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  1. Lt. Gerald Anderson RCNVR was the last Canadian to die in the Second World War and while being the first, last, thousandth, or ten thousandth to die makes no difference to the individual, it carries a poignancy for the rest of us that resonates three quarters of a century later. Anderson died the same day as Lt. Robert Gray VC. Robert Gray’s sacrifice is widely commemorated in Canada, and even in Japan - and rightly so; But Anderson also gave his life that day, and like Gray didn't get the chance to enjoy the peace for which he had fought no less courageously. As there's already plenty of model KD658 X/115's out there, my Corsair is marked as KD456 X/127 (the #127 of which is probably/possibly how his aircraft was marked) in remembrance of Gerald Anderson who died aged only 22 years old, also on 9th August, 1945. The kit was Tamiya's 1/48th which I modified to FAA spec but clipping the wings and adding the fuselage vents. I didn't do much else though I am sure there are a few other mods that could have been incorporated. The kit lived up to its reputation and my experience in being largely simple to build. I painted all of the markings, and am indebted to @iang in particular for help in deciding to mark the airframe X/127 for Anderson's aircraft that day. We don't know for sure it was 127, but it's a strong possibility - stronger than any other we could come up with. I based the weathering on two main influences. The first is the excellent walk around pics of KD431 in the Walkaround section here at BM. I learned that KD456 was issued to HMS Formidable only a few days before 9th August but that it wouldn't have necessarily been new at the time, it more likely was back from a major service. Additional to that, and somewhat tenuously, the S/N would tend to suggest similar ages between KD431 and KD456 so I based my weathering on the assumption that both would have similar wear and tear. As it was just returned from maintenance I weathered mine to about 50% (so to speak) of KD431's weathering. If you have an hour or so, the whole story is laid out in the WIP; The photos; Cheers.
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