Mystery Aircraft

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  1. Bowser

    Bowser New Member

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    Hi there

    For my first I would like to ask a favour. I am trying to locate an airfix model which I built as a boy, but cannot for the life of me remember the name of. The aircraft is British, I believe came out towards the end of the war. It is a T tailed, low wing monoplane with a low wing configuration, twin engined and (I think) a bubble cockpit above a thin fusilage.

    Can anyone help me out with the name, and if possible the spec of the aircraft.

    many thanks
     
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    hows this westland whirlwind
     

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  3. Bowser

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    Brilliant.

    Any idea of spec, history or pilots experiences - or where I could find out about it

    Many thanks
     
  4. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    Amazing to think that this aircraft was a "peer" of the P38 Lightning.
     
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    Here are some rare ones for you
     

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    Its a beautifull airplane.
     
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    She definitely has some interesting lines... kind of a more subtle beauty than say, the Spit...
     
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    nice pics! beautiful plane. Always liked the Whirlwind. Shame about the engines...
     
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    always liked the wirlwind
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but were there rather severe stability problems with this bird? And didn't it also suffer from severe mach tuck during dives?
     
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    It had some tail flutter that was cured by that odd arrangement with the
    intersection of horizontal stab and fin. Still, just sitting between those
    lovely RR engines must have been sweet - kind of a girly F7F Tigercat
    (sorry, not meant in an ugly way).
     
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    I wonder if you were thinking of the DH 103 Sea Hornet? A far superior
    aircraft to the Westland...
     
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    Yeah maybe so. That's some decent firepower concentrated in that nose. And I liked your F7F analogy. Spot on.
     
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    why's that? and why does she have to be compared to the P-38?
     
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    You always have to aspire to be something grand. :)
     
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    the whirlybird was out killing in mid '41 when the P-38 was completely useless as a combat aircraft........
     
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    :| Well you had to use what you had, I guess.
     
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    Love the look of it.But it would have better with the RR Exe.
     
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    C'mon. Looks like a cowboy riding rigid on a mean bull. The plane looks marvelous, but the perpendicular lines are counterintuitive to a streamlined airplane. That cowboy is never gonna make the run...
     
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