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PostSubject: Airfix 1/72 Commonwealth Boomerang    Fri May 05 2017, 08:19

Here is an older kit from Airfix. This kit always got my attention, so I finally built it last year.

It is a CAC Boomerang, Australian WW2 fighter. It was a typical Airfix kit from the 70's. Okay fitting parts, good detail and a pilot figure included.

I painted the plane colors to match the box art, getting pretty close to the right shade, but not perfect. I weathered the plane with a dry brush technique due to the raised panel lines.

A fun kit of a cool and unusual aircraft...

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 Commonwealth Boomerang    Fri May 05 2017, 10:02

You've done a great job with that oldie, Tom. Such an odd looking plane. Colors look exactly right to my eye Good stuff

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 Commonwealth Boomerang    Fri May 05 2017, 10:41

Thanks Mike. I caught some criticism (on another site I don't visit anymore) saying the colors were off. They matched the Aussie Spitfire and Beaufighter I have from Corgi...close enough for me!

I have a Wirraway I plan on building soon, in 1/72...

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 Commonwealth Boomerang    Fri May 05 2017, 12:40

Migrant wrote:
You've done a great job with that oldie, Tom. Such an odd looking plane. Colors look exactly right to my eye Good stuff

Agree with your whole post. It is a pudgy looking little bugger isn't it. Smile What is the round bit under the fuselage in the last pic?
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 Commonwealth Boomerang    Fri May 05 2017, 17:42

Oohh...you got me on that one. I assumed it was a drop tank of some sort. I googled images of the plane and out off the couple hundred shots, two had drop tanks. Probably rare on the real planes...

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 Commonwealth Boomerang    Fri May 05 2017, 21:36

Its a slipper tank designed specifically for the Boomerang.

Nice build,..the weathering is very speccy. I assume the criticism refers to the jungle green and darker hue browns?
Whatever, some Boomerangs did go with standard RAF green/brown like the Beaus and early MK A20s that served in the RAAF up North, 42-43. Also, I have seen pictures of the darker jungle green Boomerangs who decidedly war weary and with that splendid weathering,...it does not look out of place at all.

I love the Boomerang and if anyone is fortunate enough to actually hear one in flight, you will hear one of the most extraordinary noise to come out of a radial engine. One is flying here in Australia, operated by Temora Aviation Museum.

It was designed to manoeuvre with the Japanese Zero. It was a flawed idea, as the US went with big heavy fighters that outflew their Japanese counterparts, not through manoeuvre but firepower, survivability and training.

It was not until the Hellcat arrived was their a fighter that could truly manoeuvre with the Japanese fighters.

So the poor old Boomerang had to be utilised in the CAS and FAC roles, in which it excelled. It was a incredibly nippy fighter that manoeuvred in the steep mountainous terrain of New Guinea providing very effective close air support where no other plane could.

At anyrate, have a listen to this extraordinary aircraft.

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 Commonwealth Boomerang    Fri May 05 2017, 22:32

Nice sound! I bet the long tailpipe lends a tone to that tune!

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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 Commonwealth Boomerang    Sat May 06 2017, 00:28

Slipper tank makes sense. Thanks for that info. Smile

And thank you, PBR, for posting that video. Isn't quite as ungainly looking in flight. And what of that sound! affraid It put me in mind of a Ju-87 in a dive.
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PostSubject: Re: Airfix 1/72 Commonwealth Boomerang    Sat May 06 2017, 18:22

Propwash wrote:
Slipper tank makes sense. Thanks for that info. Smile

And thank you, PBR, for posting that video. Isn't quite as ungainly looking in flight. And what of that sound! affraid It put me in mind of a Ju-87 in a dive.

I thought the same thing. It would have been a little disconcerting hearing that before being the wrong end of a Boomerang attack.
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