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Westland Whirlwind

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I came about this plane from a game I played and wanted to build it a while ago, but decided to wait since I was still a newbie at and designing. After building a few ft designs and making my own, I decided to give it a try.

I looked around and found a thread on rc groups about it and saw a few builds as well as a set of balsa plans. I scaled it down to a 4 ft wingspan.

Here's a few pics from the build:
Fuselage
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Nacelles
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Wing test fit
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I left the escs in nacelles and made adapters for the battery from deans to those automotive bullet connectors. Now if I build another twin I don't have to make an esc longer or buy battery connectors online.
maiden day
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Whirlwind along with my Irish Air Corps Spitfire.
Power setup:
2x30 amp kms esc
2x Tower Hobbies 30-35-1000 Brushless Aircraft Motor
3700 maH 3s zippy lipo
set of hobbyking albatross 10x8 3 blade props


I was surprised how well it flew. It needed some up trim. It didn't seem to have enough elevator throw so their were a few close passes until I switched to high rates. The 3700mah was a little to big so I had to ad 3 AA batteries in the tail. Still need some finishing touches such as canopy, paint job, and fuselage nose Unfortunately no plans I just measured and cut. I will try to figure out and post the maiden video soon.
 

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Hoomi

Well-known member
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That's a WWII vintage plane I don't think I'd ever heard of before. Any idea how many were built and/or served?

Nicely done on adapting it to foamboard!
 
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Thanks guys!
That's a WWII vintage plane I don't think I'd ever heard of before. Any idea how many were built and/or served?

Nicely done on adapting it to foamboard!
It looks like only about 100 aircraft were built.
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This seems to be one of the few squadrons who used them.

One of my favorite planes! I have a half build mini one sitting in my shed, good job anyhow!
That would be cool to see
 

Hoomi

Well-known member
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If only 100 were built, that explains why it's not better known.

It looks rather like the Bristol Beaufighter's little brother.