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The British Bristol F2B fighter was manned by a pilot and a gunner/observer. The pilot could engage enemy aircraft by firing a fixed machine gun that was synchronized through the propeller arc. The gunner/observer had a pivoting machine gun mounted mid-ship that could be used to protect the rear of the aircraft.
When the Bristol F2B was initially deployed, pilots did not use the forward firing gun to its full potential. They engaged enemy aircraft by bringing the mid-ship machine gun to bare, losing their surprise and maneuvering advantages. A number of aircraft were lost in such engagements, until pilots starting using the forward firing machine gun to its full potential. It was then that the maneuverability, speed, diving abilities, and overall ruggedness of the Bristol F2B fighter overcame the German Fokker D.VII threat.
The Bristol F2B went on to become the primary fighter aircraft of the newly formed British Royal Air Force on April 1, 1918.
After the war the aircraft remained in production. The last Bristol F2B was delivered to the Royal Air Force in of December 1926.
Many air forces around the world operated the Bristol F2B. It continued in use through 1941 as a troop support, ground attack aircraft and as a training aircraft.
A total of 5,329 Bristol F2B aircraft were produced. Three restored aircraft continue to fly to date.
Flair Models Ltd. Bristol F2B.
Pictured above is the Bristol F2B built from a kit for sale by Flair Models Ltd. It has a wingspan of 76". Recommended power can come from .60 to .80 two cycle or .70 to .90 four cycle engines. Upon completion all up weight should be between 8 1/2 and 10 lbs.
In the first picture below is the Bristol F2B for sale from Macca's Vintage Aerodrome. The kit has a wingspan of 94". Fuselage length is 62" overall. For power you will need 10 to 15 cc two cycle or 15 to 20 cc four cycle engines. All up weight is around 18 lbs.
3 Sea Bees will be happy to sell your their rc Bristol F2B kit. It has a wingspan of 94" and a length of 63". Recommended power are .60 to .90 two cycle and .90 to 1.20 four cycle engines. Upon completion it should weigh about 16 lbs.
Kit Cutters has the Bristol F2B from two kits. One, from Nexus Plans, has a wingspan of 72".
The other Kit Cutters Bristol F2B kit is from Cleveland Model plans. Kit Cutters sells kits of it with wing spans of 38 1/2", 58", 77" and 116".
The second and third pictures on this page are of a Bristol F2B from a K&W Model Airplanes kit. It has a wingspan of 94" and a length of 62 1/2". K&W recommends .60 to .90 two stroke and .90 to 1.20 four stroke engines.
Air War.ru has scale drawings that can be used to help build a Bristol F2B.
If you know of a rc Bristol F2B that you would like to recommend, don't hesitate to email us.
Macca's Vintage Aerodrome Bristol F2B.
The Bristol F2B from K&W.
K&W Models Bristol F2B.
Tim Farrar of RC Groups began a thread about building his Bristol F2B.
At RC Groups Bronco posted about his scratch built Bristol F2B.
At RC Groups a67ems had questions about the Bristol F2B.
ProfLooney of RC Universe started a thread about building a Bristol F2B.
At RC Universe rwright142 posted about the Bristol F2B.
At RC Universe eagledancer talks about converting a Bristol F2B from engine to motor power.
Idigbo of RC Universe mentions the Bristol F2B in a posting.
At RC Universe abufletcher was asking about a Bristol F2B kit.
At RC Universe you can find a picture and description of the Bristol F2B kit from Flare Models Ltd.
At You Tube pusserswar posted a vidceo of the Bristol F2B.
Dennis Ferrare posted a video of the first flight of his Bristol F2B on You Tube.