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zebedee

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I've always had a bit of a thing about those gorgeous wooden wind tunnel models that manufacturers used to build...

Unfortunatly museums tend to squirrel them away out of sight, which I've always thought is a great pity... Anyway these are a few from Manchester and Southhampton museums which i've managed to take over the years.. I've a few more which i'll post soon.. just need to get permission first... ;)

The first five i have no idea what projects they represent, the last two im pretty sure are a Gnat Mk5 and the Theseus Ambassador...

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No.5 probably is the Fairey Gyrodyne and No.4 could be the scout/attack variant of
the Westland WG.13.
 

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Yep... im pretty sure that 5 is a gyrodyne model... not sure about the WG13 version though... the U/C seems wrong... The model i think is missing a front leg on the right hand side (you can just see the left front leg in the background of the gyrodyne model...) I also got the impression that the wing was asymetric (i could be wrong) so it could be another Gyrodyne version...

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For Manchester models see also :

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1396.0.html

and for mention of some others:

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1554.0.html
 

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"..not sure about the WG13 version though"
Yes, you're right, I think. Maybe, the fin and the left wing is just missing,
but the pronounced "hump" is not typical for the attack versions of the
Lynx.
But, btw, the wings of the Fairey Gyrodyne and Jet Gyrodyne actually were
symmetric, the Gyrodyne just had a nacelle carrying the prop on the right wing
and a tank of very similar shape on the left.
 

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Y'know, this really tempts me to take a few days off sometime and wander down to the wind tunnel at my old alma mater to see if they still have the Boeing TFX wind tunnel model in the basement. As I remember, it came with lots of stores options to check.

I should note that it's been some 35 years since I last saw it and there's no guarantee at all that it's still there. Still, if anyone on this board is currently at Texas A&M, you might want to visit the 8' x 10' wind tunnel out by Easterwood Airport and see if they still have that model and all the goodies that went with it.
 

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Hi,


anther sight to HS.1034.
 

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