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Roden's # 439 Fairchild Peacemaker
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Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 03:19 AM UTC


Greetings from snowy Ukraine! With this message we announce our new immenent release: # 439 Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker in 1/48 scale

It will be available in the first 10 days of February, 2010.


The Fairchild AU-23A Peacemaker
Armed gunship, counter-insurgency, utility transport version for the U.S. Air Force. It was used during the Vietnam War in the early 1970s. 35 were built under licence in the USA by Fairchild Industries. All aircraft were later sold to Royal Thai Air Force.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 03:47 AM UTC
Hi Stephen

Nice one! It's great to see Roden covering subjects beyond WW1 again. Now, roll on the Staggerwing!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 03:58 AM UTC
Hi Stephen
Thanks for the news of this release. It would be a fantastic subject for someone doing the Close Air Support campaign organised by JimMrr. You have got to love the artist's doing the box covers for Roden. They generaly seem to capture the atmosphere of the subject really well.
tim
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Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 04:02 AM UTC
hope it has separate flaps and a wealth of detail in the cabin. Great aircraft to model!
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Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 04:56 PM UTC
Hi Stephen

Finally! many thanks for doing this!
Hope it will follow with the PC-6 Turbo Porter,
and why not the origine "Porter" Lycoming powered..
ps: I' ve x3 on order...

Raphael
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Posted: Friday, March 12, 2010 - 10:06 AM UTC
Wow, that's very nice & interesting

Are there any detail sets for this one


Cheers Nick
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Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 02:02 PM UTC
Greetings all;

In the middle of our yearly March blizzard the postman delivered this kit to my door. Review will begin this weekend. It looks like there will be another version to this kit as well. Interestingly Roden has some hole drilling templates for the fuselage spine area. Various items go there. 3 decals schemes in this kit (#439).
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Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 02:05 PM UTC

Quoted Text

hope it has separate flaps and a wealth of detail in the cabin. Great aircraft to model!



The flaps are indeed separate items.
JackFlash
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Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 03:02 PM UTC
I have been doing a bit more research on the subject and found this on the minigun installation.

". . .The location of the side-firing gun in relation to the center of gravity made both aircraft tail heavy. In the Peacemaker the condition proved so dangerous that forty pounds of lead had to be inserted under the engine cowling to restore some semblance of equilibrium. To overcome the lack of balance required a heavy hand on the controls and forced the small-framed South Vietnamese to wrestle the control stick with both hands in performing basic maneuvers. As if this were not enough, neither range nor payload lived up to expectation; a minigun ship carrying one thousand pounds and flying a distance of one hundred nautical miles could remain on station just thirty minutes before turning back to refuel.

The XM197 Armament System evaluated in this test is similar to the M61 Vulcan 20mm rapid fire cannon. The XM197 consists of three rotating barrels instead of six and has a rate of fire of approximately 400 rounds per minute (rdpm) slow rate, and 700 rdpm fast rate. For the test reported here, the gun was pedestal mounted just behind the pilot's seat in the Fairchild-Hiller Peacemaker Aircraft. The M61 and XM197 20mm guns are automatic aircraft cannons for use against aircraft and ground or seaborne targets. These guns are electrically or hydraulically powered, belt fed or linkless fed, and electrically fired. A round of ammunition is fired through one barrel at a time, as the barrels and rotor assembly rotate once around the rotor housing. . ." (edit note: from "AC Gunships")
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Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 03:07 PM UTC
More on ther prototype development.

". . . The first prototype Porter PC -6 made its maiden flight on 4 May 1959 powered by a 254 kW (340-shp) piston engine. The first Turbo Porter, powered by a turboprop, flew in 1961. The Turbo Porter received an engine upgrade in 1963, which increased its power to its present value of 410 kW (550-shp). They were used initially as sport parachute platforms.

In the United States, the Porter was manufactured under license by Fairchild Hiller. In service with the U.S. Air Force, it received the designation AU(attack Utility) -23A Peacemaker. In U.S. Army use, it was designated UV-20 Chiricahua. . ."

"Chiricahua" is the name for one of the three Native American Indian tribes of the Apaches" Evidently 13 Peacemakers went to the Thai Govt.

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Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 03:13 AM UTC
Here's some photos of Thai PC-6s:

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?aircraft_genericsearch=&airlinesearch=thailand+-+air+force&countrysearch=&specialsearch=&daterange=&keywords=PC-6&range=&sort_order=photo_id+desc&page_limit=120&thumbnails=noinfo

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/middle/3/4/7/1168743.jpg
JackFlash
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Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 07:03 AM UTC
Click here.