Sea Harrier HMS Glorious 1939

Started by andrewj, November 17, 2020, 07:53:27 AM

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In the mid 1930's the Fleet Air Arm were looking too a replacement for it's Hawker Nimrod fighters, so they approached several companies including Hawker . Whilst extremely busy with several projects including the Hurricane for the RAF ,designer Sydney Camm thought that a large advance was called for . He, therefore, sought out the assistance of a young RAF engineer named Frank Whittle whom he had previously met , between them they decided that the next generation of fighters should be bypassed completely , having seen developments in Germany  ,and that the new FAA fighter should be entirely radical in design.
The result was the Hawker-Whittle Sea Harrier, a generation ahead of anything flying in the world, powered by jet-thrust , the exhausts could be swivelled to decrease the take off or landing run . In fact it was claimed it could take off almost vertically. The maximum speed was found to be nearly 700mph , well above the predicted 450 mph.
Operated first by 802 sqd FAA aboard HMS Glorious , the Sea Harriers proved invaluable in preventing the German invasion of Norway , decimating the piston powered Me 109's of the Luftwaffe. Providing top cover for the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force they helped stop the Luftwaffe in its tracks during the Battle of Britain .
In September 1940 ,realising how badly things were going Adolf Hitler sued for peace and shortly afterwards realising that they had a "lame duck" government the German army toppled the Nazi regime and the resy as they say is history

Model from 1/48 Aifix kit


SUPERB! No other word for it.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I love the 'period' serial number as well, VERY deep thinking there.
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that is brilliant   :thumbsup:

it just looks sooooo good
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Looks soooo good in those 30s colors!  Nicely done!   :thumbsup:
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That is STUNNING! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: A simple, original idea, well executed.

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That looks wonderful! :thumbsup: A pity that the rw FAA did not do such a retro paint for Sea Harrier retirement.


That looks very striking  in that colour scheme, very nice  and a brilliant  back story too. Only if eh?? :thumbsup:
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Quote from: Glenn Gilbertson on November 17, 2020, 01:40:48 PM
That looks wonderful! :thumbsup: A pity that the rw FAA did not do such a retro paint for Sea Harrier retirement.

Yep, would make a nice retirerment or anniversary scheme.

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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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A historic Harrier, nice work !



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