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The Welkin Mk. 1 was a 1944 high-altitude fighter. It had a length of 41.5 ft, wingspan 70 ft, and was powered by 2 Rolls-Royce Merlin 76/77 liquid-cooled 1,233HP piston engines. Range 1480 miles, max speed 385 mph, with a service ceiling of 45,000 ft. This altitude required both a pressurized cockpit and oxygen mask for the single-pilot-crew.
This kit is a laser cut pseudo-dime scale twin-engine rubber powered model.
This Free Flight Rubber Powered kit includes a full-size rolled CAD drawn plan, laser cut balsa parts, hand-picked balsa strip wood, FAI rubber motors, E-B propellers, EBM thrust bearings, vacuum-molded canopy, MT. FUJI light sky blue and grey tissue, and TissueCal™ markings. You will need a hobby knife, fine sandpaper, building board set and glue.
Precut on our laser from Easy Built Lite black tissue.item #B357 price: $4.95
Extra vacuum-molded canopy for the Welkin.item #B358 price: $3.95
Oliver Sand took time from his engineering studies to design and build this Westland Welkin Mk. 1 pseudo Dime Scale gem. Oliver shared his design with Dave Niedzielski who drew it up in CAD and then created this new laser cut kit.
With a weight of 8.5 grams with handmade contra-rotating balsa propellers, Oliver Sand is about to launch his Welkin at Baron Field in Wawayanda, NY.
Oliver's Welkin takes flight. Beautiful!
Oliver's notes: "built pretty light, definitely preshrunk tissue, props are carved about 1.3 P/D if I remember right. About a 10-11” loop of 1/16” rubber per nacelle seems like the limit, 3/32” rubber was way too much power. [Kit comes with 1/16" rubber.] Does a solid 40 seconds without lift, nice indoor pattern too, and with lift will really get up there! Nice glide with those wood props and I’ve been scared of losing it in a thermal a few times."
Includes a hobby knife, 5 blades, straight point tweezers, 5.5" x 9" Self Healing Cutting Mat, Jet Instant glue, Jet Super glue, Jet Tips, glue stick, canopy glue/tacky glue, MagnaBoard XL™ set, Minus Magnets 20 pack, and Rubber Powered Model Airplanes book. Save 25% off individually priced items! There is a limit of 2 sets per order.item B329 Price: $79.95
Excludes the book on rubber power and the glue stick. Includes a hobby knife, 5 blades, straight point tweezers, 5.5" x 9" Self Healing Cutting Mat, Jet Instant glue, Jet Super glue, Jet Tips, canopy glue/tacky glue, MagnaBoard XL™ set, and Minus Magnets 20 pack. Save 25% off individually priced items! There is a limit of 2 sets per order.item B332 Price: $66.95
Includes Sanding Stick with 120, 240, 320, 400, and 600 grit belts, Pull Saw Blade, K5 Heavy Duty Knife with beveled blade, Narrow Keyhole Saw Blades 5 pack, Curved Tip Tweezers, 1/16" Ball Tip Burnisher, Jewelers Needle Point Awl, Steel Ruler 6" x 1" with drill gauge, 15 piece drill set (1.05mm - 2mm). Save 30% off individually priced items!item B330 Price: $45.99
Includes a 10:1 winder, moldable nose weight, FAI SuperSport rubber 32 feet each 3/32", 1/8", and 3/16" and 32 feet EBM 1/16" rubber. Save 23% off individually priced items!item B331 Price: $34.95
Pete Kaiteris saw some beautiful flights from his Welkin. Pete's notes: "Here are two Whelkin flights at Wawayanda. I timed 34 sec and 40 sec."