|Sep 20, 2012, 04:17 PM|
****MICROACES competition WIN AN INCREDIBLE PRIZE**** - Poll is now Posted
Some of the good folk who've been commenting on the thread that announced the launch of Microaces, got into a discussion of sorts with me about what could be the next subject for a kit.
Well I'm already over half way on the Spitfire and also keen to follow that with a Bf109. But what was clear from the discussion was most were looking for something that 'pushed the envelope'. So an idea was hatched for a competition that can run while the Spit and 109 are finished off.
So what is the prize?
Simply put, you have a chance to get the aircraft you nominate put into production, in kit form.
You will also get the kit once itís produced, signed and framed artwork developed for the kit and a bunch of accessories and spares to help you build and fly it.
And how do you enter?
Everyone has the opportunity to nominate ONE aircraft they would like to see available as a 1/24th profile scale kit from Microaces. Itís an opportunity to go a little crazy if you want or suggest your all time favourite BUT there are two restrictions:
The aircraft has to be single propeller driven AND actually 'flew' as a piloted prototype or production aircraft between the years of 1925 and 1955.
Entries must be posted on this thread with your nominated aircraft.
Include a picture and a couple of lines of history too. Donít forget, you have to be a member to post so if youíre reading this and donít have RCGroups.com Free Membership, click on the blue letters, sign up and have yourself a chance of getting your favourite aircraft put into production!
20 nominations will be randomly (yes they really will be Ė honest!) selected and then put to a poll here on RCGroups the day after the closing date for entry. The winning entry will be the aircraft that receives the most votes in the poll.
The fun will then begin to produce the prototype, test fly then put into production and get your kit to you before anyone else. You can even get involved in the development process and historical research if you want to!
One entry per person. Entry is made by posting a nomination on this thread only.
Entry must be accompanied by a picture of the nominated aircraft plus a short historical summary.
Entries have to be sufficiently different from one another. Same aircraft models can be suggested more than once but they have to be of a differing mark. E.g. A Fw190 could only be suggested once as either an ĎAí type or a ĎDí type. You could not suggest a Fw190 A-3 variant if a Fw190 A-7 variant had already been suggested. Make sense???
Entry to the competition has to be made by 1st November 2012.
The RCG poll of the 20 aircraft randomly drawn from all valid nominations will be posted on the 2nd of November or as near as damn it!
The poll will run until 1st December 2012.
If the poll is tied then the aircraft involved will be subject to a final draw to determine the outright winner.
I hope that all makes sense.
Right, who's first?
(If you havent seen the Microaces kits take a look at the Microaces Website)
|Sep 20, 2012, 04:52 PM|
F8F Bearcat: The Grumman F8F Bearcat (affectionately called "Bear") was an American single-engine naval fighter aircraft of the 1940s. It went on to serve into the mid-20th century in the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the air forces of other nations. It would be Grumman Aircraft's final piston engined fighter aircraft. Modified versions have broken speed records for propeller-driven aircraft, and are popular among warbird collectors.(Wiki)
|Sep 20, 2012, 05:03 PM|
Joined Dec 2005
The Hell Diver has my vote
|Sep 20, 2012, 05:58 PM|
United States, FL, North Port
Joined Mar 2004
Dornier 335 pfeifl. While not a single prop driven airplane, its centerline thrust design makes for an easy adaptation to a "cheater" scale micro that could be propelled by a single puller prop configuration and possibly a push pull version later on.
"The Do-335 was one of a small group of aircraft marking the pinnacle of international piston-engined development. It was the fastest production piston-engined fighter ever built, attaining 846 kilometers per hour (474 mph) in level flight at a time when the official world speed record was 755 kph (469 mph). Powered by two 1800-hp engines in a unique low-drag configuration and weighing 9600 kg (21,000 lb) loaded, it was an exceptional heavy fighter. This very innovative design also featured an ejection seat, for pilot safety, and a jettisoning fin." (also included a jettisoning Rear prop!)
"The NASM aircraft is the second Do-335A-0, designated A-02, with construction number (werke nummer) 240102 and factory registration VG+PH. It was built at Dornier's Rechlin-Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, plant on April 16, 1945. It was captured by Allied forces at the plant on April 22, 1945. After checkout, it was flown from a grass runway at Oberweisenfeld, near Munich, to Cherbourg, France. During this flight, the Do-335 easily outclimbed and outdistanced two escorting P-51s, beating them to Cherbourg by 45 minutes. Under the U.S. Army Air Force's "Project Sea Horse," two Do-335s were shipped to the United States aboard the Royal Navy ship HMS "Reaper" together with other captured German aircraft, for detailed evaluation. This aircraft was assigned to the U.S. Navy, which tested it at the Test and Evaluation Center, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. The other aircraft, with registration FE-1012 (later T2-1012), went to the USAAF at Freeman Field, Indiana, where it was tested in early 1946. Its subsequent fate is unknown, and this is the only Do-335 known to exist."
"Following Navy flight tests in 1945-48, the aircraft was donated to the Smithsonian's National Air Museum in 1961 but was stored at NAS Norfolk until 1974. It was then returned to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, where the Dornier company restored it to original condition in 1975. The return trip to Germany required an exemption under U.S. laws concerning the export of munitions. The Dornier craftsmen doing the restoration - many of whom had worked on the original aircraft -- were astonished to find that the explosive charges fitted to blow off the tail fin and rear propeller in an emergency were still in the aircraft and active, 30 years after their original installation! The Do-335 was put on static display at the May 1-9, 1976, Hannover Airshow, and then loaned to the Deutsches Museum in Munich, where it was on prominent display until returned to Silver Hill, MD, for storage in 1986."
History quotes from the NASM description of their D0-335
|Sep 20, 2012, 06:02 PM|
P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, BF 109, B-17, B-24,..............
If I'm not allowed to vote on multiple planes, then the Thunderbolt has my vote
|Sep 20, 2012, 06:24 PM|
United Kingdom, England, Bristol
Joined Jun 2012
Boeing P26 Peashooter, looks so cool.
Boeing P-26 Peashooters were introduced into the Army Air Corps in 1933. Ungainly and quaint to modern eyes, the P-26 actually represented very advanced technology for its day. It was the Army's first all-metal monoplane fighter, and its 600 hp engine gave it a top speed of 234 mph. The very high headrest concealed a strong arch which protected pilots in the case the airplane should flip over upon landing. Pilots still preferred open cockpits, and the streamlined, fixed wheels were lighter than the mechanism necessary for retracting landing gear.
|Sep 20, 2012, 06:35 PM|
|Sep 20, 2012, 06:39 PM|
Gulf Breeze, FL
Joined Jul 2006
I nominate the beautiful Yak-3!
The Yakovlev Yak-3 was a World War II Soviet fighter aircraft. Robust and easy to maintain, it was much liked by pilots and ground crew alike. It was one of the smallest and lightest major combat fighters fielded by any combatant during the war, and its high power-to-weight ratio gave it excellent performance. It proved a formidable dogfighter. Marcel Albert, the official top-scoring World War II French ace, who flew the Yak in USSR with the Normandie-Niťmen Group, considered it a superior aircraft to the P-51D Mustang and the Supermarine Spitfire. After the war ended, it flew with the Yugoslav and Polish Air Forces.
The model would be a winner in that Russian aircraft are somewhat overlooked, thus the kit would be unique. Many attractive schemes are available.
|Sep 20, 2012, 06:42 PM|
United Kingdom, Marham Airfield
Joined Jun 2005
Id like to suggest the Boeing Stearman (Kaydet) PT-17! Its a nice Military trainer!
(via a different sticker kit or some easy modding) they can create a wingwalker/show plane ..... crop duster etc etc.
The Kaydet was a conventional biplane of rugged construction with large, fixed tailwheel undercarriage, and accommodation for the student and instructor in open cockpits in tandem. The radial engine was usually uncowled, although some Stearman operators choose to cowl the engine
Top Speed: 135mph
Cruise Speed 96mph
Engine: Continental R-670-5 seven-cylinder air-cooled radial engine
And here are some close ups of some pt17's for your persuasion
The Engine and cowl...
The wingwalking Rig
The Spats (my favourite)
Hope I Win!
|Sep 20, 2012, 06:48 PM|
The Kyūshū J7W1 Shinden ("Magnificent Lightning")
Now there's a challenge. And the least boring single engine WWII fighter ever flown! The The Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender is the other candidate but it is uglier.
The 2,130 hp Mitsubishi MK9D (Ha-43) radial engine and its supercharger were installed behind the cockpit and drove a six-bladed propeller via an extension shaft.
The construction of the first two prototypes started in earnest by June 1944 and the first prototype was completed in April 1945.
On 3 August 1945, the prototype first took off from Itazuke Air Base. Two more short flights were made, a total of 45 minutes airborne, by war's end.
After the end of the war, one prototype was scrapped; the other dismantled and shipped to the United States.
The sole remaining J7W1 was reassembled, but has never been flown. It is currently in storage at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
|Sep 20, 2012, 07:48 PM|
The F6F Hellcat!!!!
(from Wikipedia) The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a carrier-based fighter aircraft developed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat in United States Navy (USN) service. Although the F6F resembled the Wildcat, it was a completely new design powered by a 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800. Some tagged it as the "Wildcat's big brother". The Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair were the primary USN fighters during the second half of World War II.
The Hellcat was credited with destroying 5,271 aircraft while in service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, which was more than any other Allied aircraft. Postwar, the Hellcat was phased out of front line service, but remained in service as late as 1954 as a night fighter.
I like its unique landing gear and its wing folding design. Plus I think it has a neat look to it (short, rugged, and heavily armed )
|Sep 20, 2012, 09:51 PM|
Polikarpov I-153 Chaika
I reckon the Polikarpov I-153 Chaika would make a great model, due to the gull wing design on top, makes it quite unique.
Plus I love flying this in the IL2 Sturmovik flight sim...
Polikarpov I-153 Chaika which was armed with four 7.62 mm machine guns and was powered by a M-62 1,000 hp engine giving a top speed of 275 mph making it the fastest biplane ever produced. The I-153 first flew in 1938 and served in the Far East in the summer of 1939 against the Japanese Army on the Manchurian border at Nomongan. The type also saw service in the Finnish War of 1939-40.
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