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11 months 3 weeks ago #4351 by F1xena
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Wee article I found, very tongue in cheek, about the Islander. Worth a read for a giggle!

Undaunted by aerodynamic reality, the design team at Pilatus/Britten-Norman has announced plans for the BN2-XL (Extra Loud), promising more noise, reduced payload, a lower cruise speed, and increased pilot workload.

We spoke to Mr. Fred Gribble, former British Rail boilermaker and now Chief Project Engineer. Fred was responsible for developing many original and creative design flaws in the service of his former employer, and assures he will be incorporating these in the new BN2-XL technology under a licensing agreement.

Fred reassured BN-2 pilots however that all fundamental design flaws of the original model had been retained. Further good news is that the XL version is available as a retrofit.

Among the new measures is that of locking the ailerons in the central position, following airborne and simulator tests which showed that whilst pilots of average strength were able to achieve up to 30° of control wheel deflection, this produced no appreciable variation in the net flight path of the aircraft.

Thus the removal of costly and unnecessary linkages has been possible, and the rudder has been nominated as the primary directional control. In keeping with this new philosophy, but to retain commonality for crews transitioning to the XL, additional resistance to foot pressure has been built into the rudder pedals to prevent overcontrolling in gusty conditions (defined as those in which wind velocity exceeds 3 knots).

An outstanding feature of Islander technology has always been the adaptation of the 0-540 engine, which mounted in any other aircraft in the free world (except the Trislander) is known for its low vibration levels, so as to cause it to shake and batter the airframe, gradually crystallise the main spar, desynchronise the accompanying engine, and simulate the sound of fifty skeletons fornicating in an aluminium dustbin.

Britten-Norman will not disclose the technology they applied in enhancing this effect in the XL, but Mr. Gribble assures us it will be perpetuated in later models and sees it as a strong selling point; "After all, the Concorde makes a lot of noise," he said, "and look how fast it goes."

However, design documents clandestinely recovered from the Britten-Norman shredder have solved a question that has puzzled aerodynamicists and pilots for many years, disclosing that it is actually noise which causes the BN-2 to fly. The vibration set up by the engines and amplified by the airframe, in turn causes the air molecules above the wing to oscillate at atomic frequency, reducing their density and causing lift. This can be demonstrated by sudden closure of the throttles, which causes the aircraft to fall from the sky. As a result, lift is proportional to noise rather than speed, explaining amongst other things the aircraft's remarkable takeoff performance. In the driver's cab (as Gribble describes it), ergonomic measures will ensure that long-term PBN pilots' deafness does not cause inflight dozing. Orthopaedic surgeons have designed a cockpit layout and seat to maximise backache, enroute insomnia, chronic irritability, and terminal (post-flight) lethargy. Redesigned 'bullworker' elastic aileron cables, now disconnected from the control surfaces, increase pilot workload and fitness.

Special noise retention cabin lining is an innovation on the XL, and it is hoped in later models to develop cabin noise to a level which will enable pilots to relate ear pain directly to engine power, eliminating the need for engine instruments altogether.

We were offered an opportunity to fly the XL at Britten-Normans' developmental facility, adjacent to the Britrail tea rooms at Little Chortling. (The flight was originally to have been conducted at the Pilatus plant, but aircraft of Britten-Norman design are now prohibited from operating in Swiss airspace during the avalanche season).
For our mission profile, the XL was loaded with fossil fuel for a standard 100 nm with Britrail reserves, carrying one pilot and nine passengers to maximise discomfort.

Passenger loading is unchanged, the normal under-wing protrusions inflicting serious lacerations on 71% of boarding passengers, and there was the usual entertaining confusion in selecting a door appropriate to the allocated seat.

The facility for the clothing of embarking passengers to remove oil slicks from engine cowls during loading has also been thoughtfully retained.
Startup is standard, and taxying, as in the BN-2, is accomplished by brute force. Takeoff calculations called for a 250 decibel power setting, and the rotation force for the (neutral) C of G was calculated as 180ft/lbs of back pressure.

Initial warning of an engine failure during takeoff is provided by a reduction in flight instrument panel vibration. Complete seizure of one engine is indicated by the momentary illusion that the engines have suddenly and inexplicably become synchronised. Otherwise, identification of the failed engine is achieved by comparing the vibration levels of the windows on either side of the cabin. (Relative passenger pallor has been found to be an unreliable guide on many BN-2 routes because of ethnic considerations).

Shortly after takeoff the XL's chief test pilot, Capt. "Muscles" Mulligan, demonstrated the extent to which modem aeronautical design has left the BN-2 untouched; he simulated pilot incapacitation by slumping forward onto the control column, simultaneously applying full right rudder and bleeding from the ears. The XL, like its predecessor, demonstrated total control rigidity and continued undisturbed.

Power was then reduced to 249 decibels for cruise, and we carried out some comparisons of actual flight performance with graph predictions.
At 5000' and ISA, we achieved a vibration amplitude of 500 CPS and 240 decibels, for a fuel flow of 210 lb/hr, making the BN-2 XL the most efficient converter of fuel to noise since the Titan rocket.

Exploring the constant noise-variable speed and constant speed-variable noise concepts, we found that in a VNE dive, vibration reached its design maximum at 1000 CPS, at which point the limiting factor is the emulsification of human tissue. The catatonic condition of long term BN-2 pilots is attributed to this syndrome, which commences in the cerebral cortex and spreads outwards.

We asked Capt. Mulligan what he considered the outstanding features of the XL. He cupped his hand behind his car and shouted. "Whazzat?"
We returned to Britten-Norman field convinced that the XL model retains the marque's most memorable features, while showing some significant and worthwhile regressions.

Pilatus/Britten-Norman are however not resting on their laurels. Plans are already advanced for the three-engined Trislander XL, and noise tunnel testing has commenced. The basis of preliminary design and performance specifications is that lift increases as the square of noise, and as the principle of acoustic lift is further developed, a later five-engined vertical takeoff model is another possibility.
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11 months 3 weeks ago #4352 by dcrfan
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:) :) :)

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11 months 3 weeks ago - 11 months 3 weeks ago #4353 by TravisT
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Hi all,

new here but been lurking for a while, going to try and be active :)

I met a few people at the AIC event a few weeks back and did say I would join up take part in things when I can so this will do for starters :)

but this isnt an intro thread so anyway..

this arrived yesterday, not sure how many are in the country yet but she looks like a really nice kit.



going to have to get the armour plating etch set from the earlier molded spit to make it a real Battle of Britain machine but there's plenty of time for that before the inevitable BoB 80th group build.
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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #4354 by PhantomPhreakII
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So while gently walking around our ESM (aka Nationals) I found this little gem.. it says Indochina so I had to have it (and it came with half a litre of Czech Budweiser.. )



And these were just delivered to my doorstep.. in time for Christmas....



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11 months 1 week ago #4355 by Marcus.Q1000859
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Thanks to my wonderful wife.
Courtesy of Modelair I believe.
She likes a figure next to my models so this fit the bill perfectly.
That I like the triplane and WNW is the icing on the cake.



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11 months 1 week ago #4356 by Viperbuilder
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Santa wuz here....;)

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11 months 1 week ago #4357 by grover
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Was he ever! Great haul Steve

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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #4358 by Fritz
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Nice haul Steve. I got an old Xmas classic..... socks.

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11 months 1 week ago #4359 by Gary
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My AK Paint order rocked up today direct from Spain.



My HobbyBoss B-24 and HK Lancaster hit Auckland Airport today so they'll probably sit there until I get a snail mail from the nice people in customs wanting an arm and a leg for import duties and Bio Security "donations" on factory sealed plastic kits..................



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11 months 1 week ago #4360 by Webby_NZ
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Nice. I got some real color paints to try a couple of months ago. So far I'm loving them and will probably get the air colours next year.
They are fantastic to spray, as long as you have a mask and extractor, dry smooth and hard.
Only thing I have found is they don't like Tamiya extra thin, but contacta or quick dry extra thin works fine.

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11 months 1 week ago #4361 by Nosferatu
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Gary wrote: My AK Paint order rocked up today direct from Spain.


Was that Direct from AK Boss?

"Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most"

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11 months 1 week ago #4362 by Gary
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Yeah mate, managed to not get stung for import on these either, which was nice considering I spent almost 200 Euros on these and a couple of other bits and bobs from AK.
Looks like the Lanc and Liberator have cleared customs as they are on the way to the distribution centre, might even have them in my grubby hands this time tomorrow :)
These turned up with the afternoon courier










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11 months 1 week ago #4363 by Hadley
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My acquisitions for December

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2x Possum Bourne Subaru rally cars
2x Lynx AH-7's
KA-50 Hokum
AH-1W Cobra
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11 months 1 week ago #4364 by grover
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Webby_NZ wrote: Nice. I got some real color paints to try a couple of months ago. So far I'm loving them and will probably get the air colours next year.
They are fantastic to spray, as long as you have a mask and extractor, dry smooth and hard.
Only thing I have found is they don't like Tamiya extra thin, but contacta or quick dry extra thin works fine.


Awesome, I have been looking at the air colours. By mask do you mean they smell worse than using Levelling thinner? And by not liking extra thin, is that gluing after painting?

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11 months 1 week ago #4365 by Webby_NZ
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The smell is ok, but there are more undesirables in there than say Model Air, it an acrylic lacquer after all.
To be fair we should be wearing masks when we spray anything but the list of things on the back of their thinner is a good reminder.
I tend to break my builds into sub assembles and do big paint runs at one time so there is plenty going around so even water based acrylics are sprayed w my mask on.

Re glue, i found that when i had to attach a couple of pieces that had been painted the flat finish meant the glue did run back into the paint and left what I would describe as a faint tide mark. The paint remained intact, and perfectly flat, just a small mark where it had been, and a quick spray over the top would hide it, or in my case, having the join not visible in the finished kit. The quick dry does not have a chance to go anywhere and the contacta is thick enough it wont run.

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11 months 1 week ago #4366 by Gary
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Woohoo my Christmas present finally turned up at 18:30 today :)
My 1/32 double whammy, thanks to the wife.



Got to tidy up the bench of a couple of projects and then it's straight on to the B-24, yes the B-24 is going to be first as every man and his dog is already building the Lanc and I like to be different.
Both kits are fooking awesome inside, the Lanc has a weird wing in that the top and bottom halves are molded in a single piece and it sort of flaps as the back edge isn't fixed. The B-24 will be straight out the box with maybe some minor additions where necessary, mainly in the form of belts and buckles etc assuming they are needed.
I'm waiting for the 'D' variant to go all out nuts on.
I'll be starting a build log in the next couple of days.



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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #4367 by PhantomPhreakII
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WOW!!!!!!!

Enjoy the builds.....

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11 months 1 week ago #4368 by Webby_NZ
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WOW, and the kind folks at the border didn't take a pound of flesh for those, you must have been on santa's nice list.

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11 months 1 week ago #4369 by Gary
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Yeah was very surprised as it even had the value written on the ticket, but having paid $154 for shipping them I didn't really want to pay any more.



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11 months 1 week ago #4370 by Viperbuilder
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Good score Gary. Either kit will make great veiwing throughout their builds.

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11 months 1 week ago #4371 by Craig Sargent
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There was only one kit on my wish list and Santa (aka my wife) delivered.


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11 months 6 days ago #4372 by Fritz
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Oohh nice Craig. From the pics I have seen, that Wellington kit looks like a gem.

I didn't get any kits for Xmas so I decided to buy myself this. I've been wanting a G-6 for a while now. Have some belts coming from bna for it.

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11 months 6 days ago #4373 by Fooesboy
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Hadley wrote: My acquisitions for December


Hey Hadley,

Where did you get the H145?

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11 months 6 days ago #4374 by rwkennard
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Hi all,
Had this one turn up just before Xmas. Stoked that it has 486 (NZ)squadron option with invasions stripes!
Cheers.
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11 months 5 days ago #4375 by grover
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rwkennard wrote: Hi all,
Had this one turn up just before Xmas. Stoked that it has 486 (NZ)squadron option with invasions stripes!
Cheers.

Awesome mate, its supposed to be a great kit.

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11 months 6 days ago #4376 by Maarten
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Waiting for some spare parts for my E-Boat build,
in the meantime i Re enlisted in the underwater navy again

'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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11 months 4 days ago - 11 months 4 days ago #4377 by grover
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Two packages arrived this morning. Paint for the star destroyer, and my xmas order from Plamo including a tomcat finally.

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11 months 3 days ago #4378 by KerryM
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Been buying a few things from BNA, mostly tools and paint but when I saw these were released I just had to get them:

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One hell of a mess
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11 months 3 days ago #4379 by Fritz
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grover wrote: Two packages arrived this morning. Paint for the star destroyer, and my xmas order from Plamo including a tomcat finally.


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Oooohhhhh that B-wing!

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11 months 3 days ago #4380 by grover
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Fritz wrote: Oooohhhhh that B-wing!


Ya, maybe next on the bench

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