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k5054nz

Short Solent Mk.IV in 1/72 - how?

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Thanks @CarLos & @EwenS, those quotations very much reinforce the references quotes by Kiwithrottlejockey in the rnzaf:proboards thread I linked to above, & to me,  prove I did read it & remember it from somewhere though I can't recall with any certainty just where. :unsure:

Steve.

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Looking at ZK-AMO - I intend to build her as she is today - I'm thinking Tempest V spinners with either V or VI props...thoughts on that?

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6 hours ago, k5054nz said:

Looking at ZK-AMO - I intend to build her as she is today - I'm thinking Tempest V spinners with either V or VI props...thoughts on that?

Hi Zac,

 

This is a close up of the Solent Propeller Cone, it's really more bulbous than a Tempest Prop Cone

Solent+Props+and+Prop+cone+copy.jpg

 

This from MOTAT some years ago, info about the actual propellers

Solent+Propeller+Info+copy.jpg

 

3.81m equals 52.91mm in 1/72 scale - not sure if the Tempest Mk V/VI props are that length?

 

These are the Bristol Hercules Engine Specs - note the diameter of the engine.

52in =18.33mm in 1/72. The Rear section of the Airfix Sunderland wing Nacelle is 20mm,  your Nacelles

will be only slightly larger, you might need to adjust

 

Solent+Hercules+Engine+specs+copy.jpg

 

 

Not to re-ignite the Engine alignment debate (should have used these previous (blame

Photo bucket)), if you look from the rear in this photo, you can certainly see the "Straight"

set up and not "Toed out" - apologies for the wrong info previous

 

Solent+Engines+alignment+copy.jpg

 

Hope that helps you?

 

Regards

 

Alan

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1 hour ago, LDSModeller said:

(blame Photo bucket))

Only too happy to, anything else you'd like to add while we're on their case. :D

Steve.

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The toe out is better for engine out performance.  I measured the alignment of the engines in the photo and I see 2 1/2 degrees toe out on each side.  Could be straight, and certainly not as extreme as on the Sunderland/Sandringham.  I would like to have a photo from higher above, There is some distortion in the photo because the focal point is too close and it is not exactly above the centerline of the airplane..

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18 hours ago, LDSModeller said:

This from MOTAT some years ago, info about the actual propellers

Solent+Propeller+Info+copy.jpg

 

3.81m equals 52.91mm in 1/72 scale - not sure if the Tempest Mk V/VI props are that length?

 

Hope that helps you?

 

Regards

 

Alan

Thanks Alan, all the photos and info are a great help. I am in NZ but unfortunately can't afford a trip to MOTAT any time soon so these are a welcome reference. The fact the type shares propellers with the Freighter is very, very good to know.

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4 hours ago, k5054nz said:

all the photos and info are a great help.

Hi Zac,

 

Happy to help :D

I have more photos of the Solent, especially Interior

Solent+Main+Hatch+copy.jpg

Solent+Flight+Deck+copy.jpg

 

Regards

 

Alan

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The color coding of the engine controls is interesting; it matches the wingtip lights! I don't think I've ever seen that on any other multi-engine aircraft.

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21 hours ago, k5054nz said:

not sure if the Tempest Mk V/VI props are that length?

According to the references I have, the Tempest Mk V/VI prop was 14' in diameter.

Mike

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I started a few years ago on an Ansett Sandringham IV and a TOA Solent III from the Airfix kit. I used my own tail and nose, with some spare parts I had and extended the Sunderland fuselage using a second old kit for the Solent, but hadn't ever got around to the hull extension, anyhow here is about where they got to. Engines for the Solent III came from an old Paragon conversion for a Mark II Lanc (I think ) but I also had a set of Aeroclub ones that would have been better shape for the Mark IV (right of wing) and was going to use a Bristol Super Freighter tail as a base for the Solent. This project will get off the shelf again some day, but sanding off all those rivets destroyed me at the time.

 

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Here are some images I got of the Solent 3 that is still in Oakland, USA. It flew in Australia for a few years and then went to the US. This is the Flying boat in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Hercules engines had no spinners and were close to  Halifax/Beaufighter in cowl shape.

 

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