Oxford Diecast AC056 – 1/72 Scale Gloster Gladiator Mk.1 Diecast Model.
Oxford Aviation Series
|Length||11.4 cm||4.48 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||13.6 cm||5.35 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand included with this model.
1/72 Scale Gloster Gladiator Mk.I, Ilmavoimat (FAF) – Oxford Diecast AC056
Oxford Diecast AC056 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Gloster Gladiator Mk.I, flown by Fänrik (Pilot Officer) Josef Gideon Karlsson of Flygflottilj 19 (Swedish Voluntary Air Force or F 19). On March 10, 1940, patrolling over the town of Rovaniemi were he surprised six enemy aircraft, destroying one.
The Gladiator is a British single radial engined biplane fighter developed from the Gloster Gauntlet. It was the last British biplane fighter and the first with an enclosed cockpit. The maiden flight took place in September 1934, entering service in February 1937 (Mk.I) with No 72 Squadron RAF. The Gladiator Mk II with a more powerful engine began service in 1938. The Sea Gladiator was a navalised version of the Mk.II. The aircraft is remembered for the defence of Malta with the myth of the three Gladiators, Faith, Hope and Charity. At the outbreak of WWII, only a few Gladiators remained in front line service.
The airframe’s construction is of metal tubing with a fabric covering and enclosed cockpit. The biplane wings are positive staggered and single bayed with a tail of conventional layout. The fixed undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the main units fixed to the fuselage.
The Gladiator uses a single Bristol Mercury air-cooled radial piston engine, driving a two-bladed wooden propeller on the Mk.I and a three-bladed propeller with the Mk.II. The Mk.I had a cruise speed of 334 km/h (210 mph), a maximum speed of 407 km/h (253 mph), Endurance of 2 hrs and a service ceiling of 10,000 m (32,800 ft).
Armament initially consisted of two synchronised .303 in Vickers machine guns in fuselage sides and one .303 Lewis machine gun beneath each lower wing. These were later changed to .303 calibre M1919 Brownings.
Flygflottilj 19 was a Finnish Air Force unit, manned by Swedish volunteers, also known as the Swedish Voluntary Air Force or F 19. The unit joined the Finns in the Winter War on January 10, 1940, destroying twelve Soviet aircraft. Eight aerial victories and four on the ground, for a loss of six planes. Two to enemy action and four to accidents.