| Goodyear A-1 Apocalypse Heavy Fighter.
The apocalypse. The name literally beckons doom.
Thus, the engineers at the Goodyear Aircraft division aptly named their
The Goodyear Aerospace division was formed very early, well before the
collapse of the United States. It sprung up from co-operation
with the German company Luftschiffbau, one of the largest zeppelin
manufacturers in Germany. During those early years zeppelin use
was skyrocketing while construction was limited in Germany, opening new
markets for both companies.
Goodyear focused on little else, the
huge market opportunities only becoming bigger after the collapse, as
the ISA and Germany both ordered combat zeppelins while civilian
companies dumped their marine ships for airborne carriers of goods.
The aircraft division was formed in early 1935. Goodyear
management decided that with their generous profits (bulging wallets)
an interest in the aircraft side of the business would be a good idea.
The first design was a generic cargo airplane that was put
into production, but sold relatively poorly against known competitors,
many scoffing at the idea of the long-time zeppelin giant turning to
the very aircraft they had ridiculed early on.
design was for a heavy fighter. A pair of engines and twin .70
caliber machine guns were the basis which it was formed.
It quickly morphed into what the prototype was termed "The
Apocalypse fighter", a number of changes happening, while it's official
designation was the A-1, it is rarely called that, even in Goodyear
It quickly turned into a tri-hulled airplane,
with an engine in each, two large 1,400 horsepower engines in each of
the outer hulls, while a smaller 1,100 horsepower one was shoehorned in
front of the pilot. With three engines it can
easily pull itself above it's 200MPH supposed maximum, while having
good acceleration, and still retaining good range via it's large fuel
The cockpit is cramped, due to the fuel tanks
occupying the outer hulls, an engine shoehorned in front of the pilot,
the tailgunner behind him with a .40 caliber swivel gun and the turret
behind that. Yes, turret. Electrically powered and aimed
and fired by the rear gunner, it contains a single .70 caliber heavy
cannon. Good accuracy combined with destructive powder
contribute to the planes designation.
Combined with it's 12
hardpoints and forward firing armament of paired Sixty, Fifty and Forty
caliber guns, it is a flying fortress. At the time
of it's construction (early 1936), the ISA was in a bit of a dilemma.
While it had the largest zeppelin fleet in North America,
it had a gap in it's arsenal, heavy fighters. The bulk of
it's air force and militias was lighter aircraft, Temepsts and
Intrepids at the light end, with the heaviest in it's arsenal being F6
bandits and FW 140 Hellhounds, both impressive designs to be sure, but
none matching up to the Kestral of Dixie, the Warhawk so common to the
Empire State. The few it had consisted of Whittley
M210 and Beheamoth designs.
If it has one downside
is it's huge size and design make it extremely hard to maneuver,
something that doesn't bother most of it's pilots considering it has
the firepower of a second aircraft covering his size.
While the motor that was crammed in the pilot's fuselage doesn't
intrude into the cockpit, it does reduce forward visibility, something
not all pilots objec to, providing a fraction more cover during frontal
Ford and it's Stoutmetal aircraft division put forth
the Ramrod, which garnered contracts, and indeed is proving popular in
Dixie and the ISA both. However within the ISA borders the
Apocalypse is easily garnering the heaviest amount of buyers.
There is now several squadrons bordering the Empire State who
have 4 of these aircraft apiece. Flying in formation, it is
nearly impossible for a aft attack to succeed, a single barrage
destroying even Avengers and Furys.
Base Target Number: 1
Max G’s: 1
Port Wing Leading:70
Port Wing Trailing:60
Starboard Wing Leading:70
Starboard Wing Trailing:60
2X.50 Caliber in Positions 23
2X.40 Caliber in Positions 1,4
2X.60 Caliber in Positions 5,6
1X.40 Caliber in Position 7 (-3 to DE swivel-mounted)
1X.70 Caliber in Position 8 (-1 to DE powered turret)
Rocket Hardpoints: 12
Poor cockpit visibility.
About the Model:
pretty obvious what I did: I cut the cockpit section out
of the Boeing groundhog model and installed a Devastator (that had it's
wings already trimmed), added a pair of blank/flat pewter in between
and molded them. And a pair of gun barrels mounted. It'll
look better when I get it painted (of course), but the rear turret is
operated by remote and isn't glass-encased anyway.