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A Forgotten Fighter - Westland Whirlwind


toboldlygo

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Something a bit different a heavy fighter from the early years of WW2 - fantastic concept, let down with crap engines, if only they'd fitted it with Merlin's.

Over a year in the making (though technically only took a week to build).

 

Box Art

 

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Instructions & Colour Call out.

 

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What's in the Box.

 

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The Build part 1..

 

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It went together well, just other projects and commissions got in the way.

 

Roll on a year - the build part two (and different workbenches).

 

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White Tac Sausage time..

 

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Now Whirlwinds were quite allergic to their paint, so I've tried to recreate it.

 

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The final reveal..

 

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TTFN

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52 minutes ago, Methuselah said:

The RR engines have been mooted as a stand-in for a long time - and there is much merit in that option to at least see a Typhoon in the air. As for regenerating the Sabre - the prognosis isn't great. A vast effort to get - probably at most three Typhoons into the air..... The Sabre is a pretty fiendish engine. I knew mechanics who'd worked on them in the war - and they found them a nightmare. Still - if money is no object....

The question I have, is what engines those mechanics you knew had been working on previously to the Sabre?

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On 10/06/2021 at 01:05, Methuselah said:

Nowt to do with the Whirlwind. The Hornet was a spin-off from the Mosquito - both superb machines.

 

The question was: "I wonder what a Whirlwind might have been like with two Merlins?" and I gave an answer in relation to the Hornet which was powered by Merlins.

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12 hours ago, meil said:

The question was: "I wonder what a Whirlwind might have been like with two Merlins?" and I gave an answer in relation to the Hornet which was powered by Merlins.

Like I said, the Merlins were too big and two heavy. The CG would have been buggered and the whole machine needing re-stressing - and with the available wing area, higher take-off and landing speeds, as well as, doubtless, a serious degradation in turn radius etc etc. The Hornet was a clean-sheet design, intended, from the outset for the special 2,000hp version of the Slimmed-down low-fat Merlin, each engine turning in opposite directions to counteract engine-torque.

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