K7 BLUEBIRD GAS TURBINE SCALE MODELS
The Bluebird K7 is a gas turbine jet-engined three-point hydroplane that was designed by Ken and Lewis Norris (brothers) for Donald Campbell's water speed record campaign. There are many full size replicas at various museums around the world, so many in fact that one could have made a living producing replicas for sale.
Classic Blue Bird K7 Replica for Jet Turbine Conversion or Electric power with EDF over 4ft long
As with the Apollo missions, Bluebird was an evolutionary project going through many design and technology innovations.
Although its technical specification changed radically over time as Campbell experimented with different engines, Bluebird K7
remained an aluminium
bodied three-point hydroplane with a Metropolitan-Vickers Beryl axial-flow turbojet engine, producing 3,500
pounds of thrust. The frame underneath was triangulated steel box section.
Campbell talked about death because he lived with it, not because he wanted to die. He knew there was no safety net when he walked out onto the tightrope. Everything depended on him, and him alone, he had to perform. It meant that he would eventually have to take what he once described as a thoroughly unjustified risk. And that was how the legend of Donald Campbell was born.
Donald Campbell's K7 world water speed record boat, Lake Coniston 1967
The K777, piloted by Jim Noone. It seemed a little nose heavy during trials, suggesting that some re-trimming might be in order. This was a problem that Leo Villa and Donald Campbell came across, sometimes resorting to weights.
You might agree that the footage of the models on this page appear to support the view that the K7 could have been made stable at higher speeds. These models are made to a very high standard by dedicated enthusiasts. The K777 team might like to think about testing some of these models to see how they are getting onto the plane so easily. Easier in fact than Donald Campbell manager in the original craft.
The K7 on its final run 4 January 1967
Campbell's last words on his final run were, via radio intercom:
Large Blue Bird K7 Replica for Jet Turbine Conversion or Electric power with EDF
- over 4ft long. Price: £699.00 / 866.76. These are quality model boats made in China, vetted
during a trade mission in 2012. The 1/6th scale model it comes as you see it painted and detailed as in the
picture above. You can convert to either electric prop and EDF fan power to give that scale sound from the EDF and can be supported with some prop power for scale speeds action.
You can also Jet Turbine the Blue Bird K7 as some other users of this model have done. We have added more details below about how you can do this to yours. (Wren 160 size is ideal).
The model here has no electrics added.
EDF Ducted Fan Unit 7Blade 5inch 127mm for 1/6th Blue Bird K7
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DONALD CAMPBELL'S BLUEBIRDS
The bluebird legend lives on: The first road car to use our blue bird trademark is the electrically powered Ecostar DC50, a long distance runner that uses cartridges to recharge instantly (in under a minute). This is achieved with built in Bluebird power loaders, enabling the car to recharge at any road stop where a cartridge is waiting to be picked up. The DC50 may be upgraded for clubman circuit events.
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