Saunders-Roe SR.A/1 “The Squirt”
February 4, 2015 in Aviation
This “vacuform” model was built back in the days without the aid of the internet. I think it was offered by Rareplanes, and was a product of the 1970’s. LIke all vacuform planes of the era, it was a simple build in the terms of actual kit supplied parts. And very sparse in the way of prototypical references such as pictures of the actual plane. I concocted the paint scheme and since there were no decals I used what ever I had in the scrap box at the time. When built (1979), I attempted to keep it “Royal Air Force” in appearence but I don’t recall viewing any photos of this plane on the internet in such a paint scheme(so much for accuracy). As for the real plane it was an attempt to produce a 600 mph fighter aircraft that could operate independent of a fixed airfield. First flown in July 1947, the “Squirt” was 50′ long and had a wing span of 46′. Armed with four 20mm cannon, it’s top speed was 512 mph. Only 3 of these jets were built and one survives today as a museum piece, the other two crashed during tests.
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