1/72 1-198 Airfix Short Sunderland - Craftmaster Issue
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair++
Classic 1960s issue with great artwork. A merchant ship is sinking on the left and the crew is in lifeboats in the foreground on lower side panel. The Sunderland is preparing to rescue them, while the other Sunderland depth-charges the U-boat responsible for the sinking. Kit features beaching gear, rotating turrets with elevating guns, movable control surfaces, external bomb load and rotating props. Inventoried and NOTE: missing two small parts that do not show: (2) propeller retainers, which are easily made. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions. The box displays better than the 'fair++' grade but is rated as such because crush damage on the upper left as well as a split corner. The Sunderland's 21-year record with the RAF has made it a legend. Derived from the Empire Class Flying Boat Airliners, Sunderland IIIs had a top speed of 210 mph and an endurance of 12 hours. These qualities made the Sunderland a superb platform for North Sea and North Atlantic patrols, ASW and SAR. Crews usually loved the airplane; its large size afforded many airborne comforts that bomber or fighter crews could only dream of, such as bunk, a head and an area for food preparation.
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