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  1. Good day. I present my finished model from the company Airfix A05126 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I 1/48. Prototype aircraft of the outstanding aces of the Battle of Britain P/O Eric Lock Spitfire N3162/EB-G, 05.09.1940 Airbrush: Harder & Steenbeck Evolution 0.2 Paint: Gunze Sangyo H12 Flat Black / Primary - Screw / Blackout Effect Gunze Sangyo H58 Interior Green / U.S. Army & Navy Aircraft WWII - Lightening Effect Gunze Sangyo H72 Dark Earth Semi-Gloss / Great Britain Aircraft WW II - Camouflage Gunze Sangyo H73 Dark Geer Semi-Gloss / Great Britain Aircraft WW II - Camouflage Gunze Sangyo H74 SKY Semi-Gloss / Great Britain Aircraft WW II - Camouflage Gunze Sangyo H 327 Red FS11136 Gloss - Signs Gunze Sangyo H 328 Blue FS15050 Gloss - Signs Gunze Sangyo H 329 Yellow FS13538 Gloss - Signs of Designation Tamiya XF-2 Flat White - Lightening Effect Tamiya XF-54 Dark Sea Gray - Color alphabetic code Tamiya XF-57 Buff - Brightening Effect Tamiya XF-64 Dark Brown - Blackout Effect Tamiya XF-71 Cocpit Green (IJN) - Cab Color Tamiya XF-76 Gray Green (INJ) - Blackout Effect Photoetched: Eduard 49006 Seatbelts RAF WWII Masks: Pmask Po48001 Supermarine Spitfire RAF 1/48. Very high quality manufactured kit, has both early types of characters and late ones. The letter code was made to order by a colleague UpRise, for which I express many thanks to him. I recommend as a very high-quality manufacturer of masks and decals. Top camouflage applied by hand without masks. I hope you will like it. \
  2. Kit: Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb “Specialist Spitfires” Decals: Victory Productions “Aces of the Empire” Extras: Eduard harnesses I’m attempting another parallel build. The subject of this one is Spitfire Vb W3257 of 611 Squadron RAF based at Hornchurch in August 1941. This was the aircraft of Flt Lt Eric Lock; he was killed in action on 3 Aug flying W3257 on a “Rhubarb” mission. There are a couple of photos of Lock in this one, but it’s unclear if the aircraft was FY-E or FY-F. I’m going with ‘E’ I think, but I’d anyone has better information, please shout! Steve First, the box and sprue shot And a look at the profile
  3. Good afternoon. I present to you my recently finished model: Manufacturer: Tamiya Scale: 1/48 Aircraft: Tamiya № 61035 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb (early) Markings: Spitfire Mk.Vb (early) W3257/FY-E, 611 Squadron, Flt/Lt Eric Lock, Hornchurch, Essex, july 1941 Aftermarket: Montex № K48202 Super Mask Spitfire Mk.Vb Tamiya Colors: - Gunze Sangyo H 72 Dark Earth Semi-Gloss/R.A.F. Aircraft WW II - Gunze Sangyo H 73 Dark Green Semi-Gloss/R.A.F. Aircraft WW II - Gunze Sangyo H 74 Sky (Duck Egg Green) Semi-Gloss/R.A.F. Aircraft WW II Biography of the pilot: Eric Stanley Lock born on Bomere Farm, in the village of Bayston Hill, outside Shrewsbury in 1919, Lock was educated at the Public Elementary School in Bayston Hill (1924–1926), at Clivedon School in Church Stretton (1926–1928), at Shrewsbury Boys High School (1928–1929), and finally at Prestfelde School in Shrewsbury (1929–1933). After leaving school, he was employed on the family farm, Allfield, and in Bayston Quarry until 1939. Developing a love for motor vehicles, motor cycles and flying as a teenager, Lock joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as an AC2 Airman u/t Pilot (No. 745051) on 17 February 1939, and was promoted to Sergeant the following day. He undertook his initial peacetime training mostly on weekends and some week nights with 28 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School (No. 28 E&RFTS) run by the company 'Reid & Sigrist' at Meir, outside Stoke-on-Trent and made his first solo flight within the month. No. 28 E&RFTS was disbanded on 31 August 1939 and Lock was mobilized the following day, but immediately sent on leave with full pay until 29 October 1939. His wartime training commenced on 30 October 1939 when he was posted to Course 1, 4 Initial Training Wing (No. 4 ITW) at Bexhill-on-Sea. He graduated on 8 December 1939 and was posted the following day to Course 17, 6 Service Flying Training School (No. 6 SFTS) at RAF Little Rissington. Lock was awarded by pilot badge ('Wings') in March 1940, but he did not graduate the course until 18 June 1940, and was granted a commission (No. 81642) the same day. He was immediately posted to No. 41 Squadron RAF, then based at RAF Catterick in Yorkshire. By the time of his arrival on the Squadron, Lock had not flown a single hour in a Spitfire and his first solo in the type took place on 21 June 1940. He spent the ensuing six weeks learning to fly the aircraft and consequently did not make his first operational sortie until 9 August 1940. In time, Lock became the RAF's most successful Allied pilot during the Battle of Britain, shooting down 21 German aircraft and sharing in the destruction of one. After the Battle of Britain Lock served on the Channel Front, flying offensive sweeps over France. Lock went on to bring his overall total to 26 aerial victories, one shared destroyed and eight probable in 25 weeks of operational sorties over a one-year period—during which time he was hospitalised for six months.Included in his victory total were 20 German fighter aircraft, 18 of them Messerschmitt Bf 109s. In mid-1941 Lock was promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Lock earned the nickname "Sawn Off Lockie", because of his extremely short stature. Within less than six months of becoming one of the most famous RAF pilots in the country, he crash–landed in the English Channel after his Supermarine Spitfire was damaged by ground–fire. Lock was posted missing in action.
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