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  1. Earlier this week I met a friend on Bodmin Moor where we spoke to a lone driver looking after a couple of Army trucks (very friendly but he didn't give much away). Putting 2 and 2 together, with some local knowledge and a bit of a trek we eventually found a group of Commandos about to stage an attack on an abandoned building. They told us where we'd be safe to watch so we did some climbing and found a suitable spot. The Wildcat provided some recce (from a long way away) and then some top cover during the attack. Interestingly one of the Aircrew has been in touch with my friend after seeing his photos and said he could see us and the dog on their camera, we weren't even aware the helicopter was there at that stage! As an aside, has anyone got their hands on the Airgraphics Wildcat conversion yet?
  2. This is Italeri's Bell Sioux model (US Army release) modified to represent a Westland Sioux of the Dieppe Flight, Air Troop, 40 Cdo Royal Marines, operating out of Sembawang Air Base, Singapore, 1968. Italeri do issue a British Army variant of this kit, but this was a US one, so I had to do a few small mods. The landing skids aren't quite right, and the radios behind the fuel tanks are a little small, but otherwise I hope I've captured it. I added said radios, paper seatbelts, the small blade antenna and ground plane, plus the whip aerial on the tail. Decals come from my spares box. I've seen an etch replacement tail boom for this kit, but quite honestly the kit parts seem good enough for me. They are a little fiddly, but the only real issue I had was aligning the engine - although it doesn't really show, I think mine is at too much of a slant forward and I'm not sure where or if I went wrong. FLY NAVY FredT
  3. Landing Craft Assault LCA Used to land 47 (Royal Marine) Commando, 4th Special Service Brigade on Gold Beach Operation Neptune, Normandy, 6 June 1944. Armageddon 1/72 On D-Day, LCAs were used to land troops on Juno Beach, Gold Beach, and Sword Beach. Royal Navy manned LCAs also landed the elite US infantry formations on either flank of Omaha Beach and the Rangers who assaulted Pointe du Hoc. The westernmost landings by US forces on Utah Beach and the pre-dawn landing on Îles Saint-Marcouf were also conducted from LCAs. FredT 7 Cdo landed on Gold Beach at 09:50 hours on the 6 June. Five of the LCAs were sunk by mines and beach obstacles with the loss of 76 of the 420 men in the Commando. These losses delayed their advance to the primary objective the port of Port-en-Bessin. Leaving the beaches after noon they fought through La Rosiere and dug in around Escures for the night prior to their planned assault on Port-en-Bessin on the 7 June. Most available landing craft kits seem to focus on the ubiquitous US LCVP and LCM3 designs used by US troops. However it was the more sophisticated British LCA that was used by British and Commonwealth troops on D-Day, as well as being used to land the elite US units that were expected to encounter more difficult beach conditions. Kits of the LCA are relatively hard to come by and this "Armageddon" branded kit by the French firm Mach2 is not cheap. As with all Mach2 kits it is a short run mould which requires a lot of tidying up to complete, but builds into a nice example of this very important vessel type. The Thorneycroft LCA alongside a US LCVP Higgins Boat:
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