Jan 27, 2008, 07:28 PM
Joined Sep 2004
** The Blu-Hurri ** - 1/10 Park Scale Hawker Hurricane
"What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us now. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will say, "This was their finest hour." – Winston Churchill
"Never in the field of human conflict
was so much owed by so many to so few."
In 1940, the fate of the whole free world was being decided over the skies of Great Britain. The awesome power of the German Luftwaffe was being directed against the airfields and cities of England in an attempt to force Britain to its knees as a final prelude to invasion. If Britain fell, the fate of the free world was in grave peril.
Against the Me-109s, Me-110s and the Stuka, Heinkel and Dornier bombers stood a small group of determined heroes, the pilots of the Royal Air Force. Made up of mostly Brits, they were joined by volunteers from Canada and the United States to defend the shores of Britain from Adolph Hitler’s war machine.
They flew a variety of aircraft from the horribly outdated Gloster Gladiator to the super –sexy Supermarine Spitfire, one of the finest fighters ever made. But the lion’s share of the work fell to a fighter that was far more evolutionary than revolutionary, the Hawker Hurricane.
The Hurricane was the last development in a series of British fighters, a design based on experience, not breakthroughs in aerodynamic engineering. She was powered by the superb Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and was the first RAF fighter to break 300 mph (328mph). The Hurricane’s armament consisted of eight Browning .303 caliber machine guns. 1,715 Hurricanes flew during the Battle of Britain and Hurricane Squadrons and accounted for 80% of the enemy aircraft downed. Hurricanes normally attacked the bomber fleets while the faster Spitfires flew shotgun against the ever-present Me-109 fighters.
One of the many squadrons involved in the Battle of Britain was 242 Squadron. Led by the incredible fighter ace, Douglas Bader (one of my personal heroes) 242 was manned by Canadian volunteers. Beaten up and demoralized from the Dunkirk melee, Bader procured aircraft, parts and supplies for 242 and led the squadron into history as one of the highest scoring units in the Battle of Britain.
To quote for canadianflight.org, “242 Squadron, comprised primarily of Canadians, was Douglas Bader's first command. Having suffered heavy losses in the disastrous Battle of France, the tough Canadians re-equipped with new Hawker Hurricanes, re-organized under their energetic new leader and became well known for their fierce efficiency.
On August 30, 1940, following hard fighting, S/L Bader tucked in alongside his wingman, "Willie" McKnight as they returned to base. The exuberant Bader held up two fingers indicating his two victories. The Canadian flashed back three indicating a "Hat Trick". Bader was elated. The squadron that day claimed a total of 12 enemy A/C destroyed without loss to themselves. The tide of the battle was turning.
To be promoted to Squadron Leader and be assigned to your very first squadron is a major event in an officer's career. When Douglas Bader received his order to assume command of the only "All Canadian" squadron in the R.A.F., he couldn't wait to get to their base at Coltishall! Winston Churchill's prediction "The Battle for Britain is about to begin" was coming true and 242 Squadron needed spares, equipment and more training if it was to become "operational" again. He led by example and they responded with enthusiasm. The quiet, keen-eyed Willie McKnight from Calgary became a leading ace with over 16 victories and the D.F.C. and Bar before his death on a raid over France shortly after the "Battle".
Bader himself was shot down over France during a raid in 1941 leading the Tangmere Wing with 22 enemy aircraft to his official credit. He survived 4 years as a P.O.W., was awarded a knighthood and inspired scores of amputees with his attitude, (he had lost both legs in a pre-war flying accident) successful post war career, and his driving spirit. He died in 1982.”
It is to the memory of Douglas Bader and the men of 242 Squadron that this aircraft is dedicated.
The Blu-Hurri is a 1/10 scale foamie park flyer with a wingspan of 48”. It is designed to fly on the commonly available BP21 motor and will accommodate larger motors at the builder’s discretion. It uses the tough but light monobloc construction pioneered in the Blu-Baby aircraft and used very successfully in many other designs. It utilizes the excellent KFm3 airfoil for great flying qualities and ease of construction. It is a four channel aircraft. Included in this post are the correct squadron markings for Douglas Bader’s aircraft including the famous “Kicking Hitler’s Butt” nose art.
The Blu-Hurri is aircraft #2 of the WWII series. More will follow. I would like to thank Bob (Foamenator) for the excellent work he did on the development of this model’s prototype and test flight. Thanks again Bob!
The Blu-Hurri is a simple, attractive model with great flight characteristics and an easy build. I hope you enjoy it.
Last edited by Tony65x55; Jan 28, 2008 at 05:21 AM.