A "moldy oldy" Douglas X-3 Stiletto

The old Lindberg kit. Paid about 8 bucks for it and had a ball!
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Wildcat
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NIce! Goes to show ya that a kit needn't cost $100 to be finished well. Jerry 47
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jerry 47
Nice job - brings back memories - I built one of these when the molds were new - didn't turn out this nice however.
Val Kraut
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Val Kraut
Congratulations, it looks great!
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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Mad-Modeller
It flew fine. It's problem, as with many 50s era jets, was that it was severely underpowered.
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Al Superczynski
It was underpowered (engine technology was at fault rather than the airframe) and suffered from inertial coupling under certain conditions, and also suffered from instability about all three axes at high speed. They also had to be careful about the afterburners, after nearly burning the tail off once. Cute plane, though.
Mark Schynert
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Mark Schynert
That had a seat that was lowered from the cockpit for pilot entry. No canopy on that one. It had a really odd seat. Does anyone know who manufactured the seat or did Douglas build it's own? The kit seat doesn't cut it.
Ed Robbeloth
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Ed R
"google" X-3 and you will find lots of neat stuff. There is even a 1 or 2 minute long video clip online.
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Wildcat
There's one on display at the AF Museum in Dayton OH. The way the pilot goer in and out of ther aircraft was rather unique, rather like an elevator. The entire ejection seat structure was loweded down from the belly where the pilot got in the seat and strapped in. The entire seat assembly was then raised up into the cockpit. I'm not 100% sure but pretty sure that in an ejection, the seat took the same path. only significantly more quickly. ;~)
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Bill Woodier
Rather than "one" at the USAF Museum shouldn't it be "the only one" :) What a remarkable concept that apparently never lived up to it's hype due powerplant issues.
Allen
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Allen Epps

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