Modeling by Rick Kent

Camouflage & Markings – Hawker Fury

by Rick Kent on February 15, 2015 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

The Fury, originally named Hornet, first entered service with 43 Squadron RAF in May 1931. Powered by the Rolls-Royce V12 Kestrel IIS, the Fury was the RAF’s first interceptor fighter capable of exceeding 200 mph (top speed 207 mph). The […]

Camouflage & Markings – Bristol Bulldog

by Rick Kent on February 11, 2015 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

For a time during its service career the Bulldog equipped 70% of the RAF’s fighter defence force, with eleven squadrons in service. The prototype, powered by a Jupiter VII engine, first flew on 17 May 1927. The aircraft had a […]

Camouflage & Markings – Gloster Gamecock

by Rick Kent on February 3, 2015 in Aviation -- 19 Comments

The Gamecock was developed from the Grebe, with the more powerful Jupiter engine replacing the Jaguar. The prototype was delivered in February 1925 and a further 90 production machines were eventually ordered, entering service with 23 Squadron in May 1926. […]

Camouflage & Markings – Hawker Woodcock

by Rick Kent on February 1, 2015 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

The Woodcock was designed as a night fighter to meet an RAF requirement in 1922 and the first prototype, Mk. I, with a Jaguar II engine, flew in March 1923. This aircraft had a number of serious problems and was […]

Camouflage & Markings – Armstrong Whitworth Siskin

by Rick Kent on January 31, 2015 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

The first prototype of the Siskin flew in May 1919. Unfortunately its Dragonfly engine, of which much was expected, proved to be lacking in power and was unreliable. Hence, after some long time, the aircraft was redesigned with a metal […]

Camouflage & Markings – Fairey Flycatcher

by Rick Kent on January 30, 2015 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

Entering service in1923, the Flycatcher was one of the earliest aircraft specifically designed and built for operation from aircraft carriers. Fitted with floats, it could also be operated from catapults on battleships and cruisers. The Fleet Air Arm was originally […]

Camouflage & Markings – Gloster Grebe

by Rick Kent on January 29, 2015 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

The Grebe was the RAF’s first new fighter to enter service in the UK after World War I. At first one flight of 111 Squadron was equipped with them at Duxford alongside their Snipes and Siskins from October 1923. Five […]

Camouflage & Markings – Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe

by Rick Kent on January 27, 2015 in Aviation -- 14 Comments

Going back to an earlier war than my previous profile offerings, here is my collection of Snipes. The Snipe entered service late in World War I as the RAF’s new standard fighter, in preference to the Martinsyde Buzzard. They were […]

Camouflage & Markings – Grumman F8F Bearcat

by Rick Kent on December 21, 2014 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

Too late to see service in WW II, the Bearcat operated with the US Navy’s frontline fighter squadrons from 1946 to 1950 as their last piston-engined fighter, alongside late marks of the F4U Corsair. It fitted very neatly into the […]

Camouflage & Markings – Grumman F4F Wildcat

by Rick Kent on December 18, 2014 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

Here’s my collection of Wildcat and Martlet profiles. Martlet was the early British name for the type but was later abandoned for the US name. The Royal Navy Martlets of 805 Sqn in North Africa in 1941/42 were delivered in […]