One of the rarer “oddball” British Recognition models that were made in small numbers in scales other than 1:72 !
The Fairey Firefly was a rugged, two-seat carrier-borne aircraft ordered by the British Air Ministry, with the first prototype trials in December 1941. Designed as a long-range anti-submarine reconnaissance-fighter, it was based on the Fairey Fulmar but was greatly improved with a more powerful engine and heavy weapons for strike operations.
The Firefly went into production in August 1942 and after acceptance trials in 1943, was assigned to the RN Fleet Air Arm’s 1770 Squadron – which in 1944 joined the attack on the German battleship Tirpitz.
By 1955 over 1,700 Fireflies had been built. They served with distinction in WW2 and Korea before finally being replaced by the Fairey Gannet in the mid-1950s.
At a scale of 1:90, this very rare model has a wingspan of a little over 6 inches ( 16cms) The Airframe is wooden, good and undamaged apart from a repair to the starboard stabiliser......and the stores labels are present and clear.
Prices shown include Tracked/Insured Shipping, if your country or area are not shown, please contact me at the address shown on the CONTACT page for a competitive shipping cost.
A genuine WW2 Bakelite Fairey Fulmar
The Fairey Fulmar was a British carrier-borne fighter aircraft that served with the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War. A total of 600 were built by Fairey Aviation at its Stockport factory between January 1940 and December 1942.
Although its performance (like that of its Battle antecedent) was lacking, the Fulmar was a reliable, sturdy aircraft with long range and an effective armament of eight machine guns.
At one time, twenty squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm were equipped with the Fulmar. It flew from eight fleet aircraft carriers and five escort carriers.
In original unrestored condition, the only downsides are chips to the tailing edges of the wings, quite common where the Bakelite is thin. At the standard British ID scale of 1:72, the wingspan is around 8 inches (20 cms)
shown include Tracked/Insured Shipping, if your country or area are
not shown, please contact me at the address shown on the CONTACT page
for a competitive shipping cost.