Blenheim Mk1

Bristol Blenheim Mk1 – Manufacturer: Airfix  /  Scale: 1/72

Markings: Aircraft Flown by Squadron Leader Arthur Stewart King Scarf VC, No.62 Squadron, Royal Air Force Station Butterworth, Malaysia, 9th December 1941

Model by Clayton Ockerby

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A brief history

Designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, the Bristol Blenheim was a British light bomber. The aircraft was extensively used during the early part of the Second World War.

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Whilst the Blenheim’s capabilities were a dramatic step up from the bi-planes of the 30’s, it proved no match for the German 109 fighters…especially during daylight hours.

The Blenheim was found to be better suited to night time missions, and was seen as somewhat of a stopgap until alternative aircraft, such as the Beaufighter, became available.

The Blenheim was one of the first British aircraft to include retractable landing gear, a powered gun turret and variable pitch propellers. It was also one of the first to include an all metal skin construction.

The Mark IV design would also see action in the early part of the war, but it too suffered heavy losses at the hands of the German Aces.

A Canadian-built variant named the Bolingbroke was used as an anti-submarine and training aircraft.

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