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Vickers type 161 COW-gun fighter

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F.29/27 Fighter utilizing a 37 mm cannon from Coventry Ordnance Works Vickers Type 161, Westland C.O.W. Gun Fighter, Bristol Type 112

Hi! Vickers type 161 COW-gun fighter.
http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2008/07/09/vickers-type-161-cow-gun-fighter/

"The Coventry Ordnance Works (C.O.W.) designed and built in 1915 a small 37 mm cannon capable of firing a 1 pound, and then later 1.5 pound high-explosive shell. Vickers had acquired in the early twenties the rights for this gun and after a proposal to the Air Staff a specification was issued to develop a dedicated aircraft to carry such a large calibre weapon. Originally the design was specified for a twin-engine plane carrying two of the ‘1.5 pounder’ 37 mm weapons, which was more widely known as the C.O.W.-gun. Although two such cannon-planes were actually built (the Bristol Bagshot and the Westland Westbury) they simply lacked the power and performances, and the idea never materialized. Later, a new specification, Spec. F29/27 was issued for a bomber-destroyer carrying a single COW gun. Vickers submitted their Type 161 to meet this specification."

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Type_161

"General characteristics
Crew: One
Length: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Wingspan: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
Height: 12 ft 4 in (3.76 m)
Wing area: 270 ft2 (25.1 m2)
Empty weight: 2,318 lb (1,051 kg)
Gross weight: 3,350 lb (1,520 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Jupiter VIIF 9-cylinder radial, 530 hp (395 kW)

Performance
Maximum speed: (at 10,000 ft, 3,048 m) 185 mph (298 km/h)
Rate of climb: (to 10,000 ft, 3,048 m) ft/min (8.76 m/s)

Armament
1× 37 mm (1.46 in) COW automatic gun"

Picture source
http://www.dieselpunks.org/profiles/blogs/s-a-m-38-the-bomber-killer
Model picture
http://www.internetmodeler.com/2007/march/aviation/VickersCOW.php
Wesaland COW-gun fighter three side view drawing and picture source
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2105892-Westland-C-O-W-Gun-Fighter
http://www.airteamimages.com/pics/143/143560_big.jpg
 

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