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Gloster Gladiator RAF, as Flown by Pat Pattles, the South African Ace of Aces, WWII Mahogany Display Model 

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Gloster Gladiator RAF, as Flown by Pat Pattles, the South African Ace of Aces, WWII Mahogany Display Model
World War II

Historical Note:


All Thomas Gunn aircraft are hand carved in mahogany and take around 60 hours to manufacture, each comes with a full interior and all are limited editions.

***Includes TG-MAT007 (38cm x 28.5 cm) for display purposes.***


The Gloster Gladiator was a single seat British built fighter, the last Bi-plane to see service in the RAF and RNAS. It was obsolete before it even entered service, as the newer faster monoplanes being Produced for the worlds other air-forces worldwide had already superseded it in terms of performance. Though often pitted against more formidable opponents during the early days of WW2, the Gladiator performed well in combat. The Gladiator saw action in just about every theatre during WW2 being utilized by the RAF in France, Norway, Greece and most notably in the defence of Malta. It was here that Gladiators from the RAF base at Hal Far were at one stage (for 10 days) the only fighter cover available to the island of Malta, where they fought bravely against the Italian and German air-forces. The myth that 3 particular aircraft Faith, Hope and Charity were the only Allied aircraft in operation has now become the stuff of legend. The Gladiator was also used by China against Japan and on the Eastern front by Finnish and Swedish pilots fighting the Russians, both producing several notable aces. Armed with 4 x Browning .303 machine guns and with a top speed of 253 MPH, the Gladiator was well liked by its pilots with the Allied Ace Pat Pattle, scoring 15 of his 50 aerial victories whilst flying a Gladiator. Finally withdrawn from service on all fronts by 1944, the Gladiator passed into history leaving behind a enduring legacy that still lasts to this day. Our latest and probably our last 1/30 scale Gladiator is in the one of a machine flown by Pat Pattles the South African Ace of Aces.

Info: Gloster Gladiator RAF, as Flown by Pat Pattles, the South African Ace of Aces, WWII Mahogany Display Model - Includes TG-MAT007 (38cm x 28.5 cm) for display purposes.

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  1. Another Fantastic (And Rare) TGM Model 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Apr 2019

    I ordered this model recently to add to my growing collection of 1/30 scale interwar period aircraft and to accompany a Thomas Gunn Miniatures HS-123 model I previously purchased. The TGM Gloster Gladiator did not disappoint. I decided to go with the Pat Pattle Gladiator as it had the typical RAF early war green & brown camouflage, unlike the other TGM Gladiator, which was a navalized variant. The Gladiator model is very solid in construction with the rigging and wing ribs, and underwing machine gun details being well done. The cockpit is highly detailed as well. Like most wood models, some of the finer panel details and recessed areas are less well detailed than on a plastic or diecast model, but it doesn’t detract from the appearance of this model. The model does have one big accuracy flaw in that it has the later three-blade propeller whereas the aircraft Pat Pattle flew in this livery was a Gladiator Mk.I with the two-blade prop. This doesn’t bother me in the least as I like the later Gladiator models a little better... Still, the TGM Pat Pattle Gloster Gladiator is a model worth getting!