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Royal Australian Navy Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake in 1/72
« on: December 04, 2019, 02:57:08 am »
Of the 24 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwakes which served with the Royal Australian Navy only one survives to this day. FB.2 WA241 was sold to pioneering warbird collector Sid Marshall who stored it in his Bankstown yard along with other rare aircraft such as a Nakajima Ki.43, Lockheed Electra and a Mk.VIII Spitfire. Following Marshall’s death his business partner Jack Davidson shifted the collection to an airfield outside Camden where they remained in storage.

Academy 1/72 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake FB.2 WA241/VH-CKF by Zac Yates, on Flickr

In 1984 much of the Marshall-Davidson collection was purchased by agricultural pilot and CA-18 Mustang owner Col Pay, among them the Kittiwake. Although he hoped to restore all the aircraft to airworthiness the aforementioned Spitfire ultimately took precedence and the Kittiwake was once again stored, and when Pay purchased a P-40E project WA241 was put up for sale.

Academy 1/72 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake FB.2 WA241/VH-CKF by Zac Yates, on Flickr

In 1992 WA241 moved to Toowoomba with new owner Guido Zuccoli who commenced a restoration to fly at his company Aerotec. Tragically in March 1997 Guido, a charismatic and well-loved member of the Australian warbird fraternity, was killed in a T-6 accident near Darwin. His widow Lynette continued the restoration of WA241 in tribute to him and the aircraft finally flew again in early 2001, registered as VH-CKF (“Curtiss Kittiwake Fighter”).

Academy 1/72 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake FB.2 WA241/VH-CKF by Zac Yates, on Flickr


The fighters in the Zuccoli collection were rarely flown in the following years and, when the decision was made to downsize, VH-CKF was one of several aircraft put on the market. It was sold in 2008 to a warbird broker who then on-sold it to former RAAF Hornet pilot Dave Grisham of Sydney, who displayed the Kittiwake at airshows around the south and east of Australia.

Academy 1/72 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake FB.2 WA241/VH-CKF by Zac Yates, on Flickr

In November 2017 Grisham donated the aircraft to the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society which, it was recently announced, will transfer ownership of VH-CKF to its Navy Heritage Flight subsidiary. When initial reports suggested the aircraft would be grounded due to lack of spares Tony Fox (the New Zealand-based former owner of prototype VF259) donated an overhauled Griffon and several vital components to the HARS NHF so that the aircraft would remain airworthy.

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This is the Academy 1/72 Curtiss P-40M/N kit. This build was the very first Kittiwake model I started from new (as opposed to two prior, very rough repaints) and as seen in the following (vintage? :P ) photos was practically finished by early 2007.

WA233prefill by Zac Yates, on Flickr
wa233postmask by Zac Yates, on Flickr
wa233withdecals by Zac Yates, on Flickr
wa233withcanopy by Zac Yates, on Flickr

I didn’t have all the decals I needed or a four-bladed propeller so over the last twelve years the poor thing was left as it appeared in the last photo, abandoned in a succession of boxes as I moved house time and again.

A few weeks ago she returned to the bench along with three other Kittiwakes I’d started in 2015. After sanding off what was left of the old decals and touching-up the rather scuffed paint (and changing the scheme to something historically accurate), I used decals from an Xtradecal Sea Fury sheet. The original cannon seen in the WIP photos were long gone so I used Master Models turned brass Hispano 20mm barrels intended for a Fairey Firefly. The long-absent final piece of the puzzle, the propeller and spinner, were kindly supplied by zenrat - thank you again for answering the call!
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Re: Royal Australian Navy Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 03:03:04 am »
Spotted the Firefly cannon but the clipped wings really change the appearance.

A really neat build  :thumbsup:
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Re: Royal Australian Navy Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2019, 03:11:40 am »
Worth the wait mate.  Looks great.
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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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Re: Royal Australian Navy Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2019, 05:55:23 am »
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Re: Royal Australian Navy Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2019, 08:19:02 am »
Super job Zac, that really looks the part.  :thumbsup:

And that scheme is perfect for it as well.
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Royal Australian Navy Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2019, 09:14:38 am »
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Re: Royal Australian Navy Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2019, 05:55:29 am »
Spotted the Firefly cannon but the clipped wings really change the appearance.


Certainly do. Looks good mate  :thumbsup:
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Re: Royal Australian Navy Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2019, 11:33:32 pm »
Thanks all! It feels wonderful to post this model, complete, on the same forum where I first posted the idea and those WIP images all those years ago :-)

Spotted the Firefly cannon but the clipped wings really change the appearance.
Certainly do. Looks good mate  :thumbsup:
I really do love the design. I‘ve no clue how it would handle in real life but damn it looks good!
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Re: Royal Australian Navy Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2019, 11:38:01 pm »
The XP-40Q had clipped wings, so it must have been of some benefit.

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Re: Royal Australian Navy Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2019, 05:20:35 am »

The XP-40Q had clipped wings, so it must have been of some benefit.


To improve the roll rate perhaps?
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Re: Royal Australian Navy Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2019, 02:44:24 pm »
Very nice build, and much appreciated the detailed history.
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Re: Royal Australian Navy Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2019, 03:11:14 pm »
Very nice, P-40 looks great in that scheme! :thumbsup:
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Re: Royal Australian Navy Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake in 1/72
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2019, 01:24:32 am »
The XP-40Q had clipped wings, so it must have been of some benefit.
Fool me meant to include the Griffon when I made that statement - clipped AND the extra HP.  :banghead:
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