|Kit No.4804 1/48 scale Vacuum formed kit|
During WWII the Admiralty was studying the advantage of a carrier based aircraft without landing gear which would be a considerable saving in weght for better performance and load capacity.
In 1945, Supermarine started design work for a jet powered plane type
505 based on the Admiralty's requirements.
Type 508 was submitted to the Admiralty in 1947 as a replacement for
the Supermarine Attacker, the Royal Navy's first jet fighter.
The Scimitar went into service from June 1958. They were armed with
4 x 30 mm cannons and carrried 4 x 1,000 lb bombs, 4 x Bullpup or Sidewinder
missiles, or a nuclear bomb.
100 Scimitar were ordered, but later, this was reduced to 76 aircraft
because of a succeful development of the Blackburn Buccaneer project
which enabled the first flight test to take place just 2 month before
the delivery of the first Scimitar.
Although with its small volume production of only 76 aircraft, short life of 8 years, and no active service apart from the Kuwait crisis in 1961, the Scimitar catches many air enthusiasts' hearts with its beautiful flowing design and is remembered as the last aircraft of the great Supermarine.
The Scimitar is the easiest kit among the Dynavector range with its
simple parts arrangement.
The Scimitar kit was awarded the Best Vac-kit by Scale Aviation Modeller magazine 1996.
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