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The design of these Air Sea Rescue launches was an adaptation of a Motor Gun Boat being developed by British Power Boats for the Royal Navy, (see the M.G.B. in our range ).
These craft were the first to be fitted with aircraft type turrets from the start. After experience in the Channel these vessels earned a great reputation amongst their crew members. The racy lines of the craft added a touch of glamour when the outline of the type was used for the arm badge worn by the crews.
Although the Whalebacks saw service around the coasts of Britain, some of the type were sent to the Med and to the coasts of India.
During the Dieppe raid when some of the craft were attacked and sunk with loss of life they were more heavily armed with a 20mm machine cannon on the stern (see the B.P.C.63ft)
Details of the kit:
Length: 812mm (32")
Beam: 215mm (8.5")
The 2 models in this range of craft are based on a lightweight fiberglass hull capturing the racy lines of the prototype. The deck is of 1/8" resin bonded marine plywood fitted to the top of the rubbing strip which is molded into the hull for easy construction.
The complete superstructure molding, along with the carly float, battery box, are all in vacuum formed plastic to speed construction. The gun turrets are formed in clear acrylic along with a full set of weapons and fittings to complement the FULL SIZE PLAN and instructions.