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B’BURN B.46 “Firebrand” TF Mk.5 (‘45-‘50 NAC)

49.3k Tang0five  2.4 years ago
Auto Credit Based on Mustang51's 1945-1950 Naval Aviation Challenge (Closed)

“Short of performance and sadly lacking in manoeuvrability.......a disaster as a deck landing aircraft”
Eric Brown

Well, here’s my submission to mustangs ‘45-‘50 naval challenge. This is most definitely a period of interest to me, as you could probably tell from my collection of Fleet Air Arm builds. Blackburn’s work is most definitely an interest to me and they had a lot of projects that were sidelined for various reasons.

Many moons ago I made a ‘Firebrand’ and it definitely missed several hundred parts and gadgets. I thank mustang for motivating me in to doing the aircraft more justice.

The Firebrand was a interesting specimen. Beautiful, powerful and deadly - mostly to the rookies who’s first draft was to the FAA following the ending of the Second World War. In the words of highly experienced test pilot Eric Brown, the aircraft was 'short of performance and sadly lacking in manoeuvrability, especially in rate of roll.' Mr Brown was not the firebrands best critic as it turned out and went further to state the type was 'a disaster as a deck-landing aircraft.' Beautiful. Powerful. Deadly.

A big thanks to RamboJutter and his skills who rescued this build from being a non-starter. Cheers mate once again!

Controls

AG1 - flaps
AG2 - Tail-hook

General Characteristics

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.579
  • Wing Loading 27.9lbs/ft2 (136.2kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 286.2ft2 (26.6m2)
  • Drag Points 2538

Parts

  • Number of Parts 376
  • Control Surfaces 5
  • Performance Cost 1,552
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    @Tang0five HAHAHAHA

    1.4 years ago
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    49.3k Tang0five

    It’s been dropped.... @TheTwoanie2000

    1.4 years ago
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    WHERE IS THE TORPEDO???

    +1 1.5 years ago
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    15.6k NEWLAGGON

    Looks good Airplane!
    So it will be helpful :-D

    1.7 years ago
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    now make the better counterpart
    The Firefly

    +1 2.2 years ago
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    25.1k Mustang51

    @Tang0five of course there is always a way to make a build better but that doesn’t mean it’s not fantastic as it is! It was really a beautiful build and it flew incredibly well. Very realistic flight characteristics

    2.4 years ago
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    49.3k Tang0five

    Wow thank you very much! I feel this was a better build than my defiant yet scored less than half of its points. Maybe it was the camo job everyone liked.... I really wanted folding wings and maybe a ‘Royal Navy’ or two down the side but it was coming close to crunch time and I kinda said I’d enter into another challenge mid build that was a little ambitious of me. However like the firebrand challenge entry it gave me the impetus to improve some past builds. Thanks again old boy, thoroughly enjoyed the challenge! @Mustang51

    2.4 years ago
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    25.1k Mustang51

    Congratulations! this entry was second in the challenge

    Design: 19/20
    Functionality: 7/10
    Performance: 15/15
    Build quality: 13/15
    Paint scheme: 4/5
    Personal opinion 5/5
    Overall: 63/70 (6 upvotes!)

    It scored a total of 21 upvotes!

    +1 2.4 years ago
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    49.3k Tang0five

    Thank you, now where did I put my tri-jet entry...... 75% there abouts! @ACEPILOT109

    2.4 years ago
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    Very nice. You deserve lots of pancakes

    +1 2.4 years ago
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    49.3k Tang0five

    Wow thank you very much! I would love to make a buck. Maybe in the future I will but I have a backlog of challenge builds and other projects that are sitting around not completed. This includes a Brabazon, BAC EAP and another rendition of my mercury rocket. @DynamicDiamonds

    +1 2.4 years ago
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    3,298 Subnerdica

    Enemy: exists
    Firebrand: my time has come

    +1 2.4 years ago
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    Great detail. I'm always amazed by how much detail you put into your builds. Could we see a Buccaneer anytime soon?

    +1 2.4 years ago
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    It looks like a hellcat allmost

    2.4 years ago
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    49.3k Tang0five

    Yeah this and the firecrest were pretty slick looking aircraft - shame they entered service too late to be of any real use in a time when even 1st/2nd generation jets had a mere few years of service until being outdated. @teodor99

    2.4 years ago
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    10.3k teodor99

    one of my favorite aircraft. and honestly im angry that blackburn didnt get to make more of these planes

    +1 2.4 years ago
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    49.3k Tang0five

    Not a problem! @Mustang51

    +1 2.4 years ago
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    25.1k Mustang51

    Wonderful aircraft! Thank you very much for your entry

    +1 2.4 years ago
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    27.7k Armyguy1534

    @Tang0five I am speed

    +2 2.4 years ago
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    49.3k Tang0five

    Bloomin’ heck that was fast thank you! @Armyguy1534

    2.4 years ago
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    49.3k Tang0five

    Sorry for the delay Ace!
    @Mustang51

    +1 2.4 years ago