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Old Sep 18, 2015, 08:55 AM
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Which is the best WW2 bomber to build?

Hi folks! I'm thinking of building a WW2 Era bomber with limited wingspan of 80cm-100cm. I have previously done some load-carrying aircraft, but not historical.

So, which is the best bomber! Time to open fire!

Consider dry weight, bomb load, aerodynamics, looks etc

Currently I'm thinking of the mosquito, any other ideas?

Also, is there an easy way to make open-and-close bomb bay doors with enough strength to withstand some weight? Or some internal release mechanism? Ideas pls, thank you!
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Old Sep 18, 2015, 10:14 AM
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Trouble is, the more 'gadgets' you add the heavier it gets. 80 - 100cm is pretty small.
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Old Sep 18, 2015, 10:18 AM
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Though having said that, Guillows do four multi-motor models just over the 1meter span.

B-17, B-24, P-38, and PBY5.
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Old Sep 18, 2015, 12:07 PM
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Have you considered a single engine , like the Grumman Avenger or the Curtiss SB2C-1 Helldiver. As single engine aircraft of generouse wing area you don't have the weight or mass of nacelles & extra esc to drag through the air, leaving more of the lifting ability to use for scale details. ........... ken
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Old Sep 19, 2015, 02:02 AM
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I know I've already put in my two cents , but what about a Stuka , or any bi-plane . They don't have retracts and carry their bombs on external racks , not Bombay doors only bomb releases to deal with . Ideas for releases might be found in the sailplane forums. ........ ken
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Old Sep 19, 2015, 07:40 AM
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I have some nice bombers from 55" to 80" span. Check them out at http://www.wowplanes.com
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Old Sep 19, 2015, 10:02 AM
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Old Sep 19, 2015, 11:40 AM
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Though having said that, Guillows do four multi-motor models just over the 1meter span.

B-17, B-24, P-38, and PBY5.
and how many of those are capable of being converted to flying models. I knw the B-17 is a static model

but, yes the Mosquito would be very nice at that size. just make sure you have Counter rotating props, to eliminate torque roll they were a bitch if one engine went

The trouble is, 100cm is not alot of wing for 4 engines, 2 perfect,
so i would consider,

Mosquito,
P-38,
the less commonly known Westland Whirlwind
AW38 Whitley,
Avro 679 Manchester,
Bristol Beaufort,
Bristol Blenheim,
Handley Page, Hampden
or the vickers Wellington.

All the above are classed as medium bombers, and all are twin engined. Great for the size you want to do,

My favorites, are the Mozzie, and the Blenheim. But there are some great examples from germany like the Heinkel,
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Old Sep 20, 2015, 12:20 AM
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Thanks for the reply guys! A Stuka would be cool, but the wing could be troublesome, will read up more.
Maybe you're right that medium bombers don't have enough wing area at this scale...
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FWIW one of the most popular WWII era twin engine warbirds is the the B-25-Mitchell. I think it used-to-be sold by both TowerHobbies and HorizonHobby, now I see it sold by HobbyKing and NitroPlanes. Pretty sure that it is in most of the RC-Flight-Simulators; RealFlight, Phoenix, and ClearView.

After looking at more pictures of it I think the B-25-Mitchell would work well if built out of flat sheets of foam. (Foamies-Scratchbuilt)

Good luck
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P.S. I started out comparing it to the DC3/C-47-SkyTrain-Dakota, and I decided that the C-47 has a lot of round fuselage that would be harder to build using sheets of foam.
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not really, as you can roll the foam quite easily, just takes pratice. As for the nose, form it out of solid foam, carve it, sand it, model it

the B-25 is quite beautiful, but i also like the lines of the C-47, and what it stands for It wasnt a bomber, but it did pretty much all the heavy lifting of WW2, without the C-47, i think the outcome of WW2 would have been very different. But again this can be said about many planes. but i have always been drawn to the C-47 (DC3)
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Lockey's Mosquito came out beautifully and flew great (when both motors/props were working).
He did it slightly "off-scale" to keep the handling somewhat tamer.

See post 103 here for the maiden flight: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...2208432&page=7

One of his props came-off, but once he worked that out it flew great.
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Use a flat sheet build Profile type.
Reasonably quick /easily built.
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