Alan 45 Battle of Britain Aircraft , RAF, Luftwaffe

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\ said:
Some audio here of Johnnie Johnson and Douglas Bader at a BCATP reunion in Canada in the 1970s. Bader relates the well known story of his arrival at "two hundred and forty two squadron, brackets, Canadian, brackets, Royal Air Force".
The BCATP was the WW 2 British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Many airmen were trained under its auspices in Canada and other Commonwealth countries.


http:tongue-out3:/spaads-reunion.ca/trivia/aceshigh.mp3


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Thanks for that Steve it gave a good inside as well as being funny cheers :smiling3:
 

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Wow Alan this is a mammoth project but your making a great start I can't wait to see it all come together on that large piece of mdf well done mate on coming up with such a great idea good luck with the rest
 

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Now I got a bit carried away last night will watching the footy and realised this morning that I should post up the box lid and sprues , this is what is up next


The Airfix 1/48 Ju 87 B2 stuka View attachment 104769

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This isn't the nicest looking kit ,raised panel lines, lots of rivets but it does go together rather well , on test fitting and actual fitting this fits very nicely, the office is very basic but it doesn't look to bad and will look ok when painted


That it for now :smiling3:

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Great work so far Alan , particular Kudos for the hand painted nose art on the Hurricane. The cockpit on the Stuka looks quite nice , i'm sure with a bit of painting and washes it'll look great , compared to some of the old airfix cockpits (seat on pins, pilot -thats your lot !) it looks positively superdetailed!! cheers tony
 

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Cheers Tony your right the cockpit is quite detailed and ive put the first coat on


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Ive chosen a black green for a base instead of proper colour and then a wash as I wasn't too happy with the hurricane cockpit I painted

This will have a couple of dry brushes of the field grey ( grey/green) just to pick up the detail :smiling3:

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Just caught up with this Alan.The Hurricane looks great.Ive made a couple of those Stuka's and it's not that bad a kit.
 

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Cheers dave I agree about the stuka it's not a bad kit :smiling3:


I have now put together the sections I built last night and found out I have a piece missing View attachment 104784

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the rear support on the starboard side was not in the kit View attachment 104787

so I built one its not perfect but it will be tucked away underneath so you won't see it :smiling3:
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How does the Stuka fit into your BoB airfield diorama?.Is it going to be overhead dive bombing the airfield?.
 

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No mate ive had to change it from the 242 squadron I had planned, to finish it how I wanted would take years because if your going to do something like this it has to be done right and there are things I want to do so I asked if I could change it to have smaller dios of every plane and if so do other things set during the BoB :smiling3:
 

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Wow, that was quick, and all painted in situ as well, no idea how you do that but it looks pretty good from here Alan. So I guess you now have an excess stock of Hurricanes?
 

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Cheers Joe , ive found a great new way to build that saves a lot of time and you can do multiple kits , in the evenings I sit and build the kit in its entirety but leave it in the sections as in the instructions, then all I have to do is paint and assemble , when I come to painting the hull/shell of a model like this I paint one side usually the underside then leave to dry for a couple of hours then paint the second coat if it's sufficiently dry , so in a day starting at Seven in the morning I can paint an entire aircraft still having time to do my work as well ( my work is all home based) so in a few days I can complete a build and be halfway through another depending on how detailed the kit is :smiling3:
 

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All decaled up now and they've settled back enough to photo but I'll leave it over night to set properly then it's matt coat time , I wouldn't matt it at this point but with all the rivets and raised panel lines it helps to keep the wash where you want it instead of spreading out , it saves dry brushing time :smiling3: View attachment 104993

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Here it is complete, I went a little over the top with my wash but I think it's turned out ok :smiling3: View attachment 105104

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in this next one I took a close up of the surface to show the worn look ive given it, I think it's come out ok as the scale seems to work as you can see from the two photos above it looks more grubby just like it would at the same distance if it was full size View attachment 105106

this is just a simple dry brush with Vallejo oily steel :smiling3: View attachment 105107

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Nice one Alan. Your Stuka looks suitably war worn and used.
 

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Now I come to the next aircraft in this little sig for the BoB and it's airfixs new tool spitfire MkI a nice looking kit but I've been tol it has its problems when attaching the cockpit well we will see


I've decided to to do pilot officer Eric Locks spitfire as it was at the beginning of the BoB in No 41 squadron RAF Caterrick :smiling3:


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I have made a small start but only the first two pages I got itchy last night :smiling3: View attachment 106238


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I have decided to make my own seat and harness out of tamiya tape , I just cut cut a piece off and folded it until I was happy for the seat and cut off strips for the straps of the harness ,


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