Mounted just above the Wessex HC-2's Horizon Indicators, in the middle of the helicopter's instrument panel, the slip/inclinometer instrument informed the pilot whether the aircraft was side-slipping, skidding or in coordinated flight.
Featuring a ball sealed inside a curved glass tube filled with liquid to act as a damping medium, the indicator was in effect a spirit level with the tube curved in an arc rather than a straight tube and a ball standing in for the bubble.
The ball moved back and forth as it responded to the force of gravity and the aircraft's centripetal forces which moved the ball away or towards the centre of the indicator's curved tube depending on the aircraft's flight orientation.
When the ball was observed in the central postion the aircraft was said to be in coordinated or balanced flight. If the ball was observed on the 'wing' down side of a turn the aircraft was said to be slipping. If it moved to the 'wing-up' side of a turn, it was said to be skidding.
The aircraft's Horizon Indicator, located just below the Inclinometer, informed the pilot to the aircraft's nose up or down position in relation on the vertical axis relative to the horizon. In many aircraft, these two instruments are combined into a single display.
Mounted on their 100yr old mango wood display stand with engraved plaque and highly detailed large scale model of the Westalnd Wessex HC-2 helicopter perched atop its removable magnetic arm, the Slip/Inclinometer also comes with a detailed Fact Sheet telling the story of this incredible aircraft and the pilots and crew who flew it.
* Note that this Westland Wessex Collectable is pictured with the super detailed 1/32 scale model rather than the standard detailed, but smaller 1/72 scale or larger 1/48. Click on the 'Model Upgrade' option at the top of this page for the larger 1/48 scale or for the super-detailed 1/32 scale version.
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This Westland Wessex collectable comes complete with highly detailed 1/72 , larger 1/48 or super detailed 1/32 model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of the instrument in aircraft.
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Your Westland Wessex HC-2 Slip/Inclinometer, 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 in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $45 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
*An upgrade to the Super Detailed a1/32 scale model is also available in the hand-built and airbrushed plastic version for an additional $420 (Click on the 1/32 scale option)
View the Super Detailed 1/32 scale version here!
Both the 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic models are available with 'door and canopy open or closed' options and a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
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 6 - 8 weeks approx.
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