Large/old turboprop engine MBCC Cosford

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I have only done an ad hoc visit to the MBCC and our guide did not know the answer. In the centre of the Hangar was a large-ish turboprop engine with contraprops (cropped),a large black spinner and parallel (straight) combustion cans - looked fairly old but quite large and I have not managed to identify on the web ! any ideas ? rgds baz
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No it was much bigger and 'surrounded' by straight external combustion cans Tony thanks baz
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The only single engine turboprop I can think of which drove contra props was the Soviet NK12. I can't spell the manufacturer, it's something like Kuschenkov. Peter
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Not that either Pete - I did wonder whether it was a development engine ?? rgds baz
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Sounds like an armstrong siddeley Python.
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Python was my first thought Tony and it does look similar,I may be misremembering the prominence of the cans (I thought they were slightly bigger) - the spinner/contraprop layout looks about right ! rgds baz Edit - it was a pristine unit and I guess maybe the brightness of the cans might have made them more prominent in my memory brain cell : )
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Sounds like a Python, but I didn't think they have one with contra-props fitted. The pics I've seen of their Python and Clyde show them both propless. Rob

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When was your visit baz? They have stuff rotate thru there on a regular basis, deliveries, donations, restoration projects...
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Just a couple of weeks ago RA - just an ad hoc visit and we could only go up on the gallery - so I could not have a close look at it. Our guide was not a techie and didnt know too much about the stuff in there. Looked from a distance to be fairly pristine - so maybe had the 'treatment' already ! rgds baz