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#AA-4089   1/144 scale  Short Shetland  British largest aircraft in WWII

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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66 resin parts +

Clear resin canopies, decals

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Span: 318 mm

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Length: 232 mm

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Unit price: US$98

Shipping charge: US$16

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra  decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$2.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1941, the Bristish Air Ministry issued an requirement for a heavy defensive armament, long range flying boat that intended to replace the Short Sunderland. Saunders-Roe propsed S.41 to the Air Ministry, and was asked to combine the project with Short°¶s proposal. The detailed design was performed by Saro, their experience with the "Shrimp" contributing to the hull shape, as well as building the wing. Shorts built the hull and tail and did the final assembly. The first prototype and what was to be the only Shetland first flew in December 1944. Flight testing indicated satisfactory water handling but revealed problems with the harmonization of controls and marginal longitudinal stability. With the end of the war, the second prototype was completed as a civil transport and designated Shetland II. the Shetland Mk. II's first flight took place in September 1947. After trials, it was delivered to Short's factory at Belfast, but no orders were forthcoming and it performed only limited flight trials before being scrapped in 1951.

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Long-range reconnaissance flying boat prototype

Intended to replace the Sunderland

150'4"

110'

37'

4 °— Bristol Centaurus VII radial engines

263 mph

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Planned 8x 12.7mm machine gun

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Model References

The Short Shetland package contents secret kits of three 1/144 RAF ex[erimental airplanes as bonus:

The Short Shetland is suitable to group with the following collection series.

RAF experimental aircraft

War time patrol bomber flying boat

Blohm und Voss Bv.222 Viking

Blohm und Voss Bv.138

Blohm und Voss Bv.238

Dornier Do.26

Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina

Consolidated PBY-5 Coronado

Kawanishi H6K4 Mavis

Kawanishi H8K2 Emily

Martin PBM-3 Mariner

Martin PB2M-3 Mars

Shot Shetland

Shot Sunderland

Sikorsky XPBS-1