Westland Whirlwind. Radio control scale model WWII fighter, for twin .30 - .40 engines and 4 functions RC. Scale is 1/8.
Quote: "Near-scale twin's a beauty! 65 in span, for two .30's. Westland Whirlwind, by Dave W Cronin.
WESTLAND WHIRLWIND! No, not the chopper but a twin-engined fighter-bomber of World War Two. Having flown Super Sixties (oz552) and the like for about three years, I graduated to low wing models by building a Mustfire (oz6365) - finished to resemble a Mk. XIV Polish Spitfire. After learning to fly this, there came the Japanese Hein and then a Hurricane. This latter was flown in the Gravesend demonstration team, as well as being a familiar sight on our local flying ground. After a while, my clubmates started getting at Dave Cronin and me to produce something 'out of the ordinary' from WWII - knowing our liking for aircraft of that period.
The pressure, in fact, became so great that Dave and I spent several evenings, at his flat, looking over all his aircraft recognition books, ref
erence works and so on. The only machine that looked good to us and had not been 'done before', was the twin-engined Westland Whirlwind, an unusual and striking aircraft, brimming with that elusive ingredient - character.
Dave is the design department of our team, so he got cracking over a hot drawing board and came up with the plans you see here. As you will notice, the model is not intended to be dead scale, since we like our planes to be everyday sport flyers, not something kept in moth-balls for those two occasions per year. Most noticeable departure is probably around the tail end. On the full size machine, the rudder was in two parts, above and below the tailplane. To simplify things, we have made it a one-piece control surface, with a cut-out in the elevators for rudder movement. Those who are offended by this can always built it in the scale way if they prefer. The undercarriage has been shortened, and moved forward, and the nacelles slimmed slightly, and there are other slight departures. But, you'll agree, the essential and very distinctive character of the Whirlwind is there in plenty.
The construction is quite straight-forward; both crutch and spine systems are used for the fuselage and nacelles for accuracy of assembly. The wing is really beefy around the centre section and keyed into the nacelles, where the vibration and landing shocks have to be absorbed. The whole model is sheeted, yet the fuselage and tail unit are surprisingly light. With a little forethought, the building sequence of fuselage, nacelles, wing and tail can be dovetailed to allow plenty of time for the glue to set, without holding up proceedings..."
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Update 23/05/2016: article added, thanks to RFJ.
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