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    Old project coming to life

    This one has been sitting around for a while. All mine so it is not perfect a few artist whims here and there. Tommy would like this bird a gazzillon polys just for the gear alone! Pit not finished yet but nearly as large in polys as the main model model (well almost-Steve always said more detail.....) Once I get the pit a little further along I will share.
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    Yay! Always had a soft spot for the oft-forgotten first British 4-engine heavy and its stilt-like undercart. Thank you, Ted!
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    So you're redoing the whole Stirling; not just the pit and turrets?

    Cato said "Carthaginem esse delendam"
    I say "Carthago iam diu deleta,sed enim Bellum Alium adhuc aedificandum est"

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    Thanks a bunch! We've lived with a beta version for so long I'd forgotten. The Stirling is to the Lancaster what the Liberator was to the Flying Fortress - somewhat overlooked. (IMHO and don't quote me!).

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    Hmmmm......I think you improved the look of the fuselage since I last saw it. Excellent work.

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    Well

    Steve you did point out that the nose was a bit off so I redid the nose to better align with the turret and add some more curve. Found much better line drawings.... Mongoose, I saw this video of the Stirling landing gear once and said hmm I can do that so once I started it was well how about a new model. The turrets are all from previous models that I have tweaked some. The pit is a combo of new seats by Steve, pieces of the sunderland and a bunch and new stuff. She was a good plane, but could not carry the newer and larger bombs and since the RAF were short sighted and clipped the wings by 10 feet of so she could never really get above 20k with a load.

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    I remember reading the Lancaster crews (and probably those of the Halifaxes, as well) were cheered somewhat by the prospect of Stirlings in the bomber stream with them whenever they flew together. The reason given was that due to its feeble ceiling compared to the others, the Stirling would most likely encounter the flak and night fighters first and would therefore take some of the heat off the others. Cold-hearted to the uninitiated but to those in the know quite understandable.

    Does anyone know the reason for the wings being clipped?

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    The reason for clipping wingspan to 100ft is disputed, but itís alleged to be an Air Ministry requirement. Shorts originally had a 112ft wingspan for the design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSI01 View Post
    I remember reading the Lancaster crews (and probably those of the Halifaxes, as well) were cheered somewhat by the prospect of Stirlings in the bomber stream with them whenever they flew together. The reason given was that due to its feeble ceiling compared to the others, the Stirling would most likely encounter the flak and night fighters first and would therefore take some of the heat off the others. Cold-hearted to the uninitiated but to those in the know quite understandable.

    Does anyone know the reason for the wings being clipped?

    So that it would fit in the standard hanger of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NachtPiloten View Post
    .... Mongoose, I saw this video of the Stirling landing gear once and said hmm I can do that so once I started it was well how about a new model. The turrets are all from previous models that I have tweaked some. The pit is a combo of new seats by Steve, pieces of the sunderland and a bunch and new stuff. She was a good plane, but could not carry the newer and larger bombs and since the RAF were short sighted and clipped the wings by 10 feet of so she could never really get above 20k with a load.

    Ted
    Judging from your remarks about polys you might be regretting that!

    Cato said "Carthaginem esse delendam"
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    we have

    the AI's from the beta version to fly with....

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    Whatever became of the Manchester IA? It looked spectacular!

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    manchester

    it is somewhere in Australia getting a few finishing touches...not being funny Rob is doing some work on the packages.

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    getting there

    Pit is crazy too - the short brothers were nuts!
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    Keep going Ted. The Stirling, together with your Halis and Lancs, will complete Bomber Harris's 4 engine bombers.

    Cato said "Carthaginem esse delendam"
    I say "Carthago iam diu deleta,sed enim Bellum Alium adhuc aedificandum est"

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    Quote Originally Posted by NachtPiloten View Post
    Pit is crazy too - the short brothers were nuts!
    What do you mean?
    Looks like you did a great job!

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    just about finished inside

    Made the labels and with a few touches here and there will be ready for a bit of color.
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