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Trumpeter 1/48 Fairey Albacore Torpedo Bomber BiPlane Kit

Trumpeter 1/48 Fairey Albacore Torpedo Bomber BiPlane Kit

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The Fairey Albacore was a WW2 British Royal Navy carrier-based biplane torpedo bomber developed to replace the older Fairey Swordfish. Its first flight was in December 1938 and by 1943 a total of 800 Albacores had been built.

The Albacore entered first saw active service with Squadron 826 of the Fleet Air Arm in May 1940 in a land-based offensive. Albacores were first embarked on Royal Navy carriers as intended in November 1940, subsequently replacing Swordfish bombers on aircraft carriers including among others Ark Royal, Illustrious and Victorious.

In total, some fifteen Fleet Air Arm squadrons were equipped with Albacores, seeing action in the Battle of Cape Matapan off the Greek southwest coast in March 1941, the raid on Kirkenes (Norway) and Petsamo (Finland) in July 1941, and a failed attack on Tirpitz in March 1942.

During 1944 Albacores were replaced by another product of Fairey Aviation, the Barracuda, and American Avengers. The Swordfish outlived the Albacore in front line service.
  • 120+ parts
  • 5 sprues
  • Engraved panel lines
  • Detailed cockpit and gunner station
  • Canopy
  • Forward-firing .303 in (7.7 mm) machine gun
  • Rear Vickers K machine gun
  • Detailed wheel wells
  • Optional undercarriage 
    Decals and 4-view color painting reference for (3) aircraft: Unit 826 NAS, FAA, Serial 4C (L7097), Bircham Newton, September 1940; 5A BF612, 817 Squadron, FAA, 1942 and Unit Unknown, Serial (L7074) -  includes stencil data and instrument gauges.   

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