In the early days, the term "Scout" referred to a plane that could do both reconnaissance and fighting. Martinsyde desired to make a scout that could do much longer-range scouting than the typical plane. To carry the extra petrol, the plane had to be larger than the typical single-seat scout, and that is what led to the Martinsyde G.100
s nickname, the "Elephant". Due to its size, it was never as maneuverable as smaller scouts, but as well as long-range patrol, it could sacrifice some of its large fuel weight to carry bombs, so it also saw use as a light bomber.
Martinsyde desired to make a new fighter/scout to replace the venerable Martinsyde S.1, and the Martinsyde G.100 was the result. It mounted a 120hp Beardmore engine and two Lewis guns -- one firing forward above the propeller from the top wing, a second behind the cockpit on the left for firing rearward, which was usually removed. The G.100 was scattered to various units in ones and twos except for No.27 Squadron. It fared all right as an escort, but it wasn't well-suited for dogfights. Its good lifting capacity made it into a fair light bomber, though, and it was used in this capacity in the summer-autumn of 1916 until the arrival of the Airco D.H.4.
The G.100 served on the Western Front with six squadrons, with home defense, in Mesopotamia, and in Palestine, and as a trainer. The less-competitive fronts allowed the Elephant a longer lifetime.
This version comes in two scales. The 1:144 model shows a G.100 with the early exhaust and a camera mounted on the fuselage starboard side. The 1:285/6mm/1:288 model comes with two planes
, one with the camera and one with wing-mounted bombs. They are joined by disposable links. The small-scale model uses detachable propeller disks rather than propeller blades.
If you prefer a model with bombs rather than a camera, the Martinsyde G.102 model
is nearly identical but makes that switch.
For more information and gaming data, see https://linen.miraheze.org/wiki/Martinsyde_G.100