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Procopius

Hope's Sword (4 x Eduard 1/72 Spitfires)

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Another vote for the cheap pencil dust, but you really can't go wrong, they both look very realistic.

 

Glad to see you back at the bench, PC.

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Both exhausts look great to be fair, I like the pencil, but hey both are cracking.

 

transfers appear to have gone on beautifully, very nice....

 

i have a set of transfers for a French mk ix, hmmmm and its desert camo.... these may need to be used

 

Rob

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..and not just any old French markings...looks like Jean-Marie Accart's machine - a true French hero.  Accart returned 12 victories during the German invasion of France in 1940 flying P-36 Hawks with GC I/5. His account of the French campaign, "Chasseurs du Ciel", lit. 'Fighters in the sky' is very good and really should have been translated by now. Of course those may well the markings of his successor in  GC II/ 2 'Berry', Cmt Guizard..

 

all four look very nice!

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6 hours ago, FalkeEins said:

..and not just any old French markings...looks like Jean-Marie Accart's machine - a true French hero. 

 

The very same! 

 

So I finally decided on what I'm marking the other IXc as...

 

32678928434_f1507c93e2_h.jpg20170319_001431 by Edward IX, on Flickr

 

Harold "Birdie" Bird-Wilson's (CBE, DSO, DFC*, Guniea Pig Club #2, etc etc) Spitfire when he was commanding, I believe, 121 Airfield (a curious and short-lived name for Wings in 83 Group) over the Channel Front in 1943-44. He began his career in the RAF in 1938 on Gauntlets, and in 1961, he received his CBE for preparing Coltishall as a base for the first Lightnings. You can listen to the IWM's interview with him in 1988 here; it's one of the best in terms of audio quality that I've heard, and Bird-Wilson also has the inestimable advantage of being easy for me to understand. I'm using decals from DK Decals's inspired (so inspired in fact you wonder why nobody else had the wit to do it sooner) Spitfire IX Aces decal sheet, which is the finest subject for a decal sheet a man can comfortably conceive of. (My runner-up remains to be realized: a series of sheets of German aircraft shot down, entitled Made in Germany, Finished in England/Scotland/France/etc etc. Someone should do this, it would make a mint.) His claims amount to three confirmed, six shared, three probable, and just for good measure, one on the ground. Oh, and he also authorized the formation of and named the Red Arrows.

 

It was mostly a case of picking an aircraft configured the same way as I'd built and painted mine, but I also realized I'd not yet done a British qua British Spitfire, and right now, with the whole world spiralling around the top of the toilet bowl, I felt like some of the awesome mystical forces generated by this build should be harnessed for the United Kingdom before it tears itself apart. I can survive the annihilation of my own country (though probably not the marauding bands that will storm my house looking for food), but not yours. I'm doing my part! 

 

I've also done the little "H" markings on three of the Spinners.

 

32708175293_57f85ffe5d_h.jpg20170319_001447 by Edward IX, on Flickr

 

There was some more stuff with decals, but it was all stencils and very boring. 

19 hours ago, Beard said:

There's only one way to decide which is best.

 

Right, each side, pick your champions. For weapons we'll want something decisive, so perhaps battleaxes. Go at it until only one survives.

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Thanks for the link to that 'Birdy' Bird-Wilson interview Edward, the first time it didn't work for me but I just tried again and can now listen to it. I think the BoB Memorial Flight Hurricane was done in his 17 Squadron markings a couple of years back, YBoW with nose-art of three swords flying toward a Nazi eagle, if I recall.

 

Nice idea to do a British Spitfire too, if only for the sake of form :D

 

Cheers,

 

Stew

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Yes, Bird-Wilson's Spitfire would seem a more than worthy addition.

 

I really need to get a hold of that DK sheet, and their new Aleutian ones as well.

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