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After the 1/48th Airfix Spitfire build and being in the middle of the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain I wanted to try my hand at reproducing an actual event from the Battle. Inspiration came from within the pages of the Flypast special Luftwaffe Eagles. The article was titled Down on the Farm describing how, on 15th Sept 1940, two Spitfires from 609 Sqn forced down a Dornier 17z of 8/KG76. The article also showed two paintings by aviation artist Geoff Nutkins which depicted both the attack on the Dornier, called Height of the Battle and the scene after the Dornier had force landed on the farm entitled The Castle Farm Dornier. Both titles provide shortcuts to the relevant pages on Geoff Nutkins' website as copyright applies to the paintings (and I recommend you visit the site as there are some great paintings of which signed prints are currently available) In brief the events in the paintings are described as follows: Height of the Battle: Flight Lieutenant John C. Dundas and Pilot Officer Eugene "Red" Tobin of No.609 Squadron pursue a Dornier 17Z of 8/KG76 down the Darent Valley, Kent, September 15th, 1940. The Castle Farm Dornier: Sunday, September 15th, 1940. A Spitfire of No.609 Squadron piloted by Pilot Officer "Red" Tobin roars over a crashed Dornier 17Z from 8/KG76. Smoke still rises from the crashed Dornier's starboard engine as the bomber's pilot, Feldwebel Heitsch is led away. Heitsch and his crew were attacked by two Spitfires from No 609 Squadron over North Kent. After a low-level pursuit along the Darent Valley, Heitsch made a forced landing in a field at Castle Farm, Shoreham. For this build I decided on 1/72 scale and wanted to use the newer mould Airfix Spitfire Mk1a and the new Airfix Dornier 17z I purchased 2 Spitfire starter sets for the build and was already in posession of both the individual Do17z and the Dogfight Double boxing with the Defiant. I also purchased Peewit mask set for the Dornier as well as Techmod decal sets for the Dornier and stencils for the spitfires along with Xtradecal and Sky models decals for the Spitfires. After a certain amount of detective work I found enough information to deduce that John Dundas was flying PR.T SN R6922 and that Eugene Tobin was flying PR.C (if the painting is correct) SN K9997 (Tobin was definitely flying this aircraft because, on his return to the airfield the following occurred: 1230hrs: Middle Wallop. Spitfire K9997. 609 Squadron Warmwell P/O E.Q.Tobin unhurt. (Crashed into airfield truck on landing approach).) I started on the Spitfires pre-painting the interior green and applying an oil wash Although the moulding for the aircraft were quite nice and sharp the same could not be said of the pilots who looked half melted. So I raided the Boulton Paul Defiant kits for the pilot figures (Yep I had 2 of them too ) which were much better. Getting carried away I decided to drill the lenses on the goggles to try to give them more depth. Makeup on and sink mark addressed And dressed to kill The office painted and assembled (the other one was the same..trust me) Fuselage halves assembled and thin clear acetate (I think) for the gunsights. Wings thrown on with wild abandon (the fit on this kit is brilliant) and the control surfaces deflected as this guy was going to be banking away to the left. Canopies on and yellow tips to the props sprayed. BTW I had heard that some people had experienced fit issues especially with the canopies. I have found that careful cleanup of the mould seams allows everything to fit very precisely. A little smear of filler here and there but otherwise the fit was excellent. Props received a coat of Tamiya Rubber Black after tips masked off. And the result after the masks came off... Canopies and other apertures masked off with Tamiya Tape, new sharp scalpel blade, geek goggles set to maximum mag and a Vallium sandwich. A nice clean coat of Halfords primer (cue your choice of any track from the Beatles' psychedelic phase.. that stuff is pungent!) Phil's Tip No.1: If you value your marriage, spray the primer outside! Matt aluminium coat along with the preshade and we are ready for the camo. Because this build was so lengthy I'll break here and continue once I have received an infusion of tea. All comments welcome