Martin Baker Stingray F Mk-4

Started by TomZ, June 17, 2019, 12:03:27 PM

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Martin Baker Stingray F Mk-4

In 1944 the Australian Navy was looking for a fighter for coastal defence that could be used in remote regions of the country. Australia of course has an enormous coastline which is difficult to defend. Also in the war against Japan a lot of Island in the Pacific needed to be defended against possible Japanese counter attacks.

The Australians learned from the Japanese who used floatplane fighters based at island bases as a flexible defence force. They went looking for a floatplane version of a powerful fighter. The Spitfire was considered, as there already had been some floatplane prototypes. However it was felt that the performance of these was insufficient.

The Martin Baker company in the UK was keen to get a production order for their MB-5 fighter prototype and offered a floatplane version of this to the Australians. A prototype flew in October 1944 and soon after an order was placed for 248 aircraft, named Stingray.

The aircraft entered service in June 1946 and was deployed along the Australian Coastline for defence against Japanese raiders. In the 1947 Japanese offensive against the allied forces the Stingray performed an important role in keeping the Japanese from establishing a foothold on mainland Australia.
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Agreed it is lovely.
However what scale, and what kit?
Is it the AZModels kit of the two seat version (going by the canopy shape)?

I do like the idea  :thumbsup:
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Enough of those and the war wouldn't still be going in 1947, it would have ended earlier! Beautiful!  :thumbsup:
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Sleek (even with the floats and struts).  :thumbsup:


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Quote from: JayBee on June 17, 2019, 01:42:18 PM
However what scale, and what kit?
Is it the AZModels kit of the two seat version (going by the canopy shape)?

It's the AZ models two seat version. I could not get hold of a single seat kit.
Floats comes from a Kawanishi N1K kit by Hasegawa

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I thought I recognised the float (or more accurately, the struts holding the plane up).

- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

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Great work, Tom!  Really nice.

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Oh yeah ! Very nice. Great idea as well !
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beautiful floatplanization !

(that NK1 float is very adaptable to many such exercises  ;) )