23/09/2018 at 13:26 #9996223/09/2018 at 14:34 #99966PatrickParticipant
As you said, the nose is most certainly wrong for the Storch and it doesn´t work for Spirit of St.Louis either. The landing gear isn´t in the right place for the Dragonfly, so my guess would be a Lockheed Vega, what do you think? It is very possible I am wrong, but if that isn´t what it is, it could be used for one. 🙂23/09/2018 at 16:15 #99971Mr. AverageParticipant23/09/2018 at 17:34 #99972PatrickParticipant
I can´ t tell, is that an open cockpit? If so, then my idea for the Lockheed is absurd. 🙂24/09/2018 at 03:47 #99992zippyfusenetParticipant
The Nakajima Army Type 91 looks like the most probable subject. This scan is from Kenneth Munson Fighters Between the Wars. I couldn’t find another single-seat open cockpit parasol monoplane that was even close. The horizontal stabilizer is too short and stubby, but other features match. It couldn’t be anything PZL because no gull wing.
You'll shoot your eye out, kid!24/09/2018 at 11:17 #100001ThomastonParticipant
The tail looks like Curtis or British.
The rounded horizontal stab make me think British.
Long and flat fuselage side.
W shape cut above the cockpit (too distinctive to ignore and rules out pretty much everything I’ve seen).
Landing gear struts that goes straight up to the wings.
Engine has full cowling but is close to the wings and the long fuselage makes me think early inter war.
What scale is the mini? Who made it? Considering the market it can’t be something that rare, it either has to be mass produced or famous, something worth selling.
Tired is enough.24/09/2018 at 13:37 #100015
Well, all I know is it came with an eBay (UK) job lot of unknown manufacture of 1:300 metals that included German bombers (He 111 Ju 88 and Stuka) some Russian I-16 fighters (dodgey ones also of unknown lineage ) and some more Germans (More Stukas and a Bf 109) which I’m pretty sure are Scotia. So given that none of that was Japanese I’m a bit at a loss to account for an Army Type 91 amongst it. It’s an odd fish and possibly quite old.
Thanks for your help folks. Given our inconclusive outcome I may get a file and some greenstuff out and see if I can’t just make it into a Fieseler Storch. Especially since I can’t get one from either Scotia or H&R.
Looks like a revised front end and some longer legs might cover it. A bit more glass around the cockpit too. Unless anyone knows of a 1:300 Storch supplier in the UK?24/09/2018 at 14:36 #100016Mike HeaddenParticipant
Heroics & Ros – GA301 – Fiesler Storch £1.25
According to their website at least.
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!24/09/2018 at 15:46 #100028MattHParticipant
Looks like it could be the Morane-Saulnier radial engined version of the Storch, probably the MS-505. But the model looks like it has an open cockpit? And the tail shape doesn’t look quite right, so still not sure.
EDIT: actually, I think it’s more likely the Dewoitine D371 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewoitine_D.371
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Heroics & Ros – GA301 – Fiesler Storch £1.25 According to their website at least.
well Mike you’re right. Dang it why didn’t I find that? Must’ve spelled it wrong in my search. We’ll certainly makes things a bit easier. Many thanks for pointing that out.
No prizes for guessing what plane I’m thinking of painting up.
27/09/2018 at 20:54 #100331
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Well, I’ve been hard at work with a file and some green stuff and I’ve begun converting this thing into something resembling a Nakajima Army Type 91. I’ll snap a pic when it’s done.28/09/2018 at 20:39 #100406
Well it was a fiddly business but here’s the conversion.
Lots of greenstuff went on. Filed and reshape the tail and bulked up the dorsal area and the spinner hub.
Cut a radial engine shape into the front and added a Townend ring-type cowling with some brown paper and some staple wire for wing-bracing struts.
I just left those strange undercarriage struts in place up under the wing to keep the wheels strong but all in all I’m pretty happy with that.
Well at one time the Chinese Nationalist Air Force had purchased 12 of these from Japan which then later equipped 32nd Squadron during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This fighter is No.505 out of Kwangsi in 1935.
So there it is. Another obsolescent 30’s chuggaboom for my early war Chinese Nationalist Air Force.
Many thanks to everyone for your input and direction. Couldn’t done it without yalls know-wotz.28/09/2018 at 20:55 #100407ThomastonParticipant
You even added struts. Too bad you only had one.
Tired is enough.28/09/2018 at 21:00 #100408Mr. AverageParticipant29/09/2018 at 00:51 #100410zippyfusenetParticipant
I love it. What a great outcome!
You'll shoot your eye out, kid!
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