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Curtiss CW-36 ''Ascender II'' (XF-55J) by Bispro Curtiss CW-36 ''Ascender II'' (XF-55J) by Bispro
Gosh, this one took ages to complete! I actually started it in November 2010 but left it on the side as I couldn't seem to get it finished for some reason. Tried to go back to it in July 2011, quite unsuccessfully... And yet there wasn't much left to do, mostly the markings, jet exhaust, and a few things here and there, but sometimes the brain works in a strange way... Reopened the file a couple of times after that, then closed it... Anyway, today just felt right, so there you go!

The XF-55J Ascender II is a complete rework of the original XP-55 Ascender prototype fighter. Actually if you compare this to the original photo that inspired it, you'll find there isn't much left from it!


© Stéphane Beaumort / AviaDesign 2013. This image depicts an imaginary model.
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aero3-5 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did you change the rudders shape?
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Bispro Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Sure did!!
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duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
If only Curtiss had built a variant of the Ascender
along these lines...

A vast improvement
on the original design!
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Bispro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thanks a lot! :)
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If the development follows the typical canards of the time, yes a jet Ascender was surely in vision, as it was for Japan's Shinden and others.
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I might have to work this into my "Alternate Curtiss History" timeline.
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Bispro Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Any link to that timeline? I might have a couple more additions for you... :D
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I haven't actually written anything yet.
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