British Prototypes in 1/72 scale
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The British Experimental Aircraft Program was a program to develop a new generation fighter aircraft by British Aerospace in the UK. The EAP was the "pre-" design of the Eurofighter, in which experience obtained with the EAP was incorporated.
The 1/72 model is from Pegasus from the UK this being one of their first kits issued way back in 1990. It is a very rough, thick plastic injection moulded short run kit, which is not recommended. It needs fast amounts of refining and re-shaping with putty. The finer parts are unusable.
After a lot of work, I got to the
end result but still it is not very good....
Handley Page HP-115
The Handley Page HP-115 was built to a British contract of the Ministry of Aviation of 1960 for aerodynamic research into a low aspect ratio (delta) wing. It was the first type of test aircraft to get experimental data on such a wing and information was used in various aircraft such as the Concorde. First flight was August 17, 1961.
The Viper engine of the HP-115 was mounted in the tail. Construction was metal with fabric rudder and elevons. The leading edges could be changed for tests, to change the camber of the delta wing. The landing gear was fixed and not retractable.
The model is from "Project
X" and is a vacuform with some metal parts for the seat, landing
gear. I bought in around the year 2000.
The cockpit was detailed with some
bits and pieces and an instrument panel.
I also replaced the British roundels
with others from XTRADECAL.
The walkway lines were applied with a fine permanent ink marker. The gear was attached and the canopy needed some filling with Microscale Kristal Clear to close the gaps.
The end result is a nice tiny prototype
model of the HP-115.
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