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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #180 on: August 08, 2018, 01:53:08 am »
I may give it a bash as I've some two stage Merlins that are wrong for Mosquitos but may well look okay on something else...

I still like the radials idea, but I don't have many Aeroclub Taurus cowlings and probably not enough to do this.
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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #181 on: August 08, 2018, 06:18:22 am »
I've been perusing Secret Projects and it's been discovered recently that there really were plans to re-engine the Whirlwind with Merlins.  I'ts always been accepted (me included) that the Whirlwind was too tightly designed around the Peregrine, but it seems that it was simple logistics that prevented a Merlin powered version being built. 


That's interesting Mossie. I've always read the same thing plus Petter's intransigence. "Not over my dead body" sort of thing.

I've found I have two ex Frog Hornet wings in the large parts box, so I'm tempted to do a late Whirlwind PR in low level pink with my third Airfix kit.

However first I need to look for some Taurus engines and cowlings.
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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #182 on: August 08, 2018, 10:31:43 am »
Chris, I've got a pair of Twin Wasps from a denfunct Dakota if you want them, either for a later model or as stand instead for the Taurus, no one will know if you don't tell 'em. :thumbsup:
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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #183 on: August 08, 2018, 10:43:51 am »

...... or as stand instead for the Taurus, no one will know if you don't tell 'em. :thumbsup:


As if we would............  ;) ;)
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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #184 on: August 09, 2018, 06:30:26 am »
Chris, I've got a pair of Twin Wasps from a denfunct Dakota if you want them, either for a later model or as stand instead for the Taurus, no one will know if you don't tell 'em. :thumbsup:

Thanks mate, but I've just had a rummage in the box of spare engine/cowling bits and I've got some twin row radials in there. They are obviously a pair, even I can work that out, so most likely Wasps given my build history. So may well go for a latter version unless I hide them under a cowling and use the early war high demarcation camouflage  ;)

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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #185 on: August 09, 2018, 10:49:14 am »
The slimmer cowlings of the Hornet Merlin 130/131 installation
would look plausible, the two aircraft had the same wingspan, the
Whirlwind being 3’ 3” shorter in length.
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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #186 on: August 09, 2018, 03:05:28 pm »
Aye, but that's if they're decent representations.  The Frog ones aren't.
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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #187 on: August 10, 2018, 03:16:27 am »
OT, have you ever put a Merlin 130 on Spitfire Lee?
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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #188 on: August 10, 2018, 03:52:59 am »
I don't think the cowling would look much different.  Besides which, RR got the engine so slim by removing all the ancilliaries and placing them elsewhere.  DH got away with that in the Hornet as they were designed around those engines and the ancilliaries could go in the wings.  I've a feeling you'd need considerable redesign to get them elsewhere in a Spitfire.
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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #189 on: August 10, 2018, 06:35:04 am »
The slimmer cowlings of the Hornet Merlin 130/131 installation
would look plausible, the two aircraft had the same wingspan, the
Whirlwind being 3’ 3” shorter in length.

Yup I actually tried the Hornet wings against the Whirlwind and was surprised at that. And no I'm not doing it they look a tad odd.

Aye, but that's if they're decent representations.  The Frog ones aren't.

Very much so Lee, which is why perhaps I could just say that they are "Merlins" and not be that specific ?
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Re: Westland Whirlwind
« Reply #190 on: August 10, 2018, 08:49:23 am »
Why not, as it’s doubtful that a Westland designed cowling assembly would
look exactly like one designed at De Havilland.  :thumbsup:
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