History of Flight Series
|Length||15.0 cm||5.9 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||19.5 cm||7.7 in||Approx|
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
Oxford Diecast 72HOR003 – 1/72 Scale de Havilland DH.103 Hornet F.3, RAF
Oxford Diecast (History of Flight series) diecast model 72HOR003 replicates in 1/72 scale the de Havilland DH.103 Hornet F.3, RAF serial number WB909. In the colour scheme, worn while assigned to No.80 Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF), based at RAF Kai Tak, Hong Kong in 1953.
RAF Kai Tak
RAF Kai Tak was a Royal Air Force station in Hong Kong, established in 1927. From April 1950 to May 1955, No.80 Squadron RAF deployed Kai Tak to defend Hong Kong from possible Communist threats during the Chinese Civil War.
de Havilland DH.103 Hornet
The De Havilland DH.103 Hornet is a British single-seat, a twin-engined fighter. It first flew in April 1944 and entered service in 1946 with No.19 Squadron, RAF. The carrier-capable naval variant, the Sea Hornet first flew in April 1945, beginning service in June 1947 with 801 Naval Air Squadron (RNAS), Royal Navy (RN). They served with success as a strike fighter in the Malayan Emergency. Production ended in 1950 with 383 airframes built with the last Hornets withdrawn from operational service by mid-1956.
Similar looking to the Mosquito, the smaller Hornet’s semi-monocoque fuselage construction was of wood. Wings were a laminar flow design, also made of wood with the undersurface clad in stressed Alcad, a corrosion-resistant aluminium sheeting. A conventional design tail unit with a single all-metal fin. The retractable undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the primary units mounted under the engine nacelles, retracting rearward. The Sea Hornet had hydraulic folding wings and arresting gear.
It uses two Rolls-Royce Merlin 130/131 (left-hand and right-hand rotation) V-12 liquid-cooled piston engines, driving de Haviland four-bladed counter-rotating propellers. The Hornet had a maximum speed of 764 km/h (475 mph), a cruise speed of 435 km/h (270 mph), a range of 2,382 km (1,480 mi) and a service ceiling of 12,600 m (41,500 ft).
Armament consisted of four short-barrelled 20 mm (.79 in) Hispano V cannon in the lower fuselage nose. Two 454 kg (1,000 lb) bombs under the wings, the F3 could also carry eight RP-3 unguided rockets.