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SHORT STIRLING MK-IV scale 1:44 L: 74.00cm W: 86.00cm h : 20.00cm
About this creation

From Wikipedia
The Short Stirling was a British four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It has the distinction of being the first four-engined bomber to be introduced into service with the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The Stirling was designed during the late 1930s by Short Brothers to conform with the requirements laid out in Air Ministry Specification B.12/36. Prior to this, the RAF had been primarily interested in developing increasingly capable twin-engined bombers but had been persuaded to investigate a prospective four-engined bomber as a result of promising foreign developments in the field. Out of the submissions made to the specification, Supermarine proposed the Type 317 which was viewed as the favourite, while Short's submission, named the S.29, was selected as an alternative. When the preferred Type 317 had to be abandoned, the S.29, which later received the name Stirling, proceeded to production.

During early 1941, the Stirling entered squadron service. During its use as a bomber, pilots praised the type for its ability to out-turn enemy night fighters and its favourable handling characteristics, while the altitude ceiling was often a subject of criticism. The Stirling had a relatively brief operational career as a bomber before being relegated to second line duties from late 1943. This was due to the increasing availability of the more capable Handley Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster, which took over the strategic bombing of Germany. Decisions by the Air Ministry on certain performance requirements, such as to restrict the wingspan of the aircraft to 100 feet, had played a role in limiting the Stirling's performance; these restrictive demands had not been placed upon the Halifax and Lancaster bombers.

During its later service, the Stirling was used for mining German ports; new and converted aircraft also flew as glider tugs and supply aircraft during the Allied invasion of Europe during 1944–1945. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the type was rapidly withdrawn from RAF service, having been replaced in the transport role by the Avro York, a derivative of the Lancaster that had previously displaced it from the bomber role. A handful of ex-military Stirlings were rebuilt for the civil market

Heavy bomber
Glider tug

National origin
United Kingdom

Short Brothers, Rochester
Short Bros. and Harland, Belfast
Austin Motor Company

Claude Lipscomb / Sir Arthur Gouge

First flight
14 May 1939


1946 (UK); 1951 (Egypt)


Primary users
Royal Air Force
Egyptian Air Force


Number built

Developed from short sunderland

From Wikipedia
Length: 87 ft 3 in[56] (26.6 m)
Wingspan: 99 ft 1 in[56] (30.2 m)
Height: 22 ft 9 in[56] (6.9 m)
Wing area: 1,460 ft²[56] (135.6 m²)
Aspect ratio: 6.5
Empty weight: 46,900 lb (21,274 kg)
Loaded weight: 59,400 lb (26,944 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 70,000 lb[57] (31,752 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × Bristol Hercules II radial engine, 1,375 hp (1,025 kW) each
Propellers: Three-bladed metal fully feathering propeller Propeller diameter: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)

Maximum speed: 282 mph[57] (454 km/h) at 12,500 ft (3,800 m)[57]
Cruise speed: 200 mph[58] (320 km/h)
Range: 2,330 mi (3,750 km)
Service ceiling: 16,500 ft (5,030 m)
Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4 m/s)
Wing loading: 40.69 lb/ft² (198.7 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.093 hp/lb (0.153 kW/kg)


Guns: 8 x 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns: 2 in powered nose turret, 4 in tail turret, 2 in dorsal turret
Bombs: Up to 14,000 lb (6,350 kg) of bombs


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  October 27, 2019
Nicely done! The camo looks great!
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john lamarck
  February 2, 2019
Good work. Very close to the real aircraft.
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  January 16, 2019
Great work on an overlooked aircraft. The details and design work are excellent. Keep them coming!
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  January 2, 2019
This is pretty big. Great work!
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  January 2, 2019
very well modeled!
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  January 2, 2019
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