Temple's first purpose-designed fighter, the Mule Mk. II!
About this creation
After the Temple Mule Mk. I was outclassed by the Hawker Hurricane and taken out of service in 1938, Temple rushed to modify the Mule's airframe to compete against the Hurricane, and they ended up with the Mule Mk. II, a rather ugly-looking but dependable fighter. The Mule Mk. II was Temple's first purpose-designed fighter. The Mule Mk. II was the first in Temple's fighter aircraft series, and it would give birth to a legendary aircraft that helped turned the tide of the war. But that will have to wait for another MOC. The Mule Mk. II is ugly-looking, but with four machine-guns, two cannons, and a top speed of 200mph, this was a monster against the Russian aircraft that the Finnish faced when the British sold them ten Mule Mk. II's in mid-1939. It was slow and outclassed by the time of the war, when it faced the Messerschmitt Bf109E. It was thus phased out of service in late 1939.
This aircraft is a very slightly modified version of the propeller plane from the Lego Creator set 31003 "Red Rotors". I just bought this set today (July 6th, 2014). The only modifications are adding a 1x1 glass block to either side of the canopy, adding two sloping pieces to the front of the engine, and adding the two cannons and two machine-guns to the wings.
The right side of the plane.
"FOR THE LAST TIME, STOP STARING AT IT!" Note how much smaller the prop is compared to the Whitetail and Mule Mk. I.
The left side, nothing changed from the right.
The bottom, showing off the Mk. II's deadly armament and heavily revised landing gear.
To show you guys that I finally made a minifig-scale plane, my sig-fig Sgt. Brixon appears (for the first time ever!) as the pilot. You can see his signature pack hanging from one side of the canopy. I re-Sharpied his helmet just for this pic!
Country of origin: UK, only used in combat by Finland
Powerplant: 850hp 14-cylinder two-row radial engine (the same engine as on the Mk. I)
Top Speed: 200mph (it was slower than the Mk. I because of the higher drag due to having the semi-enclosed cockpit)
Armament: 2 0.303-inch machine-guns in forward fuselage, 2 0.303-inch machine-guns and 2 20mm cannon in the wings
Temple's next fighter is the Stallion Mk. I. However, it will be some time before you see it in Lego because I have to find a "bubble" canopy such as used on the P-51 Mustang and also need to find a way to make landing gear similar to that of the F4F Wildcat. I should have Temple's first medium bomber, the Temple Twister, built soon, however.