Airfix, 1/48 scale
Hawker Sea Fury FB.11
by Julian Shawyer
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The Hawker Sea Fury was the last propeller driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy. Intended as a fleet defence Air superiority fighter, a Sea Fury Mk X first carried out pre-production deck trials during 1946 on HMS Victorious.
The Mk X was followed by the Sea Fury FB.11, which could carry bombs, drop tanks and rockets. The first squadron to receive the FB 11 was 802 NAS during May 1948.
The Sea Fury saw action in Korea operating in the air-to-ground role.
In 1952, a flight of Sea Furies operating from HMS Ocean were intercepted by North Korean Mig-15s. One Mig-15 was shot down, and another damaged in the engagement. Other operators included, The Royal Australian Navy and The Royal Canadian Navy. The Royal Navy received a total of 615 Sea Furies, most being the the FB 11 before being retired in 1953.
The New Airfix 1/48 scale Hawker Sea Fury FB 11, Kit No. 06105, is moulded in light grey plastic.
The kit comprises 123 parts which includes, folding wing option, bombs, rockets, drop tanks, underwing camera and a RATOG (Rocket Assisted Take-off Gear).
Two markings are provided, printed by Cartograf.
Markings A, 801 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Glory, Korean War, 1952.
Markings B, Aircraft restored in the markings of 802 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Eglington, Northern Ireland, 1948. Operated by Royal Naval Historic Flight, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset, England, 2017.
Kit purchased by the reviewer
Review Text and Images Copyright © 2018 by Julian Shawyer
Page Created 5 February, 2018
5 February, 2018
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