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Blackburn Shark - c.1934 SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale

A pre-war (c.1934) original wooden/metal Skybirds model of the Blackburn Shark Torpedo Bomber of the late 1930's and early WW2.

At 1/72 scale, airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage, copper exhausts etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.......it has a wingspan of around 8 inches (20 cms) and is in generally complete & good condition.


The Blackburn Shark was a British carrier-borne torpedo bomber built by the Blackburn Aircraft company in England and was the last in a series of Blackburn produced biplane torpedo bombers that equipped the Fleet Air Arm in the inter-war years.

The Shark I entered service with No.820 Squadron on HMS  Courageous in May 1935, replacing the Fairey Seal. The Shark II followed early in 1936, equipping No.11 (Fighter) Group at Gosport and No.821 Squadron, also on the  Courageous. Other Sharks operated as catapult aircraft on the battlecruiser Repulse and the battleship Warspite. No.822 Squadron received the Shark in 1936, and No.810 in 1937.

In the following year the Shark was phased out of service in favour of the Fairey Swordfish. A number of the surviving aircraft were then converted into target tugs while others were used as training aircraft, remaining in use in this role into 1942.


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Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 – Rare c.1934 SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale

A pre-war (c.1935) original wooden/metal Skybirds model of the S.E.5.

The airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.....and at 1:72 scale, this S.E5 has a wingspan of around 4.5 inches (12cms) and is in complete condition, not bad for an 80 + years old model !


The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 was a British biplane fighter aircraft of the First World War. It was developed at the Royal Aircraft Factory by a team consisting of Henry Folland, John Kenworthy and Major Frank Goodden.

It was one of the fastest aircraft of the war, while being both stable and relatively manoeuvrable. According to aviation author Robert Jackson, the S.E.5 was: "the nimble fighter that has since been described as “The Spitfire of World War One'"

In most respects the S.E.5 had superior performance to the rival Sopwith Camel, although it was less immediately responsive to the controls. Problems with its Hispano-Suiza engine, meant that there was a chronic shortage of the type until well into 1918. Thus, while the first examples had reached the Western Front before the Camel, there were fewer squadrons equipped with the S.E.5 than with the Camel

Together with the Camel, the S.E.5 was instrumental in regaining allied Air Superiority in mid-1917 and maintaining it for the rest of the war, ensuring there was no repetition of “Bloody April” 1917 when losses in the RFC were much heavier than in the Luftstreitkrafte, The S.E.5s remained in RAF service for some time following the end of the war. Some were transferred to various overseas military operators, while a number were also adopted by civilian operators.


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Nieuport 17 C.1 – Rare c.1934 SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale

A pre-war (c.1934) original wooden/metal Skybirds model of the Nieuport 17 C.1.

At 1/72 scale, airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.....It has a wingspan of around 4.5 inches (12cms) and is in complete condition.


The Nieuport 17 C.1 was a French fighter designed and manufactured by the Nieuport company during World War I.

At the time of its introduction in March 1916, the type's outstanding manoeuvrability and excellent rate of climb gave it a significant advantage over other fighters on both sides,and it was described as "the best pursuit plane of the day". Widely used by many operators, it entered service with every Allied power, not to mention the copies operated by the German Air Service. In addition to substantial production by several French manufacturers, the Nieuport 17 and its close relatives were built in Italy by Neiuport- Macchi and in Russia by Dux. Unlicensed copies, notably the Siemans-Schuckert D.1 and the Euler D.1 were produced in Germany.

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Hawker Hart – Rare SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts 1/72 scale

The Hawker Hart was a British two-seater biplane light bomber aircraft of the Royal Air Force. It was designed during the 1920s by Sydney Camm and manufactured by Hawker Aircraft.

No less than 1,004 Hart aircraft were built, of which Hawker constructed 234.

Production was also undertaken from 1931 by Gloster Aircraft Co Ltd (46), Sir WG Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Ltd (456), Vickers (Aviation) Ltd (226), together with 42 aircraft under licence at Trollhäten, Sweden.

The Hart was an outstanding design, which gave rise to many variants. Developments included the Demon, Audax, Osprey, Nimrod, Hind, Hardy, Hector and Fury.

This rare model is a pre-war SKYBIRDS, in good condition for it's 80 odd years age ! The only part missing is the metal machine gun.

The Air League of the British Empire (started in 1909) began a campaign to develop “air-mindedness” with its Empire Air Day program following the success of Sir Alan Cobham's 1932 National Aviation Day Campaign. A Junior Air League section was formed by A.J. Holladay, called the "Skybird League" in 1933, and the decision was made to market commercial solid-scale model kits of current model aircraft in 1:72 scale. These models consisted of solid wooden airframes, with beautifully cast metal engines, undercarriages, guns etc.

At 1/72 scale, this wood and metal Hart has a wingspan of around 6 inches (15.2cms)

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SPAD S.VII R.F.C. - c.1934 SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale

A pre-war (c.1934) original wooden/metal Skybirds model of the French SPAD S.VII of WW1 finished in the colours of the Royal Flying Corps.

At 1/72 scale, airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.......it has a wingspan of just over 4.25 inches (11 cms) and is in generally complete & good condition.

The SPAD S.VII was the first of a series of highly successful biplane fighter aircraft produced by Société Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés during the First World War. Like its successors, the S.VII was renowned as a sturdy and rugged aircraft with good climbing and diving characteristics.

Apart from the Aviation Militaire (French Air Service) The Royal Flying Corps was the first foreign service to receive the SPAD VII, although only two squadrons (19 & 30 Squadrons) used it on the Western Front. In addition, fighter schools in the United-Kingdom and Squadrons in Mesopotamia also received SPADs.

British-built SPADs were generally used in the training units and in the Middle East, while fighting units in France used superior French-built models.

When the United States entered the war in 1917, an order for 189 SPAD VIIs was placed for the United States Army Air Service of the AEF. The first aircraft were delivered in December 1917. Most were used as advanced trainers to prepare the American pilots for the SPAD XIII.

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Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 – Rare c.1936 SKYBIRDS pre-war model – wooden with metal parts -1/72 scale



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A pre-war (c.1936) original wooden/metal Skybirds model of the French Morane-Saulnier M.S.406

At 1/72 scale, airframe is solid wooden, with metal undercarriage etc. in the usual Skybirds fashion.....the M.S.406 has a wingspan of around 6 inches (15cms) and is in complete condition, not bad for an 80 years old model !

The Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 was a French fighter aircraft developed and manufactured by Morane-Saulnier starting in 1938. It was France's most numerous fighter during the Second World War and one of only two French designs to exceed 1,000 in number.

During the early stages of the Second World War, the type was capable of holding its own during the so-called “Phoney War” However, upon the invasion of France breaking out in earnest in May 1940, large numbers were lost, amounting to approximately 400 aircraft being lost, in total. Out of this total, around 150 were lost to enemy fighters and ground fire, while another 100 aircraft were destroyed on the ground during enemy air raids; the remainder were deliberately destroyed by French military personnel to prevent the fighters from falling into enemy hands intact. In return, French M.S.406 squadrons had achieved 191 confirmed victories, along with another 83 probable victories. Limited production of the type continued in France for sometime after the 1940 Armistice under German supervision.

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