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  1. I'm finally joining in on this GB after a few personal issues that had stalled my modelling productivity for the last two months. Background In addition to the many thousands of service men and woman that served in the Pacific region during WW2, there was also an equally large contingent of Australians on active service in Europe and the Middle East. As well as No's. 3 and 10 (RAAF) Squadrons who were already serving away from home, seventeen additional units were formed within the 450-467 Squadron number plate range. These new units went on to operate a wide variety of allied aircraft in all manner of combat roles. No. 452 Squadron was the first of these Australian 'away based' fighter units to form in the UK. As part of 11 Group, it was initially equipped with Spitfire Mk.IIa's until re-equipped with the cannon armed Mk.Vb a short time later. Now, as it's very possible that I'll quote some historical notes incorrectly, I'll direct you to this link which will hopefully provide more squadron information for those of you who may be interested. GB WIP One of 452's most famous pilots at the time was Keith William "Bluey" Truscott. Between April 1941 to May 1942, Truscott was credited with 16 confirmed air-air victories and awarded a DFC and Bar. In true Aussie fashion, Truscott was also a handy sportsman and not only Captained his Melbourne High School Cricket team but also mentored a young student by the name of Keith Miller. Post War, Miller would represent his country at Test level and is regarded as one of Australia's finest all-round cricketers. Truscott was also handy with that odd shaped Aussie Rules football and played 44 games (kicking 31 goals) as a Half Forward Flanker for the Melbourne 'Demons' Football club. He was a member of their 1939 and 1940 Premiership sides and also played a few games on his return from the UK before heading off to the Pacific theater to continue the fight against the Japanese Imperial forces. So for me - a Cricket loving, AFL following ex-Melbourne aircraft modeller, honoring one of Truscott's 452 Squadron Spitfire's in plastic kit form surely ticks all the right boxes. The photo's below show the mandatory kit sprues. I have one 1/72 Tamiya Vb and two 1/72 Airfix Mk.1/IIa's so although I'll just build two 452 machines for this GB, I'll push a third kit along until it also gets finished or runs out of steam. Using the superb DK decals 452 (RAAF) Squadron sheet - which will hopefully arrive today, I'll probably model Truscott's Spitfire IIa (UD:N) and do the Vb as either one flown by one of the other famous 452 pilots - Finucane, Chisholm or Thorold-Smith?. I'm still quite undecided at this precise moment. Anyway - I've made just the smallest of starts and will hopefully update my ham-fisted progress at regular intervals. Cheers.. Dave
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