RAF Rescue Launch

RAF Rescue Launch

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Downed aircrew of both sides had reason to be thankful to the high speed rescue launches of the RAF Marine Craft units during the 1939-45 war, and of these launches, the 63 ft British Power Boat Type 2 design figures prominently in wartime operations and unashamedly came to be regarded as the Spitfire of the ASR units.

The sweeping curve of the deck justiyably earned it the name 'Whaleback' among its crews and gave some hint to its speed which was a handsome 36 knots. Now this famous boat joins the Airfix range of high speed craft.

Features of this 158-part kit include the two gun turrets which were so distinctive on the real boat, the essential anti-flak protective padding around the wheelhouse and cabin, and a stern-mounted 20 mm Oerlikon frequently fitted to these launches during later periods of the war. - Taken from the 15th edition catalogue (1978)

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Airfix Series (first appearance) 6
First Issued 1978
Catalogue Ref - 15th Edition (1978) 06280-2
Catalogue Ref - 16th Edition (1979) 05281-2
Catalogue Ref - 17th Edition (1980) 05281-2
Catalogue Ref - 1982 Edition 05281-2
Catalogue Ref - 1983 Edition 9 05281
Catalogue Ref - 1984 Edition 9 05281
Catalogue Ref - 1985 Edition 905281
Catalogue Ref - 1986 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1987 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1988 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1989 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1990 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1992 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1993 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1994 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1995 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1996 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1997 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1998 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 1999 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 2000 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 2004 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 2005 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 2006 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 2007 Edition 5281
Catalogue Ref - 2008 Edition A05281
Catalogue Ref - 2009 Edition A05281
Artist on Box Type 6 Geoff Hunt

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