Aviation72 AV7228001 – 1/72 Scale Folland Gnat F.1 Diecast Model
|Length||12.6 cm||4.96 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||9.3 cm||3.66 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Folland Gnat F.1, RAF – Aviation72 AV7228001
The Aviation72 diecast model AV7228001 replicates in 1/72 scale the Folland Gnat F.1, serial number XK724, as displayed at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.
The Folland Gnat is a British subsonic, lightweight single-engine, single-seat fighter (F.1) and tandem-seat trainer (T.2) aircraft. It first flew on July 18, 1955, and entered service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1959. Exported to Finland, Yugoslavia and India, the largest operator of the type, manufactured the aircraft under licence and developed the improved HAL Ajeet.
Its combat debut occurred in 1965 during the Indo-Pakistani War with the Indian Air Force, credited with seven aerial victories against F-86 Sabres. The Royal Air Force (RAF) only operated the Gnat T.1 jet trainer variant which was also used by the “Red Arrows” aerobatic team. The RAF retired its last Gnat in November 1978. Approximately 449 airframes were built, including the Ajeet, before production ended.
Airframe construction is mainly of aluminium, a semi-monocoque fuselage with the engine air intake located on the fuselage sides under the wing. The high mounted wing is a cantilevered sweptback design with a conventional swept tail. The undercarriage is a retractable tricycle type.
Powered by a single Bristol Siddeley Orpheus axial-flow turbojet engine mounted in the rear fuselage, giving the Gnat a maximum speed of 1,119 km/h (695 mph), a service ceiling of 15,000 m (50,000 ft), a range of 805 km (500 mi).
Armament consists of two internal 30mm ADEN cannon firing from the air intakes outer edge, four external hard-points, able to carry up to 454 kg (1,000 lbs) of stores: two under each wing. Ordnance included unguided rockets, bombs and drop tanks.
Gnat F.1 XK724
Ordered by Ministry of Supply in August 1955, one of six Gnat single-seat fighter aircraft, for evaluation purposes. In October 1956 allocated to Folland Aircraft Ltd for development flying. Released from RAF service in September 1960 and used as a ground training airframe. Gnat F.1, s/n XK724 went to the Aerospace Museum, RAF Cosford, during August 1985.