Westland Whirlwind

Andrew has taken on quite a challenge with his latest project. The Whirlwind does not have much wing area and with a high mounted tail and big nacelles, it will be a challenge to keep weight and balance under control.

Construction is Andrews's typical mix of traditional construction and blue foam with fiberglass cowlings. Details of the model are:-

Span  10 ft. 

Scale approx 1/4.5    

Length  7.4  ft.  

Weight, maximum hoped for, 40 lbs.

Wing area 12.3 sq. ft.  Loading  3 lbs per square ft.

Control by basic 8 channel Futaba FHSS (at this time) and using various Hitec servos with likely two Rx`s, one at the front and one at the rear.


During the build, Andrew has been considering making the model electric powered rather than petrol so as not to spoil the cowling with cylinder heads exposed but of course essential for cooling.  However, the construction to date will allow him to choose later.  The incidence of the tailplane is also a bit of cause for concern as experience has shown that `high` tails usually need positive incidence (or should that be negative?  Leading edge high) so allowance for adjustment is being built in just in case it should be necessary.  The Fowler type flaps will be in either two or four parts rather than one piece centre span which is complicated as they hinge from the bottom of the nacelles.


Recommended reading `Whirlwind` by Victor Bingham, Airlife Publications for full-size details.

More info and photo's to follow as project progresses

Working on the tail assembly

Fuselage under construction showing balsa and ply framing with blue foam infill. note rear of the fuselage is conventionally planked.

 Wing centre section with a conbination of balsa, ply and blue foam ribs.

Work progressing on the fuselage and starting to frame up the cockpit area

Trial fit of the nacelles. Andrew made his own plug and mold for the nacelles and laid them up in glass cloth and epoxy resin.

Another view of the large nacelles.


Model sitting on its undercarriage for the first time