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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2009, 11:51:11 am »
Nice! Hesh, buddy! Buy it for me, yeah?  :P
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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2009, 04:34:43 pm »
Unfortunately;

"This product is no longer available for purchase."  >:(

This vendor used to have a lot more what-if related items for sale, but there are still a couple available if Hesham's feeling generous...

http://market.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/index.php?vendor=duo




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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2009, 06:52:48 pm »
Meh.




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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2009, 07:53:08 pm »
I'll buy that for a dollar!
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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2009, 08:14:11 pm »
There was an old Hawk kit of this design. In this case the word 'was' is a good thing because Hawk is back in production and they seem to be working their way through reissuing the old kits. There is hope for seeing this little beauty on the hobby shop shelves again.

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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2009, 08:19:05 pm »
There was an old Hawk kit of this design. In this case the word 'was' is a good thing because Hawk is back in production and they seem to be working their way through reissuing the old kits. There is hope for seeing this little beauty on the hobby shop shelves again.

Yes, the old Hawk "Beta One".  One of the first kits I ever built, way back when.  I most certainly hope they do bring it back out as I'd really like one.

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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2009, 07:58:31 pm »
Amazing... Thanks for this posting, Hesham. ;D

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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2009, 08:50:36 pm »
I most certainly hope they do bring it back out as I'd really like one.

I've got the physical master parts on a table being cleaned up and detailed at this very moment.
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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2009, 03:14:54 am »
Was that a Convair design for sure, anyway? The box doesn't give any manufacturer's name. Has anyone got a Convair-originating sketch or three-view that would validate this allocation?

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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2009, 03:38:44 am »
Was that a real design anyway? I was under impression, that this is mostly what-if model, not the real thing.

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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2009, 07:40:25 pm »
Was that a Convair design for sure, anyway? The box doesn't give any manufacturer's name. Has anyone got a Convair-originating sketch or three-view that would validate this allocation?

Here is the opening paragraph in the instructions for the old Hawk plastic kit - Hawk Atomic Airplane, XAB-1 BETA 1.

"Incorporated in the design of the Beta 1 are the engineering criteria established for an atomic airplane. The design, although hypothetical, is completely within the realm of possibility. In no way does Hawk Model Company intend to inply that such an airplane exists or is on the drawing boards. However, what is presented here has been checked by one of the United States' leading aircraft companies and has been declared entirely sound and possible. Therefore, this airplane could exist."

One thing bothers me about this design as implied in the instructions. According to Hawk, the bomber would have taken off and landed with the parasite fighters in place on the tail. Wouldn't there be a risk of the fighter noses buckling under the stress of the landing impact?

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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2009, 09:32:07 pm »

One thing bothers me about this design as implied in the instructions. According to Hawk, the bomber would have taken off and landed with the parasite fighters in place on the tail. Wouldn't there be a risk of the fighter noses buckling under the stress of the landing impact?


You betcha. Also of concern is the fact that the atomic engines are the ones on the wingtips, not the ones in the fuselage. This would not only put extreme masses way out on the wingtips (meanign structural problems for the wings), this would also fail to utilize the structure of the aircraft as sheilding... instead there is a straight shot for the radiation from the reactors to the crew.

Still, it's a neato design, aesthetically.
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Re: Convair XAB-1 atomic powered bomber
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2009, 03:23:07 am »

One thing bothers me about this design as implied in the instructions. According to Hawk, the bomber would have taken off and landed with the parasite fighters in place on the tail. Wouldn't there be a risk of the fighter noses buckling under the stress of the landing impact?


You betcha. Also of concern is the fact that the atomic engines are the ones on the wingtips, not the ones in the fuselage. This would not only put extreme masses way out on the wingtips (meanign structural problems for the wings), this would also fail to utilize the structure of the aircraft as sheilding... instead there is a straight shot for the radiation from the reactors to the crew.

Still, it's a neato design, aesthetically.

is more logical that Bomber takeoff without the parasite fighters
then the parasite fighters takeoff and dock with Bomber after reactors check

the radiation shielding on this Bomber is a nightmare
do that Reactors are in the wingtips, there can't be a heavy shielding.
I guess that Reactors are only Partially shield and rest
take fuselage and wings as Shadow shield

but i demand how much radiation will reach to the Fighters pilots....
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