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Gloster Gladiator (LASER CUT)
Used primarily by the Royal Air Force and Navy, the Gloster Gladiator
was the last British biplane fighter. Introduced in 1937, this single-seat
day fighter was used during World War II by Britain and the armed
forces in 13 other countries. 756 were produced. The Gladiator was
a vital stopgap fighter ahead of the forthcoming Hurricane and Spitfire
projects then being designed. It appeared at a time when monoplanes
were already eclipsing biplanes and yet the Gladiator achieved wartime
fame in the hands of skilled pilots, fighting some of the most dramatic
battles of the early war years.
During the siege of Malta in 1940, the entire island of Malta was
protected by a small force of Gladiators, giving rise to the myth
that only 3 Sea Gladiator aircraft, unofficially named FAITH, HOPE,
and GLORY formed the entire air defense of the island. There were
actually 18 aircraft from the 802 Squadron Fleet Air Arm (FAA),
some of which were being used for spare parts while the other flew
Kit FF-98LC Gloster Gladiator is a 1/22 scale, flying model. This
kit is based on a wonderful plan and printing plates found in the
Easy Built Models' archives, dated 1939. Redrawn by David Niedzielski
for reissue as a LASER CUT kit, the plan has been
updated to present day construction techniques. Eligible for Society
of Antique Modelers (SAM) and Flying Aces Club contests.
This free flight rubber powered kit contains a
full-size rolled CAD drawn plan, building and flying instructions,
LASER CUT balsa parts, hand-picked balsa strip
wood, FAI rubber motor, E-B propeller, EBM thrust bearing,
vacuum-molded canopy, wheels, wire, Easy
Built Lite tissue in olive, dark brown, black and white, and TissueCal™
will need a building board, hobby
knife, fine sandpaper, and glue.
FF-98LC Gloster Gladiator (LASER CUT)
Class: Scale flyer
Building Skill / Flying Skill: Experienced / Experienced
Extra vacuum-molded canopy. Price:
Extra TissueCal™ markings. Markings printed on white tissue. Price: $3.46
a photo of your model!
Kit includes a fixed pitch prop. Variable pitch prop shown in the
photos of the protype is not included. The prototype used a single loop of 3/16" FAI SuperSport rubber.
Flying weight was 34 grams.
"I converted it to micro rc with throttle,
rudder, elevator control. It flew right off the board (note that
there is no cg location on plans, so I just tried it with no
extra weight and it worked). It weighs approx 1.5 oz. Main problem I had was covering without warping. I preshrunk
tissue on wings and tail, but still ended up with a few wrinkles. On body I did not preshink, but had trouble with all the
contours. I'm just way out of practice. I used the old dope method rather than white glue or glue stick." - David Salguero
This plane built by Jim Choquette for display, representing the J8 Gloster Gladiator used by the Swedish Air Force in defense of Stockholm during World War 2.
Balsa Model Airplane Kit, Balsa flies better.