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"FIRST LIGHT" Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum DFC. Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia. 92 Squadron, ROYAL AIR FORCE. Summer 1940. This model is my tribute to Geoffrey Wellum and "The Few" The kit is the Revell 1/32 MK.II Spitfire backdated to a Mk.Ia. I used Eduard P/E and Barracuda Resin on the Spitfire's cockpit. The figures are from Wings Cockpit figures. Geoffrey Wellum was the youngest RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain. His book, "First Light" was his memoir of his experiences as a Fighter Pilot in 92 Squadron during WWII and is now recognised as one of the most definitive first hand accounts of the Battle of Britain. Wellum went on to win the DFC and 92 Sqn. went on to be the highest scoring squadron of the Battle of Britain. Geoffrey Wellum (right) and Brian Kingcombe 1940. 92 Squadron RAF, 1940 92 Squadron Spitfire's
This is Tamiya's 72nd scale kit, with prop and wheels replaced from an Airfix boxing of the early Spitfire. Exhausts are a resin product form SBS Model. Spitfire L1090 was part of the first batch ordered in 1936 (serial range K9787-L1096), and by the spring of 1940, had found its way to Canada. At an RCAF testing center, performance was tested against the P-40, and it was concluded that the Spitfire came out on top. Also, L1090 was involved with testing a newly designed anti-gravity suit by a Toronto doctor, Wilbur R. Franks. It is believed fives times as many allied airmen survived the war due to this invention, and would go on to be the forerunner of G-suits for future air force pilots as well as astronauts across the globe. regards, Jack