Hi all and a happy new year to you!
I was reading a post recently on the UAMF.org forums in regards to a new release by AZ Models – the 1/72 SR.53. (Picture borrowed from Scalemates).
As I’ve always liked the look of this aircraft (it’s a Rocket interceptor with an additional jet engine – how cool is that!) I ordered one from Amazon and it hit the bench over the Christmas week (I’ve never built an AZ kit before, but I was quite surprised on how nicely the cockpit went together – Pictures to follow).
Taken from Wikipedia:
”The Saunders-Roe SR.53 was a British prototype interceptor aircraft of mixed jet and rocket propulsion developed for the Royal Air Force (RAF) by Saunders-Roe in the early 1950s. As envisaged, the SR.53 would have been used as an interceptor aircraft, using its rocket propulsion to rapidly climb and approach incoming hostile bombers at high speeds; following its attack run, the aircraft would be able to return to its base by making use of the secondary jet propulsion instead.
Although the SR.53 proved to have promising performance during test flights, the requirement for such an aircraft had been overtaken by rapid advances in surface-to-air missile technology, leading to reconsideration of the aircraft’s purpose. In July 1960, the development programme was formally cancelled, by which time a total of 56 test flights had been performed. A pair of prototype SR.53 aircraft had been completed and used during flight tests. One of these was destroyed during one such test flight in June 1958. The other, the first prototype, survived and was preserved; it is currently on public display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford”
For those of you that don’t like the idea of the what-if boxing that I purchased, there is also a boxing with the prototype marking on offer (again, picture from Scalemates).
so far I’ve built up the cockpit, nose bay and got the fuselage halves together – and I have to say it’s been really fun thus far. Alas I’ve no pictures to share yet as the light here has been awful – but I’ll get them up soon.
As a side note, you may have noticed a few changed to the layout of the Blog – that’s because I’ve been fiddling with wordpress – just to see what I can do. Please do let me know what you think.