Northrop YC-125 Raider (oz13341)
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Northrop YC-125 Raider. Rubber scale model triplane.
Quote: "Here is a truly rare bird, the Northrop YC-125 Raider, which just happened to be the last tri-motor design accepted for service by the United States military establishment. There are two examples in existence today, one at the Pima Air Museum in Arizona, the other at the Museum of The United States Air Force located at Wright Paterson AFB, Ohio.
A tri-motor model is a wonderful subject and easy to build, since the centrally located motor is generally the only motive power necessary. The rest is eye-candy. This plan is from HPA Plan Gallery [see post by user 'balsa' at https://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_plans/details.php?image_id=5518] and apparently appeared in a popular periodical around November 1950, just about the time the actual aircraft was in service. My model is of 21” wingspan and props are for display only, of course. Although the plan appears to be directed toward creating a solid display model, construction was easily adapted to a standard stick and tissue flying example. Try to keep her light-weight, something I have difficulty doing. Thank you Steve and Mary. You are both treasures, as is Outerzone."
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User commentsIn its ugliness the Northrop Raider even rivals the German Junkers 252 trimotor. But nevertheless many claim, it was a versatile aircraft.
Robert Schlickewitz - 29/09/2021
Splendid, splendid, splendid! So this is what you were keeping from our sight* for so long! :-) Beautiful construction on top of what wasn't more than a 3-view, a pity your own design did not survive! And just look at that finish, with all the hand-painted markings! This is a work of art, brother!
* the spell-checker recommended 'site' instead!
Miguel - 29/09/2021
I love it! Not merely up to your usual construction standards, but absolutely unique, as well. The presentation of your models is truly remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Jan Novick - 29/09/2021
So who's going to ask the unmentionable: "Did it fly?" :-))
P.S. Who cares, it's pretty as it is!
Miguel - 30/09/2021
The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender (still in service!) would have superseded the YC-125 as 'the last trimotor design accepted for service by the United States military establishment'.
Chris Pinn - 30/09/2021
One more solution to the trimotor concept deserves to be looked at, the Czech Avia 51, a pre WWII airliner, much smaller than the Raider and its stablemate the N-23 Pioneer but somewhat more handsome.
Robert Schlickewitz - 30/09/2021
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