The Short Sunderland served during World War II flying long range patrols protecting convoys and seeking out enemy submarines.

After the war it served with several air forces before being phase out in the 1960s.

The Sunderland was ordered in 1933, flew for the first time in October 1937 and entered service in December 1938.

They flew long range maritime sorties with the RAF for the entire war in several versions, the final one being the Mark.V that entered service in March 1944.

They also flew with Australian, New Zealand and South African air forces and with the French Aeronavale from 1945 to 1960.

This model represents a Sunderland of Escadrille de Servitude 50 S at Ban Lanvedoc-Poulmic, 1960

Airfix 1/72 kit Carpena decals completed by Leigh Edmonds in February 2004.

Work Bench Notes


MODEL: Short Sunderland Mk.V

ROLE: Maritime patrol aircraft

TIME PERIOD: 1937-1967

ENGINES: four Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90B Twin Wasp radial piston engines of 895kW each

WING SPAN: 34.38m

LENGTH: 34.38m

GROSS WEIGHT: 26,308kg


RANGE: 2860km

CREW: 9-11

ARMAMENT: up to 16 7.7mm (.303in) machine guns and 2250kg (4960 lb) of bombs, depth charges or mines

SCALE: 1/72


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