Kit No.4807  
De Havilland HORNET F3/F1

 De Havilland HORNET F3/F1 top side view


De Havilland HORNET F3/F1 rear side view

28 x Vacu-formed parts
50 x White metal parts
Including 4 x rockets
Crystal clear canopy with a spare
Silk screen decals with 3versions
Retail price (Japanese Yen)   JPY6,500


After the successful development of the famous Mosquito in the early 1940s, the South-East Asia front was expanding and the necessity of a long range fighter became imminent for the RAF to attack Japanes targets. De havilland started to design a long range single seat fighter as well as a bomber version as a private venture, later the Air Ministry issued specification F12/43.

The first prototype Hornet made its maiden flight on 28 July 1944. With its sleek and slim design, the Hornet's performance exceeded expectaions. It soon developed a speed of 776kmph (485mph) which is still the fastest recorded of any British made piston engine aircraft.

The first production Hornet was delivered on 28 February 1945, but was not in service until early 1946. So the Hornet was never used for its original purpose.
In 1950, the dawn of jet age with the Meteor and Vampire, the Hornet was sent to Malaysia and Singapore to fight against the Malaysian communist guerrillas.

A total of 198 hornet and 182 naval variant Sea Hornet were produced, and all were scrapped by the end of 1957.
Sadly, none were preserved.
Only a part of the Sea Hornet fuselage is stored by The Mosquito Museum in Hatfield, North London.

There is no preserved airframe available. However, we were lucky enough to obtain a set of De Havilland's original drawings.
This kit is very accurate.
It comes with a set of the early F1 conversion parts.


Span : 13.71m (45ft)
Length : 11.17m (36ft 8in)
Weight (loaded) : 9,405kg (20,900lb)
Engine : Rolls Royce Merlin 2,030hp
Max speed : 755kmph (472mph)
Range : 4,800km (3,000miles)
Service ceiling : 10,680m (35,000ft)
Armament : 4 x 20mm cannon

There are the same 1/48 Hornet kits from a short run injection kit company of USA.
There is no connection between Dynavector and them, though you may find many parts are the same as ours.
A Czech manufacturer seems to have used our kit as an easy pattern without any legal agreement.
A durty world, alas.



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