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Title: Handley Page U/500
Post by: lenny100 on August 17, 2014, 04:04:47 pm
The U/500 was produced to meet a British Air Board 1917 requirement for a large night bomber capable of reaching deeper into Germany than the Handley Page O/100 which had recently entered service, carrying a 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) bombload. This implied the ability to bomb Berlin from bases in East Anglia. or patrol sea areas near the German naval bases around Kiel
While the U/500 had a similar fuselage to that of the O/400, it was fitted with two placed side by side, with the port side fitted with a large radio set, and the starboard with flying controls, it had also a longer-span, biplane wings and was powered by four 375 hp (280 kW) Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines mounted in three nacelles, so two engines were pulling in the conventional manner and  pushing on the centerline, rather than the two Eagles of the smaller bomber. Construction was of wood and fabric materials.

Owing to pressure of work at Handley Page's Cricklewood factory, and to ensure security, the first prototype was constructed by Harland and Wolff at Belfast, Northern Ireland, being assembled at Cricklewood and first flying on 22 January 1918. Orders were placed for use by the Royal Naval Air Service with a number of companies (including Harland and Wolff, Beardmore, Handley Page, Grahame-White and Alliance Aircraft for a total of 210 u/500s, although only 14 aircraft were completed, with a further 2 produced as spares, before all further contracts were cancelled because the end of the war.

Three aircraft were delivered to No. 166 Squadron at Bircham Newton (Norfolk), (as part of the independant Royal Air Force which replace both the RNAS and the Royal Flying corps on the 1st April 1918), during October 1918. The squadron commander did not get clear orders for his mission until November 8, due to debate at high level on the merets of such a mission. A mission finaly scheduled for that night (bomb Berlin, fly on to Prague as the Austro-Hungarian forces had surrendered by then, refuel, re-arm, bomb Düsseldorf on the way back). No mission was flown - a technical expert insisted that all the engines on one aircraft be changed. The same happened the following day (but with a different aircraft). The three aircraft were about to taxi out after the second set of engine changes when an excited ground crew member ran out to stop them — the Armistice had just been declared.

The Handley Page u/500 aircraft Atlantic was shipped to Newfoundland in early 1919 to attempt the first non-stop Transatlantic flight. However, the prize was won by Alcock and Brown in a Vickers Vimy in June 1919. The crew departed for New York but was forced to land in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia on 5 July 1919 where it was repaired over the course of the summer. The Atlantic continued to New York on 9 October 1919 carrying with it the first Airmail from Canada to the United States of America.
All the airframes were scraped in september 1920 because of lack of spares
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: pyro-manic on August 19, 2014, 11:37:36 am
Sounds very interesting. Looking forward to seeing it! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: lenny100 on August 19, 2014, 02:10:21 pm
basic work done and a first coat of green, but looks like paint is wrong shade or od even more green on pictures

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Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: JayBee on August 19, 2014, 02:17:53 pm
Mad, Mad, Mad.

I LIKE it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 19, 2014, 04:00:12 pm
Blimey, that's HUGE!  :o
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: lenny100 on August 19, 2014, 04:59:52 pm
It's about the size of a Lancaster just looks big
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: buzzbomb on August 19, 2014, 05:13:17 pm
Like it.. it has that totally impractical but right for period look

Great job
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: Old Wombat on August 19, 2014, 07:00:03 pm
I don't know what the official colour is but British WW1 aircraft always look to be painted in either khaki or khaki drab tones, to me. :blink:
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: TallEng on August 19, 2014, 09:14:13 pm
Crickey that green looks umm...  GREEN

You could see it might earn the nickname ' Bloody Paralyzer '

Looking good :thumbsup:
Regards
Keith
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: Cobra on August 19, 2014, 10:17:46 pm
Very Cool. Why do i picture a German Officer asking,"What is Going on,Here? The British have a Bomber that Can Reach into Germany? Where are the Planes to Stop it? Answer me!" Can't wait to see it when it's Ready to make some of the Kaiser's Boys have to Change their Underwear :wacko: Dan
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: zenrat on August 20, 2014, 02:27:46 am
Like it.
Is it going to have a walkway along the top of the bottom wing so the crew can cross from one fuselage to the other?
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: NARSES2 on August 20, 2014, 07:09:01 am
Like it.
Is it going to have a walkway along the top of the bottom wing so the crew can cross from one fuselage to the other?


It probably would have had, save hanging onto struts as you crossed :blink:
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: Rheged on August 20, 2014, 10:57:45 am
Do you have any further information on the post-war civilian versions of this strange flying machine? I'm sure that Imperial Airways would have had a couple on charge.
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: ericr on August 20, 2014, 12:35:01 pm
beautiful zwilling in anticipation
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: lenny100 on August 20, 2014, 01:17:01 pm
Do you have any further information on the post-war civilian versions of this strange flying machine? I'm sure that Imperial Airways would have had a couple on charge.

they only built 14 before the cancellation and because of the poor build quality " there was talk of Jerry building by alleged members of the  nationalist community in Belfast" their were no airframes around after 1920, so imperial airways never took any intrest.
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: kitbasher on August 20, 2014, 03:28:29 pm
As Kermit said, it isn't easy being green!
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: lenny100 on August 20, 2014, 04:00:13 pm
got a new spary paint of olive green on the way, will look better than the old one i bet think is gone off in the tin. thimk its not mixing in the tin for some reason
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: pyro-manic on August 21, 2014, 08:03:22 am
Looking good! :thumbsup: Are you going to modify the radiator setup for the pusher engine?
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: lenny100 on September 12, 2014, 04:10:54 am
ok nearly finished just a few guns etc, to put on 
the shaded areas are were repairs have taken place on the fabric of the aircraft due to dammage

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Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: zenrat on September 12, 2014, 04:48:09 am
Bob the bomber.  Very good.
I like the way you've done the rigging by wrapping it round the struts.
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: Army of One on September 12, 2014, 04:50:57 am
Oh what a great result.......fantastic..... :thumbsup:.........I've always wanted to do some biplanes but am........wary.......of the dark arts of rigging....... :o
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: Dizzyfugu on September 12, 2014, 05:18:36 am
Like it very much, the shaded areas are a good trick to make the overall uniform aircraft look more interesting.

Well done, go for it!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: PR19_Kit on September 12, 2014, 05:44:03 am
That's just amazing, and HUGE too!  :thumbsup: :bow:

I'm seriously impressed.
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: NARSES2 on September 12, 2014, 07:06:25 am
Now that's come out really well
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: Old Wombat on September 12, 2014, 10:56:36 pm
Nice! :thumbsup:

Don't know if it's due to better lighting (sunlight) or if you repainted but the colour looks better. too.
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: kitbasher on September 13, 2014, 03:38:30 am
Your best yet Lenny!  Very well done, mate.
Title: Re: Handley Page U/500
Post by: sandiego89 on September 13, 2014, 07:04:58 am
Wow! Looking great  :thumbsup: