The Hawker Fury was a development of the Tempest for use by the RAF but the RAF wanted to invest in the new jets, so rejected it. The Royal Navy was interested in a naval version to replace the many different fighters used on its aircraft carriers, so it became the Sea Fury. It first flew during WW2 but didn't enter service until 1947 and it proved superior to all fighters in service with the Royal Navy and most other piston engine fighters still in service. To extend its capabilities it could carry bombs, rockets, drop tanks and also proved a useful fighter bomber. It saw action in the Korean War, mostly as a fighter bomber but in a well known action, a MiG-15 jet pilot decided to slow down to fight Sea Furies from HMS Ocean and was shot down by Lt Carmichael.
The Sea Fury was retired in the mid 1950's when the Royal Navy had sufficient jet fighters for its aircraft carriers. The Sea Fury was also used by other Navies and saw action in Burma and Cuba as well as the Korean War. With its powerful engine it has proven a popular aircraft for both air racing and air show displays, including ones flown and maintained by the Royal Navy's Historic Flight.
This is Airfix’s kit of the Sea Fury FB.11, which features engraved panel lines with a fully detailed cockpit. Markings are for 3 post WW2 RAN, RCN and Dutch Navy aircraft.