1/4 scale Bristol Beaufighter, LMA Longhorsley, 1998

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Keith Mitchell
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1/4 scale Bristol Beaufighter, LMA Longhorsley, 1998

Postby Keith Mitchell » September 3rd, 2018, 7:55 pm

Where have the years gone...!

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Re: 1/4 scale Bristol Beaufighter, LMA Longhorsley, 1998

Postby Timothy Huff » May 7th, 2019, 11:35 pm

Anyone knowledgeable about the Beaufighter here? I've seen many pictures of Beau's with a really marked dihedral to the tail-plane, (similar to the Havoc) and almost as many where it's clearly absent, and yet I can't find any reference to a change In tail-plane geometry as the type was developed. Anyone able to cast a little light on this?

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Re: 1/4 scale Bristol Beaufighter, LMA Longhorsley, 1998

Postby sean smith » May 17th, 2019, 5:28 pm

Hi Timothy,

You may find the answer to your tail-plane question here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Beaufighter

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Re: 1/4 scale Bristol Beaufighter, LMA Longhorsley, 1998

Postby Alan Cantwell 1131 » May 17th, 2019, 7:35 pm

The Beaufighter exhibited weak longitudinal stability and poor characteristics following loss of an engine on take-off. One example, R2268, was fitted with a larger tailplane with twin endplate fins in an attempt to address these problems. The final solution, adopted on later Marks was a 20% increase in tailplane area accompanied by 12 degrees of tailplane dihedral.


Not my words, just something from my files, but it explains in detail,

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Re: 1/4 scale Bristol Beaufighter, LMA Longhorsley, 1998

Postby Timothy Huff » May 19th, 2019, 9:34 pm

Many thanks for the explanations.


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