Temple's 1940 carrier fighter, the Stallion Mk. I!
About this creation
Boy, have I been gone for quite a while! My mousepad on my Chromebook broke last January due to a spillage of hot chocolate, and I didn't get a wireless mouse until about a month ago. I finally have the Temple Stallion Mk. I fighter of 1940, made from the Lego Creator set 31011 "Propeller Adventures". Very simple and subtle modifications were made for this set. This included a simple covering over of the rear cockpit and the addition of an outboard 20mm cannon, represented by a blue long Technic piece, to each wing. 31011 may just be may favorite Lego set ever because of the movable parts alone.
Anyways, on to the history. The Temple Stallion Mk. I entered service in 1940 as a replacement for the Temple Mule Mk. II, which was outclassed by the latest German fighter, the Messerschmitt Bf109-E, and the development of the Supermarine Spitfire. Originally designated the Temple Mule Mk. III, it looked NOTHING like the Mule in any sort of way, and so was redesignated the Stallion before entering production. It served in a limited function during the final days of the Battle of Britain, serving well over the skies of London but overshadowed by its more common counterparts, the Hurricane and Spitfire. The bulky American-built radial engine was not well-received by British aircrews, who were accustomed to the Rolls-Royce Merlin in the Hurricane and Spit. As the Fleet Air Arm was in dire need of aircraft, the Stallion was thus trialled for use on Royal Navy carriers. Despite the aircraft's large size and relatively low top speed, it proved a success with FAA aircrews and was adopted for full naval service at the start of 1941. In fact, it proved so successful that the naval variant of the Spitfire, the Supermarine Seafire, was cancelled altogether.
Armament of the Stallion consisted of two 0.303in machine-guns and two 20mm cannons in the wings, and two 0.303in machine-guns in the nose. However, the cannons were very prone to jamming and many units replaced them with two more 0.303in machine-guns. In addition, a hardpoint for a 500lb bomb was located in between the landing gear units.Power came from a 1200hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-76 radial engine, propelling the aircraft at speeds of up to 375mph. Later versions were equipped with the R-1830-86, boosting the top speed to 390mph.
The canopy displayed in open position from directly above. The rear slides back and also opens upward, while the forward half only opens upward.
The landing gear in the open position. Simply lift up the light gray piece, lift the tire axle, and close the gray piece back down and the landing gear will be held in place.
Close-up of the landing gear in closed position.
Close-up of the 20mm cannon and 0.303in machine-gun on the right wing.
Close-up of the flaps, with the right flap in the dive position and the left flap in the climb position (direction of aircraft elevation is inverted from the direction of flaps).
Country of Origin: UK
Type: Single-seat carrier-borne fighter
Powerplant: 1200hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 14-cylinder radial engine
Top Speed: 390mph
Armament: 2x Hispano-Suiza Mk. I 20mm cannon and 2x 0.303in machine-guns in the wings and 2x 0.303in machine-guns in the forward fuselage OR 4x 0.303in machine-guns in the wings and 2x 0.303in machine-guns in the forward fuselage; one 500lb bomb underneath the center fuselage
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