Silver Swimmer: Xtrakit’s Saunders-Roe SRA-1


In a 1/72 scale first, Xtrakit has released a brand-new tooling of the Saunders-Roe SR.A/1. Chris Jones flexes his modelling muscles to complete it.

Silver Swimmer: Xtrakit’s Saunders-Roe SRA-1

Saunders-Roe’s SR.A/1 flying boat was a highly unusual design, built to a wartime requirement for a jet-powered flying boat fighter. Slow progress on the project meant the first prototype – then often referred to as the ‘Squirt’ by engineers – didn’t fly until 1947... and by that time its performance was inferior to contemporary combat aircraft so the RAF decided it was surplus to requirements. Unfortunately, two of the three prototypes were destroyed in accidents, one of them while being flown by legendary test pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown. The sole surviving SR.A/1 now resides in the Solent Sky Museum, a fascinating reminder of a time when many exotic prototypes graced the skies of the UK.

Saunders-Roe SRA-1  
By: Xtrakit
Stock Code: XK72017
Scale: 1/72
Price: £26.99
Available from: Hannants

Silver Swimmer: Xtrakit’s Saunders-Roe SRA-1

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active Key Model World subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all Key Model World content
  • Exclusive product reviews, latest news, builds and highly detailed layouts
  • Read 5,300 articles, in a fully searchable archive of modelling content growing daily!
  • Access to read the official Hornby Magazine and Airfix Model World online, brought to life with video and additional imagery
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below