AIRCO DH.2 Profipack


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This is a 1/48 Eduard Profipack edition plastic kit with pieces to build one Airco DH.2, a biplane with decals for 4 versions.

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0.86 kg
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SortPlastic kit with PE
Plastic parts97
PE parts92
Masking sheet - die-cut adhesive shapes.Masking sheet - die-cut adhesive shapes.
DecalsRoyal Flying Corps (RFC)
Historical period1915
AttentionDo not include paint or glue ( sold separately )
ContentPlastic kit | PE parts | Paint mask | decals | Instructions

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The Airco DH-2 was the second design of Geoffrey de Haviland. Thanks to its pusher configuration, it was the first British aircraft capable of competing with the German Fokkers. At the end of 1915, the British still had not developed a practical synchronization mechanism allowing the aircraft's main weapon to fire through the propeller arc. The pusher configuration allowed the installation of an unobstructed machine gun in the front. As a result, the DH-2, along with the F.E. 2b, became the cornerstones of the fighter units of the Royal Flying Corps until the British could develop a usable synchronization unit.
The DH-2 first took to the skies in July, 1915. It was armed with a single Lewis 7.7mm machine gun. Originally, the gun could be mounted in any of three positions, and the pilot could move it during flight as required. Finally, the gun was mounted on the longitudinal axis of the aircraft, and it was found that the best method of aiming the gun was to aim the whole aircraft. The DH-2 was able to remain a thorn in the axis' side until the fall of 1916, when the German Halberstadt D.II and Albatros D.I appeared. They remained in the services of No. 24 and 32 Squadrons until the following year, when they were replaced by the DH-5. On the lesser fronts of the conflict over the Balkans and the Middle East, they were able to serve in front line duties until the end of the First World War. They also saw service with training units. Most DH-2s were powered by a rotary Gnome Monosoupape engine rated at 100hp, with a part of the later series receiving the Le Rhone 9J offering 110hp. In all, there were 453 examples built.This kit offers the markings of four different aircraft. Three of them were from No.24 Squadron, and one from No.32 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. No.24 Squadron RFC (Royal Flying Corps) was formed on September 1st, 1915 at Hounslow. The unit reached the combat area in France the following February. The unit was equipped with the Airco DH-2, where it would serve until being replaced by the DH-5 at the beginning of 1917. Over the course of the First World War, the unit produced 33 aces. Among the No.24 Squadron aces, the most successful were ten-kill aces Alan M. Wilkinson and Patrick Langan-Byrne, who are also history's most successful DH-2 aces. No.32 Squadron was formed on January 12th, 1916 and was initially equipped with the DH-2.
It entered combat with the DH-2 over the Western Front and used the type until 1917, when the unit converted to the DH-5 and turned their attention to ground targets. At the end of the war, the unit's pilots flew the S.E.5a. The unit's most famous member was its CO, Major Lionel Rees, holder of the Victoria Cross. Three DH-2 pilots were awarded Britain's highest award, the Victoria Cross: the aforementioned Alan M. Wilkinson, No.24 Squadron CO Lanoe Hawker (8 kills) and Lionel Rees, when despite injuries sustained, he was able to shoot down two of his eight kills on July 1st, 1916, both of which were German Albatroses.

This is a 1/48 Eduard Profipack edition plastic kit with pieces to build one Airco DH.2, a biplane with decals for 4 versions.


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AIRCO DH.2 Profipack

AIRCO DH.2 Profipack

This is a 1/48 Eduard Profipack edition plastic kit with pieces to build one Airco DH.2, a biplane with decals for 4 versions.

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