Prototypes and Experimentals
In "What-If" Markings
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American Atomic Bomber
A 1955 proposal presented in Life Magazine for a plane powered by an atomic reactor
Fantastic Plastic's 1/144 scale resin kit

Ragnarok Orbital Interceptor
Aurora Models' fictional nuclear-powered interceptor
The classic kit with some resin replacement parts and replacement decals

Martin XB-51
A proposed 3-jet medium bomber from 1949. Two prototypes were built, and the USAF cancelled the project in 1952.
Here's what it may have looked like in service during the Viet Nam War.
Markings are for the 13th Bomb Group circa 1970, Ubon, Thailand, which actually flew B-57s.

North American F-107A
Only three of this prototype fighter were built in the late 1950s, before the design was rejected by the Air Force
Here's what it may have looked like in service during the Viet Nam War.
Markings are for the 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron circa 1970, which actually flew F-105s.


General Dynamice F-16XL
GD's in-house proposal for a heavier attack version of the F-16, which lost in competition to the McDonnel Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle.

Testors F-19 Stealth Fighter
Testors Model Company's totally fictional design, released before we knew what the real Stealth Fighter looked like. I modified it by rounding the tails and adding rounded canards to match the "wing" planform. This model made it into Fine Scale Modeler's readers' gallery a long time ago. 1/48 scale.

Northrop F-20 Tigershark
Northrop's proposal for a lightweight fighter.
I painted this 1/72 Hasegawa kit in spurious operationa markings, hung Mavericks under the wings, and added a crew from Hasegawas accessary sets.

Northrop F-20 Tigershark
As it may have appeared in Republic of China markings, in defense of Taiwan
The Freedom Models 1/48 kit with a healthy air defense loadout of Sidewinders and AIM-120s.
Conjectural paint scheme with home made decals.

Hawker/BAE P.1214 Harrier II
The rejected 1980 proposal for a supersonic successor to the classic Harrier.
Fantastic Plastic's 1/72 resin kit, painted as if operational in Afghanistan in 2006.

Lockheed YF-22 Lightning II
Lockheed's winning entry in the Advanced Technology Fighter competition. The production aircraft was radically redesigned from this prototype.

Northrop YF-23 Black Widow II
Northrop's Entry into the Advanced Technology Fighter competition.
The 1/72 DML kit, painted in spurious operational markings for Mountain Home AFB.

Northrop YF-23 Black Widow II
Northrop's Entry into the Advanced Technology Fighter competition.
The 1/48 Hobby Boss kit, built out of the box.

Boeing's Proposed Blended-Wing Bomber
A recent concept for a giant lifting body/flying wing bomber/transport/tanker
Fantastic Plastic's 1/144 scale resin kit

Boeing X-32 Joint Strike Fighter
Boeing's losing entry into the Joint Strike Fighter competition.
Italeri 1/72 Scale.

Lockheed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Lockheed's winning design.
1/48 Scale Panda Models kit - a nice model, but fairly inaccurate to the real airplane. I rendered it in notional markings for VMA-223, currently a Marine Harrier squadron, using SuperScale decals.


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