1/48 Fairey Firefly - 860 Sqdn Dutch - Paper Model
The Firefly was designed by H.E. Chaplin at Fairey Aviation in 1940; in June 1940, the Admiralty ordered 200 aircraft to meet Specification N.5/40. The prototype of the Mk I Firefly flew on 22 December 1941. Although it was two tons heavier than the Fulmar (due largely to its armament of two 20 mm cannon in each wing), the Firefly was 40 mph (64 km/h) faster due to improved aerodynamics and a more powerful engine, the 1,730 hp (1290 kW) Rolls-Royce Griffon IIB. The primary variant of the aircraft used during the Second World War was the Mk 1, which was used in all theaters of operation. In March 1943, the first Firefly Mk Is were delivered but they did not enter operational service until July 1944 when they equipped No. 1770 Squadron aboard HMS Indefatigable. The first operations were in Europe where Fireflies made armed reconnaissance flights and anti-shipping strikes along the Norwegian coast. Fireflies also provided air cover during the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz in 1944. Throughout its operational career, the Firefly took on increasingly more demanding roles from fighter to anti-submarine warfare stationed mainly with the British Pacific Fleet in the Far East and Pacific theaters. Fireflies carried out attacks on oil refineries and airfields and gained renown when they became the first British-designed and -built aircraft to overfly Tokyo. After the Second World War, the Firefly remained in service in the UK, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, Netherlands, India, Sweden, Thailand and Australia.
This model repaint of a Thaipaperworks kit builds a Fairy Firefly as it would have appeared serving with the Dutch 860 Squadron during 1946.
Paper Model Details: Over 120 parts including joining strips, fuselage and wing formers, stacked landing gear wheels, rolled landing gear struts, opaque canopy and 4 pages of instructional diagrams. If you enjoy building this paper model, please contribute a review!
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|Manufacturer||Richard Schulten (Nobi Repaint)|