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Old Aug 04, 2003, 11:59 PM
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One of my first Jetex models was the little SAAB... built it back in '52, if memory serves.
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Those ugly GAF things were the culmination of an odd battle plan (British, of course) which had those things shadowing enemy ship fleets.
The theory was to use them as gunfire directors.
The theory ignored the pique the enemy would have at the very idea of being sitting ducks. And would take offensive (and terminal) action against the poor sods in the shadowers.
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Old Aug 05, 2003, 12:22 PM
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That is a Moller M400 Skycar. (Tilt-nacelle variant...) The picture looks like it is from the video footage they took of one of the flights, which in my personal opinion, was rather pathetic, considering it is supposed to be 'flyable by the masses'. (The Solotrek wearable VTOL was much more stable.)

Along the VTOL theme:


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Old Aug 05, 2003, 05:39 PM
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Sparky Paul
[B]One of my first Jetex models was the little SAAB... built it back in '52, if memory serves.


Funny about that I built the same with a Jetex when I was much younger. Still have the Jetex out in the shed.

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Old Aug 05, 2003, 06:43 PM
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Good One Luke

Took a while, I've just been watching video's of the history of vertical flight but didn't see this one.

However with a bit of searching it appears to be the

Ryan Model 92 Vertiplane (VZ-3RY)

Interesting concept and would probably be fairly easy to make a flying model?

I'm enjoying this, maybe I have too much time on my hands.

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Old Aug 05, 2003, 06:49 PM
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From my Favorite Manufacturer

Found this one while looking for Lukes puzzler.

No I'm not a UFO believer.....
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Old Aug 05, 2003, 07:24 PM
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First, yes, that is a VZ-3RY. Second, your's is a VZ-9-AV Avrocar, unless very much mistaken.

"There was a fan 1.5 meters (5 feet) in diameter built into a duct in the center, and two little single-seat cockpits with individual clamshell bubble canopies, giving the vehicle the looks of a bug-eyed 1950s spaceship of some sort." Sounds like it, eh?

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Old Aug 05, 2003, 07:29 PM
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How about this?

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Old Aug 05, 2003, 08:09 PM
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Probably not too difficult for our UK friends but it might fool some at first glance
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Old Aug 05, 2003, 08:16 PM
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Our local hobby shop owner is building one of these.

A Blackburn if I remember rightly.
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Old Aug 05, 2003, 08:56 PM
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Yep, a Blackburn B2.
A TM in metal.
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Old Aug 05, 2003, 09:01 PM
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I was thinking Blackburn B20 as I knew it had an Alphanumeric name rather than a word. Definately not a B20. The local model is a 1/4 scale oiler.

Still trying to identify that flying silo of Lukes. Found lots like it but not the right one. Still looking.
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Old Aug 05, 2003, 09:25 PM
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Another fun one

Who knows it could be built electric??

Still trying to fing that VTOL silo..............................
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Old Aug 05, 2003, 09:26 PM
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I think the company that made the "silo" is out of business, but they made a few successful flights. Saw one of them on TV a few years back

Roton?

Not sure I'd want to go to space in that. And even less sure I'd want to come back in it.
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Old Aug 05, 2003, 09:32 PM
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Yes it is the Roton, I see what you mean about flying in it, rather trust a Shuttle if they pick up their game a bit as I don't like it quite so hot...

Thanks for saving me on that as I was going round in circles trying to identify it.
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Old Aug 05, 2003, 09:35 PM
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another pic

It's an impressive beast though?
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