Special Hobby's 1/48 scale
by Pedro Pérez
Special Hobby's 1/48 scale Blackburn Roc is available online from Squadron
Here is my Special Hobby 1/48 scale Blackburn Roc built almost straight from the box. In my opinion, it was the most difficult kit to build, and exactly I refer to ensambly the wings. In summary, this kit demanded the patience of Job!
Although intended for carrier use, Rocs only served alongside Skuas in two land-based squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm between February 1940 and August 1941. During the Allied campaign in Norway a small contingent of Rocs travelled with 800 and 803 squadrons onboard HMS Ark Royal. Skuas and Rocs flew both fighter sweeps and bombing sorties over the English Channel during Operation Dynamo, and Operation Ariel, the evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk and other French ports
Finally, the Roc was relegated to training and target-towing roles until 1943, when the type was withdrawn from service. However, until late 1944, four non-airworthy Rocs were stationed at HMS Daedalus in Gosport, their turrets being used for anti-aircraft defence.
What was probably the Roc's sole confirmed victory occurred on 28 May 1940 when an 806 Naval Air Squadron Roc flown by pilot Mid A. G. Day, together with two Blackburn Skuas, intercepted five Junkers Ju 88s which were attacking a convoy off Ostende in Belgium. Flying underneath the Junkers while the Skuas attacked from above, Mid Day's Roc destroyed one Ju 88 before returning safely to Detling.
And finally, paint was Tamiya acrylics, mixing them to obtain the two colours (upper surfaces). First, the lower starboard wing was painted with 60% XF19 + 40% XF21. Second, one was coated with XF24 and I applied second layer with 75% XF24 + 25% XF66 (Dark Slate Grey). And the other was coated with XF65 and then I applied second layer with XF22, in order to thin the first color (Extra Dark Sea).
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2010 by Pedro Pérez
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15 October, 2010
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