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Fairey Firefly MkI - 1/72 Frog


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Despite lockdown etc , my completion rate is no better than any "normal" year. I started this at the end of May and have finally managed to get it done. It's a typical Frog kit of its era (1972). Overall external shape is good - the raised panel lines are finely done  and the fit - with the odd exception - is quite good.

 

I built one of these not long after they came out which is, of course, long since gone. I had another go with a Novo version a few years ago but that build stalled - so it's nice to have an example back in my collection after almost 50 years.

 

The model represents DK438 277/N of 1771 Squadron RN on board HMS Implacable at the end of the Pacific War.

 

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Very nicely done. I didn't realize the Firefly was used in WWII. For some reason I thought it came afterward.

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They entered service in 1944 and were used in North Sea operations and later in the Pacific. They had a long post war career and only left Royal Navy service in the early 1960s. Their last major role was as a target drone on places like Hal Far, Malta and Llanbedr, Wales.

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I'll have to build my Airfix Mk5 some day. It's an older kit than the FROG model and is not as accurate shapewise - as well as being a bit of a rivet monster.

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Cool build! Finished one of those myself recently (although it was the boxing from Chematic of Poland) and I was surprised how good this old kit still looks today.

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I would not have been able to guess at the history of the kit by looking at your photos. Great to see such a nice result from such an old kit (just shows that you don't have to have the latest hyper kit to get a good result).

 

Duncan B

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That's a great result from a very old and basic kit. It just shows what can be achieved. 

Well done and thanks for sharing it here. 

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I've got a soft spot for the Firefly, and vintage Frog kits, so this wins on both counts!. Lovely job on it Eric.

 

Cheers

 

John

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