Up for sale is a brand new 1/48 RAF ROYAL AIR FORCE ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY SE5a D3511 (AA37709) by Corgi.

Trading the tranquility of Queensland for the airborne battles above the Western Front, Roderic Dallas worked in a mine to earn enough money to finance passage to England and his dreams of becoming an airman. Accepted for training with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915, Dallas excelled in both the classroom and in the air and on gaining his pilot’s license, he was posted to No. 1 Squadron RNAS, initially flying the Sopwith Pup. His first aerial victory came in May 1916 and from that date, his score began to increase rapidly, as he earned a reputation as a fearless dogfighter, but one who didn’t take unnecessary risks – he also relished the extremely risky low level missions which many fellow pilots avoided and suffered several injuries while engaged in such sorties.

By the time he was appointed commander of RFC No. 40 Squadron in March 1918, Dallas had at least 30 victories to his name and traded his Sopwith fighter for a Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a, an aircraft in which he would go on to score a further nine victories. Unusually, his aircraft was one of a handful of SE5a fighters which were given an experimental camouflage finish, thought to have been trialed on aircraft engaged in ground strafing operations. Australian Great War ace ‘Stan’ Dallas was officially credited with 39 aerial victories, which places him as the second most successful Australian ace of WWI, behind the 47 victories of Robert A. Little. Post war research later revealed that due to the fact Dallas had a somewhat casual attitude to claiming victories his actual total may have exceeded 50 aerial victories, which would have seen him earning the title of ‘Australia’s most successful fighter ace’.

This model aeroplane is made from die-cast metal and plastic and include extensive detailing. It is similar in quality to Century Wings, Calibre Wings, Oxford, Hobbymaster and Forces of Valor.
Includes display stand.

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 24 × 24 × 10 cm




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