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F/A-53 "Condor"
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Forward Swept, heavyweight slugger.
About this creation
The F/A-53 can be summed up as a "slugger." Heavy hitting against air and ground targets, the Condor was the result of a USAF program requiring a new nimble and powerful multi-role aircraft with an emphasis on ground attack. The program initially called for a light aircraft, but as the design progressed it rapidly became one of the largest single-seat fighter aircraft to enter service. The USAF has ordered two variants- the A-53, featuring heavier armor and a second crewman for strike missions, and the F/A-53 (pictured) a single seater with emphasis on air-to-air and air to ground. The forward-swept wing ensures a high angle of attack and superb low speed maneuverability.

F/A-53 (2)

This F/A-53 belongs to the South Dakota Air National Guard, a vital outfit given its relative proximity to potential hotspot, Quebec. First time with waterslide decals, I am personally very happy with how they came out.

F/A-53 (3)

I wanted to fit canards in there somewhere, but it would mean sacrificing the engine intake area- something I didn't want to do.

F/A-53 (4)

The F/A-53 can carry a heavy bombload, owing to its twin P&W F135 engines. This aircraft is clearly in a multi-role configuration, sporting AMRAAMs, ATGMs, a targeting pod, and CRV7 pods.

F/A-53 (5)

The F/A 53 can carry nearly all weapons required of it, although, for workload issues, the F/A-53 (as opposed to the A-53) is generally restricted to unguided weapons or basic fire and forget types. The aircraft was practically designed around its twin cannon and requirement for two heavy anti-shipping missiles, a common load for ANGs on the East Coast.



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 I like it 
  July 9, 2012
Deadly!
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  July 5, 2012
Quoting Wesley Kreiss Looks great! I like this MOC. One thing - maybe more studless?
If you invent more tile wedge plates, sure. However, since they don't exist I needed to strike a balance between the studs and the studless- not that I particularly mind studs in the first place.
Quoting Zach Jones Can we get some internals of that thing, close-ups maybe? Im dying to know how you attached those wings.
It's really all about experimentation with the hinge plates- their orientation especially. Each wing is held on by 3 of the hinge plates. Thanks for the feedback everyone!
 I like it 
  July 5, 2012
Looks great! I like this MOC. One thing - maybe more studless?
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  July 5, 2012
Great work Matt. I like the chunky feel of it feels like a flying tank.
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  July 5, 2012
Can we get some internals of that thing, close-ups maybe? Im dying to know how you attatched those wings.
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  July 5, 2012
Awesome shape and all-around realism, I like the missiles the most.
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  July 5, 2012
WOW! What a beautiful plane. brilliant details and shape, miles beyond my own simple plane. It looks inspired by the SU-47 Berkut by the way :-)
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  July 5, 2012
That's it, I'm stealing your license to LDD. Lol, very nice, as always. You'll rule the world one of these days...
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  July 5, 2012
Now that is a gorgeous aircraft. Simply beautiful! ^Blub^
Matt Hacker
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Evan Melick
  July 4, 2012
Omgomgomgomg Matt, stop being so good at this.
Matt Hacker
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Spaztastic the Diabolical
  July 4, 2012
Wait... Quebec's a potential hotspot?
Matt Hacker
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Chris Melby
  July 4, 2012
WOW, super clean, and very planned out, really nice MOC, love all of the accessories too!
 I like it 
  July 4, 2012
Excellent application of SNOT techniques, sweet wings and well done weapons. That is one awesome jet.
 I made it 
  July 4, 2012
Quoting Spaztastic the Diabolical Wait... Quebec's a potential hotspot?
Its for an alternate history I'm doing with Evan Melick, so it is a bit messed up compared to our reality. And wow, thanks for the great response everyone. I really appreciate it!
 I like it 
  July 4, 2012
Great!
  July 4, 2012
good
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  July 4, 2012
Beautiful work!
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  July 4, 2012
Impressive!
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  July 4, 2012
Fantastic job on this futuristic fighter!
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  July 4, 2012
Great work on colors (the mix of both greys is just perfect), on the shape and angles (very up to date). I particularly liked your work on missiles, tank and pods: very accurate and clever builds. Wonderful job!!
 I like it 
  July 4, 2012
Great looking fighter jet
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  July 4, 2012
Most Excellent!
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  July 4, 2012
Erg grumble grumble fancy planes and parts and nice photos grumble grumble 5 smilies grumble...
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  July 4, 2012
this strongly reminds me of the Sukhoi SU-47 "berkut". nice plane! 5/5
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  July 4, 2012
Wow, I love airplanes, and I've got to say, this is anamazing creation. Very well done sir! Super!
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  July 4, 2012
That is awesome! Great shape and design!
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  July 4, 2012
Very sleek. The artillery is awesome.
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  July 4, 2012
A very good aircraft, I really like the weapons!
 
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