Here's a spectacular and rare vintage 1930's model of the British Fairey Swordfish Biplane. This wonderfully accurate and well made model is 19" long and has a wing span of 22 1/2". The body is made of wood and aluminum and then hand painted. The propeller and wheels move. The details include the cockpit complete with rear machine gun and the torpedo attached below.
The Swordfish has a fascinating history. Built in the 1930's the Royal Navy brought the biplane in at the start of WWll to be used temporarily on Aircraft Carriers until they got something better. The Swordfish outdid all expectations and was kept in service throughout the war. Claims to fame were assisting in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck and sinking & damaging a number Italian battleships in the Bay of Taranto - the Japanese used the attack as a blueprint for their attack on Pearl Harbor.
This model is reputed to be a builders model for Blackburn Aircraft, the Company that took over building the Swordfish from Fairey. Nonetheless, for whatever reason it was made, there are few vintage plane models to be had. The impressive scale and many details of this model make it very desirable for the aviation collector.
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