Winter builds WW1 SE5A by Colin Leach

20200114_125518 The SE5 was considered by many pilots to be the best British single-seat fighter of World War One. Designed at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough. It was used by twenty four squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force in France, Palastine, Macedonia, Mesopotamia and the United Kingdom, and equipped one squadron of the Australian Flying Corps and two of the United States Air Service on the Western Front.

The SE5 and SE5A were flown by some of the leading pilots of the first world war including Captain Albert Ball VC, DSO and two bars, MC. He died on 7th May 1917 aged 20 . Can you believe 20. He had 44 victories. The famous German flying ace Manfred Von Richthofen,remarked on hearing of Balls death that he was by far the best English flying man. He remained its fourth- highest scorer behind Edward Mannock, James McCudden, and George McElroy.

Colin’s model is built from the DB sport and scale range of kits, it has a wingspan of 80 inches and will be powered by electric motor. Covering will be solartex and painted in a french colour scheme serving on the Western Front.

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