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Republic F-84G Thunderjet
As of early 1952 the Belgian Air Force took on charge no less than 213 Republic F-84G fighter-bombers for its 2nd, 9th and 10th Wings as well as N° 42 recce Squadron. The first 140 aircraft were delivered by ship at Karup (Denmark) were the aircraft were prepared for the ferry flight to Belgium. Thunderjets FZ-141 up to FZ-161 were flown in from the United States to be accepted at Melsbroek airbase.
The other fighters were all former USAF machines which underwent deep maintenance at Sabca (Haren) before being delivered to the Belgian Air Force. Some of the machines had the necessary wiring to be used as reconnaissance aircraft using specially modified wing-tip tanks equipped with cameras. These recce planes (FZ-187, -188, -189, -191, -192, -203, -204 and -205) all served with "C" flight of N° 2 Squadron (RAF) later to become N° 42 Squadron (BAF). Already in 1956/57 the majority of the Thunderjets was replaced by the vastly improved F-84F Thunderstreak in the framework of "Operation Swapshop". The Thunderjet is really the icon of the cold war when a tiny country such as Belgium could rely on no less than 29 squadrons. Because the F-84G's were delivered in the framework of the Mutual Defence Aid Programme (MDAP) most of these aircraft had a second career in other NATO countries such as Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Turkey and such exotic places as Yugoslavia and even Thailand.
Part No: 60745
Item Name: Republic F-84G Thunderjet
Tamiya 1/72 Spitfire MK1
Tamiya 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1
Part No: 60748
Item Name: 1/72 Spitfire MK1
Tamiya 1/72 P51 Mustang Kit
Enjoy building one of the most recognisable aircraft from WW2 by the best producer of scale plastic kits.
Part No: 60749
Item Name: Tamiya 1/72 P51 Mustang Kit
Tamiya 1/72 A6M2B Zero Zeke
From the early days of the Second Sino-Japanese War to the end of hostilities in the Pacific, the Mitsubishi Zero served as the Imperial Japanese Navy's main frontline fighter. The first major mass-produced version was the A6M2b, which was equipped with 50cm folding wingtips, landing hook, and radio direction finder for carrier-based operations.
Flown by expert pilots, the A6M2b took part in daring operations such as the Pearl Harbor attack and the invasion of the Philippines. It's 3,000km range, powerful 20mm cannon armament, and legendary maneuverability quickly earned the respect of Allied aircrews. The Tamiya model assembly kit faithfully reproduces this historic warplane in 1/72 scale.
Part No: 60780
Item Name: Tamiya 1/72 A6M2B Zero Zeke
1:48 Hawker Sea Harrier
The Hawker Siddeley Harrier astounded the world with its unique ability to take-off and land vertically utilizing vectored thrust from its powerful 8000kg thrust engine. First tested in concept in 1960, the aircraft went through many periods of testing and modification prior to acceptance by the Royal Air Force and other nations in 1974.
The production Harriers utilized either a Pegasus 6 or 11 engine of 8000 or 9750kg thrust and it was only natural that the Royal Navy should find application for this type of aircraft with their fleet air arm. Various political and financial considerations delayed the order for the "Navalized" Harrier until May 1975, when the Admiralty ordered an initial 24 aircraft plus one T.Mk.4's in 1980.
The FRS.1 is easily distinguished from its land based counterparts by a modified nose section incorporating a raised pilots seat and Ferranti Blue Fox radar, plus principal armament of Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles and AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles. Martel or Harpoon ASMs may be carried as alternatives to Sea Eagle until the latter become operational. The first FRS.1 to fly was actually the initial production Sea Harrier, on 20 August 1978, and the prototype model later in December 1978. The home of the Sea Harriers was designated Yeovilton Navy Base, and they received the first aircraft in June 1979, where intensive flight trials began with '100/VL' squadron four days later.
This IFTU unit was designated 700A squadron in September 1979 and was re-designated 899 Squadron in March 1980. Three "Through - Deck" cruisers had been ordered for Sea Harrier operations: Invincible; Illustrious and Ark Royal, the first of which was commissioned in July 1980. All three vessels are to be fitted with a "Ski-jump" to assist take-off with full load, and this installation was also added to the commando carrier HMS Hermes when it was allotted a Sea Harrier squadron. A small export order for Sea Harriers was placed by India in November 1979 for six FRS.51's and two T.60 trainers.
The Sea Harrier, along with the GR3 Harriers from the RAF, were put to actual combat tests during the recent Falkland Islands crisis. The British South Atlantic force was built up with the addition of GR3 and FRS.1 Harriers bringing the total jump jet strength to around 40 aircraft carriers Hermes and Invincible. The Sea Harrier (FRS.1) has about 30% more re-action control for easier landings, and better 'over the nose' visibility; however, the GR3's from the RAF worked well in the overall operations during the conflict and both aircraft distinguished themselves to the utmost. The Royal Navy Harriers, during the conflict, were painted in the new "toned down" finish of matte sea blue overall, while the RAF aircraft were in the extra dark sea gray scheme. With a cruise speed of mach .9 and a top speed of 1.25, and landing speed of 0, this is truly a versatile combat aircraft and one that will be in weapons inventories for many years to come.
Part No: 61026
Item Name: 1:48 Hawker Sea Harrier
Tamiya 1/48 A-10A Thunderbolt Kit
The need for close air support, on small pin point targets, was recognized early during the Vietnam conflict. Following an experimental development program begun in the early 1970's, the Fairchild Republic Industries A-10 Thunderbolt II was selected for production. The performance characteristics demanded were for operation on unimproved short fields, both high and low airspeed maneuverability, easy maintenance, long loiter times and range, excellent pilot protection, and a capacity for large mixed weapons loads.
The appearance of the A-10 is remarkable while its performance is amazing.
Known affectionately as the "Wart Hog" by its pilots, it's a large single seat aircraft, identified by a pair of TF-34-100A high bypass fan jet engines mounted high near the rear of the twin tailed fuselage. A few of the specifications are: Length 53' 4"; height 14'8", span 57'6"; maximum gross weight 47,400lbs, including 16,000lbs of external stores. Internal armament is the GAU-8/A 30mm Gatling cannon capable of 2100 or 4200 rounds per minute. It carries 1350 rounds of ammunition, a fire control head-up display, CRT TV monitor, laser spot seeker plus a diversified armament panel that can facilitate any operational need. The A-10 has been around since 1972, and has again proven its worth during the recent Gulf war.
Static Display Model U.S.A.F Bomber
Part No: 61028
Item Name: Tamiya 1/48 A-10A Thunderbolt Kit
Tamiya 1:48 Spitfire MKI
Part No: 61032
Item Name: 1:48 Spitfire MKI
Tamiya 1:48 Spitfire MKV
Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb
Part No: 61033
Item Name: 1:48 Spitfire MKV
Tamiya 1/48 Grumman Widcat F4F-4
At the onset of the Pacific War in December 1941, the Japanese Navy A6M Zero fighter was the dominant aircraft successful against the allied air forces. The Zero's attempt at total superiority was thwarted by numerous F4F Wildcat fighters flown from U.S. aircraft carriers.
Grumman Aviation produced the G-18, the prototype XF4F-2, which first flew in September 1937.
Initial evaluation revealed several performance problems, which led the U.S. Navy to reject the G-18 in favor of the Brewster's F2A "Buffalo". The Navy asked Grumman to continue with the project, and resulted in the G-36, which flew in February 1939. The G-36 tests exceeded the performance of the F2A, resulting in the U.S. Navy approving the design and ordering it into production as the F4F-3 Wildcat. Two yeas following its deployment, during the critical stages of the Pacific War in 1942, the improved F4F-4 Wildcat was introduced. It had folding wings, and three 12.7mm machine guns in each wing, plus the more powerful 1,200 P & W R-1830-86 Twin Wasp engine, giving it a speed of 512km/h. Grumman became known as the "Ironworks" due to its strongly designed aircraft, which could absorb enormous punishment and still fly home.
Although the F4F was inferior in many respects to the Zero, a superb kill ration was attained by Wildcat pilots by using its strong points against the Zero's weak point of fragility and unseasoned pilots.
Tamiya's 1/48 scale kit does this great model justice and the seasoned modeller will take as much joy from the assembly as the finished kit.
Part No: 61034
Item Name: 1/48 Grumman Widcat F4F-4
Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mkvb Trop
Part No: 61035
Item Name: 1/48 Spitfire Mkvb Trop
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