**** DONE: 1/48 Westland Whirlwind Mk.I - Allied Manufactured Aircraft

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  1. Wayne Little

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    #1 Wayne Little, Mar 1, 2015
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    1/48 Westland Whirlwind Mk.I

    User Name: Wayne Little
    Name : Wayne
    Category : Non Competing Judge
    Kit : Trumpeter Westland Whirlwind
    Scale : 1/48
    Accessories : Eduard Cockpit and seatbelt set, canopy masks Exterior Details and Barracuda Cast Resin Wheels.

    The subject of this build will be HE-Z, P6974 of No.263 Squadron, where new identification markings were added for Operation Starkey in September of 1942.

    Operation Starkey was originally planned as a large-scale invasion hoax, by the time it was actually executed it was considerably downsized. In its final form Operation Starkey was visualised as a feint against the Boulogne beaches and intended to divert German troops from Italy and draw the Luftwaffe into large-scale combat with RAF fighters over the channel. Unfortunately, as the operation reached its climax on September 9 1943, it became obvious that operation Starkey aroused nothing but a supreme lack of interest from the Germans. In spite of all the aerial and Naval activity only two German aircraft were shot down. Whatever the Allies were selling the Germans were not buying.
     

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    So far this is the only pair of images I have come across that show the markings, from my bit of research the aircraft carried White and Black stripe markings NOT just the While stripes often depicted.

    Image Source from the Internet, not sure of the exact book these are taken from as they appeared as reference on 2 different sites.
     

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    Oh yea. This is going to be great. Thanks for the info on the op. I did not know of it so I have already learned something.

    Cheers,

    Jeff
     
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    great choice and very cool info
     
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    Nice one Wayne. I've always like this bird. I've got some cockpit photos if you want them.

    Geo
     
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    Good one Wayne. Looking forward to seeing the kit go together - another RAF type I should invest in.
     
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    Cool choice. Should be fun to watch.
     
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    Agree with that.
     
  10. Wayne Little

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    Cheers Guys, thanks.

    First pics up tomorrow, first step taken!
     
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    Whoa... cool looking aircraft! I am interested to learn more about this plane as this build progresses!
     
  12. Wayne Little

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    thanks again, George, chuck in the cockpit photo's, I may have them,I may not better to be sure!

    First item on the agenda, apparently the wing tanks have re-inforcing ? strips on the top and bottom as well as on the leading edge over the oil tank, so I found the smallest plasticard half round strip and cut these to length and rounded the front and back edges and glued these in place to simulate the raised strips, I may sand then down a tad yet to reduce the profile....
     

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    Okay Wayne, I took my last day off work so I'll post them when I get home tomorrow morning

    Geo
     
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    Cheers George, thanks.
     
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    I'll invest in one of these, for the Swede that flew one...Pilot Officer Ralph Otto Gustaf Häggberg, RAF No. 120677...
    He was lost and was reported as MIA on the 12 February '42, in Westland Whirlwind P7093, he is commemorated on Panel 69 of the Air Force Memorial, Runnymede.

    Looking forward to this Master Wayne! :thumbright:
     
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    Oh this is already so good!
     
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    Cool Choice Wayne. Looking forward to this one. A rarity indeed.
     
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    Email sent Wayne. Found out your bird served with 263sqn. from Sept. '40 until lost in action, Sept. 19, '43.

    Geo
     
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