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Short Stirling B 111 – Jolly Roger, 199 Sqn RAF 1/144

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From Amercom is this very nice 1/144 scale diecast model of the Short Stirling Mk 111 four engined heavy bomber in the livery of LJ525 EX-R “Jolly Roger” of 199 Squadron stationed at North Creake, Norfolk, UK in May 1944. It was flown by Flying Officer Broadfield till February 1945. The unit was employed during this period on radio counter-measures operations, covering and simulating night bomber missions; the Mandrel electronic jamming device (usually installed beneath the tail-gun) was carried to counter the German early warning radar, and tin-foil Window strips were dropped to confuse fighter ground control and night fighter AI radar. Wingspan 21cm, Length 18.5cm

Complete in a sealed plastic blister with fixed lowered undercarriage and display stand. Very few models of this aircraft exist in this scale, so this is a “must have” addition to any collection.

The Short Stirling was the first British four-engined heavy bomber of the World War Two. Designed and built by Short Brothers to an Air Ministry specification from 1936, it entered service in 1941. Its front-line operational career was relatively short being relegated to second line duties from 1943 onwards when the superior Handley Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster, took over its role. Of the trio of heavies, the Short Stirling is the least well known and sadly, there are no surviving examples left anywhere in the world. Design origins go back to 1937 and significantly, the Stirling’s main weaknesses stem from the overall penny-pinching attitudes of the inter-war years. The Air Ministry required that in order to fit conveniently into existing hangars, the wingspan should not exceed 100 feet, although many hangars could accommodate spans up to 125ft. This resulted in a long takeoff run and in order to alleviate this, the undercarriage became a gangly affair that had to fold twice. A poor undercarriage and poor altitude performance made Stirlings (operational from 1940-1944) highly vulnerable to fly and dangerous to land. Yet they later found popularity as glider tugs and transports. As a bomber, the most significant shortcoming was the design of the bomb bay. Like its contemporaries, the bay was compartmentalised and designed to carry the 500lb and 1000lb bombs then standard in the RAF. No one had thought that bombs too would need to develop in future wars.

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