A rather clever promotional stunt for the forthcoming fantasy movie “Chronicle” (about three guys who wind up with Superman-like superpowers, at least one of whom – according to the commercials I’ve seen – goes bugnuts).

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Of course, these RC airplanes shaped like people are being shown here flying around a rather empty looking region across the river from Manhattan, not in New York City proper. They appear to be very low-mass and low-power vehicles; it would be interesting to see a higher performance version. It’d be more interesting to see a higher performance version actually zipping up and down the streets of Manhattan. But I’d guess that would be *all* kinds of illegal.

Most of the 3D solid models I’ve made, I’ve made for clients or employers. Every now and then, though, I’ve made a few on spec or just for giggles. One such is the Convair Super Hustler. It’s nowhere near done, but it at least looks like a Super Hustler. When done, I hope to translate it into  physical form, either as a kit or as a finished display model.

The booster stage will of course be modeled as well. The B-58 Hustler carrier aircraft is available in 1/144, 1/72 and 1/48 scales… but damn, the Super Hustler would be impressive at 1/18 scale!

Another display model, this time showing a three-engined design with a 727-style tail engine and Upper Surface Blown engines above the wings. This would have been quieter on the ground and would have required a shorter runway. But as the 727 discovered, re-engining to a higher bypass engine would have been troublesome in the tail.

A reduced rez of this was posted before, but now you can get the full-rez version.

If’n you want the hi-rez, check HERE.

A publicity photo of the BAT (Bell Advanced Tiltrotor), a circa 1984 concept for a one-man attack tiltrotor to complete in the Army scout helicopter program (LHX – Light Helicopter Experimental) that led to the abortive RAH-66 Comanche. Shown here is a full-scale mockup; the prop-rotors as shown are substantially chopped down from the length they’d be on the actual aircraft. The BAT would have outperformed all other competitors except for hover performance; but the Army did not want a fixed-wing vehicle, so the BAT did not progress very far in the competition.

A hi-rez of this image can be found HERE.

Another Boeing 7X7 concept, this time a painting of a three-engined design laid out basically like the Lockheed L-1011. it should be pointed out that the L-1011 was well known for being expensive, and was the last Lockheed passenger jet. Copying it seems… questionable.

They are a few years old, but the photos at the blog below showing the Soviet-era “Lun” ekranoplan are just damned impressive:

Экраноплан “Лунь” проект 903

For those not in the know, an “ekranoplan,” AKA a wing-in-ground-effect vehicle, is a flying boat designed to cruise at extremely low altitudes, typically about the same height as the wing chord length (the distance fore-to-aft from the wing leading edge to trailing edge). The purpose of this is to ride on the cushion of high pressure air squeezed between the wing and the water; a small, stubby wing can produce a surprisingly large amount of lift in doing so. The result can be a very large aircraft that can carry a massive payload a long distance. In this case, the Lun was designed to help the Soviet Union invade western Europe. On top were six launch tubes for fairly large nuclear-tipped P-270 anti-ship missiles.

While this is an example of a machine designed to aid one of the most evil ideologies in human history to conquer the world, it is nevertheless an impressive machine and it’s sad to see it left to rot. However, apparently there are plans to put it back into production.

The last Curtis fighter was the four-engined XP-87 (later XF-87). Coming right after the end of WWII, it had the bad luck of being just a bit behind the technological times. Fighter design was rapidly evolving towards supersonic; a four-engined straight-winged monster just wasn’t going to cut it. Even though it was planned to replace the four engines with two more powerful ones, it was simply too… World War II. Designed specifically as a night fighter, it lost to the Northrop F-89 Scorpion.

Below is a diagram from a 1947 NACA spin  model test report giving full-scale dimensions in inches.

A reduced rez of this was posted before, but now you can get the full-rez version.

If’n you want the hi-rez, check HERE.

MagCloud is running a site-wide sale… 25% off the production cost of all regular priced products, including Aerospace Projects Review issues & specials, Justo Mirandas “Reichdreams” series, Historical Documents and even “Photographing Stuff.”

My main MagCloud page: http://scottlowther.magcloud.com/

The Aerospace Projects Review MagCloud page: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/157097

The Historical Documents MagCloud page: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/198489

The Reichdreams MagCloud page: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/164597

The “Photographing Stuff” MagCloud page: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/144138

And while I’m at it.. would there be interest in MagCloud printed versions of the Saturn I and Saturn V Payload Planners Guides?

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