Return of the Welkin

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Return of the Welkin

Post by steve p » 22 Oct 2007, 04:18

I posted a few WIP shots of a gmax Westland Welkin a considerable time ago. Sadly. that model is no more, having vanished in a HD failure. The last couple of months I've been working on a new one - hopefully iI'll finish this one. STUPID

Almost ready to start texturing but the leading edge radiators are proving a b#gger to blend in. The props will be refined when I figure out how to do them properly. :$

The polycount is fine...

...at the moment.

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Re: Return of the Welkin

Post by Tako_Kichi » 22 Oct 2007, 04:59

Very nice! Well done! :dancer:

I must show my ignorance of this mark now by admitting I had never heard of it before and had to go Googling images and text info. I had of course heard of the Whirlwind but never the Welkin. It certainly seems like a very interesting aircraft built for a specific role and your model certainly does it justice thus far.

Keep up the good work. :welldone:
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Re: Return of the Welkin

Post by Rich » 22 Oct 2007, 05:39

The Welkin I believe was a high altitude version of the Whirlwind with pressurised cockpit etc to take on German high flying photo recce etc.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westland_Welkin

http://avia.russian.ee/air/england/west_welkin.php
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Re: Return of the Welkin

Post by John » 22 Oct 2007, 08:07

That's looking great :welldone:

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Re: Return of the Welkin

Post by Trev Clark » 22 Oct 2007, 10:10

That is looking superb Steve, now all we need is a Vickers Windsor and we can have an RAF WW2 (1939-47 ;-) ) type of thing that the Luftwaffe developers are so keen on making. She was also a bit more than a development of the Whirlwind, as she was about twice the size!
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Re: Return of the Welkin

Post by steve p » 23 Oct 2007, 10:56

Thanks for the kind words chaps. Trev is bang on the nail with his comment about the size of the Welkin. In 1945 it was the world's largest production single-seat fighter. It had very few similarities with the Whirlwind apart from two engines, a high tailplane, and the ability to catch fire remarkably easily when force-landed. :$

Doing test flights at the moment to try and sort out the air file. Taking off from Yeovil, I hit the 40,000ft mark over the Thames Estuary, with the AI 747s trundling along 10,000ft below. :flying:

Vickers Windsor? Nah. Better off with a Vickers Type 432.

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Re: Return of the Welkin

Post by T6flyer » 23 Oct 2007, 12:53

Thats looking good.........that very nearly became an Ito project a few weeks ago. I amassed a lot of material on the Welkin, but it was piped at the post by what he's currently building. I havent heard anything further to my first beta (which had no control surfaces at all). If anyone wants any Welkin material, you know where to ask....

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Re: Return of the Welkin

Post by steve p » 23 Oct 2007, 15:31

Hi Martin,

Do you have any good photos or illustrations showing clearly the Welkin carburetor intakes? This area of the airframe is not shown clearly in any of the sets of plans that I have. Also, do you have a copy of the Pilot's Notes for the type? I have the the Boscombe Down reports and a mass of Air Ministry stuff but would love to see the Notes.

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Re: Return of the Welkin

Post by T6flyer » 23 Oct 2007, 15:52

steve p wrote:Hi Martin,

Do you have any good photos or illustrations showing clearly the Welkin carburetor intakes? This area of the airframe is not shown clearly in any of the sets of plans that I have. Also, do you have a copy of the Pilot's Notes for the type? I have the the Boscombe Down reports and a mass of Air Ministry stuff but would love to see the Notes.

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I'll have a look this evening at home and report back.......now where did I put it all!!!

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Re: Return of the Welkin

Post by hinch » 23 Oct 2007, 22:07

That's a good subject and some really good modeling quality.

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