|After the end of World War Two, it was obvious that new aircraft for the Fleet Air Arm. The jet powered aircraft had made its appearance and if the Royal Navy didn’t want the FAA to revisit the bad
days when the RAF controlled it and it was equipped with inferior aircraft, then the FAA had to be jet powered. In 1946 the Admiralty discussed the need for an all-weather two seat jet fighter. De
Havilland came up with twin boom design designated DH-110 and later called the Sea Vixen. Powered by two Rolls Royce engines and armed with four 30mm cannons, the Sea Vixen was slow in
developing. The prototype first flew in September 1951 but in a demonstration at an air show, the prototype tore apart under too much stress in a turn. One of the engines went into the crowd killing 29
spectators, as well as the two man crew. The aircraft actually outperformed specifications, so after a redesign, the Admiralty chose the Sea Vixen for production. It was deployed in squadron service in
July 1959 and flew with the FAA until 1972 when the Sea Vixen was replaced by the F-4 Phantom II. MT Miniatures produces white metal 1:700 scale Sea Vixens with three to a package. The
castings do require so clean up but they do present an opportunity to decorate the decks of post war RN carriers.