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The Man, This is not my image. Josef Pips Priller was born on 27 July 1915 at Ingolstadt in Bayern. In 1935, Fahnenjunker Priller was serving in Infanterieregiment 19. Oberfähnrich Priller transferred to the Luftwaffe and began his flying training at Salzwedel in October 1936. On 1 April 1937, Leutnant Priller was posted to I./JG 135. In November 1938 the unit was redesignated I./JG 233 and again on 1 May 1939 to I./JG 51. In July 1939, he was serving with I./JG 71 which was to be redesignated II./JG 51 in October 1939. On 1 October 1939, Priller was appointed Staffelkapitän of 6./JG 51. He gained his first victories on 28 May 1940 over Dunkirk in aerial combat with RAF fighters. He claimed six victories during the French campaign, including his 6th on 25 June, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Desvres. By the end of August his victory total stood at 15. On 17 October, Oberleutnant Priller claimed his 20th victory resulting in the award of the Ritterkreuz on 19 October. He claimed at least fourteen victories in the Battle of Britain. On 20 November 1940, Priller was transferred as Staffelkapitän to 1./JG 26, succeeding Oberleutnant Eberhard Henrici (7 victories) who had been lost in aerial combat over the Channel three days previously. Despite much combat with the British, Priller was unable to add to his score before the end of the year. That winter, JG 26 was withdrawn from the Channel front back to Germany for a rest. On his return to the Channel Priller enjoyed a remarkable run of victories between 16 June and 11 July 1941 shooting down 19 RAF aircraft, including 17 Spitfire fighters, to bring his victory total to 39. On 14 July, Priller shot down his 40th victim. He was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 28) on 19 October for 41 victories. Hauptmann Priller became Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 26 on 6 December 1941. By the end of 1941 Prillers score stood at 58. He recorded his 60th victory on 27 March 1942 and his 70th victory on 5 May. By the end of 1942 Priller had 81 confirmed victories to his tally. On 11 January 1943, Priller became Kommodore of JG 26, replacing Major Gerhard Schöpfel (45 victories, RK) who was taking up a staff role. He was awarded the Schwertern (Nr 73) on 2 July 1944. Oberstleutnant Priller brought up his 100th victory on 18 July 1944 when he brought down a USAAF B-24 four-engine bomber. On 1 January 1945, Priller led JG 26 and III./JG 54 in the attack on the Allied airfields, codenamed Operation Bodenplatte, at Brussels-Evére and Brussels-Grimbergen. On 28 January, Priller was appointed Inspekteur der Jagdflieger Ost, a position that required he cease operational flying and which he held until the end of the war. Post-war Pips Priller managed the family brewery business. He died on 20 May 1961 at Böbing in Oberbayern following a heart attack. Josef Pips Priller flew 1,307 combat missions to achieve 101 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western Front and include 11 four-engine bombers. He was the most succesful pilot in battles with Spitfires claiming at least 68 of them. The machine, (Link to WIP) http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234966349-harrier-hiatus-airfix-fw-190typhoon-1b-dogfight-doubles/
(Started Sunday) I bought this kit because of this post, http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234965363-hawker-typhoon-1b-airfix-172/ From the box, any info appreciated. It's Humbrol Matt varnish day on the harrier tomorrow so little else can be done. It will be 21:15 on the 24th August as I open this bag, this will be a quick build. It is the new tool Airfix 1/72 Fw190 a8 as found in the dogfight doubles box I got a few days ago. It will be the test bed for the new (to me) alclad gloss. This is bank holiday Mondays work. Cockpit details, painted with Tamiya XF-24 Dark grey, very thin black wash, dry brush with games workshop fortress grey & mithril silver. Looks excellent from the box, the only thing I did different from the instructions, fix gunsight to coaming instead of console. Grey on control column is Airfix acrylic 64 (light grey) this colour was supplied in the box, it is the dogfight double box which has some paints, 2 brushes and a small tube of glue included. This makes the kit work out very cheap, it's even better if you grab it on offer as I did. Steaming technique. The lower wing is VERY distorted, It looks more like an x-wing! The tips need straightening from the leg end of the undercarriage opening and also a slight bend at the nose and a more significant bend at the tail end of the piece. I used a regular kettle and made some coffee at the same time, it took a few goes to get things lined up enough that tape/pegs/glue will hold things in place without distorting the upper wing half or freeing itself from the rear fuselage joint. The jig is the kitchen worktop with a chopping board between 2 pegs, the nose is resting on the worktop jointing strip which happened to be about right for the job. The butcher bird is indeed living up to its name, not only did I need to butcher the wing to get a fit I also decided to attempt a fillet o' finger when removing said wing from the sprue! TAKE CARE WHEN USING SHARP IMPLEMENTS.