Classic Airframes 1/48 Fairey Battle, Royal Hellenic Air Force
This my Classic Airframes 1/48 Fairey Battle, finished as a Royal Hellenic Air Force bird.
The Fairey Battle was a British single-engine light bomber that was designed and manufactured by the Fairey Aviation Company.
It was developed during the mid-1930s for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a monoplane successor to the Hawker Hart and Hind biplanes.
The Battle was powered by the same high-performance Rolls-Royce Merlin piston engine that powered various contemporary British fighters like the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. The Battle was much heavier, with its three-man crew and bomb load. Though a great improvement over the aircraft that preceded it, the Battle was relatively slow and limited in range.
The Fairey Battle was used on operations early in the Second World War. During the “Phoney War” the type achieved the distinction of scoring the first aerial victory of an RAF aircraft in the conflict. In May 1940, the Battles of the Advanced Air Striking Force suffered many losses, frequently in excess of 50 per cent of aircraft sorties per mission.
Eleven Battles B.1 were delivered in March 1940, part of an order of 12 airplanes, as the last one sunk aboard a ship that was hit by torpedo during the transport.
The Classic Airframes kit was your typical short run multimedia kit of 20 years ago, meaning thick plastic with soft engraved details and less than average fit for all basic structural parts, nice and extensive resin parts for all “detailed” areas and a clear vacs for all clear parts, wing landing light covers included.
It was not an easy kit, requiring the usual “Classic Airframes” kits of that time attention.
Painted with Humbrol enamels, decalled as s/n B282 of 33 Bomb Squad, as it stood in October 1940, prior to the Italian invasion in Greece.
Light weathering, staining and chipping was applied.
Hope you like it!
1 additional image. Click to enlarge.