CAC Boomerang WIP by Briney ()
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1942. With its traditional allies regrouping and a long way away, Australia had to design, build and put into service its very first fighter in a matter of months as a stop-gap until reinforcements arrived.
The engineers duely emerged from the graveyard of Allied air superiority in South-East Asia with this sassy little "Bride of Frankenstein" - the Boomerang. They used something old, something new... oh, and aside from four .303 machine guns, gave it a pair of 20mm cannons for good measure. I guess the earnest hope being that if this Boomerang met a Zero or two... it WOULD come back.
From what I understand, the Boomerang was small, well armoured, agile but not very fast. It was soon muscled aside from front-line duties by a reassuring tide of Spitfires and Kittyhawks, and remains a historical footnote in military aviation.
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the Bristol-engined Boomerang is the prickly "pineapple" flame suppressor on the exhuast pipe, something that it shares with the Bristol Beaufighter.
Modelled in Shade 8.
Thanks for viewing.
Image Comments (7)
neiwil () 4:19AM | Sat, 13 November 2010
A much overlooked aircraft and aviation achievment.Designed, built and in the air in only 5 months...in a country with no aircraft industry to speak of.You seem to have this well in hand and I look forward seeing more.
chuter () 7:32AM | Sun, 14 November 2010
If you squint your eyes you can make out its North American (BC-1) heritage. Neat looking model.