Victrix Aviation Art
Victrix will shortly be releasing a range of 1/100 scale plastic aircraft kits. These are high quality models and in our humble opinion probably the best available in this particular scale. All models will feature a choice of decals and ordnance. The level of detail is excellent and extends to the cockpit, and wheel well interiors. Fuselage and wings have finely engraved panel lines and rivet points. The fit and function is superb making these models an absolute joy to construct. We believe these models are on a par with many of their larger 1/72 scale cousins.
James Baldwin - Aviation Artist
We have engaged well known aviation artist, James Baldwin, to produce our box artwork. James has created some excellent illustrations for our first 4 releases. We are now producing A3 high quality limited edition prints of his artwork and these prints are now available on our shopping cart.
We will limit the number of prints to 250 of each and James will sign and number each one. The cost of each print is £30 plus postage and we will also offer the chance to purchase all 4 for £100.00.
Images of the first 4 prints can be found below and obviously the prints will not include the Victrix watermark.
Junkers Ju87 G2
The Ju 87 G2, which is featured above, was developed to try and make some dents in the huge quantities of Soviet tanks that the German army faced on the Eastern Front. The original Ju 87D was stripped of it's dive brakes and a pair of 37mm cannon were slung under the wings. Due to the weight of these cannons the Stuka G's wings were extended to provide additional lift. The plane was slow, ponderous and very difficult to fly but in the hands of an expert (only the very best German pilots were allowed to fly these aircraft) they could be lethal. Germany's greatest ever pilot, Hans Ulrich Rudel, made his name flying the tank busting Stuka. He flew more missions than any other pilot in WWII amassing a staggering 2530 combat sorties. His personal account included the Russian battleship Marat, 70 landing craft in 3 weeks fighting over the Kuban bridgehead and by the end of the war he had destroyed 519 tanks and over 800 other vehicles. He was shot down no less than 30 times and wounded 5 times. Remarkably he survived the war. Of course we have included markings for Rudel's aircraft as one of 4 options provided with this model.
Hawker Typhoon 1B
The Typhoon or "Tiffy" had a difficult start when introduced by the RAF in 1942. It had originally been conceived as a high altitude fighter but constant problems with the Sabre engine resulted in it beingderogatively named the "7 ton brute".
However a persistent design team gradually ironed out the many initial problems and the Typhoon began to make a real name for itself as a low level ground attack aircraft. It carried a potent weapons mix of four 20mm cannons and a choice of bombs or rockets and combining this with an incredible low level top speed of nigh on 400 mph and very stable flying features made it the perfect gun platform.
In the words of one Typhoon pilot of 609 squadron describing the "Tiffy":
It was used initially to tackle low flying FW 190 hit and run raiders pecking around the south east coast. Our Typhoons overtook these 190s like bats out of hell and then blew them out of the sky with four 20mm cannon. The snag was that our lousy Sabre engines could be very temperamental and engine failure at 380mph at less than 200 feet altitude was hardly a laughing matter. It was an ever present nagging worry to the pilots but we just pressed on trusted our ground crews
Republic P47 Thunderbolt
The P47 "Thunderbolt" was an enormous aircraft and the heaviest single engine aircraft of the war, coining the sobriquets of T-Bolt, Thud or "Jug" after Juggernaut. It was built in greater quantities than any other American fighter of WWII.
The Thunderbolt was not without it's faults, it had a poor rate of climb and unimpressive turning at low to medium altitudes. However, these negatives were far outweighed by a very reliable engine, long range, superb diving characteristics, great high altitude manoeuvrability and boy oh boy could this bird take some punishment. Many a pilot respected the sheer strength of the aircraft when having to make a forced or even crash landing.
A combination of long range fuel tanks, underwing rocket and bomb combos plus eight 50cal machine guns gave the Thunderbolt a killer punch.
The Thunderbolt cockpit was a thing of wonder, particularly to RAF pilots who were used to the cramp cabins of Spitfires and Hurricanes. As one RAF P47 pilot has been quoted:
In the Jug boredom on patrol was never a problem - one could always pass the time merely counting instruments and levers or simply get out of the seat and have an invigorating run around the joy stick
IL2 M3 Sturmovik
The Ilyushin IL2 was produced in greater numbers than any other aircraft in the history of aviation and was described by Stalin as "as necessary to the Red Army as air and bread".
This was the first aircraft designed specifically for ground attack where protection and offensive armament took priority over speed and agility. The first aircraft, IL2M was a single seater based around a 700 kg armoured shell that protected the engine and cockpit. The IL2 M3 was then introduced with a rear gunner/observer. Interestingly the armoured shell was not extended to the rear gunners position resulting in twice as many gunner casualties compared to pilots.
As well as heavy armour the "Flying Tank" or "Ilyusha" to their crew carried a potent weapons mix. This included 20mm cannon and 7.62 machine guns in the wings plus a mix of bombs and rockets carried internally and externally. The rear gunner was armed with a 12.7mm machine gun. Later versions swapped their 20mm cannon for 37mm cannons which could even penetrate the armour of Germany's Panther and Tiger tanks.
Please direct any queries regarding the model aircraft range or the aviation prints to Julian Blakeney-Edwards at email@example.com or call him on 00 44 (0)1539 724415 or mobile 00 44 (0)7990 565921.