Dinger's Aviation Pages

If you are building a model of the Roc then please refer to my "NOTES ON MODELLING THE SKUA AND ROC" (click link)
It contains lots of information that is also relevant to the Roc, especially with regard to the undercarriage.


Special Hobbies has released the Blackburn Roc in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale limited edition injection molded kits with resin parts.These appears to be the ultimate Roc models, accurate in every respect.

Box art being used to advertise Special Hobbies Roc.

Here are two photos of an exellent example of the Special Hobby 1/48 kit, built by Tony O'toole.

Tony O'tooles example of Special Hobby's 1/48th scale Blackburn Roc.

Paul Thompsons excellent model of the Blackburn Roc.


There was a limited run injected plastic kit with photoetched accessories in 1/72 scale made by Pavla models in the Czech Republic. When compared with the available plans the model is spot on. The amount of interior detail is impressive and the the inclusion of two sets of vac-formed canopy is welcome. Three decal options are provided; L3075 of 806 squadron at Hatston in the Orkney Islands in 1940, L3114 of 759 Sqdn Eastleigh 1939 and L3086 of 775 Squadron in Egypt 1942 (a target tug without turret).

There are a few minor problems with the model however...

1. The arrestor hook is represented as a single member, whereas it was in the form of a "V". each side of this "V" ran into the furrow formed by the wing fillet and the hinge was at the line indicated by the prominent lug on the outside of the wing fillet.

2. The brass etched undercarriage doors are flat. On the Skua and Roc the part of the door behind the undercarriage leg was curved and the there was an extra bulge behind and above the wheel..

3. The set of the propeller blades on the Pavla model are such that the engine would have to rotate in the opposite direction to which it actually did! (The Perseus engine rotated the propeller in a clockwise direction when viewed from the front).

The area under the fuselage between the wing fillets is represented as a flat area; analysis of photos shows this to be correct. The Roc did indeed have a "flat bottom" in this area, which incorporated an escape hatch for the gunner (the Skua was curved in this area).

Pavla kits are imported into the UK by Hannants, 159 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5HR. Web site


A Vacuform kit of the Roc was available from Modelland of Poland. It has some resin parts (propeller, engine, wheels and cockpit detail) . It certainly appears accurate in outline. One novel feature of its construction is the way that the fuselage sits on top of the moulding for the lower section of the wing. This would seem to ensure a very good fit of parts.

The Modelland vacuum formed Roc comes on two sheets together with resin parts.

Roc model being built (below).

Above is an example of the Modelland Vacform Roc built to perfection by Bernard Le Guenno.


Smodel issued a 1/72 scale resin model of the Roc. Matthew Willis has been kind enough to send me these photos of boxart and the main components.


Warrior models in Poland had a 1/48 scale resin kit of the Roc It is based on their Skua kit. It is accurate in outline and is a fantastic attempt to recreate the Roc in resin model form. When it was released in the late 1990s it was at the cutting edge of what could be done with resin models. The early release had unsatisfactory decals, but Warrior have since issued an excellent replacement set (bought seperately cat No D 48001).


Anyone considering making a model of the floatplane version of the Roc in 1/72 scale will find a nice pair of the correct floats in the old Frog/Novo/Eastern Express kit of the Blackburn Shark. If you make the Shark as the landplane option in the kit you are left with the floats which are exactly the same as those used on the Roc. The Blackburn Shark kit was reissued by Eastern Express.

If you are building a model of the Roc then please refer to my "NOTES ON MODELLING THE SKUA AND ROC" (click link)
It contains lots of information that is also relevant to the Roc, especially with regard to the undercarriage.