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Here we go. My idea is to build a Special Hobby Whirlwind with both engines and nose guns open and exposed.

problem: the whirlwind had Rolls Royce Peregrine engines and data on them is hard to find. Very hard to find…

Special Hobby knows this and thats the reason they don’t offer an engine.

i looked for weeks and then stumbled on someone who drew up a 3d engine. By coincidence this was a fellow dutch guy. Turned out he drew it for the UK Westland Whirlwind Fighter Project. They gave him all the technical data and drawings. Took him a few years. I visited him and saw his work. He’s willing to sell it to Special Hobby and have me exclusive rights to print it for my build.

At the moment I’m drawing up the engine bearers and firewall.

 

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Thnx 

9 hours ago, GunnarO said:

Some references for the engine bearers, and some bent ones. Wreckage images from P6966 crash.

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Thnx Gunnar! For these images and the other ones you sent. 
Almost finished the Hs129, after the Whirlwind gets my full attention. 

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26 minutes ago, GunnarO said:

Look forward to see the results, hope I can help with some information and guidance. 

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Wow! Yes!

It looks as of the glycol tanks are missing in these drawings? Behind the spinner back plate?

And another question: did these engines have a Coffman starter?

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The glycol tank is not missing, it's just relocated. The Peregrine had electric starter on the rear left side of the engine, no Coffman starter.

However, the Whirlwind did have a sort of Coffman starter. In the rear fuselage it was a signaling device that was used to shoot out signal flares that was identical to a Coffman starter.

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Wow, thnx Gunnar. René told me about the signaling function of the Coffman starter, but I couldn't make sense of it and assumed he was mistaken :)

I started work in the engine bearers today. Lot's of figuring out to do.

I see I'll still have to draw the electric starter. Would it be more logical to add the glycol tank in front behind the spinner plate or the version with the relocated glycol tank?

 

My 3D work is still a bit rough, but that's because I keep altering the angles of the frame a little...

 

 

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What a puzzle. Struggling to draw the missing components from the engine. I want to print the engine separately, which means it should drop fit in its cradle. The front of the wing spar is just a simple cube at the moment, until I am sure what the measurements of the wing thickness of the kit is.

It's no use drawing everything in drawing measurements, if it doesn't fit the kit the parts are designed for.

 

 

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6 hours ago, JeroenPeters said:

Wow, thnx Gunnar. René told me about the signaling function of the Coffman starter, but I couldn't make sense of it and assumed he was mistaken :)

I started work in the engine bearers today. Lot's of figuring out to do.

I see I'll still have to draw the electric starter. Would it be more logical to add the glycol tank in front behind the spinner plate or the version with the relocated glycol tank?

 

My 3D work is still a bit rough, but that's because I keep altering the angles of the frame a little...

 

 

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The glycol tank was never behind the spinner. It was on top of the engine from the prototype onwards. 
 

The images are from the starboard engine nacelle. 

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