Scratch 1/72 The Little Nellie James Bond, 007

Gallery Article by Tigre del Aire on Aug 11 2009


Greetings from Colombia, the land of Juan Valdez!

James Bond is one of the most famous secret agents, their missions and their artifacts that make it more admired and imitated, with "Q" that provisioning of a multitude of foreign, deathly and sophisticated elements, One of the most remembered is the autogyro used in the movie "you only live twice", the famous "Little Nellie".

But first, some history of this amazing device:
The Wallis WA-116 autogyro, known as "Little Nellie", was a helicopter that could lift twice its own weight, fly 210km/h and rapidly climb to 4100m - even though it weighed 110kg. This aircraft could take off in 30 yards of space at a minimum speed of approximately 20km/h. The autogyro was flown by James Bond in a movie featuring the flying exploits of agent 007.

Wing-Commander K. Wallis flew his first autogyro in August 1961. After building nine single-seaters, construction of a two-seat variant — the WA-116T — was begun in 1969; he then tested a four-blade rotor and finally produced the WA-116F with which he won the closed circuit world record in 1974 in the 670.26km category.
Wallis autogyros have been powered by various types of engines, within the range 72 to 160hp (the latter is used in the two-seat Wallis WA-122) and have been employed for research programmes, including one promoted by Sperry Radar.
In 1983 development of a production version, powered by a Weslake engine, was under way in association with Vinten Ltd. Intended primarily for para-military use, including policing and survey work, the definitive aircraft is due to be certificated in 1984.

The Wallis WA-116 Agile was a British single-seater ultra-light autogyro first flown in 1962, and subsequently seen in a James Bond film. The Wallis WA-116 Agile was powered by a McCulloch Model 4318A four-cylinder horizontally-opposed air-cooled engine providing a top speed of 185km/h and a range of 225km.
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The model is not in Colombia, if any, is on a scale not management, so I decided to take a pen cap and do a scratch, 1:72 scale by measuring the successful pilot with one that does not use, to make the engine stringer, support main rotor, I used the Sprue stretching; tail propeller and instrument panel with plastic card; for weapons (missiles and rocket launchers) sprue used the same cut but without stretching, the only parts that correspond to a model are the front and rear wheels, left over from an Su-27.

With a good dose of imagination, glue, paint and lots of pictures, I managed to take the Little Nellie in my collection.

Hope you have liked, saludos desde Colombia la tierra de Juan Valdez!
Colombia es Pasión!

Tigre del Aire

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