Flair Scout Series: Bristol F2b (Fighter)
Products Code: FL1059
Bristol F2b FL1059
Although quite a large aircraft the F2b was impressive in its manoeuvrability and posed a considerable threat to its opponents.
The Flair F2b is designed with a scale outline. The kit includes much detail such as the gun mount, closed loop systems for the rudder and elevators, plus router cut horns and radiator parts. The finished model really does take you back in time to 1918.
Flying wires can be added for extra realism but are not required
Span 76" (1985 mm)
Engines .60 - .80 2 strokes
.70 - .90 4 strokes
Radio 4 channel
Weight 8.5 - 10 lbs
(3.8 - 4.5kg)
Centre of Gravity position. 130 mm back from the top wing leading edge, (balance model 2 or 3 degrees nose down)
The Bristol F2B was a development of the F2A which had been designed to fill
the need in 1916 for a reconnaissance aircraft that was capable of looking after
itself. It did far more than that once a few pilots stopped believing the false
rumours that the type lacked structural integrity and started flying it like a fighter.
When the F2B arrived at the front with its Rolls Royce Falcon III of 275 horsepower it was so successful that the Ministry for defence soon followed up the initial order for 200 aircraft with many more orders.
In what has been described as a typical Bristol F2B action, on the 30th of November 1917, McKeever, with his observer/gunner Powell, met a pair of German two seat observation aircraft escorted by seven Albatross scouts. McKeever shot down one of the two seaters, Powell shot down two of the Albatross (a very capable scout) and McKeever shot down a third Albatross that had overshot the Bristol.
The Bristol Fighter, as it became known, was such a versatile design that it continued in service until long after the Great War was finished and it was not until 1932 that the RAF finally relinquished its greatest two seat fighter.
The model presented here is at one sixth scale which, because the prototype was of generous proportions, produces a model of not insignificant size.
I think that I can guarantee that any modeller placing his newly finished F2B on the grass or tarmac for the first time will be wearing a very smug look and if you derive just half the pleasure from this machine that I have gained from designing, building and flying it you will be very pleased.
The kit includes much detail such as the gun mount, closed loop systems for the rudder and elevators, plus router cut horns and radiator parts. The finished model really does take you back in time to 1918.
Flying wires can be added for extra realism but are not required for structural integrity.