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  1. 't becomes still more difficult to reconcile Japanese action with prudence or even with sanity. What kind of a people do they think we are? Is it possible that they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?' -- Winston Churchill, 26 December 1941 Hello again, I'm pushing my luck and trying your collective patience now, I know. I'm going to be building Liberator B.VI KH283/B of 159 Squadron based at RAF Digri, Bengal, in the Southeast Asia Command. KH283 was often flown by B Flight commander Squadron Leader John "Johnny" Gauntlett, DFC, a Canadian from Orilla, Ontario serving in the RAF. (He had been studying history at Bristol University when the war came, and joined the army on September 5, 1939, transferring to the RAFVR in April of 1941.) Gauntlett happily survived the war; he passed away in 1994. Here he is: KH283 is notable because she had not one, but two striking pieces of nose art: a redhead ascending a ladder on the port side, and a blonde reclining on a surfboard on the starboard. The redhead has some resemblance to Mrs. Procopius, which was in truth why I wanted to build this particular aircraft, instead of one of the many other interesting RAF Liberators out there. When I informed her of this, she replied, "grrrrreat," in a dead, emotionless voice. In any event, here we go again: The Hasegawa kit has extensive internal partitioning, and can be built with the bomb bay to open, to which: no thank you. I will need to cram as much weight up front as I can; the instructions recommend 90 grams, which is going to be troublesome to fit in there. The front part of the aircraft is molded entirely in clear plastic: Oh Hasegawa. You shouldn't have. So that's going to be fun, figuring out how I can go about masking that and painting the interior and exterior. Finally, I have the decals. I have SEAC markings from three manufacturers, and none of them agree with each other. Top to bottom, Eduard, Freightdog, and Kits at War: HMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
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