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ARCHIE_CALVERT
10-22-2005, 06:14 PM
On the 7th March 1942 a draft specification was raised, which never received a number, for a €˜highly manoeuvrable single-seat low attack aircraft for employment against military forces on the ground, aircraft, invasion craft and shipping€ It€s primary role was the destruction of tanks and similar targets and it was to replace the Hurricane MkIID. It was classed as an Army Direct Support Aircraft and was to carry more guns than the Hurricane, and of heavier calibre; the alternatives were three 40mm cannon, two 40mm cannon plus two 20mm cannon, four 20mm cannon, two 20mm cannon and six unguided rocket projectile (RP) racks or two 20mm with one Vickers 47mm (3.5lb [1.6kg] gun. Provision was also to be made for two 500lb (227kg) bombs. The maximum speed had too be at least 280 mph at 3.000ft and an excellent forward view was considered essential. This new type of aeroplane had to be in full-scale production by January 1944€¦

The Boulton Paul P.100

This project was a pusher design with contra-rotating propellers, also featured a canard foreplane and had the main wing, with tip fins and rudders, placed to the rear of the fuselage. It required a tricycle undercarriage and the gun option of four 20mm cannon was used. The aircraft was never built but a Griffon II was destined to be it€s power house, it was estimated to have had a maximum speed of 335mph at 17.000ft

Here are a couple of pictures I knocked up in photoshop using the front fuselage of a Beaufighter, the wings and tail fins from a P-51 and the engine cowling from a Spitfire€¦

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/Secudus/Boulton-Paul-P10001.jpg

The wing angle although wrong, looks a lot better than that of the original€¦ (What do I know€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/Secudus/Boulton-Paul-P10002.jpg

This is the correct wing configuration. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/Secudus/Boulton-Paul-P10003.jpg

These are the main components that I used to make up the BP.P.100 after some image manipulation in PhotoShop€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

LStarosta
10-22-2005, 07:02 PM
Really nice work!

But wouldn't you think that the exhaust stacks would be facing the opposite direction?

ARCHIE_CALVERT
10-22-2005, 07:12 PM
Originally posted by LStarosta:
Really nice work!

But wouldn't you think that the exhaust stacks would be facing the opposite direction?

Yeah, they should be but it was getting late and I had other work to do... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif It was quite easy to make a good rendition by using some Black and White profiles for the various sections of the fuselage etc.
Plan, fore and aft views should be straight forward, but side view will be the test though... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
I'll post some more when I work out exactly how to do it...

ARCHIE_CALVERT
10-22-2005, 07:26 PM
What I would eventually like to do is make some of the aircraft that were never built, using parts 'borrowed' from existing aircraft... PhotoShop is a powerful tool and is easy to use, and as i'm no good at 3D modeling it's the only option available to me.

p1ngu666
10-22-2005, 08:28 PM
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jds1978
10-22-2005, 08:38 PM
thats some Buck Rodgers stuff fer sure!

nice job

VonShlagnoff
10-23-2005, 03:24 AM
Not far off the "real" thing mate, found these pics of the project:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v45/BarryWinsper/boultonpaulp100001.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v45/BarryWinsper/boultonpaulp100.jpg

ARCHIE_CALVERT
10-23-2005, 04:00 AM
VonShlagnoff:
Not far off the "real" thing mate, found these pics of the project:

Yep, thats the book I got the info from... 'British Secret Projects' By Tony Buttler, full of some wonderful 'might have beens' When you see bombers of the size they were comtemplating, they make the Lanc look tiny... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

LStarosta
10-23-2005, 08:49 AM
Originally posted by ARCHIE_CALVERT:
When you see bombers of the size they were comtemplating, they make the Lanc look tiny... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Ooooo... Do scan and post!

VonShlagnoff
10-23-2005, 10:34 AM
A couple of monsters from Vickers:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v45/BarryWinsper/boultonpaulp100002.jpg

ARCHIE_CALVERT
10-23-2005, 05:06 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/Secudus/Boulton-Paul-P100-Fuselage.jpg

This has been a pig of a job€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif Getting rid of the engine nacelles/wing and clearing up what was left has made my brain hurt€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif Still, learnt some doing it so not all was loss. So far this has got 56 layers, mainly consisting of patching up to hide the old camo, you can see what I€ve had to do by looking at the original picture below... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/Secudus/Beau03.jpg

Because getting rid of the nacelle/wing area left me with no front end, I've had to graft on a scale drawing from the net to fill in€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif