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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 12th, 2017, 12:59 pm
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Breda-Zappata B.Z.308
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Completed after the end of WWII, only a single B.Z.308 was produced. Eventually passed to the Italian airforce the aircraft was damaged at Mogadishu and eventually scrapped there.
A pressurised variant, the B.Z.308bis, was briefly mentioned, but Breda had no experience of aircraft of that degree of complexity so was probably no more than a pipe-dream. A float variant, the B.Z.408, was also planned and is illustrated in the "unbuilt" thread.
The aircraft had a minor role in the 1953 film "Roman Holiday", where it is seen taxiing to the terminal and disembarking passengers.


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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 12th, 2017, 2:28 pm
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Very nice additions. The B.Z308 was certainly ambitious but it was perhaps the most picturesque of all the Italian airliners.

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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 12th, 2017, 8:31 pm
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Nice work. :)

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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 14th, 2017, 5:24 pm
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This marks a first for me, my first Great War-era FD scale drawing so I thought I'd better go better than a biplane and draw a quadruplane!

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Wight Quadruplane Feb 1917

This drawing depicts the only Quadruplane built by the Isle of Wight based manufacturer in its second guise with new wings, taller undercarriage and bigger tail surfaces as tested in February 1917. It proved a dissapointing design despite the many changes made over its life and during February 1918 the Quadruplane crashed into a cemetery and was written off.

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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 14th, 2017, 7:51 pm
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Anything more that a triplane never succeded for various reasons. Interesting that someone designed a quadraplane.


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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 14th, 2017, 8:40 pm
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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 15th, 2017, 4:41 pm
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Grumman TBM-3W Avenger.
I've used the excellent Avenger basis drawn by Darth Panda

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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 15th, 2017, 10:38 pm
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Grumman TBM-3W Avenger.
I've used the excellent Avenger basis drawn by Darth Panda

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Nice one, Cpl!
I've seen pictures of the post-war JMSDF TBM-3W in that very similar scheme, except with the hinomaru, the navy kanji, and the "Ka" on it.
I might do the said one in the future.

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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 16th, 2017, 11:58 am
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A couple more products of the relatively obscure Wight company, owned by J Samuel White.

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Wight Bomber

Only one Bomber was built, serial N501, it was a competitor to the Short Bomber and the Avro 528. It could carry four 112lb bombs and was powered by a 275hp Rolls-Royce Eagle. It flew in late 1916 but by then the Short Bomber (based on Short 184 components) was already in production so no order was received.

Picture note: details on this aircraft are sketchy with only one photograph of the type. Using materials for the Converted Seaplane below and the photo I've made what I think is a 90% accurate representation, the exact length not being known, but I've removed the seaplane's extended tail section to get back to what looks authentic for the length.

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Wight Converted Seaplane

By 1917 Germany's submarine warfare was taking a terrible toll and more RNAS seaplanes were required. Howard Wright took the bomber and developed a seaplane version. A 275hp Rolls-Royce Mk II was used, and shortage of engines saw the 322hp Eagle VI and 265 Sunbeam offered as alternatives. Four 100lb anti-submarine bombs could be carried. Range was shorter than for the Fairey Campania but nevertheless 50 were ordered. Only 37 were completed however, Wight being told to switch production to the Short 184. By November 1918 only 7 were left in RAF service.
The type had one historical claim to fame, on 18 August 1917 a Wight Seaplane flown by Sub-Lieut C. S. Mossop and Air Mechanic A. E. Ingledew was the first aircraft to sink a submarine in the English Channel, hitting UB-32 with a single 100lb bomb.

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Post subject: Re: FD Scale Aircraft 15Posted: November 16th, 2017, 10:16 pm
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Nice additions. :)

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Are You sure that Wight Bomber did NOT had tail skid? ;)

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