Anigrand Craftworks McDonnell XHJD-1 in 1/72 scale
prototype, modelling report by Meindert de Vreeze
The first helicopter to bear the McDonnell name was designed with the help of the Platt LePage Aircraft Company. The US Navy set out a competition and McDonnell invested in Platt LePage to learn techniques of the helicopter. After lost of the competition, work continued, resulting in the parallel development of a twin-engined, twin-rotor test prototype and it was designed to fit specifications for an anti-submarine role. The resulting XHJD-1 made its first hover flight at Lambert Field, St Louis, on 27 April 1946.
Using a twin
rotor concept fitted on a wing with two Wasp Junior engines of 450 hp in
two nacelles, it was quite a remarkable concept. The outher "wings" were
first frames, later on covered looking like a wingtip to reduce drag .
The so called "Whirlaway" was however not ordered and not put into production.
The vacuformed glass is OK, but needs
careful cutting. It think it was a little bit oversize at the mating area
of the fuselage, but this can be fixed with some plastic strip en putty.
I detailed the cockpit area with some stretched sprue and painted in interior
The model was given a light grey base
coat and then the USN Dark sea blue colour of FS 15042 using enamel Xtracolor.
The exhaust pipes and rotor parts were painted dark metal and the markings
are very simple and provided by kit decals.
The model was finished with painting some details metal like the engine faces and wheel hubs.
The span of this model in 1/72 scale is about 15 inch / 37 cm!
Have a look at another McDonnell helicopter
type..... the XV-1 Convertiplane.
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