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#AA-4080   1/144 scale  Short Stirling B.1  British first 4-engined heavy bomber in WWII

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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93 resin parts +

Clear resin canopies, decal

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Span 210 mm

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Length 185 mm

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Unit price: US$88

Shipping charge: US$14

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

Extra decal

US$2.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1936, when the British Air Ministry issued Specification B.12/36 which called for a conventional design which could operate from existing airfields but have a range of not less than 3,000 miles and carry a bomb load in excess of 8,000 lbs. In all 19 aircraft manufacturers were advised of the Specification and of five tendered designs. Both Shorts and Supermarine were asked to produce two prototypes each of their designs but by chance the offer from Shorts was the only one to reach production. The first Stirling prototype made its first flight in 1939 and was badly damaged on landing failure. It had to be written off with the delay in test flying whilst modifications were made. The first production aircraft had left the factory but even this had an engine failure on take-off. Production had continued at the height of Battle of Britain. By the end of 1941 some 190 Stirlings had been built and delivered. In late-1942, the RAF started using the larger 4000-lbs bombs. The Stirling became less useful. When the Handley-Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster became available from 1943, the Stirling was decided to withdraw to second tasks.

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Long-range heavy attack bomber

To build an aircraft capable not less than 3,000 miles range and 8,000 load.

30.20m.

26.6m.

8.80m.

4x Bristol Hercules radial engine

415 km/h

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8x 7.7mm machine gun / 14,000 lb bomb load

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Model References

The Shorts Stirling B.1 package contents secret kits of three 1/144 British aircrafts as bonus:

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

Long range heavy bomber in World War II

Avro Lancastor

Boeing B-29 Super Fortress

Lockheed XB-30 Constellation

Douglas XB-31 Raidmaster

Consolidated B-32 Dominator

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Handley-Page Halifax

Heinkel He.277B

Junkers Ju-390

Kawasaki Ki-91

Messerschmitt Me.264

Nakajima G5N1 Shinzan

Nakajima G8N-1 Renzan

Nakajima G10N1 Fugaku

Shorts Stirling

Tank Ta.400

British aircraft in World War II