1/72 607-50 Hawk Supermarine Swift K-4 - Picture Gallery Issue
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Very rare and early Hawk hardbox issue from the mid 1950s with pre-Bill Campbell artwork. The artist doing the Picture Gallery artwork suddenly fell ill, and that is when Bill was asked to paint for Hawk. The Picture Gallery boxes are rare because they were issued for only about 12 to 18 months before being discontinued. This is the first Swift I have had in this series. This is a very cleanly molded kit that has excellent fit and finish, recessed and raised panel lines, optional position landing gear, external iron bomb load and display stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Swift was a very early jet fighter to replace the Supermarine Attacker. A very capable aircraft, the Swift suffered numerous accidents early on. As a result, less than 200 were ever built and it did not see combat. It did hold a world speed record for a short time, only to have a Douglas Skyray take the record a few hours later. The problems were ironed out, but by then the Hawker Hunter was proving very capable and there was no need for the Swift and it's RAF service life was short. The most successful version was the PR variant.