Donald Campbell K7 Bluebird

£275.00
Donald Campbell began his record-breaking career in 1949. Hitherto, he had been using his father Sir Malcolm Campbell's propellor-driven hydroplane Bluebird K4 for his attempts, but in 1951 it was destroyed by structural failure. In 1952, Donald began development of his own jet-powered Bluebird K7 to take the record from the American prop-rider hydroplane Slo-Mo-Shun.

Campbell took seven world water speed records in K7 between 1955 and 1964. The first of these occurred at Ullswater on 23 July 1955, where he set a record of 202.15 mph (324 km/h). Campbell achieved a steady series of subsequent speed-record increases with the boat during the decade, beginning with a mark of 216 mph (348 km/h) in 1955 on Lake Mead. Subsequently, four new marks were registered on Coniston Water.

In June 1966, Campbell decided to once more try for a water speed record with K7: his target, 300 mph (480 km/h). After many modifications and delays Campbell finally mounted his record attempt on 4 January 1967. Bluebird had completed a perfect north-south run at an average of 297.6 mph (478.9 km/h), and Campbell used a new water brake to slow K7 from her peak speed of 315 mph (507 km/h). Instead of refuelling and waiting for the wash of this run to subside, as had been pre-arranged, Campbell decided to make the return run immediately. The second run was even faster; as K7 passed the start of the measured kilometre, she was travelling at over 320 mph (510 km/h). 150 yards from the end of the measured mile, K7 lifted from the surface and took off at a 45-degree angle. She somersaulted and plunged back into the lake, nose first. The boat then cartwheeled across the water before coming to rest. Campbell had been killed instantly.

Campbell's last words on his final run were, via radio intercom:
“ Pitching a bit down here...Probably from my own wash...Straightening up now on track...Rather closer to Peel Island...Tramping like mad...and er... Full power...Tramping like hell here... I can't see much... and the water's very bad indeed...I can't get over the top... I'm getting a lot of bloody row in here... I can't see anything... I've got the bows up... I've gone....oh"

This model of the Bluebird K7 has been faithfully reproduced in kiln dried Mahogany. Each is carved, joined and sanded by hand. The deep, rich finish that distinguishes these models from all others is created by the application of up to 35 coats of enamel. The artist then hand paints all of the details onto each model. The final product is a beautiful authentic wooden model.

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Scale: 1/26

Size: Length 30 x 13cm
Product Code: SKU-700
Availability: In Stock

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