1/48 Blackburn Roc
This is the Special Hobby kit and it shares quite a few parts with their earlier Skua kit. One problem this leads to is the Skua had two fuel tanks behind the pilot, the Roc one. SH give you the same parts for the Roc as in the Skua kit. I used the two halves of the larger fuel tank to represent the one tank set up in the Roc. Detail such as the anti-spin parachute deployment and release levers were added to the starboard side of the cockpit. They can be seen in photo #5. The cables leading to the parachute in the tail cone ran outside the starboard fuselage so the water tight compartments in the rear fuselage were not compromised. On this model the cables were made of stretched sprue. Engineering of the wing parts is problematic and require a lot of test fitting and putty work to obtain a satisfactory result. The photo etched bomb racks are a tedious bending exercise but look good when completed. The propeller which is correct for the Skua isn’t for the Roc as it is too small. I found a suitable replacement in my spare parts box. Master gun barrels replaced the kit parts and are a huge improvement. This model represents a Roc operating with 759 NAS, Eastleigh, 1940.
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