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One of the unsung heroes of World War II, the Supermarine Walrus amphibian was a private venture development of the 1922 Seagull I, and indeed first flew as the Seagull V on 21 June 1933. A production order by the Australian government prompted evaluation by the Royal Navy`s No. 702 Catapult Flight, which in turn led to an initial contract for 12 Walrus Mk I aircraft being placed by the Air Ministry in 1935, Following further trials, during which a Walrus was catapulted fullyloaded from HMS Nelson, production orders for 204 aircraft with the 474kW Pegasus II M2 radial were placed, and the little flying-boat entered Fleet Air Arm service in 1936. Noteable also that the Walrus was the first commissioned aircraft to feature an enclosed cockpit and retractable undercarriage.
Early in World War II Walrus amphibians were serving aboard battleships and cruisers of the Royal Navy all over the world as components of No. 700 Squadron, as well as with Nos 701, 711, 712 and 714 Squadrons, their principal duties being over-the-horizon search for enemy shipping; they were also employed for gunnery spotting, antisubmarine and convoy protection duties. A Walrus was even catapulted from the cruiser HMS Dorsetshire to bomb a target in Italian Somaliland on 18 November 1940.
Undoubtedly the work for which the Walrus (affectionately known as the Shagbat by its crews) will be best remembered was air/sea rescue, serving in this role with Nos 269, 275, 276, 277, 278, 281 and 282 Squadrons at stations in the United Kingdom, and with Nos 283, 284, 292 and 294 Squadrons in the Middle East. Called out in any weather, day or night, Walrus air/sea rescue aircraft frequently alighted in enemy coastal waters to pick up ditched Allied airmen from their dinghies, sometimes putting down in minefields where rescue launches could not venture.
With their curious pusher engine nacelle located between the wings (and angled off centre)and twin two bladed prop, the sight of a Walrus to a shotdown airman meant the difference between rescue and years in a prison camp. The Walrus was slowly replaced in service from 1944 onwards by the tractor Mercury-powered Sea Otter from the same stable, although No. 624 Squadron was re-formed at Grottaglie in Italy in December that year with Walrus aircraft for minespotting duties.
A total of 740 Walrus aircraft was built, production of the Walrus Mk I with metal-clad hull being terminated at Supermarine after 287 had been completed; thereafter production was switched to Saunders-Roe who built 453 Walrus Mk II aircraft with wooden hulls before finally ending in January 1944
Model is scaled to Poser figures. All movements are controlled by dials on the BODY tab and this will display by default after loading.
Simplified interior. May not be suitable for extreme closeups.
Fully articulated undercarriage. Wheels can be raised independently or together.
All cockpit windows open independently. Includes both side, both quarterlights and top. Wipers are also movable.
Both front and rear guns rotate and elevate and may be hidden if turret covers are in place.
Rear hatch cover can be moved backwards/forwards and rear half can be opened/closed with brace bar folding or extending as appropriate.
Propeller spins and can be blurred (for flight) using geometry switching.
All control surfaces move to their service limits. This includes the actuating mechanisms under the wing surfaces (actuator, tie rods and pivots). Rudder controls tailwheel movement also as this acts as a rudder when in water. Surface controls also control cockpit mechanisms. (Yoke, wheel and rudder pedals)
Wings can be folded separately or together. Flaps can be raised to stowing position.
Included props: Forward gun turret front and rear hatch covers
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