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Blackburn B.44

11.3k Zippy6  7 months ago
Auto Credit Based on MAHADI's RAF Challenge (Closed)

Blackburn B.44

Historical Background

The Blackburn B.44 was an interesting concept drawn up in 1942 in response to growing concerns that, with the fall of Nazi Germany, the UK would have to fight Japan. A British campaign in the pacific would have been difficult due to the lack of available resources and infrastructure such as airfields. To minimize the use of these, the design was based heavily on the Blackburn Firebrand and was to utilize a retractable float design to solve the performance issues that traditional floatplanes suffered. Work began with the Blackburn B.20. A full size twin engine craft built to test the feasibility of this novel retractable float. The B.20 flew well, but crashed due to aileron flutter totally unrelated to the float design. Wind tunnel tests on a scale version of the B.44 yielded promising results. The retractable floats, combined with a 2,200 horsepower Napier-Sabre engine and contra-rotating props was predicted to give the B.44 a top speed of 360mph. An elliptically shaped wing was chosen to maximize wing efficiency and increase maneuverability. Although perfectly suited to the Pacific conflict, the project was cancelled due to British policy of using aircraft carriers and wheeled aircraft.

Controls

AG-7 activates gyro to improve control on the water.
AG-8 turns Nav lights on off.
TRIM is trim (shocking)
VTOL down for flaps.
To slow down on the water/reverse press BRAKE.
Other than that normal flight controls.

Notes

This beautiful aircraft has the highest part count of anything else I've made I think, and is also the first rendition of this plane on this site! 1:1 scale of course.

Edit: oh man it's me first feature boi

Gallery

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Blackburn B.20

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Wind Tunnel Model

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General Characteristics

  • Predecessor RAF Challenge (Closed)
  • This plane has been featured
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 48.9ft (14.9m)
  • Length 42.7ft (13.0m)
  • Height 19.0ft (5.8m)
  • Empty Weight 12,448lbs (5,646kg)
  • Loaded Weight 13,342lbs (6,052kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 0.252
  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.104
  • Wing Loading 28.6lbs/ft2 (139.5kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 466.9ft2 (43.4m2)
  • Drag Points 3497

Parts

  • Number of Parts 420
  • Control Surfaces 2
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    imean it looks like a fat whale when its gear is up but its cool

    7 days ago
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    420 parts, was that planned??

    6 months ago
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    71.0k MAHADI

    RATING

    Looks : 4/5 Stars
    Performance : 3.5/5 Stars
    Details : 4/5 Stars
    Weaponry : 4/5 Stars
    Bonus : 4.5/5 Stars

    OVERALL RATING : 4/5 Stars

    Clever work on those floating blocks!

    7 months ago
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    Ahh yess, that yellowish color I’ll need in a while after I finish up my line of Korean war aircraft

    7 months ago
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    11.3k Zippy6

    @BACconcordepilot I see what you mean! the sr.a1 was actually born out of this project I believe. Saunders got all the data that Blackburn had and used that to make the a1.

    7 months ago
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    so a fairey firefly and a saunders roe sr.a1 had a baby and

    +1 7 months ago
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    2,146 mojoyup

    @Zippy6 Stunning! I always loved these types of designs and see them a LOT in RC comps :)

    7 months ago
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    11.3k Zippy6

    @JelloAircraftCorporation shhhhh ;)

    7 months ago
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    lol part count is 420

    7 months ago
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    15.8k ThePrototype

    I have always loved this concept

    7 months ago
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    29.2k GhostHTX

    Spin as in spin. One wing is stalling and forcing her out of controlled flight. But its ok - its the low speed handling that is sketchy. Once up to speed she handles quite nicely - if a little heavy. But overall this is an awesome build! @Zippy6

    +2 7 months ago
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    11.3k Zippy6

    @GhostHTX spin as in roll?

    7 months ago
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    29.2k GhostHTX

    I like this a lot! But I have one or two comments; 1- the trim is reversed from what one would usually expect. 2- with even a little positive elevator input she wants to enter a spin. Is this happening for anyone else?

    7 months ago
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    11.3k Zippy6

    @AircraftoftheRedStar this man. I got a celeb build on the way too.

    7 months ago
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    Congrats on gold!!

    7 months ago
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    11.3k Zippy6

    @LotterCrafts nah go ahead.

    7 months ago
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    30.0k Tang0five

    Having done the B.20 the B.44 was on my radar - don’t think I could have done half as good a job as you’ve done here, this really is beautiful and the functionality is damn good! BZs all round!

    7 months ago
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    58.8k TMach5

    WOW!

    7 months ago
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    4,351 LotterCrafts

    @Zippy6 Do you mind if I borrow your float?

    7 months ago