Re: I'm back...With a Vengeance.
Thanks, so much GFR! I'll be sure to put it to good use. It may have been out of your hands once it hit the web, but I couldn't have just ripped it and slapped it in without getting your permission, first. I don't know that I'd appreciate seeing a piece of my work sticking out of someone's profile without so much as a "please" or "thank you"--especially if I'd spent as much time or put as much detail into it as you do!
Thanks for the compliment, Goodwood. Designing the what-if aircraft was a nice excursion from the Frogfoot and Hind profiles that I had been doing. The fictitious Viking profiles have been a lot of fun to do. I've done about 32 profiles of the aircraft so far. This one started life as a good quality Ju 87 V4 line drawing and quickly got a P-66's R-1830 engine (that moved around about 20 times before landing where it did. The cockpit and rudder soon changed, but the cockpit went through at least half a dozen iterations before you got what you see now. The tail didn't change a ton, it just took a long time to do all the detail. It was modeled on the XF4U's tail. I then reshaped the forward fuselage and moved the wing back a bit to make up for the fuel and airframe changes. The prop came from a Dauntless as did the bomb cradle. The radio antenna and cockpit interior arrangement came from the Dauntless, too, although I drew them both from scratch (as I did much of the propeller spinner and hub). Finally, there were some more late game changes to the Ju 87's structure, most notably the XF4U-style oil coolers in the leading edge of the wing root, the XF4U-style cowl guns, the machine gun fairings in the wings, and the recontoured upper fuselage between the cockpit and tail.
It's a Frankenstein of Ju 87, P-66, F4U, and SBD elements that I think blend pretty well.