An amazing way to learn how jet engines work!
As a federally certificated Airframe & Powerplant technician of over 30 years, I worked on C-130 Hercules aircraft, specifically, the engines and props. I have intimate knowledge of the engine, prop, and all systems pertaining to the Allison T-56/501 engine and I can say with authority that this model is an amazing teaching tool for anyone wanting to understand how jet engines work, as well as the reduction gearbox, which turns the high rpm of the engine into useful torque to turn the prop. The model is very well engineered to show exactly how these systems function, and the fact that it can turn by hand (or with an electric motor, if one wishes to connect it to one) completes the picture. With sections that open to reveal the turbine discs and blades, burner cans, and compressor discs and blades, as well as the gears in the reduction gearbox, the model shows exactly how the real thing functions. The moveable pitch of the prop blades is a great bonus, which shows how the engine power is used by the propeller, to provide thrust for flight. All in all, an excellent model and marvelous teaching tool. I highly recommend this wonderful model!Read full review
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