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@Procopiusand I decided a few days ago that a Blenheim buddy build would be a great way to start the New Year. We've each chosen an airframe, and with Edward's Wimpey finished and with my Zero nearly so, we can make a start. I’ll let Edward introduce his own star, but mine will be the most recent Airfix boxing, the IV bomber, in the OOB markings of 107 Squadron. The aircraft featured is seen here at RAF Leuchars, not a million miles from chez 06/24: AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: BRISTOL TYPE TYPE 149 BLENHEIM IV.. © IWM (CH 2428)IWM Non Commercial Licence Whereas choosing a subject was easy, choosing a thread title took a little more work. We toyed with many options: "The Scarlet Caterpillar", Churchill’s description of Marlborough’s army en route to Blenheim, too obscure; "Britain First", the name of Lord Rothermere's private antecedent of the Blenheim, was discarded on grounds that the name's appropriation by the far right made it unsavoury; and the mottos of our two chosen Squadrons: Nous y serons ("We shall be there") Si vis pacem para bellum; (Translation: "If you want peace, prepare for war") But in the end, what better than Churchill’s words of encouragement: "Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”