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  1. Bristol's Blenheim, for better or worse, ranks as an iconic aircraft of the Royal Air Force. It once was seen, and promoted, as the fastest and most modern expression of air power. This was before hostilities with Nazi Germany commenced. Perhaps the true high point of the Blenheim's service career came shortly after its introduction to squadron service, at the Hendon air display of 1937, on the 26th of June, a Saturday. Here the Royal Air Force would show off its most modern aeroplanes, the first fruits of the program of expansion and re-equipment recently embarked on by the Air Ministry, before a crowd of tens of thousands who had paid sums ranging from a pound to a shilling for the spectacle. The program was planned to convey to the public the lesson that England's best defense was the bomber, able to wreak destruction directly on the foe. 114 (Hong Kong) Squadron, the first in the RAF to be equipped with the Blenheim, having received its first examples only in March, showed off the type's touted speed with a low level pass over the crowd by a vic of three. For this year's 'set-piece' performance, a 'Port Hendon' had been mocked up to be destroyed from the air. Blenheims of 114 Sqdn put in the first attack, outpacing the Gloster Gladiator fighters set to intercept them in defense of the port, though by script one was to fall out and dive away to represent a machine downed by anti-aircraft cannon. Heavier attacks followed on the port, most by other re-armament and expansion types such as the Whitley and Wellesley and Wellington. This model represents a machine of 114 Sqdn at the Hendon display of '37, with its turret in the retracted position. K7040 was the eighth production Blenheim, and was delivered to the squadron late in March. In February of 1938, it was struck off squadron charge and became, along with several other early arrivals to the squadron, an instructional airframe at No. 1 School of Technical Training. It was scrapped in the summer of 1943. It is a vintage Frog 1/72 kit, with a few small touchings up to give a bit more verisimilitude to the thing. The lower rear corner of the port side glazing is not clipped but square (if short), and a turret of more or less proper diameter and cylindrical shape contrived (by turning the kit piece upside down and capping it with a round of 1mm clear sheet). Decals are from the XtraDecal sheet, with a small hyphen added. This, and the outboard placement of the number, was a feature of the first dozen or so Blenheims delivered.
  2. Hi all, I came back to modelling during Covid and found this forum really useful for tips, advice & inspiration. It took me a while to make an account, and now I have got my confidence up again, I’m happy to start sharing my builds! Once I’ve sorted an image hosting option, I’ll begin posting. About the kit - I had my eye on it for a while (partly because of the unusual Romanian airforce decal scheme), I’m hoping it will be an enjoyable build, seems to be well thought out by the kit designers so far… My finish/technique may not be up to the standard of many of you (yet), but I’ve been improving (a lot), compared to my childhood models and I’d be really grateful for comments & advice!
  3. I'll sneak in with this one, if I may - the Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk IV in the 'red stripe' boxing and 'all action' artwork. Look at that sky blue plastic!!! There were a couple of extra clear parts in the box and there is an 'empty' spot on the trees - might be a bit missing. Locate and cement.....
  4. Here’s my 1/72 Airfix Blenheim Mk.I finished just last week. The model won 3rd place in its category at the Granitecon show in Manchester, NH this past Sunday. It was a well attended show with over 500 models entered across the various categories.
  5. The sole surviving original Blenheim in the world, a Mk IV registered as BL-200 of the Finnish Air Force, now completely restored at the Aviation Museum of Central Finland at Tikkakoski. Pics thanks to Sergey (mr_stomach)
  6. The sole surviving original Blenheim in the world, a Mk IV registered as BL-200 of the Finnish Air Force, now completely restored at the Aviation Museum of Central Finland at Tikkakoski. Pics thanks to Sergey (mr_stomach)
  7. My friend & I are just starting on building our Classic Airframes 1/48 Bristol Blenheim Mk.IVs, and I had a question on the interior colors for a Finnish aircraft. I read a post online that the Finnish aircraft did not use RAF interior green, but some shade of gray. Can anybody confirm this? If so, what would be a good match for Testors Model Master enamels? My friend is going to do his Blenheim in Free French markings, so we are assuming that its interior would still be painted in RAF interior green. Larry
  8. Bristol Blenheim Mk.I 1:48 Airfix (A09190) At the time of its first flight in April 1935, the Bristol Blenheim was one of the most advanced aircraft of its type. It's fully metal, stressed skin construction, powered flaps, retractable landing gear and variable pitch propellers all helped it stand out from the biplanes then in service with the RAF. Powered by two Bristol Mercury radial engines, the Type 142 as it was originally know, was a very fast aircraft for its time. Such was the pace of aeronautical development in the 1930s though, that by the time war broke out in 1939, the Blenheim was dangerously outclassed by the modern fighters of the Luftwaffe. During the early stages of the War, Blenheims were used for some of the first raids on Germany and they continued to be deployed in raids on German occupied airfields during the Battle of Britain. Some notable successes were achieved, although arguably more a result of the heroism of the pilots than the capabilities of the aircraft; losses were unacceptably high. The Blenheim was outmatched as a fighter too, but as with many similar aircraft, it enjoyed more success when adapted for night fighting, at least until the more heavily armed Beaufighter entered service. The Blenheim saw action in the Far East as well, and a number of aircraft were exported to Finland before the outbreak of war. The Kit This is a new tool from Airfix which follows their 2018 Mk,1F. The kit arrives on six main sprues along with a clear sprue. The quality of the parts is excellent throughout. For a kit with large clear parts these are very well done and perfectly clear. Disappointingly for fans of modelling clichés, construction begins not with the cockpit but with the bomb bay behind it, this also incorporates the spars for the wings. The doors can be open or closed for this, but if you want them closed you will have to cut the door off to reposition them. Once this is made up then we can get to work on the cockpit starting with the pilots seat and its supporting framework. These parts are highly detailed and replicate the real thing, the control column goes in front of the seat. The seat attaches to the front of the bomb bay and the whole structure is slid into the left fuselage half. Details for the bomb aimers position then go in the nose with hs fold away seat going next to the pilots seat; to finish off here the main instrument panel is fitted. Continuing on in the left fuselage half at the rear the support for the tail wheel is added, then continuing forward the boards under the upper turret are added. Holes must be drilled for the rear mounted bomb racks. To the right fuselage half the the rear mounted radios are added and at the front another fold down seat in the nose. The fuselage halves can then be joined and the top insert added along with the upper escape hatch. With the fuselage buttoned up, attention turns to the wings. The inserts for the landing lights are added into the wing leading edge. Next up on the lower wings the lower engine nacelles go on. Into these fits the landing gear. Here like all of their models Airfix provide different parts for the gear up or down. More simplified parts being provided for the raised option. If doing the gear down then internal bulkheads need to be added in followed by construction of the complicated landing gear. This seems to accurately depict the complex gear in both its looks and multipart construction. The gear fits between the rear part which represent s the main spar and the front engine firewall. Once the gear is securely in each lower wing the rear part for the flap bay is added. Now the upper and lower wings can be assembled, and the wings added to the fuselage. Small inserts between the trailing edge and the fuselage finish this part of the build. Next up its time to look at the flying control surfaces. The tailplanes are built up. The fixed parts are split upper & lower and these trap in the single part control surface when they go together. Once built they can be added to the fuselage followed by the rudder. We can now move to the construction of the engines. Again these are quite detailed. While not a full engine it will appear so when viewed from the front. The front cylinder bank goes onto the main backing plate with additional engine parts and the hub going on the front. The exhausts then go onto the engine. Collector stubs are attached to the front single part of the collector ring which then mounts to the front of the engine. The structure behind this is then built up with one main lower part and left/right upper parts. A choice of open or closed cowl flaps is then provided for the rear. once the intakes are added the completed engines can be mounted to the wings. Now the flaps can be added to the main wings. These can be open or closed, however if the modeller wants to close them up they will have to remove some of the moulded in structure to enable them to close. Outboard of the flaps the single part ailerons are added, this finishes off the wings. The next major part to be constructed is the upper turret. Again this is quite a complicated structure like the real thing. To aid construction Airfix have proved a jig to get everything aligned correctly. The vertical assembly is at this point constructed horizontally, care will be needed with the instructions here to understand how it all fits. Once the structure is together and solid it can be removed from the jig and the glazing added. The complete assembly then slides down into the fuselage. We are now on the home straight. The wheels and front doors to the landing gear are added, followed by the tail wheel. A single part cover is provided if the bomb bay is to be closed up. If not then the outer doors are added followed by the bomb load. Additional smaller bombs and their racks are added to the rear fuselage (hopefully you opened up those holes at the beginning!) . Before fitting the cockpit glazing a pilot figure is provided if you want to use him. There are four parts of the large glazed area; left & right main parts, with two top parts. The last one can be placed in the closed position, or slid back into the open position. To finally finish off the landing lights area added along with the propellers, aerial mast and pitot tube. Decals The sheet is by Cartograf which guarantees quality with no issues. Two marking options are provided. No. 211 Sqn RAF, Menidi, Greece 1941 (As seen on the box art) No. 90 Sqn RAF, RAF Bicester, Autumn 1938. Conclusion This kit continues Airfix's rich vein of form. It is a beautifully made, high quality kit which is packed with detail and options. The accurate shape and fine surface detail makes this kit a real winner, with the slightly complex breakdown of parts the only real challenge. Highly recommended for fans of pre/early-war British aircraft. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV, 89 Sqd., DK Decals. I have decided to make this very catchy a/c, with a nice shark mouth. So as always made some research for this build, found some nice photos of the a/c online. Then pulled the 89 sqd. records from The National Archives, to check if this Beaufighter equiped unit have had used a Blenheim. And found this. First entry is: 14.12.42, Z7709, W/Cdr. J.A.Leathart. D.S.O. 1600 - 1630 air test This must have been a test flight by the W/Cdr himself alone to accept the plane. there are recorded flight on the 15/12, 16/12, 17/12, 8/2/43, 22/2, 12.3.43, Z7709, F/O Harding, 2 passengers 1410 - Tripoli This is the last recorded flight. Have checked 3 mdr. further but no entries, so must have been turned over to another unit at Tripoli. F/O Harding must have returned straight away as he is flying Beaufighter V. 8374 on 13/3 1420 - 1510. So the info that photos show a Blenheim attached to 89. sqd. as a hack is correct, only the serial no. is wrong Z9585 is a Bleinheim, but not the one at 89. sqd. And i think that the Midstone/Dark Earth/Black is ok, as far as i can see. So would appreciate if any one had comments to this before i start the build. Cheers Jes
  10. Prompted by the Spitfire and Hurricane topics I've noted with the same intent, I trust it's not out of order to establish one for the Blenheim, as I suspect a few of us are getting stuck into the Airfix Blenheim kits. I have 4 on the go - a pair of Mk. I and Mk. IV types respectively. When I get a moment, I might put links to some of the recent questions about the Blenheim in this post/thread - and start my build thread.
  11. I'm working on Classic Airframes 1/48 Blenheim IV.f. I've vacuformed the blister side windows, and cut out and filled the triangle window in the center of the windscreen, and am working on the other details that make the 404 Squadron Coastal Command aircraft interesting. Here's some of the progress so far … The blister windows .. The cockpit (based on pilots handbook photo's) Lot's of scratchbuilding here, including the throttle quadrant (20 pieces in that!) The engines, props, and flame suppressing exhaust (Ultracast Beaufighter long exhaust, with a reprofiled bomb nose) ... and the twin Browning .303 upper turret (all scratch built) hope you like so far Colin
  12. I'm working on the Classic Airframes Blenheim Mk IV, to be finished as a 404 Squadron machine, Coastal Command. I think I have identified all the changes I believe I need to make as follows ... - The bulged side windows, - The rear view mirror for the pilot, - The small oval windows behind the canopy, - The flame hiding 'hedgehog' exhaust, - The twin .30 cal. Browning machine guns in the turret, - The unusual blast plate ahead of the gun pack, and, - The non standard gun pack. I do have a couple of questions for those who might know, though. Have I missed any changes that I still have to make, and, what is the significance and the color of the semi-circular dark marking on the landing gear doors above the main wheel. It appears in all the photo's of 404 Squadrons Blenheim's. Does the marking continue onto the wing or nacelle? I hope someone may know, and thanks for your help, in advance. Colin
  13. Finally got started on my Airfix Blenheim Mk.I. Decided to give it the full treatment with PE and resin parts. Made up my mind long time ago to use decals from an Xtradecal sheet for a 45 Sqn aircraft in desert colours. Have now reached the stage when the interior areas must be painted before I can continue. The colour for the cockpit is no problem; standard British interior gray green. Now, Airfix gives the same colour for the wheel wells, the bomb bay, gun turret interior, and the insides of the engine cowlings. Whilst this might very well be corect, I'm always a bit suspicious about the colours given in kit instructions. So I would be very thankful if anyone could confirm this or correct it if it's wrong. Airfix also states that the landing gear legs were black. This is certainly true for the restored Blenheim Mk.IV at Hendon. However looking at many contemporary b/w photos, although not of the best quality, the gear legs appear much too bright to be black. To me it looks like they were painted interior gray green too, just like the wheel wells. Or could it be painted aluminium, just like the wheels? Questions like this can sometimes drive you nuts! TIA
  14. Hi everyone! For this group build I'll be building a 1/48 Bristol Blenheim Mk. I night fighter. Below are some shots of the kit and the extras I'll be using (Eduard "Zoom" photoetch set, seatbelts and paint mask, and AML camouflage mask). I've struggled with Airfix 1/72 Blenheims in the past so I'm curious to see how the 1/48 version goes together. I have followed other builds such as this one and I'm planning to use some of the tips mentioned. You'll see from the third photo below that I've already started dry fitting to see how well the main parts fit. From what I can tell it looks to be a great kit ... I hope! All the best, Matt
  15. While the decals on the Sea Fury are drying prior to putting on more and the MIG-17 PFU is off the bench I have started the Blenheim Mk 1f. I have started on the interior builds with the bomb bay and cockpit areas together and put in to the fuselage for a test fit. It appears to be ok but I might have to check the bomb bay as it appears to have a very slight gap there. It may just close when glues but I don't want to put undue pressure in to the fuselage. The pilots area is a complicated beast that seems to fit in ok. The bomb bay goes together well but the stage where you have to cut the parts to make the centre beam in half confuse me, hopefully it is something to do with a difference between the bomber and fighter version
  16. Hi Gents I know the subject has been treated but i would like to know if someone can do a reliable synthesis for the colors of: - Interior (cockpit, turret): Raf Grey-green. - Undercarriage bay: Aluminium or Raf Grey-green ? - Undercarriage : Aluminium/black or Raf grey-green/black - Flaps (interior): grey-green. for a Mk.1 or Mk.1f. Do you know where i can find a plan with rivets lines (book, internet) ? Thanks a lots Best regards Pierre
  17. OK, my first WIP in a long while has come to a bit of a disappointing end. I was going great guns until impatience was mixed with an equal amount of stupidity in a similar proportion to how I mixed Flory Wash with the not quite dry enough Pledge to create the new, and most certainly unwelcome, phenomenon of "Fledge"! Yes it could have ended up so much better and I know it; so be gentle, I feel bad enough already! I have tried to use the most flattering angles! Now I wasn't going to show you all my far too dirty knickers but in for a penny in for a pound. Although it has a B printed on the nose in my book this is very much a D Minus - must try harder! Arrrrrrggghhhhhhhh!!!! Chris
  18. As most will know Airfix are up to their stash spoiling ways again and are releasing a completely over detailed 1/48 Blenheim 1, at no point did they ask me if that was acceptable, if they had I would have told them straight 'no thank you, I have a perfectly good Contrail one'. So as a snub to Airfix I'm going to indulge in some proper modelling by building it regardless; it will be detailed but not over detailed with never to be seen again , I know it's there interiors and to make it different it will be the prototype Blenheim 1 K7033 in natural metal finish, a silver shiny Blenheim like this.... Typical Contrail vacform sheets, but I have a Classic Airframes interior resin set, plus replacement wheels and a paintmask- see, I'm not as stupid as I look. a few reference works to assist. Like all vac builds nothing will happen for a while why I hack and sand the bits into shape.
  19. Happy New Year to my fellow Britmodellers! Here is my Airfix 1/72 Blenheim MkIVF. The shape is nice but the fixtures and fittings are not as refined as their more recent offerings. It has SBS resin spinners, Eduard PE, Quickboost Brownings and a fine molds nano-aviation Lewis gun. Looking at the plans of the Blenheim in the Valiant book I decided the dorsal turret needed to be lowered by 1 mm. The wing tip nav lights were formed from Krystal clear and sprue bulbs. Hope you like it? Andrew
  20. Airfix 1:48 Blenheim IF - Colours of L6739 YP-Q, currently flying with ARCo at Duxford. The Inside - To start off, this kit is fantastic by Airfix. Nearly everything is in there thats on the real thing. You can really see they researched this kit well. The instrument panel is detailed superbly with raised detail, unlike other Airfix panels that were just flat. The decals on the panel were also very well done, as shown in the photo they went on well and the colours are good. The rest of the cockpit is well made with all of the main controls, dials and wheels in place. The two spars coming off the bathtub-like structure provide extra strength to the wings, all four fit very nicely into the allocated gaps. The cockpit glass - Unlike the inside where everything fitted fine, the glass was a different story. To start with, Airfix indicate the wrong left-hand side canopy (there are two in the kit). If you look at photos of the aircraft, you will see the difference. The fit was dreadful on both sides, and if Airfix did the whole front section in one mold it would certainly better (but im not sure this is even possible with injection moulding?) . Maybe something for them to consider if they are doing a bomber version or a Mk IV version. The rest of the glass/ canopies - As you can see, my hand isnt the steadiest and masking individual panels wouldnt be worth it. Only after painting did I realise Eduard has done a set of masks. Bummer really. The turret came with a nice little assembly jig that helped ALOT with the little parts. The turret fitted together fine and can just be slot into place onto the aircraft. Personally I haven't glued it into place just to add that element that the aircraft can 'move' . I also didnt glue the main wheels on, since the undercarriage spars are really quite tight on the wheels and they havent come off yet after a few days of me rolling it around. The tailwheel though is one solid piece, and strangely its one of the last things you're told to put in place (i.e not during the closing of the fuselage). The engines - The engines could be a model of their own - the 6 part engine and 3 part propeller are superbly detailed and the first proper radials I've made. The propellers move aswell which is nice, as shown below. No photoshop! Just some wind a slow shutter speed. All in all its a superb kit, and Airfix are really doing well with the new toolings. My only wish would be rivet details like Eduard's but you cant have everything. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and may the new year bring you joy through scale modelling! All the best, Olly.
  21. So, this is my first input since I joined this forum a few weeks ago. Probably some of you will be bored by another Blenheim building report - especialy the 40+ year old airfix model. However building this kit will hopefully be an important step to improve my skills. As usual I started with interieur details. Actualy I planned to add some details to the cockpit to make it look more interesting. But in the end I build up a totaly new cockpit section, using only some fragments of the kits parts. Pictures will follow ...
  22. Hi all. I found this pic that shows a Blenheim I in North Africa (the web says that is a Mk IV, but it is wrong): https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1513311 Any idea how is painted? Thanks. Milo.
  23. Blenheim Mk.IV Update sets & Masks 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new tool Blenheim was welcome for those who build WWII British Aircraft, Eduard are now along with some sets for it. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior Set (73634) This set has one pre-painted fret. You get cockpit details, seat belts, instrument panel, throttle details, machine gun details and rudder pedals. Exterior Set (72669) This set contains many fuselage and wing access panels. Undercarriage bay fittings and interior, and engine details, Landing Flaps Set (72670) This set contains as the name would suggest a new set of detailed flaps. Some removal of the kit areas is needed to fit these. Masks (CX514) Supplied on yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the glazing. In addition you get a set of hub/tyre masks for the main and tail wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort, plus a landing light mask. Review samples courtesy of
  24. @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.”
  25. Bristol Blenheim: The Yugoslav Story Operational Record 1937-1958 by Aleksandar M. Ognjević I keep being pleasantly surprised when it comes to books on the subject of aircraft that flew for, against and simply over Yugoslavia during the Second World War. After buying the Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Yugoslav Story I came across a book in a very similar format, but by a different author and from a different publisher, dedicated to the history of the Bristol Blenheim in Yugoslavia (for avoidance of any doubt I want to say that I have payed full price for my copy of the book, including the rather expensive Serbian Post that amounted to some 40% of the book`s cost). And the news keep getting better as this book`s author, Mr. Aleksandar M. Ognjević, has also been working on a title dedicated to the Hawkers (Hurricanes, Hinds and Furies) in Yugoslavia and this book is just months away from publication. Can`t wait! To the Blenheims now... The book is available from the publisher/author and you can also find a technical presentation there and some sample pages: http://bristol-blenheim.leadenskybooks.com/ One small note: opening the presentation pdf file on the above address I`ve noticed that the photographs in that sample are rather murky, but the ones from the actual book are actually very clear. Table of contents I found the book quite conveniently organized. The first chapter recounts such things as the Yugoslav acquisition and production of the Blenheim, complete with the savory adventures of the Yugoslav crews sent across the already at war Europe to bring home the lot of British produced aircraft. This chapter is also supported by three tables: one detailing the Blenheim types that entered Yugoslav service (complete with respective dates, numbers and serial numbers) as well as the prototypes and abandoned projects, a second listing both the British and Yugoslav serial numbers of the twenty British produced machines and a third table being a complete list of the Blenheims in Yugoslav service that mentions the units in which they served and - in many cases - also their fate. The second chapter is dedicated to the April war and is divided into three sections, each following the history of the three major units that flew the Blenheim: the 1st and 8th Bomber Wings (Bombarderski puk - BP) and the 11th Independent Long Range Reconnaissance Group (SGDI). This means some episodes are recounted more than once - but from different perspectives - as some of the aircraft and units intermingled in time, but I liked this approach. I was left with a very clear image of the aircraft disposition and of which unit did what throughout the war. This was also helped by two useful maps showing not only relevant locations in Yugoslavia, but also the exact disposition of the Blenheim units at the start of the April war. The text of these chapters (and throughout the book) is well supported by the recollections of contemporaries (mostly the air crews) and is accompanied by a large number of photographs. In fact I think there is at least one photograph on each page, depicting both aircraft and crews. Among the latter, there are many portrait type photos of the airmen in uniform so that after you read their stories and memories you`ll be able to put a face on these. In this sense, the book lives up to its goal of keeping their memory alive. The following chapters are dedicated to the other operators of the Blenheim over Yugoslavia (the RAF, Independent State of Croatia and Partisans) and to those countries that operated former Yugoslav aircraft (Hungary, Romania and Finland). The chapter on the Royal Air Force is once again organized according to the squadrons that operated the Blenheim (both Mk.I and Mk.IV) and recounts their adventures to the extent that they took place over Yugoslavia or encountered Yugoslav aircraft (including the one that transported the Yugoslav king to Greece). The chapter dedicated to the Croatian Blenheims is reasonably long and it includes a three pages operational diary of the Rajlovac Airport between 27.04.1942 and 24.06.1943, but the chapters on Romania and Hungary are brief enough as they only tell the story of the one Blenheim that defected to Hungary and the three Blenheims sold by the Germans to Romania. So too are the following two chapters dealing with the Finnish acquisition from Germany of B-4 (Mk.IV) parts and their assembly in Finland and the sole ex-Croatian (ex-Yugoslav) machine captured by the Partisans. The next chapter is a discussion of the camouflage and markings of the Bristol Blenheim in Yugoslav service, with some notes on the machines taken over by the Independent State of Croatia, the ones sold to Romania and the Hungary defector. Though brief (one page worth of text) it is very informative: from the evolution of the styles of serial numbers to the one of the national insignia to the actual paint-jobs. The text ends with a glossary, a list of comparative ranks of the VVKJ (Royal Yugoslav Air Force), ZNDH (Air Force of the Independent State of Croatia), Luftwaffe and VJA (Air Force of the Yugoslav Army) and finally a substantial bibliography. Now, for all scale modellers interested in this subject, comes the exiting part: the Colour Plates section. It contains 24 profiles that depict thirteen Blenheims Mk.I - both Ikarus and Filton/Avro built - in Royal Yugoslav service, three of the RAF machines in Greece (two Blenheims Mk.I and one Blenheim Mk.IV), the single Hungarian - ex-Yugoslav - Blenheim Mk.I, one Croatian (Independent State of Croatia) Blenheim Mk.I, one Romanian - ex-Yugoslav - Blenheim Mk.I, the Partisan captured Blenheim Mk.I in two different camouflage styles, two Finnish Blenheims Mk.IV (one from the war period and another from 1955) and one profile of the sole, unlicensed, B-4 version in Yugoslav service (similar to the official Mk.IV). In addition there are three top views of Blenheims Mk.I (two Yugoslav and one ex-Yugoslav with Hungarian markings) and one bottom view of a Yugoslav Mk.I machine. These are very helpful for modellers given the somewhat complex pattern of the upper-side three-colours Yugoslav camouflage scheme. Each artwork is accompanied by a short description of the aircraft in question and taken together they highlight all the specific elements (from colours to stencils to certain modifications) that modellers will need to take into consideration when deciding how to build a certain machine. As mentioned, the Yugoslav camouflage schemes are quite colourful and should make eye catching models. The back cover is not wasted either. It depicts two RAF Blenheims (an Mk.I and an Mk.IV) in Greece, a close in on the cabin of the Mk.I machine showing its emblem and another view with the front of a modified Mk.I in Yugoslav service which highlights the modification of the windscreen to support a frontal machine-gun. In the end I`m gonna pull another "highly recommended" from my hat. Great book!
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