Contrail/Sanger Bombay,Harrow,Hendon and Overstrand

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  1. doglove2005

    doglove2005 New Member

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    Hi, All

    Now I am planning to build some 1:72 VAC kits.
    Sanger Bristol Bombay, Contrail Hadley Page Harrow and Fairly Hendon (obtained) and Boulton Paul Side/Overstrand (searching). Sanger's Bombay includes some metal parts, but no good mail wheels. Contrails are without small parts. Today I ask you to advice with 2 things.

    Q1, how to get some small parts as engine (in case of air cooling, front side), exhaust, mail and tail wheels, AND PROP.
    I may be able to (reproduces by RTV and resin, then) convert some part from other kits. Front side of Pegasus from Walrus/Hampden to Harrow/Overstrand.
    (Of course I also able to try
    "E032 1/72 BRISTOL PEGASUS ENGINE EXHAUST RING",
    "E035 1/72 BRISTOL PERSEUS ENGINE FRONT" and/or
    "E082 1/72 BRISTOL PEGASUS ENGINE AND COWLING")
    21mm dia. main wheels from Heyford to Hendon.
    18mm dia. main wheels from Whitley/Wellington to Harrow/Bombay.(There are no large wheels in the list of Aeroclub)
    But I still have some difficulty. In my experience, reproduce tail wheel and prop with resin is very difficult. So I want to obtain metal parts, hopefully from Aeroclub. I asked the company, but they replied that they do not know enough real aircraft, and I have to state products numbers.
    Q1-A
    Please advice me suitable tail wheels and props from Aeroclub parts for Harrow, Hendon and Side/Overstrand.
    Are both or one of them tail wheel of
    "V004 1/72 PACK-TAILWHEELS,DF LOOP,CONTROL COLUMNS, OIL COOLER ETC."
    or
    "V084 1/72 TAILWHEELS 2 EACH x 3 TYPES" will fit such heavy bombers?

    Q1-B
    And what PROPs will fit for Harrow, Hendon and Side/Overstrand?

    Q1-C
    I also ask you to help exhaust type of Hendon's Kestrel.
    Was it curved 3 outlets for each side (from 2 cylinders to in 1 pipe type)? If it was, I can convert them from Heyford.
    Or round type?
    There are "V009 1/72 KESTREL"ELEPHANT EAR" EXHAUSTS - TWO PAIRS" in the list.
    Is it fit to Hendon?
    Is it same thing to;
    "Ram's head exhaust" of Audax in p.191, "Hart Family", Mushroom books, and/or
    "kidney exhaust" of Osprey in p.195, "British Piston Engines and their Aircraft"?
    Which shall I use for Hendon?

    Q2.
    I am reading old books an "RAF in Camera" "Manston in old photos" etc and also search web, but I have not found any photos and/or drawings of cockpit of those 4 aircraft above. If you know any information, please let me know the titles (and page) of books or URLs.

    Thanks, and sorry long question
     
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    doglove2005 New Member

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    Please advice me about prop of real aircraft at least. As makes, DIA. and so on.
     
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    Seems there are few, if any, people here with the information you rerquire. I can only suggest a search of, say, the Hannant's web-site to see if they have resin or white metal parts available from the various manufacturers . Whilst I've seen the basic data for these aircraft in various reference books, I haven't seen any technical information regarding prop diamters and so on. Perhaps a search for British radial engines of the period might help? There were certainly at least two books published on the subject.
     
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    doglove2005 New Member

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    Thank you, Airframes.
    In Hannant's, I could find only Prop of Bombay.
    With Basic data. There are no data in:
    British Aircraft of Wold War II by Monday
    British Piston Aero Engines and Their Aircraft by Lumsden
    The Royal Air Force , An Encyclopedia of the inter war years Vol.II by Philpott

    Searching inter war aircraft id is difficult!
    I am still waiting any help. Thank you.
     
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    The only other course I can suggest is to contact the RAF Museum, Hendon, and ask if they have any archive information on the aircraft, engines and any technical data. They do have an on-line service for some requests, but I don't know if they will definitely have what you are looking for. However, if you were able to get a good photo of, say, an engine type, and details of it's dimensions, that would be a good start point for scaling other items, such as the props etc.
     
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    Airframes, Thank you again.
     
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