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Re: Bristol F2B Fighter
Reply #4 - Feb 3rd, 2018 at 8:33pm
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Rick, you've started a new trend...wheels first.  These are 1 1/8" diameter balsa wheels...center disc is 3/32" sheet and the two outside discs are 1/16" sheet.  1/16" aluminum tube serves as the bearing...fixed in place after truing with ca.  Weight is 1.32g for the pair.

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Reply #3 - Feb 3rd, 2018 at 5:13pm
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That's right, Rick...all that in a mere five months of combat flying.  Actually, I've read that it was something like twenty-one victories from his forward-firing Vickers with the remainder being credited to his various observer/gunners.  2-seater pilots were credited with the combined tallies of themselves and their gunners, while gunners were credited with their own individual score...one of those "officer" perks (not really so...many gunners were officers themselves).  At any rate, McKeever was the highest scoring 2-seater pilot of the Great War...but we're getting ahead of the story....  Incidentally Rick, almost all of McKeevers personal claims were over Albatross fighters. Wink

The F2A sallied forth upon it's first mission 5 April 1917(F2B's in frontline service by early summer)...in a six aircraft formation.  To say that the result was a disaster would be something of an understatement...four of the six aircraft were shot down with two only just making it back to safety over the lines.  They'd been mauled by five Albatross DIII's of Jasta 11...led by Manfred von Richthofen (the only "Brisfit" he claimed).

2-seater pilots were trained to put their nose down and promptly head for home whenever attacked...with the gunner frantically trying to "buy time."  Early "Brisfit" pilots did exactly that, with the all too common fatal results.  Normally a 2-seater could not perform any type of aerobatics lest it literally shed its wings...nor where they fast enough to run away from trouble.  It wasn't long before F2B crews realized that indeed, their aircraft could "stunt," some actually claiming that it was even more maneuverable than an SE5a!  Added to that wonderment...the "Biff" was as fast as anything the Germans had in the air!  "Brisfit" tactics immediately changed...the forward firing Vickers was now the primary weapon of attack and aerobatics in the extreme became the manner of defense.  The Bristol F2B indeed began to live up to its "Fighter" nomenclature.  It was so successful as an all-purpose fighter-bomber that it soldiered on for the RAF until 1932 at which time it was finally withdrawn from service.

Power for "Biff" was a 275hp Rolls-Royce Falcon I, II, or III engine...depending upon manufacture date.

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Re: Bristol F2B Fighter
Reply #2 - Feb 3rd, 2018 at 2:55pm
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Neil, didn't Canadian Andrew Edward McKeever,  get 31 victories in that Bristol two seater in a short span of time all in the same plane?  May 28 2017  to  Nov 30 1917 ?  And does he not hold the record of "Triple Victories" on four different occasions?  Another forgotten Ace ...
     I gotta see how you go about attaching those wings - looks like a pretty difficult task, being as those wings are both sticking out into the air.
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Re: Bristol F2B Fighter
Reply #1 - Feb 3rd, 2018 at 1:15pm
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Great choice...I've been feeling the inkling to build a Bipe and this is just more inspiration!!!

Can't wait to see this one come together.
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Bristol F2B Fighter
Feb 3rd, 2018 at 1:09pm
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"And now, tonight on our stage...by popular demand" (where, who?)...I give you the Bristol F2B Fighter a.k.a. "Brisfit," "Biff."

The "Brisfit" was designed as an emergency replacement for the Royal Aircraft Factory Be2's and Re8's.  "Fokker Fodder" and "Bloody April" 1916, had provided the RFC with massive losses in the air war.  What was required was an aircraft that was fully capable of defending itself while performing standard observation duties.  All 2-seater aircraft, of all belligerents had thus far proven to be slow, lacking in maneuverability, and easy victims for more nimble scout aircraft.  Bristol's F2A finally arrived on the frontline at the beginning of summer 1917.  Could it survive?

This model is based upon Comet's 15"ws "Brisfit" as shown in their 1936 catalog...page 7.  It has however, been enlarged to provide a wingspan of 18".

More to follow....

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