1/48 Republic XF-103 Thunderwarrior

Discussion in 'Gallery & Designs' started by NOBI, May 20, 2007.

  1. NOBI

    NOBI Active Member

    Thank you very much for all kind word for my Spitfire. Now I begin next project with 1/48 Republic XF-103 Thunderwarrior...all necessary line is drew on Rhino ready to make surface. Progress next :)

  2. Texman

    Texman Guest

    SWEET NOBI! That will be super cool. Your going to cause me to go
    on an experimental trip all by yourself!

    The only thing I ask, could you, would you PLEASE do the XF-107? It's a personal favorite in the X plane world.

    Nice work again!

  3. YES!
    Thanks, NOBI, can't wait to see it finished,
  4. Rick Thomson

    Rick Thomson Member

    Man...Beavers must have you as their role model.
  5. Artie Bob

    Artie Bob Member

    Another must-have for me. Many thanks, I was just about to order the XB-51,, now I'll wait till this is ready. My wish list includes the XP-69, Hughes D-2, XB-16, Pe-8, etc, etc. etc.

    Artie Bob
  6. shrike

    shrike Guest


    Your drawings are showing a canopy and separate cockpit, but in all the drawings and photos I've seen the XF 103 had none. Only twos side windows and a tiny retractable periscope.
    That makes it easier to design (but harder to see out of<G>)
  7. Ashrunner

    Ashrunner Member

    I wasn't aware the periscope housing on top of the fuselage was retractable. I was under the impression it was simply a small canopy-looking bump on the otherwise smooth fuselage.

    Shrike, are your drawings on the net? If this is true, I would like to update my files.
  8. OldSalt

    OldSalt Member

  9. Avi8tor

    Avi8tor New Member

    Wow Nobi

    Wow Nobi you really are fast at getting those models designed and released!!!
  10. shrike

    shrike Guest

    The one good drawing I have handy is from LS Jones' US Fighters (Aero Pub. 1975). The three view shows no bulge and the text calls the periscope out as retractable.
    The Republic photo of the 100% mock up shows no bulge for a periscope. OTOH the missile bay doors aren't visible either. The factory artists conception also shows no periscope bulge, just smooth conic sections.
  11. Ashrunner

    Ashrunner Member

    My understanding was the periscope housing was added later...but I could, and probably am wrong. Our library has a decent reference book I'll check tomorrow.
  12. sdk2knbk

    sdk2knbk Guest

    Nobi, you've read my mind, again! This is yet another model I was going to design myself, but haven't gotten to yet (like the XB-51). I just have the same comment as others, I've never seen the XF-103 with that canopy. What's you're reference for it? One of the nicest looking models I've seen so far is here; http://features02.kitparade.com/xf103pb_1.htm Another model (the Anigrand one) is nicely built here; http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/RepublicXF-103ThunderwarriorPage.htm According to my copy of "The American Fighter, the Definitive Guide to American Fighter Aircraft From 1917 To the Present" by Enzo Angelucci with Peter Bowes, the second model is of the final design/mockup configuration.

    Scott K.
  13. NOBI

    NOBI Active Member

    Hi There,

    Update progress :) about something like canopy on top of model...first i dont know what is it. I think that should be some hole to let pilot see what is in front of aircraft...too small to be a canopy. I add it because of picture of finish model (in plastics) at http://features02.kitparade.com/xf103pb_1.htm have this thing too :) thank you very much for all advise

    let's see model when finish making surface below :) strange looking craft, i think



    and below is 3 views drawing i have... no cross section make me hard to make a mesh :(

  14. Are you familiar with this picture;
  15. And this one;
    Cheers. Billy
  16. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

    Slim design!! Love to see this one completed.
  17. Ashrunner

    Ashrunner Member

    According the book Post-World War II Bombers - 1947-1973, the periscope was added after completion of the mock-up. The photo most people reference is that of the mock-up just prior to it being finished. There is no reference to the periscope housing being retractable.
  18. cbg

    cbg Member

    Nobi, Ash, et.al.

    Was this thing for real? Did it exist only as a mock-up or prototype?

    Looks more like a winged rocket. . .just curious.

  19. Texman

    Texman Guest

    Yup, it was for real, sort of. Never got past the mockup stage.

  20. shrike

    shrike Guest

    OK, works for me. All I've ever seen is the mock up photos. Maybe it was designed to be retractable at first and then they added the fairing as a compromise. I wonder what ever happened to it? Probably a target on some Mojave range.

    If you decide to do a F-107 let me know. It's about an hour south of me and I can probably arrange some good detail photos.

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