Modelling the Blackburn Roc
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SPECIAL HOBBY 1/48 AND 1/72 INJECTION MOULDED
Special Hobbies has now released the Blackburn Roc in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale limited edition injection molded kits with resin parts.These appears to be the ultimate Roc models, accurate in every respect.
Click here to go to a review of the 1/48 Scale version by Scott Van Aken
Click here to go to a review of the 1/48 scale version by Rowan Baylis
Click here for an online collection of photos of the unmade 1/72 scale kit
Here are two photos of an exellent example of the Special Hobby 1/48 kit, built by Tony O'toole.
Click here for photos of the 1/48 scale kit.
The MPM website for Special Hobby Kits.
PAVLA 1/72 INJECTION MOULDED
There was a limited run injected plastic kit with photoetched accessories in 1/72 scale made by Pavla models in the Czech Republic. When compared with the available plans the model is spot on. The amount of interior detail is impressive and the the inclusion of two sets of vac-formed canopy is welcome. Three decal options are provided; L3075 of 806 squadron at Hatston in the Orkney Islands in 1940, L3114 of 759 Sqdn Eastleigh 1939 and L3086 of 775 Squadron in Egypt 1942 (a target tug without turret).
There are a few minor problems with the model however...
1. The arrestor hook is represented as a single member, whereas it was in the form of a "V". each side of this "V" ran into the furrow formed by the wing fillet and the hinge was at the line indicated by the prominent lug on the outside of the wing fillet.
2. The brass etched undercarriage doors are flat. On the Skua and Roc the part of the door behind the undercarriage leg was curved and the there was an extra bulge behind and above the wheel..
3. The set of the propeller blades on the Pavla model are such that the engine would have to rotate in the opposite direction to which it actually did! (The Perseus engine rotated the propeller in a clockwise direction when viewed from the front).
The area under the fuselage between the wing fillets is represented as a flat area; recent analysis of photos by Matthew Willis shows this to be correct. The Roc did indeed have a "flat bottom" in this area, which incorporated an escape hatch for the gunner (the Skua was curved in this area).
Pavla models are at Kubelikova 9, 709 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic. The web site is at http://www.pavlamodels.cz . Pavla kits are imported into the UK by Hannants, 159 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5HR. Web site www.hannants.co.uk
MODELLAND 1/72 VACUFORM
A Vacuform kit of the Roc was available from Modelland of Poland. It has some resin parts (propeller, engine, wheels and cockpit detail) . It certainly appears accurate in outline. One novel feature of its construction is the way that the fuselage sits on top of the moulding for the lower section of the wing. This would seem to ensure a very good fit of parts.
SMODEL 1/72 RESIN
Smodel issued a 1/72 scale resin model of the Roc. Matthew Willis has been kind enough to send me these photos of boxart and the main components.
Click here for the Smodel website
WARRIOR MODELS 1/48 RESIN
Warrior have a 1/48 scale resin kit of the Roc, you can read a full review of building it here. It is based on their Skua kit. It is accurate in outline and except for the decals (which are no use at all) is a fantastic attempt to recreate the Roc in resin model form.
Warrior models can be contacted at 54-152 Wrocsaw, ul. Kozanowska 75/16 Poland.
Review of the Warrior resin kit of the Roc
Anyone considering making a model of the floatplane version of the Roc in 1/72 scale will find a nice pair of the correct floats in the old Frog/Novo/Eastern Express kit of the Blackburn Shark. If you make the Shark as the landplane option in the kit you are left with the floats which are exactly the same as those used on the Roc. A look at the photo in Capt Eric Browns "Wings of the Navy" and the two photos in Putnam's "Blackburn Aircraft" should give you the info you need for the correct "sit" of the floats and the ventral fin added under the tail. Also see the plans on the Russian website link below. The Blackburn Shark kit was reissued by Eastern Express.
Now released, Mattew Willis's book on the Skua and Roc is published by Mushroom Model Publications. This is an outstanding work with lots of original research.
The old "Aviation News" plans for the Skua and Roc are still available on the Air Pictorial website
Kingkit - the place to find that hard-to-find model
Fleet Air Arm Special Interest Group
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