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Pauls9cb last won the day on May 29 2017

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  1. Always interesting to see a JG 2 Emil without all the stippling that typified their camo as the war moved on after Poland/France etc. Great attention to detail and superb photo background. Well done! Paul.
  2. There's a great book on German fighter-bomber operations during WW2 by Chris Goss - Luftwaffe Fighter-Bombers over Britain (ISBN 0-947554-97-1), in which Frank Liesendahl figures quite prominently. It's well researched and very readable for anyone interested in the subject, particularly the so-call Tip and Run campaign during 1942/43. Well worth a look. Paul
  3. That's a great build. Liesendahl was credited with changing the previously reluctant attitude of Jagdwaffe fighter pilots towards the idea that their nimble a/c could be effectively used in surprise pinpoint Jabo strikes against predominantly coastal targets in Britain from 1941 onwards. The British defense structure was ill-equipped to deal with these relatively small attacks which had an altogether disproportionate effect in relation to the losses that the Jagdwaffe suffered. Liesendahl developed his own particular approach to dropping bombs accurately and lost his life during onne of these attacks in the Portland area, a victim of the eventual well-rehearsed AA defences that were developed to counter partially the effectiveness of these surprise attacks undertaken by JG 2 in the western Channel and JG 26 in the Dover Straits. A great re-entry to the modelling fraternity. I suspect you're potentaially infected by the modelling bug again, Well done. Paul
  4. Hi ArtickWarspite - That's very interesting. I'd failed to find much (as was quite normal for combat reports and ORBs of the time - to find much about the a/c id letters and hadn't put together the list of serial numbers that Percy flew. My interest was from a very local perspective when I decided to chronicle all the a/c that came down in the area during the BoB which formed the basis of my first book (Beachy Head! Angels 20). The following might be of interest which is the bulk of the info on 249 Squadron on 27/9/40 I could unearth back in 2007/08. I agree with your overall approach to presenting models with the historical background, which adds so much depth to the end product, i.e. the model itself. 249 Squadron Sept/Oct 1940 Known aircraft and markings 6/9/40 S/L John Grandy shot down by 109s over Maidstone in GN-J (R4229). 7/9/40 F/O Pat HV Wells baled out wounded from GN-0 (P3594) over Faversham. Tom Neil frequently flew GN-F (V7313), which was lost over the Thames Estuary while he was on leave flown by Frenchman Adjutant Georges Perrin on 12/10/40. 28/9/40 P/O A Gerald Lewis baled out burned over Faversham from GN-R (V6617). 11/10/40 P/O JJ Solak crashed GN-Z (V6728) on landing. Station Commander Victor Beamish flew GN-B A Flight numbers ran from A – M. B Flight numbers ran from N – Z. Squadron structure for morning of 27/9/40 A Flight Red section Red 1 P/O H. John S. Beazley Red 2 Bentley Beard or Burton Red 3 Sgt. G.Charles (Titch).C. Palliser Yellow section Yellow 1 “Butch” Barton? Yellow 2 P/O Tom F. Neil (Ginger). Said to have commented that he was flying GN C but others suggest C was flown by George Barclay. Yellow 3 P/O Keith.T. Lofts B Flight Blue 1 Sgt. J.B. Mills Blue 2 Possibly P/O A.Gerald. Lewis (GN-R V6617?) Blue 3 ? Green section Green 1 P/O J.R.Bryan. Meaker Green 2 Sgt. H.J. Davidson (“Appy Arry”) Green 3 P/O P.A. Worrall Others Denis Parnall “Ozzie” Crossey “Boost” Fleming George Barclay Cheers - Paul
  5. They look great and the figures are cunningly modelled to mimic the well-known pic of these 2 brave pilots from 249 Squadron. Percy Burton's last encounter was not far from where I live and when I tried to do his Hurri in 1/48 scale, no-one, not even the experts on 249 Squadron could id the individual a/c letter. Both Brian Cull and Tom Neil were unable to clarify this, similarly the 249 OPs of the time. Did you find some other source for these two models' id letters? Paul .
  6. They're both great looking modelsand you've a keen eye for the detail. Paul
  7. Well researched and superbly mastered. Green with envy st your talent. Paul
  8. That's a great looking model with some interesting background to go with it. I've got one of the new Airfix kits lurking on the shelf but have failed so far to find the subject to inspire me to have a go. I enjoy building kits to represent a/c that have some sort of interesting history to go with - a bit along the lines of your post which does the model full justice. Well done! Paul
  9. Hi Troy - Much appreciated. I know what you mean. I'd actually tried using some Tamiya weathering pigments (soot+rust) on some of the figures to see what effect it had on simulating the shadowy effect of creased clothing. Since this mostly adhered to the hight points, I guess it almost showed as a photo negative effect with the concave areas of the creases lighter than the high points, instead of the other way round. I guess your method would have worked more effectively but, sadly, by this point, I wanted to see how the whole structure worked. Without the zoom effect of the photo images, it didn't look too bad, but I may revisit some of the figures using your idea when the ehnthusiam accumulates a bit more. With most of my efforts focussed on aircraft where most manufacturers today don't present their kits with crew members, I rarely delve into the black art of figure painting mastered by those who concentrate on figures by themselves. On Erpro 210, I have had for some years now one of Eduard's 110 D variants on the shelf, but can't decide whether to start on this as S9+AB or the more local S9+CB which is a bit more local for me. All the best - Paul
  10. I thought I'd better come clean about the original scene since some eagle-eyed reader would maybe remember it. I'm a bit happier with the "story" of this scene but still dissatisfied with some of the less-than-human figures. Thanks for the comments though. Paul
  11. An interest in the 1940 exploits of Erprobungsgruppe 210 (Erpro 210) highlighted for me the lack of intelligence during the early summer of 1940 of how this unit employed Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4/B fighter-bombers in support of the rest of the group, which generally flew the Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighter-bombers with some success from July through to early August. In many ways, the tactics developed by Erpro 210 over this period laid the groundwork for fighter-bombers in many theatres of war today, obviously using much faster and more advanced aircraft. Uniquely in this early BoB period, Erpro 210 operated a number of Bf 109 fighter-bombers within their 3rd Staffel and these aircraft were regularly employed bombing targets around Britain's coasts alongside their comrades in the twin-engine fighter-bombers when they were often mistaken for Ju 87 Stukas, such was the regard for these dive-bombers during the German invasion of the Low Countries and France, as well as during the Dunkirk evacuation. Although British Intelligence carefully examined the wreckage of German aircraft that landed in Great Britain, it wasn't until the autumn that they were able to evaluate a Bf 109 fighter-bomber that had crashed on British soil. Typical results of this mis-identification was perpetuated in the well-known Battle of Britain film when the raids on the Chain Home radar sites on 12 August was shown as being undertaken by Stukas. These raids were in fact by Errpo 210 with one of the radar sites attacked by 3 Staffel's Bf 109s. Nevertheless, during Erpro 210's unfortunate raid on Croydon airfield during the evening of 15 August 1940, one of the unit's Bf 109 fighter-bombers that had dropped its 250 kg bomb on Croydon had the misfortune to be shot down south of Tunbridge Wells, foorcing the pilot, Leutnant Horst Marx to bale out to spend the rest of the war as a POW. His aircraft, Yellow 3, crashed around Frant in East Sussex and disintegrated, leaving little to suggest it had been equipped with an ETC 500 bomb rack. Some time back, I decided to try my hand at a diorama depicting the sort of camouflaged aircraft shelter that was often used at the fighter airfields in N France. Having just completed an Airfix 1/48 scale Bf 109 as Yellow 3 might have been, I decided to recycle my original diorama, modifying it with additional figures and equipment to depict Yellow 3 being "bombed up" in preparation for the evening raid on Kenley - they missed Kenley in low visibility and bombed Croydon by mistake. Little did he realise it at the time, but this was to prove Horst Marx' final war flight. Horst Marx and his Bf 109 E - 4/B "Yellow 3" Painting figures is much more difficult than I imagined!
  12. All of the above in spades. Terrific patience and skill with the airbrush camo finish. Still got my L plates on for that sort of discipline. Really well done and a rarely-featured subject. Paul
  13. Having never really mastered the art of shiny polished aluminium, this looks great. Really well done, whatever the representation of the wings shows. I'm in awe. Paul
  14. They're great models of rarely-represnted early war RAF bombers. Congratulations.
  15. That's a great looking model of an a/c that was shot doown about 6 miles from where I live. I used the Tamiya 1/48 kit for mine and you've managed amuch more convincing job of the fuselage mottling than I did some years back. Can't beat Eduard's 1/32 Bf 109 E series. Love it. Paul
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