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P7056 "Pride of Yeovil"

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Timo Starkloff10/12/2019 20:22:28
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alan p11/12/2019 23:09:32
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Hi Timo

Good to see you still progressing Mine is stalled at painting, side tracked doing a Hutson Lysander Kit will probably end up painting both together.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Yeargiftstar.

Timo Starkloff30/12/2019 14:45:56
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Hello Alan, post a picture of your Whirlwind when it's painted! The Lysander is interesting, too. I once saw it flying at Old Warden.

I worked further on wings and tail. Ailerons are easy and accurate to cut out with a sharp knife first, and then the ribs with a Japanese saw.

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Timo Starkloff30/12/2019 14:47:59
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It took quiet some time to measure all important angles and glue in the elevator tubes.

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Timo Starkloff30/12/2019 14:50:40
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Time to put everything together again

Not easy to build the Whirlwind, but it is a great looking design from Teddy Petter!

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Timo Starkloff30/12/2019 14:55:03
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Another great book and part of the Whirlwind story, the autobiography from Harald Penrose, test pilot at Westland Aircraft. Once again writtenvery nice in his unique style and full of exciting stories. Another small story about flying the Whirlwind I found in the book "Dangerous skys" from A. E. Clouston.

Best wishes and a Happy New Year to everyone,
Timo

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Ron Gray30/12/2019 15:12:31
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Nearly there Timo, keep up the good (excellent) work!

Happy New Year to you too.

Ron

Danny Fenton30/12/2019 16:27:40
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Really looking great, well done

Cheers

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Timo Starkloff12/01/2020 20:49:12
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Nearly there for covering the first parts, yes. But many items on the list afterwards with much equipment on board!

More work done on the tail. Starts looking very good now

A small job is the camera and empty shell housing below the wing. Maybe I attach them with magnets for easier transport.

And during marking the canopy model I recognised a mistake at the front. Not too late for changes so I added some filler.

Timo

PS: I got some information from Chris Hayward concerning the "Whirlwind Figher Project" for rebuilding a 1:1 plane for museum. I prepare his informations and pictures and publish them the next days. Exciting story!

http://www.whirlwindfighterproject.co.uk/

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Timo Starkloff12/01/2020 20:52:23
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Timo Starkloff07/02/2020 20:51:42
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Small but important progress! I bought an infrared spotlight and made some tests vacuum forming bigger canopies for Whirlwind and Hayabusa. Before I used an electro grill which was only suitable for small parts. Result was perfect and the raw canopies fit perfectly to the fuselages. In return I used the canopies to refine the molds. After applying the canopy frame I will make the final canopy

Regards, Timo

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Timo Starkloff07/02/2020 21:02:14
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Apologies for not posting Chris Haywards information yet. Busy times actually.

As posted before, he provided me with the story of the Whirlwind Fighter Project together with many pictures. In return I will write a short text about my model for his newsletter

Chris Hayward, Westland Fighter Project:

"I suppose the best way to define this project is by starting at the very beginning so if you’re sitting comfortably then I shall begin.

About seven years ago, during a discussion on the old Flypast forum between Mike Eastman and Matt Bearman the idea was raised about building a full sized replica of the forgotten Westland Whirlwind Fighter, if like me you were raised on Airfix kits then it was the only model of the Whirly available at that time and seemed to stick in the memory of men of a certain age.

Mike and Matt decided that it was quite possible to construct the airframe but what plans were available and could it be done with CAD?

Westland Aircraft were approached and appreciated that this time the build was serious having been asked by different parties in the past which had come to nothing. Unfortunately, they had very few plans left after suffering a flood at Yeovil some years previously, but they let us have those that survived.

During further conversations on the forum, Gunnar Olsen who lived in Norway, said that he had been working on a CAD breakdown of the airframe and structure, so now a way forward had been found.

Working from plans drawn up by Gunnar, Mike cut and formed the first frames that had been done for a Whirlwind in eighty years or so.

We had decided to start with the rear fuselage from frame 10 back to the start of the tail fin. This was where we came across our first stumbling block, this was frame ten itself, which was beyond Mike to complete as it was extremely difficult to form. Well there is another person who was also a Whirlwind fanatic, having dug up what was left of P6966 in Scotland many years ago, so enter Steve Vizard of Airframe Assemblies, they took on the construction of frame 10 and also the Tail spar.

Having completed the frames our luck seemed to run out as Mike was taken ill and the plan to construct the rest of the Airframe at Fishburn Airfield in Durham had to be abandoned due to problems with the airfield landlords. So the project went into hibernation for a couple of years, we were still collecting parts and information and Gunnar was still working on the CAD .

Eventually we found a way forward and approached Airframe Assemblies to complete the airframe as and when we were able to raise the funds to complete each stage as we went along.

We are now at the stage of completing the rear fuselage which is being skinned now and then we need to raise the funds to complete the cockpit section. The original idea was to finish off the tail section but in a unexpected twist to the story, The Battle of Britain Museum Trust at Hawkinge offered to give P7056 a home and thought that we should raise more interest and money if the cockip section was complete so that the public could sit in it.

The plan is to get the fuselage to Hawkinge this year in time for its opening for the 2020 season. This will be an ongoing display as the airframe is assembled on site, that way the public can understand the design and structure of this advanced fighter.

1) at its time the Whirlwind was faster than a Mk1 Spiffire.

2) the RAF’s first canon armed twin engined Fighter/Bomber.

3) the first with bubble canopy.

4) first with fowler flaps

5) retractable tail wheel.

Luckilly they changed the exhaust from exiting next to the fuel tanks.

The project now has a fully functioning website at whirlwindfighterproject.co.uk and a proper membership structure through which members can join or just donate.

That’s the story in a nut shell, I have included some Photographs from WW2 below."

Timo Starkloff07/02/2020 21:14:16
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Rear fuselage on jig at AA

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Whirlwinds at Westland

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This is the one we are building, P7056

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263 Squadron

Copyright Whirlwind Fighter Project

Timo Starkloff07/02/2020 21:19:31
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Of course projects like these need logistical and financial support. If you like to see a real Whirlwind in a museum again, maybe you can help! Here are two links to Chris websites:

www.whirlwindfighterproject.co.uk/

www.facebook.com/merlinai57/

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Timo Starkloff19/02/2020 19:30:43
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Back to the model! A week ago I had a nice meeting with Andreas. He started the idea of a big twin-engine. He's building the Junkers 88 and sometimes regrets that because of the huge size of 3 metres. But now it's getting really exciting, comparing both models and thinking about formation flights

Timo

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Jesus Cardin20/02/2020 08:40:32
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Timo, you are making an impresive job with the Whirlwind there!

Wish you the best with the project.

Best Regards,

alan p23/03/2020 14:50:29
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Slowly getting there 90% done 20% to go. One in the back ground has been the diversion. Though as we are being isolated now will have the time to finish.dsc0269504850001.jpg

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