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Bloodhound Missile

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...


Comments

Hate to say this Darren, but this isn't a Bloodhound Missile It's a British Army BAC (English Electric) Thunderbird Mk 2 SAM. The Thunderbird Mk 1 was developed to the same Operational Requirement as the Bloodhound, but was a pure rocket powered weapon using cruxiform fixed wings and moving tail fins which steered the missile in pitch and yaw. (Bloodhound had top and bottom Ramjet engines, fixed tailplanes and moving wings which steered the missile by rolling the missile then pitching it (known as Twist and Steer). It was a lot smaller than Bloodhound (the boost motors fitted to the Thunderbird were the Gosling 4, which were the same basic boost motors as fitted to the Bloodhound, to give a sense of scale), had a much shorter range and a smaller warhead. It was however easier to move about than the Mk 2 Bloodhound was. It was operated by the British Army from between 1965 and the late 1970s.
FEB 01, 2011 - 10:55 AM
Hello Richard I did look this up using a very good online site that showed the missiles in profile, and this one does not match any of the options offered 100%. I was told that the only differance between Thunderbird and Bloodhound was that one was Royal Air Force and the other British Army. I am however always willing to give way here if you are 100% sure on the ID.
FEB 01, 2011 - 12:19 PM