Beechcraft King Air 350 Specials

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Beechcraft King Air 350 Specials

Post by John Young » 12 Mar 2016, 16:24

Martin asked me before Christmas if I would consider making the RAF Shadow R1 which is based on the Beechcraft B350 Super King Air. We've long had the B200, which is about 3ft shorter and with no winglets. In addition to the Shadow R1, the 350 is also a great opportunity to model some of the other "specials" out there. I'm indebted to Steve P (swp53) who kindly undertook a lot of the research for me while I was finishing off previous work. Click Click, as always, has been of great help in recent days.

So, here goes. The following will be available as FS9 and FSX native code:

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This is the RAF Shadow R1:

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I've made all 5 aircraft and set up 3 in my RAF Waddington scenery (FS9 and FSX) and also took the opportunity to replace the Nimrods with the RAF RC-135Ws that are available in the Download Centre:

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This is the Royal Navy Avenger T1, 4 of which have been modelled:

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The MC-12W is a bit more complicated. All of the USAF Project Liberty aircraft have been transferred to the US Army. The last 15 changed hands last November and the last report I read said they were still at Beale AFB:

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The US Army I assume will in due course paint all the aircraft in their overall grey scheme like this example:

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Unfortunately, apart from 100737, I could only find 4 other grey painted examples on the net: N914JA, N2DKW, N90BEA (presumably all civilian registrations) and a stretched nose version, 30283. If any one with access to the Scramble database could tell me if there are any other registrations of MC-12W aircraft with the US Army, that would be useful.

I couldn't resist the RX-12X Guardrail. It's based on the B200, but after quite a bit of work re-sizing and re-mapping I did it:

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The UC-12W of the US Marine Corps is a good looking aircraft, although quite what the shades of grey used was not easy to determine. In the end I took them from photographs:

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I'm currently working on 32 Sqn Royal Australian Air Force who have 8 examples:

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I'll also make the 8 aircraft of 38 Sqn that are the same, but with a different colour stripe and badge of course.

After that, it's the Japanese examples.

The B350 is widely used by many Air Forces and to make them all would be prohibitive. However, many seem to be based on a generic model (give or take an aerial or two) similar to the RAAF example. I'll provide that model and a paint kit so that people can make specific country examples if they so wish.

If I've missed any of the "specials" that would be more widely popular, let me know and I'll give them consideration.

John Y.

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Re: Beechcraft King Air 350 Specials

Post by Tranquil » 12 Mar 2016, 17:28

John, Fantastic work as usual! looking forward to them as with all your excellent models!!

Much thanks

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Post by jeanpy » 12 Mar 2016, 17:40

amazing

Thanks

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Post by JohnTenn » 12 Mar 2016, 18:02

John

These are truly beautiful.

Another benchmark offering.

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Post by clickclickdoh » 12 Mar 2016, 18:05

These are really really cool. The King Air is another one of those great airframes that you can bolt all sorts of crazy things onto. It's great to see that variety coming to life.

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Post by Firebird » 12 Mar 2016, 18:31

Superb. It is definitely one of those civvie-things-with-lumps-on that has been missing all these years.
My guess is that civvie types will be grateful for the base 350 as well.

One of those projects that everybody is glad to see.
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Post by delta64heavy » 12 Mar 2016, 18:59

Amazing as usual John. Ever thought of doing the F-16?

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Post by Manschy » 12 Mar 2016, 20:14

You always redefine the flightsim world of AI aircraft, simply amazing John!!!
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Post by MIKE JG » 12 Mar 2016, 20:28

Nice work! Definitely needed models. Added benefit of having a new GA model to use as well.
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Post by gsnde » 12 Mar 2016, 21:46

Sometimes you get much more than you ask for... :-)
Thanks a lot, John!

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Post by drpilotw99 » 12 Mar 2016, 22:03

What a great addition to the AI skies! Thanks for keeping FS9 in play too. :smt038

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Post by delta64heavy » 12 Mar 2016, 22:10

MIKE JG wrote:Nice work! Definitely needed models. Added benefit of having a new GA model to use as well.
+1 on that for the GA AI Aircraft

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Post by Reggie » 12 Mar 2016, 22:16

Looking forward to the MC-12 to add to the Guard unit in Okie City.

Excellent work and thanks!

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Post by Garysb » 12 Mar 2016, 22:28

So thats what you have been up to!
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Post by Garysb » 12 Mar 2016, 22:29

Real Avengers :)
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Post by Firebird » 12 Mar 2016, 22:31

I would have to check for differences but for US forces there are also the C-12S and UC-12W based on the standard 350.
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Re: Beechcraft King Air 350 Specials

Post by RKE » 12 Mar 2016, 23:22

Very nice!

I was thinking, removing additional aerials for repaints that doesn't need them, couldn't that be accomplished via Alpha channel? Or is it more a matter of the operator having a pick'n'mix approach to which aerials they want bolted onto the various points?

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Post by Jon » 13 Mar 2016, 01:06

Sweet. Great work John.
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Post by Joseph29 » 13 Mar 2016, 01:22

Wow theses are very cool!

Doesn't Israel use one of these variations also?

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Post by miljan » 13 Mar 2016, 05:23

Oh finally :)
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