Author Topic: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer  (Read 710 times)

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Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« on: June 14, 2021, 07:29:30 PM »
With the introduction of the Hawker Hurricane into Squadron service in 1937 and the Supermarine Spitfire due soon thereafter, the RAF recognised  that they had a need for an advanced training aircraft that would prepare new pilots for the higher performance of the new fighter aircraft. The Air Ministry issued a specification for a new training aircraft and the Gloster Aircraft Company's submission was selected.

The starting point:


As you can see from the drawing I have cut out a template for the cockpit floor and need to work the BUF roundels into the backstory in due course.

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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2021, 08:37:31 AM »
I like it (and remember that Airfix G.50 bis kit with nostalgic affection).

Any plans to move the fin forward - à la the Gloster F.5/34?
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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2021, 08:43:30 AM »
Nice thinking.

Some Gloster proposals look somewhat similar to the Fiat.

Always great to see some classic Airfix Boxart as well.

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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2021, 11:33:10 AM »
Hey Leading Observer. Any progress on your Gloster Gimlet trainer to share?
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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2021, 07:33:44 PM »
Funny you should ask:

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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2021, 12:51:51 AM »
Funny you should ask:

 ;D  Looking good! And I love the new 'turtle-back' fairing behind the rear cockpit  :smiley:
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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2021, 06:06:07 AM »
Funny you should ask:

 ;D  Looking good! And I love the new 'turtle-back' fairing behind the rear cockpit  :smiley:

The "hump" is the original, re-purposed with a modicum of putty
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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer ++Finished++
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2021, 07:15:17 PM »
The Gimlet was the Gloster Aircraft Company's submission for an Advanced Trainer for the Royal Air Force. The aircraft depicted is the first production model on its delivery to the  Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) at RAF Martlesham Heath in early 1938. As  delivery was made during the very brief 4 month period in which Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists had gained control of the Conservative Party and appointed Mosley as Prime Minister, the aircraft bears the Lightning Flash Roundel which the BUF introduced on assuming power, but on the removal of Mosley and his supporters in the Revolt of the Quiet Men in the summer of 1938, these were soon replaced by the standard RAF roundel.
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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2021, 02:37:45 AM »
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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2021, 04:03:34 AM »
Why start with a G.50, when the British already had the Gloster F.5/34?

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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2021, 04:42:04 AM »
Why start with a G.50, when the British already had the Gloster F.5/34?

Because I had an un-started model of the G.50 in the stash?
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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2021, 07:25:23 AM »
Nice  :smiley:   Loved your Mosley/BUF backstory (and good on those 'Quiet Men'!)  ;)
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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2021, 03:37:19 AM »
Why start with a G.50, when the British already had the Gloster F.5/34?

Because I had an un-started model of the G.50 in the stash?




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Re: Gloster Gimlet Advanced Trainer
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2021, 12:57:15 AM »
 ;D
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