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Zflyer48

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Miles M39B "Libellula"
« on: February 26, 2021, 09:23:59 AM »

A future project I am going to do this year.



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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2021, 03:18:01 PM »

Superb, now that is what I call unique. 8)

Great work as always Mike, may it long continue. ;)

Take care and be safe.

Wishing you all the very best, Pete. ;D
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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2021, 03:34:51 PM »

It looks like someone bought a mixed lot of aeroplane parts after the war; had quite a few beers, and assembled it afterwards. I'll do a single mission for it when it appears.

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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2021, 03:56:40 PM »

It looks really nice!  ;D
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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2021, 09:29:15 AM »

Horribly beautiful ;)
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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2021, 11:06:53 AM »

It's impractical ugly duckling look kind of reminds me of this one ...... 

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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2021, 05:33:25 PM »

SAS~GJE52, I could take that as a request. If I was so inclined.  :)
It does fall into my wheelhouse.
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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2021, 06:41:28 PM »

Most of it looks like a Lysander. What is it?

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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2021, 03:31:05 PM »

It was a chilly evening in the spring of '41.  A war weary Halifax had been eyeing a young Lysander across the hanger.  After a couple 55 gallon barrels of 80 octane petrol he sauntered over to her. He talked a big game, how he was a veteran of 9 missions over France and the low countries (most of them milk runs).  She was impressed, not because of his accomplishments, but because no one ever paid her any attention.  After a couple more drinks they decided to find someplace a little more private.  A removal of chocks, an unfastening of cowlings and a couple minutes later the Halifax now knew what they meant when the Lysander was capable of STOL.  When the sun rose he got dressed, left, and never called her.  Some say he was shot down the next month over Belgium, others say he went to Egypt after the war.  Four months later the Lysander gave birth to what was obviously a bi-product, or should I say "bi-plane" of her evening with that Halifax.  The little plane had her mothers nose, but her fathers unmistakable turret rudders.  She named the little plane Delanne, but called her Wendover or Wendy for short. Not having the power or range to take care of her in a wartime economy.  She did the only thing she could do.  Early one morning before Churchill rose or Parliament took session, Lysander took her little Delanne to the Air Ministry and left her on the front steps and with a heavy heart walked away and never looked back.  She left a little not that said "Westland Lysander Delanne P.12, likes being called Wendover or Wendy."

I also just typed into google "ugly Lysander" and I had 8 million hits in .000002 seconds.
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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2021, 03:52:44 PM »

cool story. I don't think you'd want to attack one of those from dead astern.

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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2021, 02:35:21 AM »

it was flying quite nicely from what I read. The intended use was "invasion beach strafing". The project was abandoned when the German threat of invasion had disappeared.

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Re: Miles M39B "Libellula"
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2021, 11:34:40 AM »

Prototype
Look to WIP in future
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