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Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.1A 603 Squadron, August 1940

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Hi everyone and just finished this one for the excellent Battle of Britain GB here.

You can read the WIP here but to recap:

Kit: Airifx Mk.1A Spitfire new tool.
Scale: 1/72
Build: Mostly OOB
Extras: Tapes for seat belts, cut out cockpit hatch, replacement open vacform canopy
Paints: Brushpainted throughout with Revell Aquacolours. Future, W&N Matt Varnish, Flory Models wash. Pencil weathering.
Decals: RAF Hornchurch v Luftwaffe - Southern Expo Decals.

The plane is R6626, 'XT-Y' flown by Flt Off Ron 'Ras' Berry of 603 Squadron, RAF Hornchurch as she appeared on 31 August 1940. According to what I've read....."On 31 August 1940, Flt. Off. Berry took off from RAF Hornchurch just before 1800 to intercept an incoming raid. The pilots intercepted the escorts of I/JG3 over South London. In a confused, running dogfight Flt Off Berry caught and shot down the Messerschmitt Bf109 flown by Oblt Helmut Rau at 1845. The 109 landed on the beach at Shoeburyness where the pilot was taken prisoner unhurt".

Ron Berry served with distinction through the war and after with the RAF and rose to the rank of Air Commodore. You can read his remarkable obit here
Dedicated to all who served at that time, including the six from my own country recognised on the memorial on London's Embankment.
Thanks for looking.
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