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Spitfire MkIIA, 1/48 Tamiya, me and... Edgar


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The craft was flown by Wojciech Kołaczkowski in Polish 303SQ. Kołaczkowski flew well known RF-Krysia Spitfires later on and being excellent pilot and officer he promoted to CO of 303rd. But in spring 1941 RF-W for Wojtek was his mount. This very Spitfire was used by legendary CO of first Polish Fighter Wing Witold Urbanowicz on two missions, when he led the unit over France.

Leaving Polish squadron the craft entered service in Australian 452SQ and helped Irish ace Brendan 'Paddy' Finucane to score three of his kills.

It wouldn't be possible to build this model without always extraordinary help of Edgar. I want to thank You here very much for placing light on shadowed mysteries of Spitfire construction and history. You've done wonderfully, I only did my best. Unfortunately when I have started this build in 2007 I wanted quick and easy Spitfire to please myself. My modelling preferences changed soon which forced me to perform many surgical corrections in already existing and fixed elements. This and my poor original planning shows up here and there.

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Dear greatgonzo, thank you for appreciating my and other colleagues comments on Polish forum:

http://pwm.ukw.edu.pl/viewtopic.php?f=180&p=439475&sid=46add9a0a041fc89e7142d5be7d7451b#p439475

Zrobiłem też galerię na Britmodeller, bo chciałem publicznie podziękować Edgarowi Brooksowi, bez którego cierpliwości nie byłbym w stanie zgłębiać tajemnic konstrukcji Spitfire. Tamtejsze zachwyty są miłe, ale obiektywnie bez większej wartości...

Translated:

I've made a gallery on Britmodeller, because I wanted to publicly thank Edgar Brooks, without his patient I would not be able to explore the mysteries of construction of Spitfire. Their comments are nice but objectively without any value...

Honestly said I feel embarrassed.

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