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1/6 Westland Whirlwind

P7056 "Pride of Yeovil"

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Timo Starkloff19/02/2019 19:52:33
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Hello Alan, nice Whirlwind you are building. And even with the complicated gear doors! Looks a bit like the one from John. It seems the rare Whirlwind is built at least a few times

Thanks for the interesting stories and magazine adverts, Colin and Mal. I like getting a close feeling to the history of the original planes.

Timo

Timo Starkloff19/02/2019 19:56:11
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The nacelles halves are finished and put together, afterwards reinforced at the position of the landing gear and wing joint. The nacelles are already looking good

Timo

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Timo Starkloff03/03/2019 20:38:36
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Adding some balsa for the wing attachment.

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A first test with a thin wire...

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... then a 3mm-screw for another check...

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and then I drill the hole with the full 6mm diameter. The good thing about wooden models is, that it's always possible to make corrections.

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Next test is for equal angles of the nacelle front. Quiet important because it's the place for the motor mount.

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Not perfect at the wing joint so adding a thin piece of plywood will be neccessary.

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But both nacelles sit straight and even on the work bench.

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So I can add the motor mount, another important step

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Timo Starkloff03/03/2019 20:42:16
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And a quick check on the wing-fuselage joint.

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And with the nacelles.

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I like it when all pieces come together like your building a kit. It's not easy when building a prototype, but that's what all hours of planning and designing are meant for.

Timo

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Danny Fenton03/03/2019 21:26:22
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Beautiful work Timo, wish I had your skills!

Cheers

Danny

alan p03/03/2019 22:32:19
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Hi Timo

Been following your build since you started. Impressed by your design and build. Mine has had a lot of planking

(fuselage/nacelles). Modifying someone else's design can be a right head ache. U/c doors sprung with elastic bands

Cheers

Alan

Martyn K04/03/2019 08:09:07
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This blog is a joy to watch. Superb Timo,absolutely superb.

Timo Starkloff17/03/2019 20:34:48
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Flying your own self built model is much more satisfying than just buying a new one. And your free to decide what to build and how. The same can be said about cooking and other things. It drives your creativity

Not sure what to do whith the u/c doors on my model, Alan. But there are other things to do until I have to answer that problem. One thing are the screws for the outer wings.

Timo

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Timo Starkloff17/03/2019 20:35:39
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A good omen? The wing span is identical to the height of my small work shop

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Timo Starkloff17/03/2019 20:40:14
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An empty ketchup bottle is perfect for keeping water which is needed for softening wood, soldering or other things. No water can come out even if the cap is opened, no chance for spilling water accidentally.

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Timo Starkloff17/03/2019 20:41:46
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I finally started planking the nacelles with 3mm balsa. Looks a bit like building a ship

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Timo Starkloff17/03/2019 20:56:08
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The vertical tail is glued in place.

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Timo Starkloff22/09/2019 17:24:28
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Not much progress this summer due to holiday, contests and good weather for flying models, instead of building them. But during a model flying week in August I did some further work on the nacelles. And I did a quick comparison with the Junkers 87 from a friend and my own Arado 96 in the same 1/6 scale

Timo

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Timo Starkloff24/09/2019 16:21:05
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There’s news from the Whirlwind Fighter Project to rebuild one for a museum. They will have a meeting at East Kirkby on October 5th and maybe someone in the near has interest for a visit. More information on their Facebook site:

**LINK**

Timo

Timo Starkloff10/11/2019 17:36:09
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Finally cold winter/autumn weather is here and there's more time in the workshop than for flying. After a long summer break it's time to start working on the Whirlwind again. There's no target date for finish, but a first flight should be possible next year.

Yesterday I finished the nacelles (exhausting work, like for biplanes you have to duplicate everything), worked further on the tail and also on the wing attachment.

Timo

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Timo Starkloff15/11/2019 20:27:42
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Nacelles are nearly finished, centre wing fully planked and it seems I have to start real work on the(complicated) tail again.

Timo

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Timo Starkloff15/11/2019 20:29:03
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Time again for checking the optics

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Nigel R27/11/2019 14:26:18
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Stunning work Timo.

It will be a shame to cover up all that woodwork!

Timo Starkloff10/12/2019 20:21:39
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You're right, Nigel. Finish will be the military version to commemorate all those young pilots and their stories. But I think the Whirlwind would look best in the dark blue-grey civil finish of the last surviving plane. I'll have to built that 1929 Laird biplane in the future which is on my list for long, with such a model one can see the effort even when it's finished.

Much small topics to work on actually, mainly wing and nacelles. A highlight was the first motor installation

Timo

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