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Watling & Son propellers
« on: April 23, 2022, 11:49:15 PM »
Does anyone who has access to Bob Gardners books on British propeller makers of WWI, know of Watling & Son of Great Yarmouth?

I only found a one- line reference of this company in "E.L.T.A. The First Aviation Exhibition AmsterdamĒ.

The author, Rob Mulder, mentions that Watling & Son of Great Yarmouth, made most of the propellers for the Rolls-Royce engines for the Handley Page, (the majority being four-bladers for all the HP O/400ís) and the Vickers Vimy.

However, I canít find any references to Watling & Son anywhere on the Internet.

Specifically, I am looking for information on the two-bladed props of the Handley Page V/1500. In the drawings of Windsock Datafile 164, 2 different two-bladed props have been drawn:

On is designated AB 8580 (54.5 mm in 1/72) and the other one AB 8422 (56 mm in 1/72).

The engines were arranged in two tandem pairs, mounted in the gap between the mainplanes. The front engine of each pair drove a two-blade air- screw, the rear a four-blader. On production V/1500s the diameters of these air- screws were 13 ft. 5 in. and 10 ft. 4 in. respectively.

Willem

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Re: Watling & Son propellers
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2022, 12:02:00 AM »
Willem, according to this page:
http://woodenpropeller.com/Books.html
You need Volume 5: Sage to Wolseley

Really pity, I have only bought Vol 3 and now there is no possibility to buy this books anymore :(
As far as I heard (I was not able to contact him) Bob has serious health issues.

Cheers,
Frank

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Re: Watling & Son propellers
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2022, 12:15:07 AM »
Thanks Frank,

I do a regular search on the Internet for Bob's books, but alas..

I hope someone who has volume 3 can provide me with some information.

Willem

P.s. I'll PM you on your PM later today  ;)

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Re: Watling & Son propellers
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2022, 12:22:03 AM »
I hope someone who has volume 3 can provide me with some information.
I confused you: You need Vol 5

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Re: Watling & Son propellers
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2022, 10:13:49 PM »
So it turns out the information I'm looking for is in "British Propeller Makers of WWI: Part Five" by Bob Gardner.

I am specifically interested in the propellers for the Handley Page O/400 and the Vickers Vimy made by Watling & Son.

I wonder if any of our forum members has this book and may be able to help me.

Thanks in advance,

Willem

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Re: Watling & Son propellers
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2022, 08:55:00 AM »
I was really hoping that at least one of the forumites here had this book.

Since Bob Gardners books are sold out and unavailable on the net, I figured someone must have bought them....  :'(

Willem