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With a service ceiling of 25,000ft, the Lockheed Hudson’s 1,200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp 14-cylinder two-row radial engines, gave the light bomber/transport a maximum speed of 246 mph.
Driving twin, 3-bladed Hamilton Standard hydromatic constant speed propellers, the Hudson engines required their RPM’s synchronised before takeoff.
Once both engines had been started, the pilot would select the desired RPM on one engine and then spend considerable time adjusting the propeller controls until the engines were synchronised perfectly.
Without synchronisation, an annoying and disjointed engine ‘beat’ and vibration would run through the entire cabin and airframe reducing power and fuel economy.
To aid in the synchronisation procedures, the pilot or engineer would adjust the propeller and throttle controls whilst watching the small Synchroscope Indicator mounted in the middle of the main flying panel, adjusting power until the spinning needle balanced either vertically or horizontally above the ’Slow’ and Fast’ needle indicators.
By the early 1950s, the Propeller Division of Curtiss - Wright Corporation had introduced an automatic engine synchronisation system which significantly reduced the pilot’s run up times before take off.
The General Electric 88X2200 duel engine Synchroscope Indicator was installed in later production runs of the Lockheed Hudson and carries service details on the rear of the casing.
Mounted in its 100yr old Mango Wood display stand with engraved plaque, detailed Fact Sheet and highly detailed 1/72 or larger, 1/48 scale model of the rugged Lockheed Hudson, perched above on its removable magnetic arm, this original WWII artefact would be a fantastic gift for any aviation enthusiast.
This Lockheed Hudson Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your Lockheed Hudson, General Electric 88X2200 duel engine Synchroscope Indicator, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed, hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft.*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale models are available with wheels & flaps 'up or down' and a choice of two camouflage markings. Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 4 - 6 weeks approx.
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