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Old 03-06-2009, 08:56 AM
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Chris,

40,000 Po-2 built, and the most built biplane in the world. What is the most built aircraft all categories in the world, one wonders. Anybody know?

Peter,

on Chris' and your recommendation I ordered my own Po-2 today, from Slawomir Wojcik at Kartonmodellbau.net (the most reliable and friendly provider on the European scene). Looking forward to it very much!

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Old 03-06-2009, 09:01 AM
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I picked this little nugget up from here

LIST OF MOST PRODUCED AIRCRAFT

AIRCRAFT WITH A PRODUCTION RUN GREATER THAN 5,000 AIRCRAFT.
NUMBERS IN LIST ARE BASED ON NUMBERS IN EACH AIRCRAFT ARTICLE.
Greater than 10,000 aircraft

Name Number produced Nation Notes Production time
Cessna 172 43,000+ United States Still in production. Was also built under license in France 1956-present
Polikarpov Po-2 40,000+ Soviet Union Most produced biplane1929-1959
Ilyushin Il-2 36,183 Soviet Union Most produced combat aircraft. 1941-1945
Messerschmitt Bf 109 35,000 Nazi Germany Most produced fighter. Also made under license in Spain 1937-1956
Cessna 182 25,000+ United States Still in production. Was also built under license in France 1956-present
Cessna 150 23,954 United States Was also built under license in France 1959-1977
Supermarine Spitfire 22,351 United Kingdom 1936-1948
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 20,000+ Nazi Germany 64 produced in France post-war as NC 900 1939-1945
Piper J-3 Cub 19,073 United States 1938-1947
B-24 Liberator 18,482 United States Most-produced heavy bomber 1940-1945
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Now that's a great list! Interesting that there were more B-24s produced than B-17s, yet the Fortress got most of the press. Perhaps Boeing had a better PR department. There are going to be some people upset here because the Corsair isn't on the list. We need more cowbell and Corsair!!!
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Now that's a great list! Interesting that there were more B-24s produced than B-17s, yet the Fortress got most of the press. Perhaps Boeing had a better PR department. There are going to be some people upset here because the Corsair isn't on the list. We need more cowbell and Corsair!!!
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F4U Corsair 12,571 United States Longest production run of any piston-engined fighter (1940-1952)
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:45 AM
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Thanks Rick! The Po-2 is right up there at the top, as I suspected. Just couldn't make up my mind which small civilian aircraft would have been produced in greater number. The Cessna 172 makes total sense, of course.

Ron, you do remember the Ford production lines of the B-24, right? Sections made all over your country, and assembled in a number of places. For beautiful photos, see these albums in the gallery:

http://www.papermodelers.com/gallery...ry.php?cat=531

http://www.papermodelers.com/gallery...ry.php?cat=530

Although they depict the transport version C-87, these colour slides certainly are something extra!

Leif

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Yes Leif, that method of production applied to many of the U.S. combat aircraft in WW2 with various manufacturers assembling the 1:1 scale "kits." If I remember correctly there were actually instances of a competitor being assigned to assemble another builder's aircraft. I think this applied to either Boeing or Consolidated having to build the other's bomber. I used to have all those block designators and sub-contractors memorized - too many years have gone by and too much brain dust.
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Entry #24
F4U Corsair 12,571 United States Longest production run of any piston-engined fighter (1940-1952)
Clank, clank!!! It sounds like a Corsair...


Chris (Coyle), are you going to keep this thread for the construction report? Or open a new one? Just to keep an eye on your bird.
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:57 AM
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Chris (Coyle), are you going to keep this thread for the construction report? Or open a new one? Just to keep an eye on your bird.
Yes, as this thread has inspired me to order this kit as well, I want to make sure that I get to see how it's done! I'll be watching closely.
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:02 AM
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Po-2 reference drawing for download

For my own sake I compiled and edited the Airwar.ru drawings refered to in previous posts. I collected all the relevant drawings of the ordinary (no five-seater, no floats) Po-2 into one, and added various relevant detail sketches. If you are planning to build this model the drawing might come in handy at some point, so I uploaded it to the downloads aviation section.

The scanned drawings from Airwar.ru are all a bit crooked one way or another, so I made an attempt to get them at least squared up, but there are no guarantees that I made a good enough job of it.

All detail sketches were reduced to the same scale, 1/16. The download text, as well as the drawing itself, contain directions for how to rescale or view the drawing in 1/33.

Details are compiled from different versions of the Po-2. The more detailed cockpit views are from the floatplane drawings, which might explain subtle differences.

The drawing is big, but you can always copy the parts you want and make your own set of reference drawings for building the Kartonowa Kolekcja model.

Leif

I attach an illustration of what the compiled drawing looks like. It's only a quarter of the full size, so don't use this; download the full version.
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