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I was looking on tinternet for RR oddities, and discovered they tried out a Diesel rotary engine (I never said Wankel 😁) in the 70s, but never proceeded with it, apparently they had it in mind for military applications.. 

 

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In the late 1960s - early 1970s a mate of one of my cousins was going to attempt the land speed record, for vehicles with driven wheels. To that end he a built a chassis which carried 3 RR Merlin engines. He ran it in the early hours of the day up the M1 or M6 ( I forget which and I'm not familiar with English motorways.)  We operated as support carrying extra fuel and oil. Peelers never caught him. The chassis was nothing more than a frame with engines & radiators and single (ex-Spitfire) bucket seat behind rudimentary steering. The thing could only go in straight line. We had to tow it to the motorway for its test runs

It all ended with his death. Got drunk, wandered on to a railway line and got hit by a train

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2 hours ago, Black Knight said:

In the late 1960s - early 1970s a mate of one of my cousins was going to attempt the land speed record, for vehicles with driven wheels. To that end he a built a chassis which carried 3 RR Merlin engines. He ran it in the early hours of the day up the M1 or M6 ( I forget which and I'm not familiar with English motorways.)  We operated as support carrying extra fuel and oil. Peelers never caught him. The chassis was nothing more than a frame with engines & radiators and single (ex-Spitfire) bucket seat behind rudimentary steering. The thing could only go in straight line. We had to tow it to the motorway for its test runs

It all ended with his death. Got drunk, wandered on to a railway line and got hit by a train

Yikes ! Ironic that he didn't die driving it but in some stupid accident. 

I assume old Spit engines were available back then for a doable amount of money.. (or was the bloke Lord or Duke of something or other ?) 

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He was 

a. an eccentric

b. loaded

c. and he was The Right Honourable . . . 

and you could pick up Merlins 10 for shilling, although not all running

Until after the film 'Battle of Britain' and everyone started to restore Spitfires and Hurricanes 

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PS. There were NO silencers on this thing. There were only basic exhaust manifolds.  x 36

It was loud enough to wake the dead in the next country

I think we managed over 450 mph on the test runs

 

If I can get some miniature model Merlin engines I might build a model of it

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As far as Hurricanes go I think the only 1/32 kits are Revell and Fly,  I've got the Fly kit and that certainly doesn't have an engine, I don't think the Revell has either. 

The kits with a detailed merlin included would be, I guess, more the 1/24 scale jobs. 

Not sure about Spits as I'm more a Hurricane sort of bloke 😁

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1 hour ago, Black Knight said:

and you could pick up Merlins 10 for shilling, although not all running

 

Cheap as chips, assume Griffons had a premium price tag!

1 hour ago, Black Knight said:

here were NO silencers on this thing. There were only basic exhaust manifolds.  x 36

Why would there be? Only going to lower the power/ weight ratio

1 hour ago, Black Knight said:

If I can get some miniature model Merlin engines I might build a model of it

We were all hoping you'd say that

 

56 minutes ago, Black Knight said:

Does anyone know what Spitfire or Hurricane kits in 1/32 include a Merlin engine?

I'd guess A/M would be the place to look, especially to get the detail level, figure the rest of the, let's be generous and call it a chassis will be two lengths of plast-strut

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I normally build cars in 1/32 but maybe I can go to 1/24 on this

I have some 1/24 Spitfires and Hurricanes

. . . . just remembered,  I have two scrap 1/24 Hurricanes in my storage unit. Given to me years ago for parts, or rebuilding

 

I'll add it to my build of Chitty Bang Bang 1

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21 hours ago, Mjwomack said:

 

Oooh, now that could send me down a whole new rabbit hole project of 1/72 WWI and inter-war biplanes.

 

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11 hours ago, Black Knight said:

I normally build cars in 1/32 but maybe I can go to 1/24 on this

I have some 1/24 Spitfires and Hurricanes

. . . . just remembered,  I have two scrap 1/24 Hurricanes in my storage unit. Given to me years ago for parts, or rebuilding

 

I'll add it to my build of Chitty Bang Bang 1

As you're on a 'roll' for cars, how about this one as well

https://www.supercars.net/blog/1931-rolls-royce-phantom-ii-merlin/ 

 

I especially like this bit of understatement

 When the car was first constructed, the tremendous torque and power of a Rolls-Royce aero engine caused ongoing transmission and clutch issues. 

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I hate you guys!!

I'd forgotten the Merlin car for over 50 years and you've awakened memories

But I need to delve further in for details

Further into places long forgotten, inhabited by creepy crawlies and slithery snakes and long-legged spiders and other nasty beasties

 

We never had a 'name' for the Merlin powered car.  It was just 'the car' 

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20 hours ago, Black Knight said:

Spitfire or Hurricane kits in 1/32 include a Merlin engine?

Both the the old tool Revell kits did, the late 60's ones,  but basic.  The Spitfire had a side engine panel open, the Hurricane the top engine panel, so the other parts are less 'detailed'  

 

The 1/32nd Lanc kits come with Merlins, someone may have some of  those unused.

 

18 hours ago, Black Knight said:

I have two scrap 1/24 Hurricanes in my storage unit. Given to me years ago for parts, or rebuilding

 

I'm after windscreens and probably some other bits.....

 

cheers

T

 

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56 minutes ago, Troy Smith said:

I'm after windscreens and probably some other bits.....

Contact me after Thursday

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4 hours ago, Black Knight said:

I hate you guys!!

 

The BritModeller Massif, always happy to help with creating problems

 

4 hours ago, Pig of the Week said:

"Car" hardly even comes close... "The Monster" perhaps 😁

 

Monster, because Beast is already used

https://www.classicdriver.com/en/article/cars/john-dodd-and-merlin-engined-monstrosity-infuriated-rolls-royce 

 

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52 minutes ago, JOCKNEY said:

Oh I'm sure I can find something for this one, count me in please

Was it the mention of Pegasus kits? I seem to remember you're quite the Pegasus wrangler!

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On 3/3/2024 at 6:11 PM, Black Knight said:

If I can get some miniature model Merlin engines I might build a model of it

 The Hong Kong Models 1/48 Lanc has 4 Merlins. Should give you 3 plus a spare....

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4 hours ago, ModelingEdmontonian said:

Does this GB give me an excuse to build another Hurricane? Ok!

Just the one? I know it's a vote each in the bunfight, but I thought you had a cupboard of really SWEET ones!

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20 hours ago, Colin W said:

 The Hong Kong Models 1/48 Lanc has 4 Merlins. Should give you 3 plus a spare....

Thanks. But I think I've settled on doing it in 1/24 because I have the engines

If I build this soon I'll have to think of somat else to build

 

A Merlin on a trailer with prop stubs, run for demonstrations at country shows ?

A casual friend had one, as well as a Griffon and several US radials - 10 or 12 engines all together. They were beyond their flying time

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