|In the 1920s Fairey Aviation built the Fox Mk I for the RAF as a two-seat day bomber. Flown in 1925 it was not only faster than contemporary bombers of the period
but also faster than contemporary fighters. There were a number of subsequent marks, many of which were for exclusively for foreign export. The Fairey Fox Mk IV
was built for Peru and shipped from London in 1933. It had a different engine and tail but more importantly was equipped with pontoons for water operations. In 1935
Air Ministry Specification S.11/32 required a two-seat observation and shell spotting aircraft to be operated from catapults on cruisers. To meet this requirement Fairey
started with the Fox Mk IV and refined it to produce the Fairey Seafox. The Seafox first flew on May 27, 1937. A total of 66 aircraft were ordered, 64 as seaplanes
and 2 as land planes. The Seafox had a metal fuscelage and leading edges of the wings but the bulk of the wings were covered in fabric. The design was powered by a
16 cylinder air-cooled Napier Rapier engine developing 395hp for a cruising speed of 106mph (171kph) and maximum range of 440-miles (770 km). The design proved
under-powered with poor engine cooling and too high of landing speed. Delivery of the Seafox seaplanes was in 1937 and they were assigned to 700 Naval Air
Squadron. The Seafox was the float plane assigned to HMS Emerald, HMS Neptune, HMS Orion, HMS Ajax, HMS Arthusa and HMS Penelope. It also equipped
the Armed Merchant Cruisers, HMS Pretoria Castle, HMS Asturias and HMS Alcantara. The Seafox from HMS Ajax was used for spotting shell splashes against the
panzerschiffe Admiral Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate. Although obsolete, the Seafox remained in service until 1943.
Royal Navy Aircraft Set Two has six Fairey Seafox float planes. The fuselage detail includes open cockpit with glass screen position for the pilot but the cockpit is not
hollow. There is frame detail for the enclosed observers position, Other fuselage detail includes air intakes, exhaust fitting, upper wing struts and fabric detail on the
tail. The wings and tail plane have fabric covered detailed with the wings having metal front edge detail. They also have panel and aileron lines. Each aircraft has two
sets of wings to allow portraying the aircraft as operational or stored with wings folded back. Smaller plastic parts include propeller (plastic option but photo-etch also
included), and pontoons.