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Fairey Firefly – RAF Recognition model – Rare Wooden 1:90 scale with stores labels 

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.

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