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leitmotiv
09-28-2007, 02:46 AM
The Frog 1:72 scale Skua:

http://freespace.virgin.net/john.dell/modelling_the_blackburn_skua.htm

major_setback
09-28-2007, 03:12 AM
Nice Picture:

http://freespace.virgin.net/john.dell/12thScaleSkua.jpg

R_Target
09-28-2007, 04:16 AM
Cool. I like the "non-flying" disclaimer on the first one.

Feathered_IV
09-28-2007, 04:23 AM
My God. I had the Novo release of that when I was a kid. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

leitmotiv
09-28-2007, 10:09 AM
Yeah, I had no idea the Skua I bought in '65 was a slightly improved version of this ancient thing. When I think the Monogram 1:48 TBF-1 Avenger is now 50 years old---yikes! I remember when it was brand new and the hottest thing going.

Deedsundone
09-28-2007, 10:16 AM
Quite steep AOA on that Skua while standing on its landingears,or is it just me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

MB_Avro_UK
09-28-2007, 11:55 AM
Hi all,

I think that the Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy!) went to the 'Ugly Bug Ball' to find their WW2 aircraft http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

The Roc and Skua were two ugly sisters that no-one else would dance with.See below.

http://www.jaapteeuwen.com/ww2aircraft/html%20pages/BLA...20B-25%20ROC%20I.htm (http://www.jaapteeuwen.com/ww2aircraft/html%20pages/BLACKBURN%20B-25%20ROC%20I.htm)

The Albacore was the younger sister of the Swordfish but hit many branches as she fell out of the ugly tree. See below.
http://www.jaapteeuwen.com/ww2aircraft/html%20pages/fairey%20albacore.htm

The Barracuda....well, a definite 'beer-goggles' proposition for the needy and desperate... http://media.ubi.com/us/forum_images/gf-glomp.gif
http://www.jaapteeuwen.com/ww2aircraft/html%20pages/FAIREY%20BARRACUDA.htm


Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

leitmotiv
09-29-2007, 01:50 AM
But the Skua managed to put up a pretty good show in Norway as a dive bomber (sank KONIGSBERG) and as a fighter. Somerville was reluctant to have them taken from ARK in mid-'41 because he liked having a real dive bomber on board. The Roc only got one confirmed kill (the Roc was no Defiant---I believe it maxed out at 200mph!). The new Osprey on the FAA aces has info on these two, and there is Peter Smith's just published long history of the Skua. Blame the Sea Gladiator, Skua, Roc, Swordfish, Albacore, Fulmar, and Barracuda on the RAF. The Air Ministry was in charge of aircraft procurement for the RN until 1939 when control of the design for fleet aircraft returned to the RN.

Here is a review of the new Special Hobby 1:48 Skua:

http://hyperscale.com/features/skuabg_1.htm

major_setback
09-29-2007, 09:27 AM
Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
The Albacore was the younger sister of the Swordfish but hit many branches as she fell out of the ugly tree.


Personally I really like the look of the Albacore. It has a nice strong profile.
I suppose that beauty may be, as they say, in the eye of the beholder.
I'm not sure I believe that though; as proof of my good taste here are a couple of pictures, one of the albacore, the other of my girlfriend:

http://www.raf.mod.uk/downloads/wallpapers/1940s/albacore1024.jpg

My girlfriend (http://www.eudiriaque.com.br/ugly_girl.jpeg)

VF-17_Jolly
09-29-2007, 11:50 AM
@MB_AVRO_UK

From some angles it don't look half bad

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c1/Fairey_Barracuda.jpg

(No your right its Ugly) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

leitmotiv
09-29-2007, 11:55 AM
The 'cuda looks like a hot ship to me. I've always liked it. Too bad it wasn't.