Category Supermarine Nanok

Supermarine Nanok – Introduction

This extremely rare aircraft was commissioned by the Royal Danish Navy at Supermarine in Southampton, England in 1927. The plane did not live up to the specifications and its delivery was rejected. The aircraft was converted to a luxury 12-seat civil transport for the use of the Irish brewing magnate, Arthur Ernest Guinness, being renamed the Supermarine Solent.

There are extremely few photos of this plane, and most of them are now in my possession. Likewise is a 3-view, and I will in the coming months, attempt to build a model in scale 1:5.


Crew: Five
Length: 50 ft 6 in (15.40 m)
Wingspan: 75 ft 0 in (22.86 m)
Height: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
Wing area: 1,572 ft² (146 m²)
Empty weight: 10,619 lb (4,817 kg)
Loaded weight: 16,311 lb (7,399 kg)
Powerplant: 3× Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar IV 14-cylinder air cooled radial engine, 430 hp (321 kW) each
Maximum speed: 99 kn (113.5 mph, 183 km/h) at sea level
Stall speed: 56 kn (64 mph, 103 km/h)
Range: 557 nmi (640 mi, 1,030 km) Reconnaissance
Service ceiling: 10,920 ft (3,328 m)
Rate of climb: 607 ft/min (3.1 m/s)
Wing loading: 10.4 lb/ft² (50.7 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.079 hp/lb (130 W/kg)
Guns: 2 × .303 in (7.7 mm) machine guns
Bombs: 2 × 1,534 lb (700 kg) torpedoes

Supermarine Nanok – Model

I have gotten a 3-view from an old air force book with rigging information. Unfortunately it is not very detailed, but together with photos of a restored wooden Supermarine aircraft at the RAF museum in Hendon, I think I should have a shot at it. Obviously, since there are so few photos of the aircraft, quite a bit of “educated guesses” will probably be necessary.

The scale will be 1:10, giving a size of:

Length: 1.54 m
Wingspan: 2.286 m
Height: 0.594 m



Supermarine Nanok – Construction

This is just a quick post to show the construction methods used by Supermarine on their wooden aircraft hulls. The photo is of a Supermarine Southampton Mk. I. The Supermarine Nanok was designed and built right after the Southampton. It is quite safe to assume that most of the design techniques used on the Southampton were reused on the Nanok. Note how the planking is immaculate, with every plank attached with brass screws to the underlying skeleton. It is also worth noting the construction of the metal parts.


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  • Robert  says:

    Probably a bit late, but there are Nanok drawings in the RAF Museum archives, as well as in the Danish National archives.

  • admin  says:

    I have been to the Danish National Archives and did not find any drawings. Are you sure? I think I have scanned all the aircraft drawings they have.

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