Frog/Novo 1/72 Fairey Delta 2
Two Fairey Delta FD-2 delta winged
aircraft were built under Ministry of Supply contract to investigate the
characteristics of flight and control at high supersonic and transonic speeds.
The design featured a very thin delta wing with a symmetrical section, A
RA28 with an eyelid section hinged downwards at 10 degrees for take-off and
landing. The First FD-2 WG774
was flown from Boscombe Down on 6th
October 1954 and on 10th March 1956 established a new World Air Speed
Record of 1,132 mph. Previous to this easily gained record an F-100C Super Sabre
powered by a 17,000lb thrust J57-P-21A turbojet broke earlier YF-100A
prototype’s World speed record on 20th August1955 by achieving
822Mph. The second FD-2 WG777 was flown a month previous to this and joined the
trials work until it was concluded in 1957.The first FD-2 went on to become the
221 for Concord wing research.
WG777 (construction number F9422)
was built in 1956 at Hayes and first flown from Boscombe Down on
15 February 1956.
It joined the research programme at RAE Bedford with the high-speed flight and
in October/ November 1956 was based at
for low-level supersonic flights. It had made 429 flights when it was withdrawn
in 1957. It was stored at Bedford, Finningley and Topcliffe before being moved
at Cosford in 1972. It was allocated the maintenance number 7986M. WG777 was on
static display during an air show that I attended at Finningley,
in September 1968.
The age of the mold
certainly showed and the modern day modeller may be tempted to fall into the
trap of passing unkind remarks about the fit of some of the parts and the
coarseness of the details. The ex-Frog /Novo were among the first of the
manufacturers to introduce many of the features that we take for granted today,
namely multi lingual instructions and alternate parts with decals. Molded in
silver grey styrene, with rather crude thick parts by today standard and heavy
rivets. The parts have a fair amount of joint lines and light flash but in
general the fit is good and is reasonably accurate and could be improved with a
little extra work done to the parts being mainly on the thick side in section.
There are some 30 components and a clear front canopy part. Markings cater for
FD-2 WG774, which was the world speed record breaker when flown in the hands of
Lt.Cdr Peter Twiss, D.S.C. The kit featured an original ‘Concord
like’ moving nose section so that during landing the nose area can be lowered to
allow better front view to the pilot during approach, landing and taxiing.
Building the kit was rather basic
but there was room for improving the overall look of the model. The extra work
involved included reshaping the eyelid engine outlet by filing the area with an
oval section thin file, making reference to photos published in Flight magazine.
The air intakes and undercarriage legs were also trimmed to more acceptable
appearance. Undercarriage doors were sanded down in section. Canopy windows were
blanked with pieces of plastic and scribed and opened new ones in new position
as the position of the ones in the kit were incorrectly placed. I also added an
instrument panel. Wing fences were also reshaped as kit ones had thick section.
Filler was only needed in small amounts to wing joints
Colour is given on a
colour diagram on the underside of the box. The kit was airbrushed in overall
Humbrol silver, kit decals can vary but generally these appeared to be thin and
experienced no breaking up in spite that I trimmed around the decal periphery.
After these were slid in place I applied a high gloss coat of lacquer in the
end. Engine outlet and anti glare panel in front of cockpit was semi matt black.
In spite of being a kit of many
years ago, it is hard to have a serious collection without these types. This is
a typical kit that never appeared in kit form since. The overall accuracy of the
finished model is high and the important piece of history attached to the FD-2
makes it all the more interesting making it worth the space it occupies on the
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