Special Hobby 1/72 Westland Whirlwind FB Mk.I Bomber # 72201

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SHY72201
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8594071081966
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The Westland Whirlwind FB Mk.I Fighter Bomber was a British twin-engined aircraft that served during World War II, known for its versatility and firepower.

Developed by Westland Aircraft, the Whirlwind was designed to meet the Royal Air Force's (RAF) requirement for a heavy fighter capable of engaging enemy aircraft and ground targets with equal effectiveness.

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Peregrine V-12 engines, the Whirlwind boasted impressive speed and agility, allowing it to outmaneuver many contemporary fighters.

Its sleek design and advanced aerodynamics further enhanced its performance in combat.

Armed with four Hispano-Suiza HS.404 20mm cannons mounted in the nose, the Whirlwind possessed formidable firepower, making it a potent adversary for enemy aircraft.

Additionally, it could carry a variety of bombs and rockets, transforming it into a highly effective ground-attack aircraft.

Despite its promising design, the Whirlwind faced challenges during its operational service, including engine reliability issues and a limited production run.

As a result, it saw limited action compared to other Allied aircraft of the era.

Nevertheless, the Whirlwind made significant contributions to the war effort, particularly in the anti-shipping role over the English Channel and in ground-attack missions over occupied Europe.

Its combination of speed, firepower, and versatility earned it a respected place in aviation history, serving as a testament to British innovation and engineering during a pivotal period of conflict.

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SKU SHY72201
Manufacturer Special Hobby
Scale 1/72
EAN 8594071081966
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Not long before the outbreak of WW2, the British Air Ministry issued a requirement calling for two types of fighter aircraft, one light weight with machine gun armament and the other one with heavy cannon armament.

To these requirements, the machine gun armed Hurricanes and Spitfires were designed, while to fit the second category, the Westland offered their Whirlwind twin engined 'Cannon Fighter'.

This type was eventually produced in more than a hundred examples and further production was ceased only by the shortage of the Peregrine power units.

The Whirlwinds were deployed over the English Channel in fighter and ground attack missions. For the latter ones, the Whirlwinds were fitted with bomb racks and were designated FB Mk.I.

It was not until 1944 that the Whirlwinds were replaced by Typhoons. Our model of the Whirlwind fighter bomber comes on two styrene sprues with one of the clear canopy parts.

The model kit also contains resin cast detail parts and etches.

The decal sheet offers markings for four colour schemes, two of which of the earlier green and earth camouflage and the other two in the later scheme consisting of green and grey.

The latter ones are now improved compared to the earlier release.

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