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Fairey Rotodyne HC-1


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In an attempt to get sales for their machine Fairey loaned their Rotodyne to the RAF for trials.

Designated a Rotodyne HC-1 It was modified for military use and painted in the colours of an RAF transport of the time.

 

The kit needs no introduction.

I engraved panel lines and refined other details.

A cargo style interior was scratchbuilt and detail was added to the cockpit.

Painted with a mix of Xtracolor enamels and Tamiya acrylics, decals were from the spares box

 

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Thanks for looking :)

 

Angelo.

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10 hours ago, Tomcat101 said:

It looks like you had a lot of fun with it. 

It was a lot of fun! :)

I have a long list of "what if projects" with this airframe if I had the time.

 

Thank you for all your comments & compliments. I appreciate them all :)

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Very nice, I like it a lot. You had to have had a great time building/finishing it. 

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Excellent work .... and the scheme looks like it's meant to be too! 👌

 

Keith 😁 

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Brilliant! It looks so right in this scheme and beautiful modelling. I can appreciate all those extra details you've included having beavered over mine and love the open doors to add more realism to the finish :)

 

Cheers

Neil

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I really appreciate all the compliments and comments :)

Thank you very much.

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Great looking finished kit.  From the country that brought you the Gannet, Roc and Lerwick, did this not go into production.  It looks like it would perform well, though I do know there were issue with the rotor.  I really enjoy the finish of this kit and how it just looks right.  Thanks for sharing.

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It didn't go into production for the RAF because one Herald could do the job of two Rotodynes.  The original requirement came basically from the Army, who wanted the Caribou but that would have taken even more airframes.  The eventual solution was the rebuilt Avro 748 called the Andover, apparently because the Treasury had already paid for two 748s and wouldn't contemplate two different light twin turboprops.   Plus by then HP was in trouble for wanting more for his company that Hawker Siddeley was prepared to pay.  Real life gets complicated.

 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, Graham Boak said:

Real life gets complicated.

What was it Sir Sidney Camm said about the four dimensions of every aircraft design?  Length, height, wingspan, and politics.

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