Yet Another Special Hobby 1/32 Whirlwind
The Whirlwind is a handsome ship (in my opinion) that doesn't look much like anything else that took to the air in WWII. It has that characteristically British mix of sleek and awkward, but in this case leaning much more to the sleek end of the scale. That's not to say there aren't any awkward lines. The wings, for example, look somewhat “agricultural” and sort of stuck to the fuselage. The empennage is intriguing with its “T” configuration, designed to raise the horizontal stabilizers out of the slop created when the flaps are down.
The Whirlwind had an interesting and short history that I won't bore you with as Tom Cleaver (@tcinla) has done it more justice than I ever could. However, I believe that even if the Whirlwind was designed with Marlins instead of the less powerful and unreliable Kestrels, it could not have matched the flexibility and range of two other British planes with 4 20mm autocannons – the Bristol Beaufighter and de Havilland Mosquito.
Speaking of flaps, those interested in modifying the kit to display a flaps-down configuration are in for some work. As shown in the picture below, it's more like a single flap extending under the fuselage between the spots where the wings begin tapering toward their tips.
In any case, here's my rendition of a Westland Whirlwind Mk I.