Junkers JU87R-2 Gloster Gladiator Dog Fight Double Gift Set 1:72
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The Gloster Gladiator represented the pinnacle of biplane fighter design, but despite its undoubted pedigree, it was almost obsolete as soon as it entered RAF service. With both the Hurricane and Spitfire already in development, RAF Gladiator Squadrons saw little service with home based units during WWII. Two Squadrons of Gladiators did take part in the Battle of France, where they managed to inflict surprisingly heavy losses on superior German aircraft types.
During the early air engagements of the Second World War, RAF Gloster Gladiators were thrust into battle against significantly superior Axis forces. In the hands of an experienced pilot, the Gladiator was easily capable of destroying most German aircraft types, with the exception of the feared Messereschmitt Bf 109. The Ju87 Stuka proved to be particularly vulnerable to fighter attack and if a Gladiator could catch a Stuka as it pulled out of its dive-bombing attack, the Gladiator pilot would be hopeful of gaining an easy victory.
During the frenetic evacuation of the Dunkirk beaches, a small flight of Gladiators operated out of RAF Manston, where they would have been engaged in preventing Luftwaffe Stukas from attacking British troops trying to make good their escape. Two Squadrons of Gladiators/Sea Gladiators were also engaged in local defence duties during the Battle of Britain.
- Junkers Ju 87R-2 STUKA, Aircraft flown by Major Walter Sigel, 1./Sturzkampfgeschwader.3, Greece 1941:
- (Length 152mm x Width 192mm x pieces 110mm)
- Gloster Gladiator Mk1, Aircraft flown by Joseph Frederick ' Joe' Fraser, No. 112 Squadron, Crete, 1941:
- (Length 118mm x 137mm x pieces 54)
All Dogfight Doubles sets also include a display stand to show off your completed models.
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Stuka & Gladiator dogfight double
An astounding kit, both benefit from the new tooling, both are excellent kits to build, no filler required at all. Decals are numerous and excellent quality, instructions are easy to follow. My only minor criticism is that there are no details on how to go about the rigging on the Gladiator!
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ju87/gladiator dogfight double
Hats of to the design team at Airfix !! This kit was an absolute joy to make, fit was excellent canopy and canopy details crisp and clear. i am not a rivet counter nor do I look for scale imperfections etc, I simply build for pleasure and personal satisfaction. The finished kits give me perfect examples of the aircraft modelled. the way that the interplane struts are kept in place is fantastic and i found that using a sharp blade the waste material cut away easily. I have now made four of these newly tooled dogfight doubles kits and everyone has gone beyond what i expected. They are a joy to build, look great and are admired by many. Negative comments I need better eyesight and a decent pair of tweezers for some of the smaller parts.
Good stuff Airfix Congratulations. Anymore dogfight doubles planned for future ?... Read more
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