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The aircraft was designed and built by the Royal Aircraft Factory (R.A.F.) as a reconnaissance aircraft.

This is A4501 of No 5 Training Depot Station, at Easton-on-the-Hill (later Collyweston, which was later joined to RAF Wittering). The R.E.8. and was pictured on 25th September 1917. On the fuselage is a mirrored swastika, worn as a symbol of good luck. A4501 was one of a batch of 150 R.E.8s built by the Standard Motor Co. at Coventry. It was powered by a 150 h.p. R.A.F. 4a engine costing £836. The airframe cost £1,232. It has no armaments.





This one is a bit of a whiff. The model came to me started with a gun fixed to the upper wing! I could find no references of a Harry Tate in this configuration, but decided to build it as is anyway and made up the markings.







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