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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Novo Supermarine S 6B Racing Seaplane - F164

Novo was a plastic model kit manufacturer based in the USSR. In the late 1970's they bought many of the moulds from defunct UK company Frog.

This 1/72 scale kit is of Supermarine S 6B seaplane S1595.

On 13th September 1931, Flight Lieutenant J N Bootham, flying S1595 won the coveted Schneider Trophy at an average speed of 340.08 mph.

Sixteen days later, Flight Lieutenant G H Stainforth flew the same aircraft at an average speed of 407 mph - an new world record at that time.

Following their pioneering work on the S 6B, the Supermarine company later went on to design and build the iconic Spitfire.

An example of this rare kit is currently for sale on e-bay here.

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