The Lost Arrow. Is This It?
This page shows an image sent to me by Shawn.
Now many of you may wonder. Is Kyle off his rocker? Why, this looks
like that fabled Arrow that got away. Well, I wish that it was. But here's the
problem. This picture is of a model. To be specific, it's the Hobbycraft
Canada model (you can read the model page for more
info. Here's why:
- Look at the leading edge. It has a huge radius. The actual airfoil was
only a 3% airfoil and had a pretty sharp leading edge.
- Look at where the wing joins the fuselage. Just in front and below there
is a parting line. In the model kit, this is where the wing attaches to the plane.
In the real world, the wing was not attached in this manner.
- Here's a subtle point. Look at the top ridge on the aircraft. This contained
the airconditioning unit. Where the cockpit ends and the ridge begins there is
a sharp discontinuity. In the model kit and the picture, this are is shown as
nearly hexagonal. On the real Arrow, it was round, with just the top cut flat.
- The colour is a bit dark on the dayglo, but this is not a reliable point.
- The nose landing gear forward door doesn't look quite right.
All in all, a pretty good fake. But a fake nonetheless.
Created: 5 November 1997
Last Update: 28 July 2006 (Deleted dead link)
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