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Hi Squadron Leader Marmaduke Thomas St John Pattle DFC*, usually known as Pat Pattle, was a South African-born Second World War fighter pilot and flying ace of the Royal Air Force. Wikipedia His score could be as high as 51. A total of 26 of Pattle's victims were Italian; 15 were downed with Gloster Gladiators, the rest with Hawker Hurricanes.[He is considered to be the highest-scoring ace on both Gladiator and Hurricane (35 victories) I have chosen to model his Gloster Gladiator using the current Airfix 1/72 Gloster Gladiator MkI when he was based in North Africa. This is the second biplane I have rigged using nylon invisible sewing thread, which is visible at this scale. Next time I might stain the thread with dark grey felt tip. I have used xtracolor RAF Dark Earth and Tamiya XF81 Dark Green 2 for the upper surfaces and Tamiya Titanium for the upper wing undersurface and finally Tamiya White X-2 and Tamiya XF1 flat black. I used an artists oils muddy black pinwash for the panel lines and another pinwash of a light dust colour for panel lines on the black underside and to give a dusty weathered effect to the general model. I used Humbrol Clear matt originally as the final cote and this was TOO matt and left white residue so I oversprayed it in Humbrol Clear Satin which gave a much more realistic finnish Unlike peace time Gladiators the propeller was painted black with a dark earth leading edge and the exhaust collector ring was modelled on images of pegasus engines that had actually been run as the brass shows subtle changes in colour from different temperatures of exhaust gas with an aluminium coloured front and back edge. I hope you like the photos on a makeshift diorama
Saw this for the first time today and snapped one up. For most of us on this site the main interest will be in the transfer sheet, which is for "Pat" Pattle's L8011 YK-O of 80 Sq at Amriya, Egypt, in spring 1940. So what does the sheet comprise? A total of 8 subjects: the 4 instrument panel transfers, 2 upper surface Type B roundels and 2 transfers for the fuselage sides comprising the codes, Type A roundels and serials. The red in the roundels is quite bright to me: not sure whether it's intended to be the pre-war shade. To be fair, I already knew that all the Airfix starter sets come with simplified transfer sheets so I don't quite know what I was expecting. However my immediate reaction was one of disappointment: for the £2 extra I felt I'd gained me 4 transfers but lost all the stencil markings of the basic kit. I've thawed a bit now: I'm not sure that I could have replicated the code sizes (exactly 10mm high so about 28" in real life) and precise proportions from any of my code letter transfer sheets. But I am still thinking I shall need to replace those roundels. BTW the colour scheme is Dark Earth (29)/Dark Green (30) with Black/White undersides split along the centreline and aluminium undersides to the upper wing and tailplanes. I'm inclined to think the real thing would have carried full stencilling but am open to the thoughts of others. Anyway, I thought others out there might like to know what you get so you can make an informed choice.