Gloster Gladiator MK1/MKII/J8 (Meteo Recce and foreign Service) Roden Model Kits 1:48The Gloster Gladiator (or Gloster SS.37) is a British-built biplane fighter. It was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) (as the Sea Gladiator variant) and was exported to a number of other air forces during the late 1930s. It was the RAF’s last biplane fighter aircraft and was rendered obsolete by newer monoplanedesigns even as it was being introduced. Though often pitted against more formidable foes during the early daysof the Second World War, it acquitted itself reasonably well in combat.The Gladiator saw action in almost all theatres during the Second World War, with a large number of air forces,some of them on the Axis side. The RAF used it in France, Norway, Greece, the defence of Malta, the middle eastand the brief Anglo-Iraqi War (in which the Royal Iraqi Air Force was similarly equipped). Other countries deployingthe Gladiator included China against Japan, beginning in 1938; Finland (along with Swedish volunteers) against theSoviet Union in the Winter War and the Continuation War; Sweden as a Neutral non-combatant (Although Swedishvolunteers fought for Finland against Russia as stated above) and Norway, Belgium, and Greece resisting Axisinvasion of their respective lands.The South African pilot Marmaduke „Pat“ Pattle was the top Gladiator ace with 15 victories.