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Morar Andrei

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  1. Looks like I kind the photo refference. The photo is from 1927, so you were right about the Inter-war variant. I will upload some photos too, a bit later.
  2. For anyone interested, I made a video on the Royal Aviation during the Great War, which is part of a mini-series about the beginnings of the Romanian Aviation. I think following the next episode (or next series - this one has 2 more episodes planned), I will beging creating content only in English.
  3. A quick update and a new upload, this time in the domain of aviation:
  4. Some of the vehicles used by the Romanian Armed after WW2. Most of them are still in service. Are still suitable for modern combat or are obsolete? TAA - tank destroyer project TR-77 T-55A TR-85 M2 - tank project MLI-84M TR-81M1 - Romanian main battle tank since 1980's TAB-71 (Transportor Amfibiu Blindat / Armored Amfibium Transport 71) ABC-79 TABC-33 Zimbrul APC
  5. Romanian armored car - What model?

    I found another armoured vehicle. This time, I'm sure this one is Romanian. It's an Austin (possibly modified) called "Mărășești".
  6. The question is simple: did Romania use Assault Infantry durin's the Great War? If not, when was this kind of unit implemented in the Romanian Army?
  7. Here are some other strange vehicles. I have the mention that there is a little misconception, some of the tanks from this whole story have been attributed to the German designers, but they have never been planned, at least in Germany during the war. First examples are some fake images from that period or are modern-made:
  8. I want to say a huge thank you to Wardrawings for the very interesting images he created.
  9. I have a collection of more or less blizzard German tanks images, and I was wondering if any of these could have been suitable, or at least having decent results in combat. Also, which one is your favourite?
  10. Unfortunately, I couldn't find an exact answer to your question, but I recommend you the book "Artileria Română în date și imagini"/ "The Romanian Artillery in datas and images". I can give you a link to the book (I think it's only in Romanian, so you must translate it, but is a very good source of information): http://www.rft.forter.ro/17_bibvirt/pdf/004-artileria-romana-in-date-si-imagini.pdf
  11. IAR CV-11

    The IAR CV 11 was a Romanian fighter prototype from 1930, designed by Elie Carafoli, and it was IAR's first original aircraft. In early 1930 a contest was called by the ARR for a new fighter type to equip its squadrons. During July and October, seven foreign types were tested at an airfield near Bucharest. No decision was made, however, since none of the contenders reached the minimal speed limit set by the requirements at 300 km/h. Despite the inconclusive results, the favourite plane seemed to be the chunky-looking Polish P.Z.L. P.1/II prototype, registered SP-ADO. During the same period, the air force commission was informed that a new fighter prototype had been completed at I.A.R., and it had reached an impressive 319 km/h top speed during initial test flights. Built according to the plans of Dipl.-Eng. Dr. Elie Carafoli and Lucien Virmoux, the I.A.R. fighter was an advanced construction. Named the C.V. 11 after its designers, it had a mixed metal-wood structure and cantilever, low-wing configuration, modern features soon to be adopted by all major aircraft manufacturers. The front fuselage structure was made of duraluminum tubes, while the rear part was of pinewood. The engine nacelle and the fuselage up to the cockpit were covered by duraluminum sheets, the aft part by plywood. The rear part of the fuselage merged with the tail without a substantial cross-sectional change, giving the aircraft a rather unusual arrow-like look. Due to its unconventional fuselage configuration the overall length came to less than 7 m, while the height was only 2.46 m. The 11.50 m span wing was made up by three sections of combined duraluminum/pinewood construction,reinforced by steel cables. The centre part housed the main wing fuel tank. The unbalanced control surfaces, which proved to be too small during trials, were made entirely of wood covered by fabric. The powerplant chosen was a Lorraine-Dietrich 12Fa Courlis with 12 cylinders arranged in a W configuration. Its maximum output was an impressive 600 h.p. (447 kW) but it proved to be too heavy for the small and light fuselage, which weighted only 1,100 kg, and caused a dangerous tendency to go into a spin at low speed. This shortcoming could not be eliminated, so the prototype, officially designated I.A.R. C.V. 11/W.8, had finally to be abandoned. In the meantime, a second prototype was completed at I.A.R. This time a less powerful but sensibly lighter Hispano-Suiza 12Mc engine, with 12-cylinders in V, had been fitted to essentially the same fuselage. Although weaker than its predecessor, this engine gave a superior maximum speed of 328 km/h at sea level and 295 km/h at 5,000 m. The armament of two 7.7 mm Vickers machine guns firing through the propeller arc had been retained from the first prototype. An O.P.L. type gunsight helped the pilot to aim its guns. After initial test flights, the second prototype, designated in French style I.A.R. C.V. 11 C1 (Chasseur monoplace), had been shipped to Istres, in France, where it arrived in January 1931. During the following two months further trials were conducted involving French specialists as well. The French specialists report, however, did not have any significant impact on ARR commission members. After the initial failure in reaching a verdict, this prompted the ARR leaders to set up a new, five member committee to decide the choice of fighter type to be introduced into Romanian service. After several months of inquiries and test flights, the commission finally decided four to one in favour of the P.Z.L. P.1 and against the faster but less manoeuvrable, spin-prone I.A.R. C.V. 11. Therefore, once the prototype returned to Romania, as a last measure, the I.A.R. team decided to make an attempt to break the speed record on a 500 km closed circuit. The record of 306,696 km/h in effect at that time for this category had been set up by the Frenchman Joseph Sadi-Lecointe, with a Nieuport-Delâge airplane. The record-breaking attempt was scheduled for the morning of 9 December 1931 on the Bucharest-Fetesti-Bucharest route. With the Capitan aviator Romeo Popescu at its controls, the C.V. 11 took off from Pipera-Bucharest military airfield at 11.30 a.m. The first 370 km were flown without any trouble at an encouraging average speed. Close to Lehliu railway station, however, the overheated Hispano-Suiza engine suddenly stalled, forcing the pilot to try an improvised forced landing with the now vicious airplane. Cpt. Popescu approached a nearby open field, but at contact with the thick snow cover one of the main wheels collapsed and the fighter turned over, crushing the pilot under the fuselage. Romeo Popescu, an experienced test pilot and holder of three Romanian national aviation records, died instantly. The investigation following the incident concluded that the lubrication of the overstressed engine, working at maximum power, was insufficient, causing seizure. Until that fatal moment, during an hour and thirty-four minutes of flight, an average speed of 319 km/h had been recorded by the onboard instruments, thus a good chance had existed of achieving the goal set by the temerarious pilot. However, by that time the dies had already been cast. Months before, in September 1931, General Constantin Lazarescu, the new inspector of DSA, decided not to consider the I.A.R. design any more, but to purchase the Polish P.Z.L. P.11, an upgraded version of the initial P.1 Characteristics: • Crew: one • Length: 6.98 m (22 ft 10⅞ in) • Wingspan: 11.50 m (37 ft 8¾ in) • Height: 2.46 m (8 ft 0¾ in) • Wing area: 18.20 m2 (195.9 ft2) • Empty weight: 1100 kg (2425 lb) • Gross weight: 1510 kg (3329 lb) • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Mc, 373 kW (500 hp) Performance • Maximum speed: 329 km/h (204 mph) Armament • 2 x .303 Vickers machine guns
  12. IAR 471

    The IAR 471 was a 1943 prototype of ground attack aircraft and dive bomber aircraft built by Industria Aeronautică Română. The IAR-81 had not proved a great success as an improvised dive bomber and experience with the IAR-47 showed that the IAR 14K would not be up to the demands of powering a full-sized dive bomber. Thus by early 1943 the Romanians still lacked an effective ground support aircraft . In November 1942 IAR had at last secured a license for the manufacture of the German DB 605 engine and planning now centred on this powerplant. On January 16, 1943, a new dive bomber project, the IAR-471, was commissioned which was to be powered by the DB 605. Although the Germans lent Romania numerous Stukas from mid-1943, they would not sell any. Therefore, the design of the IAR-471 was persevered with for reasons of self-sufficiency. Despite its designation, the IAR-471 bore little resemblance to the smaller IAR 47 and was essentially a different aircraft. It was designed with a superior performance to the Stuka, much helped by the retractable undercarriage, but a lighter bomb load, and on May 7, 1944, the Stuka's two underwing 37mm cannons were ordered to be included in its specification. It was planned to order 100 IAR-471s and 136 engines from IAR in 1944/1945, but IAR was in the throes of dispersing its factories and beginning production of the Bf 109G and declared itself incapable of simultaneously producing the IAR-471. This halted the project even before Romania's defection to the Allies in August. No prototype flew. There were (at least) one IAR 471 prototypes built, its fate being unknown. No picture of the plane has survived. Characteristics: • Crew: 2 • Length: 11 m ( ft in) • Wingspan: 14 m (45 ft 10 in) • Height: 3.2 m ( ft in) • Wing area: 29 m2 (312 ft2) • Gross weight: 4300 without bomb load kg (9,479l lb) • Powerplant: 1 × IAR DB 605, 1,100kW kW (1,475 hp) Performance • Maximum speed: 490 km/h (304 mph) • Service ceiling: 8000 m (26,245 ft) Armament • 1 x 20mm MG151 cannon firing through the airscrew spinner • 2 x 7.92mm Rheinmetall wing mounted • 2 x 37mm BK 37 Rheinmetall under wing • 2 x 7.92mm Rheinmetall MG for rear gunner • 500kg (1,100lb) bomb under fuselage 2 x 100kg (220lb)
  13. Searching for tank metal figurines

    Good question... I once had a Tiger I kit and it was scale 1/72 from Revell, so this would be the scale I'm looking for. Second of all, any WW2 nation tank would be useful, but I have a preference for the German tanks. But if there would be a slight chance to find any Romanian tank, or that was was used by the Romanian army, it would be interesting too. Thank you very mych. Andrei
  14. Armoured train in the Yougoslavian conflict?

    Thank you againg!
  15. Armoured train in the Yougoslavian conflict?

    My question is the next one: where did they get the Hellcat turret from? I don't know if such tanks have been used in Eastern Europe.
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