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  1. On the 12th April 1945 two 1770 Squadron Fairey Fireflys; DT941/S276 (Lt Thomson and S/Lt Miller) and DV119/S281 (S/Lt Stott and Lt Ward) took off from HMS Indefatigable at 07.45 on 12 April on a DUMBOCAP to rendezvous with, and provide cover for, a USN Mariner on ASR duties off Yonakuni Shoma searching for a downed Pilot after raids by the Fleet Air Arm on Northern Formosa during Operation Iceberg Oolong. During the Escort mission the two Fireflies engaged with five Ki51s and shot down two each. With two enemy aircraft confirmed destroyed and 3 confirmed shared destroyed (from earlier in the year) S/Lt Stott became the top scoring Firefly pilot. My model represents the aircraft of S/Lt Stott and Lt Ward. It is the Special Hobby 1/48 Fairey Firefly I, built out of the box (with the exception of a few bits of wire and some markings). Paint in Xtracrylics slightly lighted to mimic fading. The nearest I could get to a photograph of the aircraft I wanted to model is this:- IMG_1454 It is probably DT941/S276 Lt Thompson & Millers' aircraft used in the same action, which I decided to use as the template for my own. Of note is the fact that the Carrier letter 'S' and the aircraft number '281' appear to be painter in Sky rather than white (unlike my decal set), they also appear to be narrower that the decal set I had. I printed up my own decals but decided they were to dark and over painted them in Sky. TBH I was not in the best humour building the aircraft and I think shows. The Observers canopy is a little narrow, I think if i were going to build another I would go for an after-market canopy and would consider a canopy mask. Anyway - enough wittering - Hope you enjoy the pictures:- IMG_0284 IMG_0289 IMG_0298 IMG_0299 IMG_0310 IMG_0311 IMG_0305 IMG_0306 Thanks for looking in...
  2. Hi, gentlemen, I am planning to build a BPF Corsair II, JT533/P120 from 1834th NAS. I have a profile from the special BPF issue of Model Aircraft Monthly, which is clear enough (full BPF markings, P120 in Light Grey -guess Sky would be the second option) What puzzles me is a small picture in Osprey's "Royal Navy Aces of WW2", page 81, where a personal marking, like an elongated figure can be faintly discerned. Does someone in the readership have a hard data on this? Regards to all, Fernando, home at BA
  3. Heaven High, Ocean Deep Naval Fighter Wing At War Casemate Publishers. 9781612007557 After several limited deployments by individual ships, sailing with the US task forces and with the naval task winding down throughout the European Theatre the Royal Navy started to focus on the Pacific from around the August 1943 Quebec conference of Allied leaders. It wasn’t until the second Quebec conference the following year that Britain voiced its intent on playing a part in direct operations against Japan. Formed on the 22nd November 1944, the British Pacific Fleet became the largest and most powerful deployed force in the history of the Royal Navy. The US Admirals were against such a forces expressing that they could not supply the BPF with the supply train it would need, so the RN ensured that, apart from fuel oil, which became a shared resource, the fleet was totally self sufficient. The core of the fleet was built around the six Illustrious Class armoured carriers, ensuring that four would be on task at any one time. This book takes the story of one of these carriers, namely HMS Indomitable, and the 5th Fighter Wing from April 1944 to the end of the war in August 1945. While the book gives a more personal account of why the author came to write the story of his father’s part in the BPF, being that of a Hellcat pilot with 1844 squadron. The story is interposed with anecdotes and excerpts from letters from the men who flew and maintained the aircraft from Indomitable’s deck. It does take a bit of concentration when reading though, as you don’t want to miss anything of the rather ad hoc training regime to the almost blow by blow account of the battles the FAA had with the Japanese. It’s words from the men though really brings it all to life, along with the fantastic collection of period photographs some this reviewer has seen before, but the majority are new. Actually seeing the faces of the young men sent to fight for King and Country makes you feel proud, but tinged with sadness that so many never made it back home. Conclusion As with the Far East campaign on land and in the air, the Pacific Fleet appears to have been forgotten by all except the families whose parents and Grand -parents fought in the theatre, or those with a keen military interest. This book will hopefully address this, which even if in a small way to show what the RN accomplished in such a short time, and to keep those who fought and died in our thoughts, never to be forgotten as they continue to serve, on their never ending patrol. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Last completion for the year. This one was a mojo restorer having not built anything in months. Went together fairly easily (build thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234950869-172-italeri-f6f-hellcat/). Only issues were with the canopy (always my weak point). Brush painted with Tamiya acrylics. According to the box it is in the markings of 1844 Squadron, British Pacific Fleet, HMS Indomitable 1944-45, however a photo in a book I have of the same aircraft (looking a bit the worse for wear after an encounter with the barrier wire) indicates that it is from 1839 Squadron. Thanks for looking. Simon
  5. Hello Folks, Here is a model that I`ve been wanting to build for ages and I`ve finally finished it! This famous photo depicts Vultee Vengeance Mk.IV Target Tugs of 721 NAS amongst other Royal Navy Hellcats, Corsairs Sea Otters and Reliants at an idyllic Pacific location said to be at Ponam on Manus in the Admiralty Islands, where they provided Fleet Requirements Facilities for the British Pacific Fleet.; And although the camo pattern isn`t 100% spot on, here is my model of the nearest Vengeance, HB416, using the Special Hobby Vengeance Target Tug kit as a basis with BPF markings from the spares box and brush painted as usual; Hope you like it, All the best Tony O
  6. Hobby Boss Corsair Mk V, HMS Implacable, Operation Olympic, late 1945: regards, Martin
  7. Out of the box build not sure yet whether to do box scheme or all blue alternative
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