1:144 Scale Diecast Metal – Short Stirling British Royal Air Force Bomber "Jolly Roger" – Length: 7.25" Wingspan: 8.25”
This Stirling model has its landing gear fixed in the extended position. It is mostly made of metal. It is certainly not a toy and will not survive been played with or a fall.
Although it is a small scale, the details are very impressive. From the photos one can see and appreciate the transparent cockpit windshield, as well as the other transparent parts in the different gun positions and view ports. Even the belly and tail gun positions look accurate and have gun barrels sticking out, in fact, all gun positions have their respective gun barrels showing. The propellers are free to rotate and very smooth. If one blows onto the front of the plane, all four propellers start spinning.
A stand where the model can be attached for display is included and the model's info (type of airplane and scale) is printed.
The maker of the model, Amercom, really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very clear and crisp.What really caught my attention, however, is the way the markings and coloring. Look at the photos and you will see very clear and crisp nose art and markings.
These models come in what could be described as a disposable blister pack (sandwiched between two transparent plastic shells and then glued/attached to a piece of cardboard with the branding info. There is really nothing spectacular about the packaging, but at the end, the packaging is supposed to be disposable and with the sole function protecting the model, which it does very well.
All weapons are already attached to the model. One just needs to open the pack and display it (or play with it).
Keep in mind that these are really not toys, they are models made for collecting and display purposes. The packaging is labeled as Not Suitable for children under 14 years old.
The Stirling was designed by Short Brothers to meet an Air Ministry specification from 1936. When the preferred design from Supermarine had to be abandoned, the Stirling was ordered for the RAF. It entered service in early 1941 but had a relatively brief operational career as a bomber, being relegated to second line duties from late 1943, when other more capable four-engined RAF bombers, specifically the Handley Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster, took over the strategic bombing of Germany.
The Stirling was used for mining German port areas and new built and converted Stirlings fulfilled a major role as a glider tug and supply aircraft during the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944–1945.