82131 Eduard, SE.5a Wolseley Viper. Profipack Edition. Scale 1:48

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SE.5a Wolseley Viper. Profipack Edition. Scale 1:48

82131 - Eduard

The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 was a British biplane fighter aircraft of the First World War.

It was developed by the Royal Aircraft Factory by a team consisting of Henry Folland, John Kenworthy and Major Frank Goodden. It was one of the fastest aircraft of the war, while being both stable and relatively manoeuvrable. According to aviation author Robert Jackson, the S.E.5 was: "the nimble fighter that has since been described as the 'Spitfire of World War One'".

The S.E.5 was capable of superior overall performance than the rival Sopwith Camel, both aircraft being capable dogfighters of the era; however, problems with its Hispano-Suiza engine meant that there was a chronic shortage of S.E.5s until well into 1918. Thus, while the first examples had reached the Western Front before Camel, there were fewer squadrons were equipped with the S.E.5 than those that had been provided with the Sopwith fighter instead.

Together with the Camel, the S.E.5 was instrumental in regaining allied air superiority in mid-1917 and maintaining it for the rest of the war, ensuring there was no repetition of "Bloody April" 1917 when losses in the Royal Flying Corps were much heavier than in the Luftstreitkräfte. The S.E.5s remained in RAF service for some time following the Armistice that ended the conflict, but began to be withdrawn soon afterwards. Quantities of ex-RAF aircraft were transferred to various overseas military operators, a number were also adopted by civilian operators

The Model

Eduard's 1/48 scale SE.5a comprises 111 parts in grey plastic (18 of these are marked "not for use" in this boxing), 11 parts in clear, a single photo-etched fret with pre-painted colour and bare brass parts, self-adhesive painting masks and markings for six aircraft.

Kit Highlights:

  • Plastic parts: Eduard
  • No. of decal options: 5
  • Decals: Cartograph
  • PE parts: yes, coloured
  • Painting mask: yes
  • Resin parts: no

    Glue and paint are required but are not included.

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