Although quite a large aircraft the F2b was impressive in its manoeuvrability and posed a considerable threat to its opponents.
The Flair F2b is designed with a scale outline. The kit includes much detail such as the gun mount, closed loop systems for the rudder and elevators, plus router cut horns and radiator parts. The finished model really does take you back in time to 1918.
Flying wires can be added for extra realism but are not required
Strip and sheet wood
Die cut and CNC cut parts
Extensive hardware pack
Pre bent undercarriage wire
Die stamped steel bracket components
Fully detailed plans and instructions
Span 76″ (1985 mm)
Engines .60 – .80 2 strokes
.70 – .90 4 strokes
Radio 4 channel
Weight 8.5 – 10 lbs
(3.8 – 4.5kg)
Pilot “Albert” FL2058
Palmer cord wheels W30133
M/c gun – Lewis W30161
Centre of Gravity position. 130 mm back from the top wing leading edge, (balance model 2 or 3 degrees nose down)
Rudder, 40 mm (1.5″) each way
Ailerons, 19 mm (3/4″) up, 13 mm (1/2″) down
Elevators, 32 mm (1.25″) up, 25 mm (1″) down
The Bristol F2B was a development of the F2A which had been designed to fill the need in 1916 for a reconnaissance aircraft that was capable of ‘looking after itself’. It did far more than that once a few pilots stopped believing the false rumours that the type lacked structural integrity and started flying it like a fighter.
When the F2B arrived at the front with its Rolls Royce Falcon III of 275 horsepower it was so successful that the Ministry for defence soon followed up the initial order for 200 aircraft with many more orders.
In what has been described as a typical Bristol F2B action, on the 30th of November 1917, McKeever, with his observer/gunner Powell, met a pair of German two seat observation aircraft escorted by seven Albatross scouts. McKeever shot down one of the two seaters, Powell shot down two of the Albatross (a very capable scout) and McKeever shot down a third Albatross that had overshot the Bristol.
The Bristol Fighter, as it became known, was such a versatile design that it continued in service until long after the Great War was finished and it was not until 1932 that the RAF finally relinquished its greatest two seat fighter.
The model presented here is at one sixth scale which, because the prototype was of generous proportions, produces a model of not insignificant size.
I think that I can guarantee that any modeller placing his newly finished F2B on the grass or tarmac for the first time will be wearing a very smug look and if you derive just half the pleasure from this machine that I have gained from designing, building and flying it you will be very pleased.
The kit includes much detail such as the gun mount, closed loop systems for the rudder and elevators, plus router cut horns and radiator parts. The finished model really does take you back in time to 1918.
Flying wires can be added for extra realism but are not required for structural integrity..