Revell 1/72 Blackburn Skua II
January 28, 2014 in Aviation
This is an old kit which has been re-poped several times. From what I’ve read it’s totally inaccurate, but I just wanted an easy, quick build. The decals offer two options. I chose the No. 806 Squadron, FAA, HMS Illustrious 1940.
Besides being ugly, the Skua has some heritage. It was the Royal Navy’s first monoplane, Britain’s first naval dive bomber, first declanding aircraft to have flaps, retractable landing gear, and a variable pitch propeller.
By the start of WWII, it was already obsolete, but in a dive bombing role, sank the “Konigsberg”, April 10, 1940. Withdrawn from active service in 1941, it became a target tug/trainer for the rest of it’s days.
I went OOB, except for the exhaust pipe. It went together fairly easily, and the fit was not bad considering it’s age. In retrospect, I probably could have added a lot, but I ended up with what I expected, so another goes anonymously on the shelf.
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