Flyhawk 1/700 WW2 RN Aircraft 2
Flyhawk has released a second set of 1/700 aircraft. This set contains aircraft that were usually based on cruisers. In the box you get
- 6 Fairey Seafox
- 6 Supermarine Walrus
I find the Seafox an interesting choice as so few were produced and were used on a select few ships. Maybe one of those ships is on Flyhawk’s to do list? Since Flyhawk already have HMS Aurora in her 1945 fit in their range my guess would be one of the other ships in the Arethusa class from earlier in the war since HMS Aurora didn’t carry an aircraft.
The Fairey Seafox was a 1930s British reconnaissance floatplane designed and built by Fairey for the Fleet Air Arm. It was designed to be catapulted from the deck of a light cruiser and served in the Second World War. Of the 66 built, two were finished as landplanes. The first of two prototypes appeared in 1936, first flying on 27 May 1936, and the first of the 64 production aircraft were delivered in 1937. The flights were organised as 700 Naval Air Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm. The fuselage was of all-metal monocoque construction, the wings being covered with metal on the leading edge, otherwise fabric. It was powered by a 16-cylinder 395 hp (295 kW) air-cooled Napier Rapier H engine. It cruised at 106 mph (171 km/h), had a range of 440 mi (710 km).
Although the Seafox handled well, it was criticized for being underpowered, engine cooling was poor and landing speeds were higher than desired. In 1939, a Seafox played a part in the attack on the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee, by spotting for the naval gunners. This led to the ship’s destruction after the Battle of the River Plate. Seafoxes remained in service until 1943; they operated during the early part of the war from the cruisers HMS Emerald, Neptune, Orion, Ajax, Arethusa and Penelope and the armed merchant cruisers HMS Pretoria Castle, Asturias and Alcantara.
The Supermarine Walrus (originally known as the Supermarine Seagull V) was a British single-engine amphibious biplane reconnaissance aircraft designed by R. J. Mitchell and first flown in 1933. It was operated by the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) and also served with the Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). It was the first British squadron-service aircraft to incorporate a fully retractable main undercarriage, completely enclosed crew accommodation, and an all-metal fuselage in one airframe. Designed for use as a fleet spotter to be catapult launched from cruisers or battleships, the Walrus was later employed in a variety of other roles, most notably as a rescue aircraft for downed aircrew. It continued in service throughout the Second World War. A total of 740 Walruses were built.
The interwing struts and rigging and the struts and rigging on the Seafox are all replicated in PE. There are also PE propellers as an option to replace the supplied plastic items. The mountings for the Walrus engine also can done in PE if you wish. The level of detail is very good and I find these 1/700 aircraft by Flyhawk to be more detailed than most in this scale. The Seafox has 9 parts and the Walrus 16. Both aircraft can be built with wings folded or extended.
The instructions are clear and well laid out and should present no problems. They clearly show how to fold the PE and how to fit it.
Another excellent set of 1/700 aircraft from Flyhawk with lots of detail.
Many thanks to Flyhawk for the review sample.