The fun I had what-ifing Unicraft model kits
|Explanation for Non-what-if-modellers||
- (Aircraft) modellism principle : as very few people are rich enough to build personal actual airplanes, it is more commonly enjoyable to simply build at reduced scale (in plastic or resin or wood) replicas of what they are (or were), as aesthetical (or full of history) as the Real ones. This is Realist modellism.|
- Objection : far from love towards History, some fun in modellism comes from do-it-yourself quiet activity, with pleasant « aerodynamic » objects as results. So there is no need to copy what is in airfields or museums : a further pleasure may come from creation, invention.
- What-if modellism (unrealistic modellism) step 1 : "What-if France bought F-16 instead of Mirage? What if the B-36 was a water bomber ?" - it may be pleasant, funny, to change the colours, to be better (in efficiency or aesthetics for instance) or to be voluntarily absurd (or pacifist).
- What-if modellism step 2 : it may be pleasant to build un-built machines, cancelled before completion or rejected before any order.
- What-if modellism step 3 : it may be pleasant to build personally-modified famous aircraft, playing as a joke the role of designer/improver or fan inventing possible new versions (for instance : uncommon from classical or unarmed from highly gunned).
- What-if modellism step 4 : it may be pleasant to invent completely craft that do not exist at all, using for source either raw materials or existing kits made for realists.
- What-if modellism step 5 : it may be pleasant to turn airplane reproductions into non-flying objects, just for aesthetics or absurdity.
- Personal way : I was a dreamy free what-ifer, step 1, when I started modellism as a child, then I turned realist as a teenager, thinking this was required by responsibility and respect. I stopped modelism after a nervous breakdown, aged 15. I came back to modellism in a self-cure process, aged 20 to 35, balancing between full dream and material world. I prefered then the unrealistic way, steps 1-3-5, then step 2 – with the help of new model kit companies like Unicraft (greatly enriching the source of beautiful available models). Aged 35, I fell down far deeper and after 2 years in hospital, I came back in the World. Igor of Unicraft made me discover the word « what-if » about fake aircraft pictures as virtual models, this way being not a heresy related to mental illness but an unusual (and not famous) way of joking. I played creating such what-if (step 3) virtual computer models/drawings, while enjoying on the Web what-if modellers’ creations (mostly Canadian), recently discovered. In 2005, a Belgian friend offered me a kit to build and I did it, going back to modellism, fully what-if, step 1-2-3-5 (then even step 4).
- Unicraft for realists : what-ifers are a tiny minority among modellers, and most modellers may appreciate kits for their looking like Real machines (or Real industrial projects). I do not pretend at all my way is better than another, this is a pathologic way maybe, and I take everyday psychiatric pills (for other reasons). I am just here saying thanks to Igor. My models are imperfectly built and painted, and I am very bad for handling thermoformed transparent canopies (I prefer painting them black, as an eye for the bird-aircraft of mine – unable to fly as they are just esthetical decorative objects for me, not flying things at all). To see what can be done realistically with Unicraft kits, a great Photo gallery is featured on Unicraft Web site.
|Introduction for What-if-modellers||
- I do not mean Unicraft models are the very best in the World. Many of us may prefer other suppliers, having pleasant subjects too. Unicraft kits have just a special sympathy in my heart because their manufacturer Igor was so nice in 1998 when I was dying, he sent free rare data about unknown aircraft old projects. I wish his company to live long, and I swear I do not require (and I would refuse) money or discount or free model for this kind of advertisement I am making.|
- I am a rather bad modeller, having very imperfect skills, and my models are not credible aircraft (with wheels, cockpits, weight balance, engines). I know, but what-ifers scorned by Realists (“Joyless Modelling Nazis”) should know that it may be pleasant to have simply personal fun, even while being insulted and criticized by other people. Adult JMNs are even insulted themselves as having a childish (stupid? guilty?) hobby, but is it worse than crushing sportive opponents or killing hunted animals? I don’t think so, this is not important, this is simply one way (among others) for self providing a smile in this cruel world…
|(A01) Bayern Munich Football TL-\I\ (from BMW TL-III), 2005, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,4893.30.html|
I liked this uncommon twin-boomer with no link between booms, I simply turned it canard (exchanging front side and rear side) and asymmetric (with both fins in the same oblique direction). To make it easily, I did not turn the wing opposite so this cannot fly (sharp wing leading edge and big trailing edge), but so this "fighter" (of the evil nazi side) cannot fly, fight, harm anyone. I discarded guns, being a naive pacifist rather than a warfare lover. I discarded the undercarriage and wheels: this is more solid for transportation and dust removal…
|(A02) XT-2A MEUNEER (from PIONEER RQ-2A), 2005|
I turned the high wing (and medium tailplane) into a low wing (and low tailplane) to get balance not requiring wheels, and leaving room for a “cockpit”/big-eye providing personality (turning this 1/72 unmanned model into something as a 1/144 manned model). I discarded the propeller: this would be a (short-span) glider rather than a propelled machine - or an aerodynamic object rather than a flying craft.
|(A03) KIT-11 (from 2 copies of YURIEV KIT-1), 2005, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,7843.0.html|
Discarding any propeller, I made a canard twin-glider from this double-propeller tail-sitter aircraft. I discarded tail-wheels, the model standing properly by itself.
(A04) PROTWINUS (from SCALED PROTEUS), 2005, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,7217.0.html
To reduce span and length of the huge Proteus, I turned the large wing into biplane wings, and the foreplane into a tailplane, with fuselage truncating. I discarded jet engines: no need (to fly). And to make a pleasant family with the Kit-11, I turned it as tail-sitter.
|(A05) G-38P (from GROKHOVSKY G-38), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,8002.0.html|
I love twin-boom aircraft but I have not enough room on my shelves for aircraft span. So, after turning an Airfix Lockheed P-38 into something as a pedal-boat catamaran (without engines, external wings, tailplane, undercarriage), I treated similarly a G-38 to get a nice family.
|(A06) SPACE-BOOM 2 & KNIGHT-BOOM 2 (from SCALED SPACE-SHIP 1 & WHITE-KNIGHT), 2008, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,20934.0.html|
Still lacking room for span, I made very-short-span derivatives of these planes. I mixed their parts freely to create 2 completely new aircraft, as different as possible from the original ones, and I replaced the tiny windows of the 1/72 models by panoramic 1/48 canopies. The remaining parts made a Twin-Knight 2, 1/72 or 1/144 due to narrow "fuselages".
|(A07) ACA.5Z Double-Little-Thing (from 2 copies of NIEUPORT ACA.5), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,23813.0.html|
A weird little plane, doubled into an improbable half-canard asymmetric twin-plane (or object - with no propeller, gun, wheel, roundel, flight-balance).
|(A08) ME-262 HG.V HEAVY GLIDER (from Me-262 HG.IV HOHE GESCHWINDIGKEIT), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,24478.0.html|
Without Me-262 to modify, this conversion kit has been turned into a biplane tail-less glider (with external wings of Borovkov-Florov and Grokhovsky). Clean nose without guns (replaced by putty), and of course painted civilian, swastika-less.
|(A09) BOROVKOF-TOF (from BOROVKOV-FLOROV D), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,24478.0.html|
With external wings removed, the rear fins have been turned as canard foreplanes (booms turned 180° on vertical axis, 90° on longitudinal axis). The tailplane is no more high but low, and there is no engine at all. Nor guns nor military colours (this is a short-span civilian glider).
|(A10) AS-31C Canard Pusher (from AIRSPEED AS.31), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,25884.0.html|
The AS.31 source, weird twin-boomer with a pilot-less nose/fuselage and a rear/remote cockpit/pod, was perhaps not odd enough... To improve visibility, it has been turned opposite, into a canard pusher (AS-31C). The propeller has now 2 blades only, to land safely with this device locked horizontally (there is no ground clearance, and the departure comes in flight from a mother-plane). The wing has a reduced span to have the right dimension for elevators (the most secret bases are underground). There is a little asymmetry as there is only one main wheel, on starboard (one wheel is enough to reduce weight - and there is a skid under the nose pod)...
|(A11) Forked Ghostbuster (from MARTIN-BAKER TANKBUSTER), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26401.0.html|
This flying gun has been transformed into a civilian glider, biplane to reduce span, and with spats becoming interplane struts (without tyres but some secret devices to produce lift or to chase away ghosts). The booms and fins are strongly asymmetrical, as the pod and spats, even the upper wing angle (not horizontal) – this way, the ghosts will fail into eating it classically.
|(A12) Co-141 Asymer (from COLANI C-309 RACER), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26562.0.html|
This model has been turned 90° to become asymmetric, with a single half-wing. This is not exactly a 1/144 glider built from a 1/72 kit, this is a fake airplane in a merry-go-round for chidren, thus asymmetric to be raised from the center...
|(A13) VOGTERSCHMITT P.1141 (from MESSERSCHMITT P.1079/1), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,27025.0.html|
This model has been turned 90° to become laterally asymmetric, with a starboard jet. What-if modeller friends suggested wisely that I replaced the swept wing by an asymmetric oblique wing, and one of the tailplanes may be canard. Of course this model of mine is swastika-less, gun-less.
|(A14) J.1001 (from JUNKERS J.1000), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,27364.0.html|
This giant flying wing, 1/144, has been transformed into a short-span biplane glider 1/100, slightly asymmetric.
|(A15) XT-5A TOPHER (from RQ-5A HUNTER), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,27573.0.html|
The unmanned military RQ-5 at 1/72 scaled has turned civilian with a 3-seat-cockpit 1/144 (or long-eye if this is a bird), the twin-boom layout has become twin-fuselage, the wide symmetric monoplane with a low tailplane has given birth to a short-span asymmetric staggered biplane with a T-tail, the push-pull engines have disappeared into a glider.
|(A16) NORTH-ROYCE TFB TWIN-FUNNY-BED (from ROLLS-ROYCE FTB FLYING-TEST-BED and North-American P-51B), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28266.0.html|
Civilian asymmetric Twin-Mustang without propeller nor tailplane, with tiny external wings.
|(A17) FLITZWILLING (from FOCKE-WULF FW-281 and Focke-Wulf Flizer), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29449.0.html|
Civilian (swastika-less gun-less) jet, sesquiplane vertical twin-fuselage.
|(A18) J4M11 Sendengue (from Mitsubishi J4M1 Senden), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,30803.0.html|
To reduce span, transformed into an asymmetric biplane. Training glider without weapons nor nationalistic markings.
|(A19) SAM-99 STRELALA (from Moskaliev SAM-9 Strela), 2013, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2424.0|
The engined prototype has been turned into an asymmetric space ambulance glider.
|(A20) JU-212 (from Junkers EF-112), 2013, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2423.0|
The push-pull monoplane warbird has become a civilian rocket biplane with T-T-tail.
|(A21) BICH-51D MOOSTANG (from CHERANOVSKY BICh-3 and North American P-51D), 2013, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36667.0.html|
The ogival delta wing has changed the shape of the Mustang. A T-tail and innocent doggy eyes provided other "improvements", and a personnality somehow.
(A22) MINI-51D WINGSTANG (from CHERANOVSKY BICh-3 and North American P-51D), 2013, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2699.0
With the remaining parts of the previous one has been built a baby-bird.
|(A23) BF-109 ½ x2 (from 2 copies of MESSERSCHMITT BF-110 MODEL), 2014, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,37924.0.html|
The single fuselage military plane has been turned into a civilian twin-plane.
(A24) ME-809, 2014, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=4206.0
With the remaining parts of the 2 Bf-110 Model has been built an asymmetric 3-engined plane, push-pull with intermeshing propellers
|(A25) Klfw 225 V141 Double Rammer (from JUNHERS KLAGENFURT Klf-225 V1 and FOCKE-WULF RAMMER), 2015, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=5047.0|
From 2 symmetric jet-planes was built an asymmetric interceptor to fight terrorist bombers murdering civilians.
|(A26) SAM-SAM-13 (from Moskalev SAM-13), 2016, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,41388.0.html|
This 1/72 (symmetric) fighter gave birth to a 1/200 asymmetric regional airliner, with antitorque auxiliary rotor.
|(A27) KhAI-300 Raketlet (from KhAI-3 Planerlet), 2017, see http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,43306.0.html|
This 1/72nd little airliner with propeller became a 1/48th two-seat rocket tiny racer, slightly asymmetric.
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|(B01) Mirage IIIDD, 1988, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,2551.0.html|
Mirage built without weapons nor military colours, with a sharper nose and cleaner canopy (single piece and without seats nor controls inside).
|(B02) GF-16XL (from General Dynamics F-16XL), 1990|
Discarding the ugly jet intake and jet pipe, into a slow beautiful glider (impossible to fly with such a short span). Replacing American colours by Danish ones to make a family with my realist Draken.
|(B03) SingleWind (from Westland Whirlwind), 2005, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,6128.0.html|
Turned asymmetric discarding one of the 2 lateral engines (and one tailplane) then moving laterally the cockpit. War devices and colours removed.
|(B04) Go 241 (from Gotha Go 242), 2005, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,6671.15.html |
Turned biplane (short-span), T-tail, panoramic. Swastika and war colours removed.
|(B05) Caudronophe C-7114 (from 2 Caudron C-714), 2005, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,6671.15.html|
Twinned with engines/propellers discarded (into a glider) and one half thinned for asymmetric beauty and comparison. Guns and war colours removed.
|(B06) Bell XP-77Z, 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,9286.0.html|
As Caudronophe C-7114, but with accute failure handling thermoformed canopies.
|(B07) J-29Z (from 2 SAAB J 29 Tunnan), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,8241.0.html|
Twin-plane with one half having no engine (nor tailplanes), thinned for asymmetric beauty and comparison. Guns and military colours removed.
|(B08) Focke-Wulf Fw-189ABA Waterloo (from 2 Fw-189A and 1 Fw-189B), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,8543.0.html|
Triplex tandem airplane, with no engines (glider) nor weapons nor swastikas. Simplified canopies, more panoramic.
|(B09) Me 262BBJ Bi-Biz-Jet (fom Messerschmitt Me 262 Mistel), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,8892.0.html|
1/144 lateral twin-plane with 2 jets above the wing (made from a vertical 1/72 double-plane with 4 jets below the wings). Civilian business plane (without swastikas) with a giant panoramic (asymmetric) nose for the big boss.
|(B10) Sea-^viXen 2 (from De Havilland Sea Vixen), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,10238.0.html|
Turned X-wing, swept forward and backward, without tailplane. No weapons nor military colours.
|(B11) SEAT 251 Flamustango (from SIAT 223 Flamingo), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,10345.0.html|
Turned engine-less (glider), asymmetric T-tail, with simplified canopy to look like a Mustang (not painted black because this was the challenge given by the donator of this kit).
|(B12) F5U-5 Half-real Pancake (from Vought XF5U-1 Flying Pancake), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,10851.0.html|
Turned asymmetric, discarding on one side: engine, propeller, tailplane, fin. No weapons nor military colours.
|(B13) F2A-11 Siamese Buffalo (from 2 copies of Brewster F2A-1 Buffalo), 2008, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,8921.0r.html|
Same as Caudronophe C-7114: twin-plane with the starboard side being aesthetically improved. Biplane-tandem-wing as T-tail, with truncated parts. No engine/propeller, no gun/war colours.
|(B14) Sopwith-China Twin-Half-Triplane (from 2 copies of Spowith Tritlane), 2009, see hhttp://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=22906.0|
The basis is twinning triplanes, but - in detail - twinning one triplane with one half-triplane (port triplane, starboard biplane), using the extra half-wing as tail link (for solidity and asymmetric fun). Single-seater with 2+1 main wheels and 1 big engine + 1 small.
|(B15) Twin-Fenestron biplane and Twin-cabin boat (from "Airplane" and 2 copies of "Frighter Helicopter"), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=22990.0|
The rear part of the helicopters are holding the biplane wings, and the remaining cabins are hold together by the rotor blades into a catamaran.
|(B16) Boeing 749 (from Boeing 747 eggplane), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,23975.0.html|
The 747-egg is a commercial what-if caricature model, but turning it to a 3 engined airliner is one step further, an asymmetric egg...
|(B17) EGP-51D Egg-Glidstang (from P-51D Mustang eggplane), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,23962.0.html|
The P51D-egg is also a cute what-if caricature model, but I have what-ifed it much further: discarding guns and military colours, discarding propeller and engine exhaust to be a gliding bird, discarding undercarriage (keeping only 2 wheels for balance, in a different position), discarding one tailplane for a touch of asymmetry, changing the canopy frames for a 2-eyes baby look...
|(B18) A-320T (from Airbus A-320), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,25952.0.html|
The civilian A-320 of Cebu Pacific filipino airlines was nice and pretty, adding a second tailplane is just an extra smile.
|(B19) Push-Pull Mus-Mus (from North-American P-82 Twin-Mustang), 1996+2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28415.0.html|
The twin-tractor military fighter has been transformed into a push-pull Airboat for rich tourists wanting to enjoy the Everglades back and forth.
|(B20) P51Dd Half-Twin-Mustang (from 2 copies of North-American P-51D Mustang), 1996+2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28245.0.html|
This (civilian) twin-fuselage single-engine Mustang is half streamlined and has less than half the span of a Twin-Mustang P-82, it propably cannot fly but is decorative.
|(B21) P51Ab Half-Twin-Razorback (from North-American P-51B Mustang and P-51A), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29929.0.html|
Non-bubble version of the P-51Dd, gently asymmetric also, still without guns nor military colours.
|(B22) LO-1Bb Baby Lightning glider (from Lockheed P-38J Lightning Droop Snoot), 1979+2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,23116.msg334549.html|
Removing propellers and engines, making solid the glazed nose bomber post, into a civilian glider. Layout change into asymmetric "! T"-tail with canard foreplanes.
|(B23) P-38TT Tightning (from Lockheed P-38J/F-5B Lightning), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,23116.45.html|
The famous reco F-5 of the pilot/writer Saint-Exupéry has been "improved" with a T-tail.
|(B24) P-823 Twin-Tailsittang (from 2 copies of North-American P-82 Twin-Mustang), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29631.0.html|
The double-fuselage horizontal fighter has turned triplex-fuselage civilian, standing on its tail, for a vertical take off try.
|(B25) Black Spider 61 (from Northrop P-61 Black Widow), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,30048.0.html|
Instead of a killing airplane with the name of a spider, this is a 'true' spider looking like an airplane. No gun nor military colours of course, an animal has none.
|(B26) P-47W Useinbolt (from Republic P-47D Thunderbolt), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,30280.msg464107.html|
Intermediate step building the P-3647 hybrid, this glider had been an ugly fat, big-nose killer. She won an Olympic medal of beauty, in some Universe, "maybe" not Reality...
|(B27) XF-858 Triplex-Goblin (from Mc Donnell XF-85 Goblin), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,30134.0.html|
Tiny triple plane with many tailplanes everywhere and a half ugly look (starboard) half beautiful look (port). No gun nor military colours, this is for elegance contest not for bombing escort.
|(B28) Supertoy Futur (from Superforce Bomber), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31430.0.html|
Removing bombs and mysterious weapons, the wings have turned asymmetric and a triplex-boom layout has been created.
|(B29) Fugga Mac Ister (from Fouga Magister), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31347.0.html|
Removing one of the two engined to save fuel (and to get a smiling asymmetry), and turning the tail 45° for balance (and for enhancing asymmetry). Big span middle wing turned short span low wing, to stand (land?) without undercarriage... No nationalistic markings, no bright colours (of enrollment airshow) but peaceful quiet sky blue.
|(B30) LT-3300 Shooting Starliner (from Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31564.0.html|
Changing the scale from 1/72 to 1/350: from a military trainer into a civilian airliner. All passengers are in the front, on three decks, a huge ramjet or nuclear turbojet being in the rear.
|(B31) LF-18 Midget Hornet Defender (from McDonnell F-18B Hornet), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=31462.0|
The forward fuselage of an F-18 has been turned into a complete light aircraft, of canard biplane layout, in it's own right. The aircraft is rocket powered so it doesn't need air intakes. The 'reason' for the asymmetry is that the port wing carries the fins and is devoted to flight control, while the starboard wing is used after landing as a surface-to-air missile launcher to protect a city.
|(B32) Almost-Serious Twin-Speety (from 2 copies of Supermarine Spitfire MkXIVE), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31633.0.html|
Intermediate step building the final Twin-Speety glider, with a very little asymmetry, possible, and unusual fuselages close to one another, thanks to propellers discarding. Guns removed.
(B33) Very-Crazy Twin-Speety
Final Twin-Speety, with enhanced asymmetry and fantasy. Sky-blue peaceful colours as usual.
|(B34) G.1 vw (from Fokker G.1 Jachtkruiser), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31754.0.html|
Prototype for the Quadruple Wasp (Double Twin-Wasp) engine, "viervoudige wesp" in Dutch. The huge torque of the 'supersonic' noisy propeller required a contrarotating airscrew through shafts and gears, but that was not enough so an anti-torque horizontal rotor was added on the other wing.
|(B35) Me-1609 (from Messerschmitt Me-609), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31832.0.html|
With no more swastika nor bombs & guns, this twin-fuselage aircraft has turned asymmetric replacing one engine by a panoramic nose. To reduce span, the wings have becomen biplane.
|(B36) OVA-10 Broncasy (from North-American OV-10D Bronco), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31996.0.html|
The symmetric twin-seat twin-engined monoplane OV-10 has been turned into an asymmetric single-seat single-engined triplane, with tiny span. All military features have been discarded.
|(B37) Bv-338 Asymmetrische Katamaran (from Blohm-und-Voss Bv-138MS Seedrache), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,32056.0.html|
Still with removal of swastikas and guns, the symmetric Bv-138 has been turned into an asymmetric seaplane, the 3-engines becoming push-pull-lift for Very Short Take Off & Ditching on a tiny lake, a half-circular spoiler helps braking at landing.
|(B38) PG-47 ThunderEgg (from Republic/Hasegawa P-47 Thunderbolt eggplane), 2011, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=100.0|
The P-47 Thunderbolt egg-plane fighter has turned into a civilian glider, with a little free rotor to lift a heavy tail. Tailplanes are asymmetric.
|(B39) Boeing 7A7 NewTech ProtoLiner (from Boeing 737), 2012, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=868.0|
This prototype uses a Helium airship fuselage associated with a biplane wing. The Commercial 1/200 (famous Boeing 737) with 135 passengers has become Research 1/72 two-seater, requiring 4 times less room to display.
|(B40) Twin-Rafale (from 2 copies of Dassault Rafale M), 2013, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36125.0.html|
This civilian biplane is subsonic and slightly asymmetric.
|(B41) PL-123 Trukair (from Transavia PL-12 AIrtruk), 2013, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36401.0.html|
The biplane 1/72 aircraft has turned into a triplane 1/48 glider, slightly asymmetric.
|(B42) Me-0110 Vamg (from Messerschmitt Bf-110), 2013, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36846.0.html|
The Nazi twin-engined killer has been replaced by a Variable Asymmetry Motor Glider, civilian
|(B43) Me-262Z VTOL (from 2 copies of Messerschmitt Me-262A), 2013, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2869.0|
The Nazi top fighter has been changed into a crazy very fragile tailsitter prototype, impossible to fly, completed on an April 1st (this is true!)
|(B44) XA-10X Thunderbolt III (from Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II/Warthog), 2013, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=3954.0|
The heavily armed A-10 has been changed into a tiny parasite fighter to defend observation aircraft.
|(B45) XF-15X Micro Eagle (from McDonnell F-15E Strike Eagle), 2013, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=3960.0|
The huge F-15E has been reduced to a tiny canard airplane.
|(B46) Tyfool II (from Eurofighter Typhoon II), 2013, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=3961.0|
The harmonious canard Typhoon II has been reduced to a tiny asymmetric flying wing.
|(B47) F4U-14.1 Corsasym (from Vought F4U-5 Corsair), 2015, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,39887.0.html|
The layout of this fantasy Corsair is justified "technically" by the new nose, for a crew-man on his back, pedalling to increase the speed of the propeller through gears and shaft... .
|(B48) SEC-135 Superzei (from Eurocopter EC-135 Polizei), 2016, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,41977.0.html|
This is no more a helicopter but a very fast airplane, with tiny wings and a supersonic 9-blade propeller (requiring anti-torque system).
|(B49) PV-22 Ospregg (from Hasegawa OV-22 Osprey Eggplane), 2016, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=6062.0|
Being no more VTOL, this innocent baby plane is a twin-pusher.
|(B50) Twin-Mustang Car P-5151B (from 2 copies of P-51B Mustang), 2016, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=5969.0|
Being no more an airplane, this is a race car.
|(B51) SFW-15 Sesqueagle (from F-15E Eagle), 2016, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=6453.0|
A famous normal airplane turned into a sesquiplane flying-wing.
|(B52) FW-16C Falcon Glider (from F-16C Fighting Falcon), 2016, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=6661.0|
The normal aircraft has a single fin and aft tail, with a huge jet, here double-fin and double-set of foreplanes, half in V, with no engine at all.
|(B53) He-1041 Eine kleine asymmetrische Flug (from He-70F), 2016, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=6812.0|
An asymmetric pusher twin-nose half-jet layout has been invented for this one.
|(B54) Fsfw-14F-4 TomKate (from F-14A), 2016, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=6894.0|
This is the VTOL airplane from the (fictive) film TopDream, with Tom Cruise and Kate Hudson. There are 4 fins instead of 2, zero tailplanes instead of 2, a forward swept wing instead of normal swept wing, 2 tilting rocket engines at wing tips instead of 2 central turbojets.
|(B55) XF-5V Tigcat (from F-5E Tiger), 2016, see http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,42978.0.html|
The F-5E twin-jet has become the tailless XF-5V as a temporary status on the road to the twin-boom F-5 OV.
|(B56) F-18W Flying Wing Hornet (from F/A-18D Hornet), 2017, see http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php?topic=43326.0|
The F-18 lost its rear and got an asymmetric double-V-tail.
|(B57) MusMus Mk.22 & Mk.24 (from 2 copies of Mustang 2), 2017, see http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,43654.0.html|
The Mustang has been doubled (without bubble canopy), with 2 nose radars and vectoring propellers on the fins for maneuverability. The 24 version features tandem wings and biplane tail for better centering and control.
|(B58) PEG-38AA Lightnegg (from Lightning eggplane), 2017, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=7061.0|
This caricature model has been transformed into a canard jet helicopter with bubble canopy and rear little wheel.
|(C01) Bv 141 F-4 (from Blohm und Voss Bv 141B and Focke-Wulf Fw 189), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,8622.0.html|
Adapting the tail of a twin-boom Fw 189 to the asymmetric Bv 141, getting an asymmetric-twin-boomer (loosing the good rear view of both 189 and 141…). Turning the engine as pusher, and imagining a second cockpit near the engine to repair it in flight. No swastika nor war colours.
|(C02) Twin-Boom-Ranger (from Bell Jet-Ranger/OH-58 Kiowa), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,8821.0.html|
Matching the truncated fuselage of the helicopter Jet Ranger with the twin booms of a Fw 189, the wing tips of a J.29, the propeller of a Whirlwind (to become an autogyro). Reduced rotor diameter (intermeshing with the propeller) to be less cumbersome. Red firemen colours instead of military.
|(C03) Spitferschmitt Mk.99 (from Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIE and Messerschmitt Bf-109G), 2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,11445.0.html|
Twin-plane matching deadly opponents into friendship, without engines (glider) nor war colours (white for peace), 1/72 model matched with undercarriage of a 1/32 P-38.
|(C04) XFY-163 Poget (from Convair XFY-1 Pogo and Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet), 2008, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,12121.0.html|
Matching a Pogo tailsitter with a Komet rocket-plane (both being turned engine-less) into an asymmetric twin-plane. Swastika and military colours (and guns) removed, gold painting to make a family with the other tailsitters of mine (Kit-11 and Protwinus).
|(C05) Lavochkin La-141 (from Lavochkin La-7 and Blohm und Voss Bv-141), 2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=25199.0|
Unused Bv-141 parts, turned swastika-less glider, matched with an old realist La-7 top-killer turned civilan glider, the whole being twin-fuselage asymmetric.
|(C06) Martokker D-XV (from Fokker D-XXIII and Marton X/V), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,27590.0.html|
A civil "ekranoplane glider" made from 2 military push-pull planes. The sources were twin-boomers like the result: 2+2=2... but the 2 low tailplanes have created a T-T-tail (low+low=high, like negative*negative=positive).
|(C07) MiG-3-47 Thunder-i-Mikoyan (from Mikoyan-i-Guryevich MiG-3 and Republic P-47D Thunderbolt), 1997+2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28256.0.html|
A big-nose P-47D (with lost canopy and tailplanes) had beeen streamlined deeply and is joined to a MiG-3 into a double civilian glider, removing guns, roundels, engines, most of the wings.
|(C08) Fokton-82 Colane (from P-82 Twin-Mustang and Fokker D-XXIII and Marton X/V), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28438.0.html|
From the parts unused in building the Martokker and a P-82, came this weird and elegant object, looking like a Colani aircraft...
|(C09) CurtAAB P-55J-21 (from Curtiss XP-55 and SAAB J.21), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29239.0.html|
The canard XP-55 has been turned opposite with a wing in front and a T-tail at the rear, and this at the top of a J.21. This would be impossible with their (pusher) propellers but here they are sailplanes, the whole being a sesquiplane glider, vertically-staggered twin-fuselage. Roundels and guns have been removed. Lost canopy and fragile thermoformed canopy have been replaced by streamlined eyes.
|(C10) Mustanliner (from 3 copies of Twin-Mustang, 1 of Whirlwind, 1 of XP-77, etc.), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29816.0.html|
The radar pods of three Twin-Mustangs 1/72 become fuselages 1/400, one for passengers and the other for the mysterious power without jet nor propeller. The wings are external wings of Twin-Mustangs, while fins-tailplanes-pylons come from the sparebox.
|(C11) P-821 Twee-Tween-Mustang (from North-American P-82 Twin-Mustang and P-51 Mustang), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29562.0.html|
A single Mustang is included inside a Twin-Mustang into a Triplex-Mustang, making easy the comparison of size between elements. 2 separate tails including a twin-tail... while the 3-seater is turned back to twin-seater, asymmetric for fun. All guns and military colours removed.
|(C12) Push-Pull Tri-Mustang (from North-American P-82 Twin-Mustang and P-51D Mustang and P-51C Malcolm Hood), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29849.0.html|
A half Twin-Mustang is joined to a classical Mustang turned pusher, and to a razorback Mustang turned half-bubble. A canard nose and asymmetric tail add personnality. All guns and military colours removed.
|(C13) Bv-224B Ovërwatiff (from Blohm und Voss Bv P.224 mainly), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29995.0.html|
The P.224 was a fantasy derivative of the real project P.194, and it is here what-ifed much further: truncating wings smaller, removing jet engine into a glider, discarding guns and swastikas. The canopy is the 1/48 Yokosuka Ohka's one adapted to the 1/72 P.224. The booms above wings are transferred below and link to uncommon tails (V V), asymmetric with tailplanes from P-51 Mustangs on the port side.
|(C14) XP-3647 Hawkerbolt (from Curtiss P-36 Hawk and Republic P-47D Thunderbolt), 2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,30280.0.html|
Wrecks of P-36 and P-47 were mixed with P-61 propellers (and extra P-47 fins) to make a rescue 4-rotor helicopter, without guns nor military colours.
|(C15) Ki-333 Shooting Sparebox (from Locheed T-33 Shooting Star and sparebox), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31602.0.html|
The unused fuel tanks of a T-33 1/72 have becomen fuselages of an asymmetric glider 1/144, using canopies of Ki-84 maybe, little wings and a fin (or tailplane) from unknown forgotten kits.
|(C16) Bv 196T (from Blohm und Voss P.196 and Grumman F6F Hellcat), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=31603.0.html|
The P.196 is here without bombs nor swastika. The external wings are turned into tandem wings, the central pod is very thinned, and a big radial engine replaces the turbojets; its exhaust drives a vertical motorjet providing lift, into a STOL or WIG plane.
|(C17) Macchione Me-2025 Aldo (from Macchi Mc-202 Folgore and Reggiane Re-2005 Saggitario), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31810.0.html|
These aircraft are twinned together, and transformed into a civilian glider without guns nor military markings anymore. Extra tailplanes are used and the missing 2005 canopy is replaced by a bubble top.
|(C18) Ju-86 Ka (from Junkers Ju-86D and PZL P23A Karas), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,31932.0.html|
Without swastikas nor guns nor bombs anymore, the Ju-86D is married to a Karas, balancing the asymmetry of the Junkers engines both installed on the starboard wing. The span is less than a Ju-86D's and the length is much reduced by truncation. Alternative Karas tailplanes make a biplane wingtip.
|(C19) N-119A Noralas|
(C20) N-119B Fly-ar
(C21) N-119C Noroxcar (from Fairchild AC-119K Flying-Boxcar and Nord N.2500 Noratlas), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=32156.0
These 2 huge (military) cargos, 1/72 have been turned into a (civilian) little double-plane, 1/48. The part above is simply reduced, egg-plane-like, with a rear 'canopy'. The lower part is an asymmetric tri-jet low-wing from a source that was symmetric twin-jet high-wing.
|(C22) GobliBolt (from XF-85 Goblin and P-47B Thunderbolt), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=32416.0|
Two miltary ugly (?) fighters have given birth to a civilan oddity, with tandem swept wings, asymmetric fins, pusher propeller.
|(C23) P-51R MustanBolt (from P-51D Mustang and P-47B Thunderbolt), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,32405.0.html|
This tiny asymmetric radial-engined Mustang has been made with a Mustang half wing, single tailplane, fin, a Twin-Mustang canopy, a Thunderbolt engine, and other parts from the sparebox.
|(C24) Sparebox X-1, 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=32489.0|
From miscellaneous parts came this asymmetric single-jet plane.
|(C25) Sparebox X-2 (from Junkers Ju-86 and McDonnell F-18), 2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,32490.0.html|
From miscellaneous parts came this other asymmetric plane, with tail propeller through shafts and gears.
|(C26) General Dynassault Miralcon 2016XL (from Genral Dynamics F-16XL Falcon and Dassault Mirage 2000C), 2011, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=221.0|
No commercial competition between F-16 and Mirage 2000: it is better to buy both, as a Mistel double-plane . The lower part is a glider, no weapon at all. The fins are located asymmetrically.
|(C27) F-5OV Tigco & OV-105 Bronger (from F-5E Tiger & OV-10D Bronco), 2016-2017, see http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,42978.0.html|
The twin booms of the OV-10 were installed on the F-5 to make a supersonic twin-boomer, while the F-5 fin and tailplanes were adapted to the OV-10 pod, the wing becoming tandem wings.
|(C28) MEL-38H Double-Twin-Boom & MEL-38J L"avion de Papa et Jacky (from P-38 Twin-Mustang & P-38 Lightning), 2017, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=6931.0|
A twin-boom P-38 was mixed with a twin-fuselage P-82, into a 4-boom compound, the extra parts becoming a little plane with mysterious engine.
|(D01) X-3V (from Douglas X-3 Stiletto), 1978+1990, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,6086.0.html|
Old realist model, then changing the Nationalistic colours into a cloudy sky blue and replacing the curved transparent canopy with a black triangular eye having more personality.
|(D02) Me 262R (from Messerschmitt Me 262A), 1977+2005|
On my old 1/32 realist Messerschmitt Me-262, I sawed away the swastika tail and replaced it by a rocket exhaust.
(D03) Bf 109U (from Messerschmitt Bf 109E), 1977+2005
On my old 1/32 realist Messerschmitt Bf-109, I sawed away the swastika tail and replaced it with Me 262 tailplanes.
|(D04) Miravelin-2000 (from Mirage 2000C), 1988+2005, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,6390.0.html|
Mirage built without weapons nor military colours, receiving then a T-tail, to look like a Gloster Javelin.
|(D05) Mirage 2003D (from Mirage 2000C + Mirage IIID), 1988+2005+2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,8523.30.html|
Matching Mirage-IIIDD and Miravelin-2000 into an asymmetric double-plane.
|(D06) AMD-BA Mirajuar BD-BD (from AMD Mirage F-1C and BA Jaguar E), 1987+2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,8523.30.html|
Matching high-wing Mirage F-1B and Jaguar E (both without military colours) into an asymmetric double-plane.
|(D07) He 362 (from Heinkel He 162), 1978+2005, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,6469.0.html|
Old realist model, then sawing the swastika tail away, and moving the tailplanes as canard foreplanes.
|(D08) PBY-33 Singelina (from Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina), 1978+2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,10467.0.html|
Old realist model, turned from symmetric twin-engined into asymmetric single-engined with a short starboard wing.
|(D09) Frenchanese Raiden (from Japanese Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden), 1978+2006, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,6469.15.html|
Old realist model, then discarding guns and changing the roundels (including modern 1/72 France into old 1/32 Japan) not to celebrate the bloody invaders of the Philippines.
|(D10) Draken J 35T (from SAAB J 35E/RF-35 Draken), 1979+2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,20860.0.html|
Old realist model, turned T-tail.
|(D11) Bf-109Y (from Messerchmitt Bf-109E), 1978+2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,25072.0.html|
Old realist model, turned fin-less swastika-less (Bf-109U) with Me-262 tailplanes, then, after broken down alas, turned solid featuring a biplane twin-fin tail (Me-109Y).
|(D12) Mrs Poligamov I-156 Winged Twin-Wife (from Polikarpov I-153 Chaika and I-16 Rata), 1977+2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=25080.0|
Asymmetric twinning as half-biplane glider, without guns anymore nor military colours.
|(D13) Native American P-51^ (from North American P-51D Mustang), 1977+2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php?topic=26024.0|
This N.A. P-51 belongs to the UTAF (United Tribes Air Flights, not USAF nationalistic Force): no gun nor nationality anymore.
|(D14) Supermicmac SpitfeeT (from Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I), 1976+2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26127.html|
This T-tail SpitfeeT, from another Universe, belongs to AZIAn Great-Britain (Aborigen-Zulu-India-Apache united land). Civilian, wearing colours celebrating Mother Nature.
|(D15) Latékèore Double-Push-Pull (from Latécoère/daBasher Quatre Moteurs, from Heinkel He 219), 2009+2009, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26465.0.html|
The what-if modeler Brian da Basher had genially turned a 1/72 twin-engined fighter Heinkel 219 with swastika into a weapon-less 1/144 four-engined French airliner that would have been built one decade before. The fuselage (except tail) has been turned upside down, the gun bay becoming cockpit… He sent it to me as a gift, very wonderful, alas it arrived broken in 4 parts. Smiling, I “repaired”, turning even more what-if or absurd: with tail upside down also, for the plane standing on its lateral fins, with spats relocated under the nose… The “like wheel-upward” device may be the (commercially secret…) forefather of a radar.
|(D16) Boeing 743-1 (from Boeing 747), 1976+2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28067.0.html|
Simply turned asymmetric by moving one engine.
|(D17) Lockheed P-38 AWACS (from P-38 fighter), 1977+2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29216.0.html|
Adding a rotodome under the nose to improve balance. Discarded guns and roundels (turned from military USAF into civilian UHBAP: United Half-Breed of America Patrol).
|(D18) †F-16SD (from General Dynamics YF-16), 1976+2010, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29557.0.html|
In the past painted in unreal colours with anachronic decals, then having its tail removed into a Simple Delta (before destruction to leave room for new models).
|(D19) Spitshort (from Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1), 1976+2011, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,32389.0.html|
The 1/32 SpitfeeT (previously Spitfire) having lost its tailplane, and lacking room to display, it was turned into a tiny rocket-plane, 1/24. Civilian.
|(D20) PF-38 Sesquiplane Lightning (from Lockheed P-38 Lightning), 2012, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=877.0|
This 1/48 P-38 was too wide, but with external wings becoming a parasol wing, the size reduction is achieved (with maybe increased maneuverability at scale 1, better operability on carriers with elevators).
|(D21) Boeing 747C CanardLiner (from Boeing 747), 2012, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1239.0|
After child-breaking, this airplane gift (that was not a kit) has been "repaired" with changes: jets above the wings and tailplanes in front position.
|(D22) J2M12 Raiden Trainer (from Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden), 1978+2013, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1570.0|
Lacking lateral room to display, the Frenchanese Raiden 1/32 has been turned into a civilian trainer glider, 1/48, for piloting an asymmetric aircraft
|(D23) Boeing 777-2000 (from Boeing 777), 2013, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=3725.0|
Broken down after transportation, a regular model of Boeing 777 was repaired with turbofan engines mounted on the tail, above tailplanes
|(E01) Improved P-51Ds (from 2 North American P-51D Mustang), 1997, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,2551.0.html|
Removing engine, propeller, tailplanes, to get pure silhouettes, then one with improved beauty, slimmed without air intakes, with reduced fuselage height and canopy moved rearward. Lost when I changed home.
|(E02) Improved Spitefuls (from 2 Supermarine Spiteful F.14), 1997, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29480.0.html|
Removing engine, propeller, tailplanes, to get pure silhouettes, then one with improved beauty, slimmed with slim nose, with reduced fuselage height and canopy moved rearward. Lost when I changed home.
|(E03) Improved P-51B (from North American P-51B Mustang), 1997|
Same as improved P-51D. Lost when I changed home.
|(E04) Spitefulire V (from Supermarine Spiteful F.14 and Spitfire Mk.V), 1997, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29480.0.html|
Same as improved Spiteful, then back cut to install a Spitfire V canopy. Lost when I changed home.
|(E05) Mirage F3L (from Dassault Mirage F1C and Sepecat Jaguar A), 1997, see http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,29480.0.html|
Mirage F1 with low wing and no tailplane (like a Mirage III), canopy of Jaguar. Lost when I changed home.
|(E06) Simplified A-7 (from LTV A-7 Corsair II), 1996|
Removing the ugly nose air-intake, and truncating the fuselage. Lost when I changed home. No photograph.