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Vought OS2U Kingfisher.
My latest addition to my collection of 1:40 Aircraft models : Vought OS2U Kingfisher.
About this creation

When Jim Mcdonough was close to completing his Missouri, he suggested me to build an OS2U Kingfisher, since he was not completely satisfied with his own. At that time, I was working on my own top 10 favorite list of aircraft from WW2. But now I have finally collected the bricks so you can see the final result. The Kingfisher is not a fighter, and its performance is not particularly impressive, but to see it landing on meter high waves is quite spectacular, and certainly an unpleasant experience for the crew.
I started the design based on my F4U Corsair when I found that the engine sections looked quite similar to each other. But it was quickly rejected after a close study of cowling measures. Instead I found a suitable wheel plus a turbine part that fit almost perfectly.
This model also featured a number of challenges;
First, to mount the main pontoon in a sufficiently stable connection that was not too bulky.
Second, the design of the mainpontoon, which teased me so much that I had to reject my LDD design, and rebuild the rear of the pontoon on the table to obtain a sufficiently strong design.
The third and last major challenge was to get the correct dihedral angle. The wings are hinged at the correct angle and part of the wing structure protrudes into the aircraft fuselage and locks the wings securely so that they do not tilt up or down. This has also given the advantage that I could build the wings with a fine smooth surface and a nicely curved leading edge.
The color choice is not entirely in accordance with an original color scheme, but adapted so it still resembles the pictures you can see if you google images of the OS2U.


History:
The Vought OS2U Kingfisher was an American catapult-launched observation floatplane. It was a compact mid-wing monoplane, with a large central float and small stabilizing floats. Performance was modest, because of its light engine. The OS2U could also operate on fixed, wheeled, taildragger landing gear.
The OS2U was the main shipboard observation aircraft used by the United States Navy during World War II, and 1,519 of the aircraft were built. It served on battleships and cruisers of the US Navy, with the United States Marine Corps in Marine Scouting Squadron THREE (VMS-3), with the United States Coast Guard at coastal air stations, at sea with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, and with the Soviet Navy. The Royal Australian Air Force also operated a few Kingfishers from shore bases.
The Naval Aircraft Factory OS2N was the designation of the OS2U-3 aircraft built by the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The OS2U first flew on 1 March 1938.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

OS2U Kingfisher (2)

General characteristic:
Crew: Two, pilot and observer
Length: 33 ft 10 in (10.31 m)
Wingspan: 35 ft 11 in (10.95 m)

OS2U Kingfisher (3)

Height: 15 ft 1.5 in (4.61 m)
Wing area: 262 ft (24 m)
Empty weight: 4,123 lb (1,870 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 6,000 lb (2,721 kg)

OS2U Kingfisher (4)

Powerplant: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-2 radial engine, 450 hp (336 kW)

OS2U Kingfisher (5)

Performance
Maximum speed: 164 mph (264 km/h)
Range: 805 mi (1,296 km)
Service ceiling: 13,000 ft (3,960 m)

OS2U Kingfisher (6)

Armament
Guns: 2 .30 in (7.62 mm) M1919 Browning machine guns
Bombs: 650 lb (295 kg) of bombs

OS2U Kingfisher (7)

OS2U Kingfisher (8)

OS2U Kingfisher (9)

OS2U Kingfisher (10)

OS2U Kingfisher (11)

Hope you enjoyed the Pictures,
Praise and criticism is always welcome.

Edit 15-1-2015

Once again the Elves at TheLegoCarBlog found that my model was good enough to decorate their pages.





Comments

 I made it 
  February 16, 2015
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Beautiful work! Great colours and the central pontoon is nicely done.
Thank you Kurt!
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  February 16, 2015
Beautiful work! Great colours and the central pontoon is nicely done.
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  January 20, 2015
Quoting Elk Guard Great work, congrats on the blog!
Thank you Elk, I am quite proud it was blogged, it`s a nice feeling.
 I made it 
  January 20, 2015
Quoting Andrew Jodeit I couldn't find a way to send you a message so i'll do another comment. I couldn't find your kingfisher in historic military section on mocpages. I will be uploading a finished plane tomorrow and was wondering what section was the best to post it in.
I guess it`s not that important in what section or folder you post your build. I think it`s more important to add it to suitable Groups of the same topic as your build. All my aircrafts are posted in the folder Town>>Flight, but they are also represented in several Groups suitable for each build
 I like it 
  January 20, 2015
Great work, congrats on the blog!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2015
I couldn't find a way to send you a message so i'll do another comment. I couldn't find your kingfisher in historic military section on mocpages. I will be uploading a finished plane tomorrow and was wondering what section was the best to post it in.
 I made it 
  January 19, 2015
Quoting Andrew Jodeit An awesome model. I had a lot of trouble with the pontoon on my A6M2-N, which has only 2 support sections. Have you tried making a float version of your A6M2?
Thanks for the comment! No, I haven`t built a float version (Rufe), and I can well imagine that it`s a nightmare to make conection and bracing strong enough to support the plane.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2015
An awesome model. I had a lot of trouble with the pontoon on my A6M2-N, which has only 2 support sections. Have you tried making a float version of your A6M2?
 I made it 
  January 18, 2015
Quoting Black Smith a fine looking aircraft, well done !
Thank you for the comment! by the way it`s strange, you have posted your comment on January 15th, but it first apeared today.
 I made it 
  January 17, 2015
Quoting Nick Barrett Really superb; I'm not surprised it was blogged.
Thanks Nick! I'm still just pleasantly surprised every time, since cars are the main topic.
 I like it 
  January 17, 2015
Really superb; I'm not surprised it was blogged.
Henrik Jensen
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Black Smith
  January 15, 2015
a fine looking aircraft, well done !
 I made it 
  January 15, 2015
Quoting Per Bonde Before now, I didn't know i liked this plane so much. Great build. Per, Denmark
Thank you Per! great to have your comment.
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  January 14, 2015
Before now, I didn't know i liked this plane so much. Great build. Per, Denmark
 I made it 
  January 14, 2015
Quoting Peter Szabo Hi Henrik! Amazing model!
Thank you Peter!
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  January 14, 2015
Hi Henrik! Amazing model!
 I made it 
  January 14, 2015
Quoting Gabor Horvath Amazing and great model! :)
Thank you Gabor!
 I made it 
  January 14, 2015
Quoting jim mcdonough as always you never fail to impress with your models,this is outstanding work,cant fault it at all,nothing wrong with painting the odd piece,if you never said who would know,i would like to know HOW you built this,tilting wings ??? your pics dont give anything away, how you used the pins for the floats,would never have thought of that,its a great help in building my seaplanes for the TAKAO(aichi e13a)will need to try and replicate these for the missouri and arizona,if i ever figure out how you built this masterpiece
Thanks for the comment Jim! I am glad that you like it. The hinges on the wings are clearly visible on the top view image. Part no. 4275 on top of the wings and part no. 4276 placed horizontally into the fuselage. I`m looking forward to see the Japanese Aichi, the counterpart of the Kingfisher.
 I like it 
  January 14, 2015
Amazing and great model! :)
Henrik Jensen
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Matt Bace
  January 13, 2015
This is amazing! The shaping on everything, but especially the canopy, wings, and pontoons, is exceptional.
 I like it 
  January 13, 2015
as always you never fail to impress with your models,this is outstanding work,cant fault it at all,nothing wrong with painting the odd piece,if you never said who would know,i would like to know HOW you built this,tilting wings ??? your pics dont give anything away, how you used the pins for the floats,would never have thought of that,its a great help in building my seaplanes for the TAKAO(aichi e13a)will need to try and replicate these for the missouri and arizona,if i ever figure out how you built this masterpiece
 I made it 
  January 13, 2015
Thanks to all of you viewing the pictures and leaving me a smiley.
 I made it 
  January 13, 2015
Thank you all for the delightful comments! @ Nicholas Smith; @ Stephan N; I am also quite happy the way the engine section turned out. @ David Roberts; I know that my painted parts are not for LEGO purists, but I actually don`t see the big difference if one use stickers to decorate the parts. @ Jozsef Venczel; Glad you like it. @ Dr. Monster; One can always count on a comment from you, thanks again. @ Brick Mason; :-) @ Clayton Marchetti; @ Mister Hashtag; I was actually positively surprised myself on how well it worked with 1x1 parts for the canopy. @ C.K. Yee; The Navy Blue ColorScheme is my favorite, but I actually thoughts about given it the interwar livery with yellow wings and gray fuselage. @ Adam Rutland: It seems that you also like airplanes, what about building some flying rescue equipment ? :-) @ Greg 998; @ Arwenromel Hanna; Thank you both. @ Florida Shoooter; "Outstanding" is praise to the skies, thank you very much. @ Matt Bace; I am very pleased to read your comment, it's a pleasure. @ Cyberfrank 2010; Fortunately, there are many more subjects left over. @ Yann; I didn`t know about the Sikorsky S-38, but it is an excellent subject, but also very difficult with all the struts and bracing. @ Corellian Engineering; Thanks for the information, it has certainly been an exciting experience for your grandfather.
 I like it 
  January 13, 2015
This is absolutely excellent. Also, the OS2U was used by many of the Shore Patrol Squadrons and my Grandfather flew one in 1943 as part of VP-1.
 I like it 
  January 13, 2015
This is a superb plane! The realism is superb, and the design mind blowing! Well done! I think you should build more amphibious aircarfts, like the Sikorsky S-38 for example ;-) 5/5
 I like it 
  January 13, 2015
another great plane, bravo!
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  January 13, 2015
Outstanding build!! Love the color scheme! :) Well done.
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  January 13, 2015
VERY NICE WORK
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  January 12, 2015
Very realistic! I love the colors.
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  January 12, 2015
Awesome!
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  January 12, 2015
great job!:D
 I like it 
  January 12, 2015
Super awesome. Great details and color.
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  January 12, 2015
Incredible, I love the cockpit!!
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  January 12, 2015
Wow! This is gorgeous! You nailed the paint scheme. Using all those 1x1 clear pieces replicates the canopy perfectly. Love those curved slopes on the leading edges of the wings. Magnificent!
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  January 12, 2015
Impressive, well done!
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  January 12, 2015
Super cool! Wicked shaping and markings.
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  January 12, 2015
Brilliant! Beautiful airplane!
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  January 12, 2015
A very nicely built and accurately scaled MOC of one of the more obscure aeroplanes of WWII. I must say that I'm not sure about the paint on the engine cowling but getting a smooth, round cowling, with white at the bottom and dark blue on top would be almost impossible at this scale. I must a purist Lego builder, yet I like the use of custom stickers and decals. Great work and a good eye for detail too.
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  January 12, 2015
Absolutely Gigantic, particularly the front part. Is so beautiful round. And the stickers give the model a great realism. A really good MOC Mr. Jensen
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  January 12, 2015
Great addition to your collection. I like the way you built the engine and propeller.
 
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