Aircraft Recognition Models & Books


Hawker Sea Fury – Matthijs Verkuyl Metal Recognition model – 1:72 scale

From the Dutch Master Craftsman / modeller Matthijs Verkuyl, this Hawker Sea Fury is well up to the usual standard of accuracy associated with his work.

To the normal 1:72 scale, the wingspan measures 6.5 inches. It has been re-finished in the usual Black satin finish.

Developed during WW2, the Sea Fury entered service two years after the war ended. It proved to be a popular aircraft with a number of overseas militaries, and was used extensively during the Korean War in the early 1950's, and later, with great success, by the Revolutionary Air Force of Fidel Castro against the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba !

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Vought SB2U Vindicator (Royal Navy Chesapeake) – VERY RARE & Early 1:48 Aircraft Recognition Model – International Model Aircraft (FROG)

A VERY rare 1:48 scale Aircraft Recognition model from early war period c.1940. Although the standard British scale was 1:72, a few models were made for the War Office in 1:48 scale, by the model company International Model Aircraft Ltd. (better known as FROG) Also, rather unusually, they were paint finished ! In my own collection, I also have a Blenheim Mk.I and a Defiant.


The Vought SB2U Vindicator was an American carrier-based dive bomber developed for the United States Navy in the 1930s, the first monoplane in this role.

France had placed an order for 50 in March 1940, with delivery planned from March 1941. Following the fall of France, this order was taken over by the British government for use by the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, who named the aircraft the Chesapeake. Fourteen Chesapeakes were used to equip a reformed 811 Naval Air Squadron on 14 th July 1941 at RNAS Lee-on-Solent. The squadron, whose crews referred to it as the "cheesecake", intended to use them for anti-submarine patrols, and they were earmarked for the escort carrier HMS Archer.

By the end of October that year, it had been decided that the Chesapeakes were underpowered for the planned duties and would not be able to lift a sensible payload from the small escort carriers. Accordingly, they were withdrawn from 811 Squadron in November 1941 for use as training aircraft and the unit was re-equipped with the biplane Fairey Swordfish.

To 1/48 scale, the wingspan is 10.25 inches (27 cms) the airframe is complete and undamaged, the prop is metal, the paintwork is all original and un-restored, and it still has it's “INTERNATIONAL MODEL AIRCRAFT Ltd. MERTON SW 19” gold label.

Displays beautifully for its age and rarity,

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Fairey Firefly – Matthijs Verkuyl Metal Recognition model – 1:72 scale 

From the Dutch Master Craftsman / modeller Matthijs Verkuyl, this Fairey Firefly is well up to the usual standard of accuracy associated with his work.

To the normal 1:72 scale, the wingspan measures 7 inches. It has been re-finished in the usual Black satin finish. Evidence of some surface corrosion on the undersides.

The Fairey Firefly was a Second World War-era carrier-borne fighter aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft principally operated by the Fleet Air Arm. It was developed and built by the British aircraft manufacturer Fairey Aviation Company

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AP. 1480A - RECOGNITION HANDBOOK OF ROYAL AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT – Air Ministry publication – Early War and Pre-war edition

The “Bible” of Aircraft Recognition for the R.A.F. And in fact all arms of British Forces and Home Defence Organisations during WW2. It was issued as a stiff card covered loose leaf cover, with the intention that as information changed or new aircraft were introduced (or indeed, old ones taken out of service) the pages would be changed by the user.

Condition has light age related wear, as do the pages, which are nevertheless all secure. This edition contains photographs as well as silhouettes.

The A.P.1480 was issued in several different forms, dealing separately with aircraft of each nationality (Both Allied and Axis) as well as “Instructor” guides. It was issued to all RAF Stations/Squadrons, as well as Army Anti Aircraft units, Royal Navy, Royal Observer Corps and Home Guard and A.T.C units.

This particular edition is in a cover dated September 1941, but the aircraft shown are all monoplanes only from the early & pre-war era. Aircraft shown include the Avro Anson, B.A.Swallow, B.A.Eagle, Bristol Bombay, Albemarle, Miles Mentor, Proctor, Wellesley, Mitchell, Dakota, Botha, Fortress I, Ford Trimotor and more single engine light aircraft than I have ever seen in one of these publications.

You can see from the photos the thickness of this very full publication which weighs .7 Kgs !

An historic and fascinating publication for anyone with an interest in Aircraft Recognition or aircraft of the period.

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FIAT G.91 – 1960 Aircraft Recognition / Spotter Model - Near Mint / Boxed US Gov. RARE

They don't come in much better condition than this ! A dated (October 1960) Cold War period recognition/spotter model of the classic FIAT G.91.

The Fiat G .91 was an Italian jet fighter aircraft designed and built by Fiat Aviazione, which later merged into Aeritalia. The G.91 entered into operational service with the Italian Air Force in 1961, and with the West German Luftwaffe in the following year. Various other nations adopted it, such as the Portuguese Air Force, who made extensive use of the type during the Portuguese Colonial War in Africa. The G.91 enjoyed a long service life that extended over 35 years.

Following the problems with WW2 ID Models made in the old cellulose acetate, a new compound Cellulose Acetate Butyrate was used.....this model is therefore stable and will not warp !

It was manufactured by Setco Div. Schneider Eng. & Tool Co. in L.A. California, and the model is clearly dated Cotober 1960. It is still in it's original issue box, with all flaps and supports present....together with the original label & serial numbers. The model itself is in excellent condition, and is dated and marked “US PROPERTY”

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