Oxford Diecast 72SW001 – 1/72 Scale Seagull V (Walrus I) Diecast Model
History of Flight Series
|Length||15.9 cm||6.26 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||19.4 cm||7.64 in||Approx|
Diecast Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Supermarine Seagull V (Walrus I), RAAF – Oxford Diecast 72SW001
Supermarine Seagull V/Walrus
The Supermarine Supermarine Seagull V, designated as the Walrus in British service, is a British single-engine amphibious biplane reconnaissance aircraft. It first flew on June 22, 1933, and entered service in 1935 with the RAAF. Production ended in 1944 with 740 airframes built.
Supermarine designed the aircraft for the RAAF as a fleet spotter able to be catapult launched from a warship, later employed in the sea rescue, drogue target tug and maritime patrol roles. The Walrus remained in service throughout the Second World War.
The Seagull V and Walrus I hull was constructed from metal as wooden structures rapidly deteriorated in tropical conditions. The Walrus II had a wooden hull. The bi-plane wings consist of stainless–steel spars and wooden ribs covered in fabric. The lower wings are mounted in the shoulder position with a float under each, and the wings fold for storage. The retractable undercarriage was of a tailwheel type with the main units folding up into the underside of the lower wing.
It uses a single Pegasus II M2 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine in a pusher configuration. Housed in a nacelle mounted on struts between the wings. It drives a four-bladed, wooden pusher propeller, giving the aircraft a top speed of 215 km/h (135 mph).
Armament normally consisted of a .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers K machine gun in the nose and rear fuselage. Bombs or depth charges beneath the lower wings.