The Martinsyde Scout (Type S.1) was never built in large numbers, but it is important because it was one of the first armed tractors, with a Lewis gun fixed to the top wing firing forward and slightly upward to avoid the propeller. Starting in late 1914, S.1's were doled out in ones and twos to R.F.C. squadrons in France and they were flown by air combat pioneers like Louis Strange. They served both in France and the Middle East, finally being retired in the latter half of 1915.Two forms of undercarriage were common; the early form with four wheels (to prevent tip over on landing) and the later, more conventional vee undercarriage.
This product comes in 1:144 and 1:285/6mm/1:288 scales. The 1:285 scale product contains two aeroplanes
, each with a detachable, translucent propeller disk rather than propeller blades. They are joined by disposable links to keep the price down, since single-part models are more affordable. You can break the links with nail clippers, wire cutters, or similar.
Related Products: S.1 with early undercarriage
, S.1 with vee undercarriage
, Inverted S.1 with Louis Strange
For more details and gaming information, see https://linen.miraheze.org/wiki/Martinsyde_S.1