1/144 scale Short SA.4 Sperrin - Insurance for the V-bombers, first to drop UK nuclear bomb

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#AA-4043   1/144 scale  Short SA.4 Sperrin  Insurance for the V-Bombers


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features


88 resin parts +

Clear cast canopies, decals


Span 230 mm


Length 216 mm


Unit price: US$88

Shipping charge: US$14

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

Extra decal



Aircraft History and Specification

After the end of the second World War, the British military felt there was a need for an independent strategic bombing capability that they should not be reliant upon the U.S. Strategic Air Command. In 1947, Air Ministry issued a request in the form of Specification B.35/46 for an advanced jet bomber capable of carrying a nuclear bomb, and other Specification B.14/46 for a more conservative jet bomber that would provide insurance in case the advanced B.35/46 effort ran into trouble. Vickers responded with the T.660 Valiant that became the the first V-bomber, and Short submitted SA.4 Sperrin that was basically a jet-powered version of World War II style bomber with conventional tail assembly and straight wings. Short received contract for two prototypes. The First Sperrin prototype made its maiden flight in 1951. By this time, the Valliant project was proceeding well. The Air Ministry had decided that the Sperrin would not be put into production, but work on the two prototypes was allowed to continue. The Sperrin program was changed to serve as a research aircraft. The two Sperrins were used in a variety of research trials that included Blue Danube nuclear bomb test. 










Strategic heavy bomber

To designed to meet specification B.14/46 as an insurance against the failure of the V-bombers.




4x Rolls-Royce Avon RA2 turbojet engine



20,000 lbs bomb loads or 1x 4530 MC.Mk 1 Blue Danube bomb load


Model References

The Short SA.4 Sperrin package contents secret kits of three 1/144 British designs as bonus:

The Short SA.4 Sperrin is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Modern strategic bomber

Avro Vulcan B.2

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

Boeing XB-59

Convair B-36B

Convair B-58 Hustler

Convair YB-60

Handley Page Victor B.2

Myasishchev M-4 Bison

Myasishchev M-50 Bounder

North American XB-70 Valkyrie

Northrop B-2 Spirit

Rockwell B-1 Lancer

Short Sperrin

Sukhoi T-4 Sotka

Sukhoi T-4MS

Tupolev Tu-16 Badger

Tupolev T-22 Blinder

Tupolev T-22M Backfire

Tupolev Tu-95 Bear

Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack

Vickers Valiant B.1

British V- bomber force

Avro Vulcan B.2

Handley Pages Victor B.2

Short Sperrin

Vickers Valiant B.1


Modern British aircraft