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Lucrum

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One of my first daydream homebuilt ideas as a kid in the early 70's was a scale P-38 powered by a pair volkswagen engines
 

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Nice job. Found a thread in another forum. It's actually a two-seater! I'll be very pleased if I can make my Hurricane look half that realistic.
 

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Nice job. Found a thread in another forum. It's actually a two-seater! I'll be very pleased if I can make my Hurricane look half that realistic.
IIRC, it is an actual scaled down P-38, i.e., all the structure parts are per the original design, just scaled down.


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IIRC, it is an actual scaled down P-38, i.e., all the structure parts are per the original design, just scaled down.


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Ooh, that's mighty complex. I will be scaling down some Hurricane assemblies, but no way am I doing everything. Way too tedious. Scale looking is enough of a challenge. Could be done as an E-AB, but an awful lot of work.
A Hurricane took 10,000 hours to build. A P-38 must be in the same ballpark.
 

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Mosquito has always been my dream warbird. I sketched a half-scale Mosquito replica, but a group of Frenchmen beat me by a decade or two!
 

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I thought the French Mossie was bigger?

I've always fancied a Mossie. 1/2 scale about best for 103, but then it wouldn't match my Hurricane and the cockpit fiudging would be severe. A 2/3 Hornet would be a much better bet. A 2/3 scale Me262 would also be a lot of fun!
 

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Wow what a home built! That must be a thrill to fly after all that work!
Hats off to those two!
 

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Ooh, that's mighty complex. I will be scaling down some Hurricane assemblies, but no way am I doing everything. Way too tedious. Scale looking is enough of a challenge. Could be done as an E-AB, but an awful lot of work.
A Hurricane took 10,000 hours to build. A P-38 must be in the same ballpark.
Maybe not... British designs of that era tended to be insanely complex, probably because labor was cheap and they weren't in a hurry until the war broke out. The P-38 was an American design intended to be produced in large quantities in a hurry.

OTOH making some replica parts that were designed to be made with production tooling would add some work...
 

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My list is the Westland Whirlwind, DeHavilland Hornet, Volksjäger, and one other I can't remember. And of course, a Spruce Goose.
 

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My list is the Westland Whirlwind, DeHavilland Hornet, Volksjäger, and one other I can't remember. And of course, a Spruce Goose.
There’s been a Whirlwind done before, I think using wings off something certified to save a little time and effort.
 
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