Bristol Blenheim – IF Specifications
Mercury VIII radials
2- 840 h.p. ea.
5- 7.7 mm
39 ft. 9 in.
56 ft. 4 in.
The Bristol Blenheim was a long range fighter aircraft, a fighter bomber, and a radar equipped night fighter aircraft.
When, in 1935, the Bristol Blenheim was first introduced as a bomber, its speed was greater than many fighter aircraft of the time.
Bristol Blenheim aircraft and their crews served admirably during early World War II. They were the only aircraft the British had that were suitable for daylight raids during that period. Blenheims flew the first sorties of the war against enemy positions.
Blenheim aircraft served in every RAF command and in every theatre of the war. They were outclassed and outgunned by Axis fighters and had the highest proportion of loses of any World War II bomber crews.
Blenheims attacked at low levels where they were especially vulnerable to enemy fighters. Over 200 of the aircraft were lost in the first weeks of the Battle for France.
The Bristol Blenheim was the world’s first radar interceptor aircraft. On July 28, 1940, one intercepted and dispatched a Luftwaffe aircraft. This was the first ever radar intercept in the history of aviation. However they were quickly replaced as radar interceptor aircraft when faster, more maneuverable aircraft became available.
The Bristol Blenheim also served to provide air cover for shipping convoys.
A total of 4,422 Bristol Blenheim aircraft were produced.
RC Bristol Blenheim
That’s Merlyn Graves and his RC Bristol Blenheim. It has a wingspan of 168″, a length of 132″ and weighs around 75 lbs. Merlyn uses DA 100 engine power.
Scale Builder has Merlyn’s RC Bristol Blenheim model build on CD.
My Hobby Store UK has 3 view drawings of various Bristol Blenheim aircraft that may be useful in building a RC Bristol Blenheim.
My Hobby Store UK has RC Bristol Blenheim plans. Wingspan is 85″ with power coming from .40 2C engines.