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de Havilland DH 106 Comet 1

25.6k Tang0five  9 days ago

To my abject horror I noticed I’ve never built anything by De Havilland. In recompense I give you the Comet 1. This is also coincides rather nicely with the 100th anniversary of British airways (we’ve all seen the ad on TV!) and was the first jet aircraft operated by the forerunner of BA, BOAC.

The de Havilland DH 106 Comet was the worlds first commercial jet airliner first taking to the air in 1949 with service commencing in 1952. Being relatively quiet and cutting flight times by a considerable margin she was an immediate market pleaser. Commercial success was curtailed by a series of catastrophic mid air break ups caused by the little known phenomenon of metal fatigue.

The issue was addressed but sales never recovered. The majestic Comet had pioneered the way into the unknown and taught aircraft manufacturers invaluable lessons.

Some notes on this build.
I don’t have 1.8 yet. Performance is a little slow at low altitude - I wanted a realistic cruising speed at height without it going supersonic!
1:1 scale
I also carefully selected a registration number that was not involved in mid air break up for this build as that would be a little morbid.

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General Characteristics

  • Created On iOS
  • Wingspan 114.3ft (34.8m)
  • Length 93.1ft (28.4m)
  • Height 27.2ft (8.3m)
  • Empty Weight 66,067lbs (29,967kg)
  • Loaded Weight 98,625lbs (44,735kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 0.683
  • Wing Loading 38.8lbs/ft2 (189.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 2,540.2ft2 (236.0m2)
  • Drag Points 27251

Parts

  • Number of Parts 420
  • Control Surfaces 8
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    28.0k GhostHTX

    Oh only a little. I am now employed in a middle management role by a leading chemists (rhymes with chutes) and it is challenging, in a fun kind of way. Also in a “bugger me I have a lot to do”, way too. FYI, its quarter past midnight here and I just stopped working. I just picked up SP again after a wee break, yesterday, the heli parts are chuffin lovely. Congrats again on making it into the club, old bean! @Tang0five

    2 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    Thanks @GhostHTX again I feel you’ve also had a big impact in that outcome. You’ve been quiet lately - I hope your not being worked to death? :)

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    94.3k RamboJutter

    @Tang0five well frantic Matty used your build on his video here

    4 days ago
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    28.0k GhostHTX

    Welcome to the club, old chap!

    6 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    Thank you all for your support!
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    6 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    Thank you! @RamboJutter I think you’ve had a v strong influence on this result so thank you again! I dont know what one does with this status except continue imitating great British aircraft!

    6 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    You are far too kind to me old bean thank you! Glad to hear from you once again! I trust you’ve been watching the rugger..... nail chomping stuff for sure, gutted but at the same time I felt the result was fitting for such a match. Japan’s going to be interesting! @GhostHTX

    6 days ago
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    94.3k RamboJutter

    @Tang0five congratulations on platinum old chap :)

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    25.6k Tang0five

    Thanks again buddy! @Trainzo

    6 days ago
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    28.0k GhostHTX

    Chuffin marvelous. Get yourself into the platinim club, pronto!

    9 days ago
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    13.8k Trainzo

    Just fantastic . I love it . Great job for a great plane . 👍

    +1 9 days ago
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    8,770 Vidal99977

    Dude, I just love the Comet @Tang0five

    +1 9 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    Thank you all!! @RamboJutter @ThePilotDude @Vidal99977

    9 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    Definitely on my radar although I was going to morph this into a later comet (maybe comet 4) and then into a nimrod. Time permitting of course! @Alien

    9 days ago
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    4,020 Alien

    Lovely job, old bean! Awaiting your AEW Nimrod with interest and not a little trepidation... (hint, hint)

    +1 9 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    Thank you gentlemen! @Griffinthedragon @TMach5 @Feanor

    9 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    And I thought my iPad was bad..... I can download up to 500 parts, but then it struggles building things past 400 parts... I feel your pain! @TheFantasticTyphoon

    +1 9 days ago
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    @Tang0five My device is too slow to download a plane with a 200+ part count.

    9 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    Thank you @Ichko

    9 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    Thanks buddy, glad your still around! @tylerdeveneuxmusic

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    25.6k Tang0five

    Why can’t you download? @TheFantasticTyphoon

    9 days ago
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    @Tang0five its a beaut and just 420 parts

    +1 9 days ago
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    @Tang0five You're welcome, shame I can't download it.

    9 days ago
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    25.6k Tang0five

    Thank you kindly @TheFantasticTyphoon

    +1 9 days ago