11-RM-3 rocket engine with a thrust of 27 kN. The maximum speed was 2594 km/ h, there was enough fuel for 5 minutes of flight.

The flight with the engine running was preceded by launches of the aircraft as a glider from the carrier - bomber Boeing B-29 Superfortress. On October 14, 1947, pilot Charles "Chuck" Yeager (Chuck Yeager) developed a speed of 1066 km/h on the X-1, exceeding the speed of sound for the first time. A total of 7 Bell X-1 aircraft were built as part of the MX524 program.

Combat Warplanes / Heinkel He 162 Volksj?ger
« on: December 06, 2021, 07:20:28 PM »
Losing the war, by 1944 Germany had focused on the production of jet fighters. The Messerschmitt Me.262 was considered expensive and unreliable, so on September 8, 1944, the requirements for a simple and cheap fighter in production were published. Among all the projects, we chose the He 162 Volksj?ger ("people's fighter") from Heinkel, developed and tested in just 90 days. December 6, 1944 - the first flight of the Heinkel He 162 Volksj?ger jet fighter.

It was a single-seat high-wing aircraft with a retractable landing gear and a V-shaped two-keel tail, made mainly of wood. It was equipped with a BMW 109-003E-1 engine with a thrust of 7.85 kN. The maximum speed is 900 km/h, the flight range is 970 km. Armament ? 2 ? 20 mm guns.

320 fighters were built before the end of the war. They were difficult to pilot, often broke down and crashed. After the war, the Allies tested the captured He 162 and came to the conclusion about their unsatisfactory flight characteristics.

Combat Warplanes / Sh-Tandem / Ш-Тандем
« on: December 05, 2021, 06:45:59 PM »
In the mid-1930s, work was underway in the USSR to create an armored attack aircraft, which eventually led to the development of the famous Il-2. But in parallel, there were projects of small light attack aircraft. One of them was the Sh-Tandem aircraft, designed by designer Peter Grushin in the workshops of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI). December 5, 1937 - the first flight of the experimental light attack aircraft Sh-Tandem (aka Sh-MAI, MAI-3, MAI-Tandem).

As you can guess from the name, the Sh-Tandem was designed according to a tandem scheme with a two-keel tail and a retractable landing gear. With the M-87 engine (930 hp), it developed a maximum speed of 488 km/h. The armament consisted of 5 ? 7.62 mm SHKAS machine guns and 200 kg bombs.

The tests revealed a number of problems for the Sh-Tandem ? insufficient stability, poor handling, difficulties with takeoff. The designer was offered to modify his aircraft, but in May 1940 the project was closed. Only 1 prototype of the Sh-Tandem was built.

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