The first Temple Aviation Manufacturers, Ltd. aircraft, the Temple Whitetail!
About this creation
Phew, the max number of pics hit right on the button! Finally got around to getting pics of and posting this. Well, what is 'this', you may ask? This is the first aircraft created by my "what-if" British aircraft manufacturer, Temple Aviation Manufacturers, Ltd. This is the Temple Whitetail general-purpose aircraft of 1933, replacing the Westland Wapiti in Home Service just as the latter began to enter service. However, the Wapiti was still used in Britain's colonies and other territories. The Whitetail was so named because the RAF ordered general-purpose aeroplanes to be named after types of deer in order to more easily identify the aircraft. The Whitetail was more advanced than the Wapiti due to its all-metal construction, more powerful engine, and heavier offensive and defensive load. The Whitetail existed in military variants, including the Mk. I bomber, Mk. II fighter with an extra machine-gun in the forward fuselage, the one-off experimental Mk. III monoplane which led to the Temple Mule, and the Mk. IV dual-control trainer with no armament. Each of these had varying degrees of engine horsepower and aircraft speed. There were also three civilian variants, one of which was post-WWII. These consisted of the Temple WC-1 (Whitetail Civilian 1) stuntplane, the Temple WC-2 racer, and the post-war Temple WC-3 crop-duster. This particular model of Whitetail is a Mk. I general-purpose bomber, with specifications at the bottom of the MOC.
A side view of the Whitetail, showing the poor landing gear which caused many problems in my semi-Alternate Universe. It also displays the open engine and one of the two machine-guns mounted in the forward fuselage. I had to use the 3-prop setup from my Ju-88 and simply put a 1x2 grill flat on one end for lack of a proper 2-prop piece. This format will unfortunately be retained when I make my Mule Mk. I.
"Come on, I told you to stop looking at it in the P-47 MOC!" The back of the Whitetail, showing off the rather poorly-made and disproportionate tail.
This is the other side, showing the other of the two forward-fuselage MGs.
Uh, the side again?
Upside down, showing the landing gear and bomb rack. No, the landing gear is not supposed to be retractable, I just couldn't find the right pieces to make it stay put.
The top wing comes off easily to provide a look into the cockpits, which isn't very detailed. No, that sloping grill behind the rear cockpit is not part of the tail, it's supposed to be a rear MG.
The underside of the top wing, simply showing how it was put together.
In case anyone wonders where I got the inspiration for the Whitetail series, this is it, combined with some elements of the Wapiti's design. It comes from some Matchbox set I got, and is fittingly named "Bi-Plane".
Country of origin: UK
Powerplant: 565-horsepower 9-cylinder single-row radial engine
Top Speed: 125mph
Armament: 2 0.303-inch machine-guns in forward fuselage, 1 0.303-inch machine-gun in rear cockpit; 750lbs bombs