1/72 SBS MODEL kit for the De Havilland DH.88 Comet, with resin, clear resin, photo etched parts, white metal undercarriage parts and decals.
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|Sort||Contains resin, clear resin, photo etched parts white metal undercarriage parts and decals|
|Decals||G-ACSS "Grosvenor House" | G-ACSR (later Reine Astrid)|
|Attention||Do not include paint or glue ( sold separately )|
|Content||Contains resin, clear resin, photo etched parts white metal undercarriage parts and decals|
|White metal parts||6|
The De Havilland DH.88 Comet was a twin-engined British aircraft designed for the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race. Three examples took part in the race and one of them won it. The type set many aviation records during the race and afterwards, as a pioneer mail plane. The modern features and clean lines of the DH.88, especially in the striking colours of Grosvenor House, the race winner, make it a true design classic.
There was 5 build: G-ACSP "Black Magic", G-ACSS "Grosvenor House", G-ACSR, F-ANPZ and G-ADEF "Boomerang".
The DH.88 might have been the only wooden British high-performance monoplane, but for a shortage of metal for aircraft construction during the Second World War. Experience with the DH.88 would later be put to use in designing the DH.98 Mosquito, also a twin-engined monoplane of wooden construction. The Mosquito was not simply the 1935 proposal revisited but was a much bigger and more powerful aircraft powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines delivering over twice the power of the Gipsy Sixes.
Grosvenor House was taken charge of by the Air Ministry and flown to Martlesham Heath for evaluation. Repainted silver and given the military serial K-5084 it made several flights before being written off and sold for scrap after a heavy landing. It was subsequently sold on, rebuilt and fitted with Gypsy Six series II engines and a castoring tailwheel, in which form it made several race and record attempts under various names. It claimed fourth place in the 1937 Istres-Damascus-Paris race, and later the same year lowered the out-and-home record to the Cape to 15 days 17 hours. In March 1938, Arthur Edmond Clouston and Victor Anthony Ricketts made a return trip to New Zealand covering 26,450 mi (42,570 km) in 10 days 21 hours 22 minutes.
G-ACSR was renamed Reine Astrid and flew the Christmas mail from Brussels to Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo in 1934. It was then sold to the French government as F-ANPY and set a Croydon-Le Bourget record of 52 minutes on 5 July 1935. It subsequently made Paris–Casablanca and Paris—Algiers high-speed proving flights. F-ANPY was destroyed in a hangar fire, alongside F-ANPZ (another Comet), at Istres in France in June 1940.
Black Magic was sold to Portugal for a projected flight from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. Re-registered CS-AAJ and renamed Salazar it made various flights from London to Lisbon, setting a time of 5 hr, 17 min in July 1937. It was re-discovered in a ruinous condition in Portugal in 1979 and is currently undergoing restoration in Derby, England.
1/72 SBS MODEL kit for the De Havilland DH.88 Comet, with resin, clear resin, photo etched parts, white metal undercarriage parts and decals for the planes G-ACSS "Grosvenor House" and G-ACSR (later Reine Astrid).
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