A real show stopper ! These models rarely come up for sale, and although over the years I have had the Meteor, Hastings, Hunter and Victor, I have never before seen the early Shackleton.
These huge models were produced in the early to mid 1950's to an Air Ministry / War Department contract, and indeed both the aircraft and it's dedicated stand bear the original Contract serial numbers.
The models were used for Display purposes in RAF Recruiting offices, Battle of Britain Airshows....and also at other shows where the RAF participated with trade stands. I do remember seeing these in the 50's and early 60's on the RAF Stand at the Farnborough Air Show.
I am honestly unsure if the paintwork is original....if so....it's remarkably good. If not......it's a refinish that has been done quite some considerable time ago because the paint shows sign of discolouration in places.
The aircraft is solid aluminium, and both the aircraft and stand carry the Air Min/War Dept. contract numbers..
The first production aircraft flew on 28 March 1950 and the variant entered service with 120 Squadron at RAF Kinloss in March 1951, complete initially with a dorsal turret with two 20 mm cannon, only 29-built.
By January 1953 however, the M.R.2 was entering service with 42 Sqn at RAF St.Eval
It is highly unlikely that a Ministry contract for a small numbers of new models would have been made AFTER the real aircraft had been superseded.........This MR1 model can therefore be accurately dated to the period 1951 – Jan 1953
Scale is 1:48.
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The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft that was introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It was developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and became one of the best known fighter aircraft of the Great War. The type entered squadron service in June 1917 with No. 4 Squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service, near Dunkirk. The following month, it became operational with No. 70 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. By February 1918, 13 squadrons were fully equipped with the Camel. Approximately 5,500 were ultimately produced. The Camel was finally withdrawn from RAF service in 1920.
A solid wooden model, not new, manufactured by Pacific Aircraft Models and about15 years old, with a little in grained dust in places but complete and displays impressively. It's one of the mahogany models produced in the Philippines, of which there is currently one are on eBay, at £184.50 + £60 shipping, and that's for the smaller 12 inch span, this one is 19 inches....so this one represents good value !
The model is finished in the colours of the 28 Squadron RAF, which was formed at Gosport on November 7th, 1915. For eighteen months it was a training unit before moving to Yatesbury in July 1917 where it was re-equipped with Sopwith Camels before moving to France in October. The Squadron had barely settled when it was moved to Italy, along with the British Expeditionary Force. 28 Squadron remained in Italy until February 1919 before returning home to be disbanded on January 20th, 1920.
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