RAF Rescue Launch - 06280-2

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RAF Rescue Launch

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The description below is taken from the Airfix catalogue this kit was first seen in. There may also be extra information underneath the main catalogues description.

Airfix Catalogue description:

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.

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Airfix Series: 6
First Issued: 1978

Artists information below is taken from:
Airfix Collectors Club, Artist and Kit list - 6th Ed. Compiled by Jeremy Brook.
Artist on Box Type 6: Geoff Hunt
Artist on Box Type 16: Geoff Hunt

This kit appeared in these catalogues:
15th Edition (1978) Ref: 06280-2
16th Edition (1979) Ref: 05281-2
17th Edition (1980) Ref: 05281-2
1982 Edition Ref: 05281-2
1983 Edition Ref: 9 05281
1984 Edition Ref: 9 05281
1985 Edition Ref: 905281
1986 Edition Ref: 05281
1987 Edition Ref: 05281
1988 Edition Ref: 05281
1989 Edition Ref: 05281
1990 Edition Ref: 05281
1992 Edition Ref: 05281
1993 Edition Ref: v
1994 Edition Ref: 05281
1995 Edition Ref: 05281
1996 Edition Ref: 05281
1997 Edition Ref: 05281
1998 Edition Ref: 05281
1999 Edition Ref: 05281
2000 Edition Ref: 05281
2004 Edition Ref: 05281
2005 Edition Ref: 05281
2006 Edition Ref: 05281
2007 Edition Ref: 05281
2008 Edition Ref: A05281
2009 Edition Ref: A05281
2013 Edition Ref: A05281
2014 Edition Ref: A05281
2015 Edition Ref: A05281
2016 Edition Ref: A05281


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