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Grey Beema

My Royal Navy Battle of Britain Build

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The first reveal of a mediocre builder.

My builds tend to move at snails pace. I wanted to take part in last years BoB GB but I arrived late and build slowly so have only now completed the series I was building. All these models are Airfix New Tool 1/48. Here is my contribution...

As you know 58 pilots were temporarily seconded to the RAF for the Battle. 4 became Aces

242 Sqn RAF Hurricane Ib P2884 Sub Lieutenant Jimmy Gardner August / September 1940

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242 Sqn RAF Hurricane Ib PP2831 LE*K Sub Lieutenant Dickie Cork August / September 1940 5 Victories

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19 Sqn RAF Spitfire Ib R6991/QV*? (I've guessed at Y) Sub Lieutenant Arthur Blake September 1940 5 Victories

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64 Sqn RAF Spitfire Ib L1035/SD*H Sub Lieutenant Francis Dawson Paul July 1940 7 Victories
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64 Sqn Scramble
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Thanks for looking

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Mediocre, I think not. Looks exceptionally good from where I'm sitting.

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That's a very nice Hurricane, I did a Royal Navy subject as part of the BoB GB last year. 145 Sqn P3155 flown by Sub. Lt Kestin

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The Spitfires look fantastic.

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I think you're far from a mediocre modeller, all four of them are really smart.

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Great builds and the quantity matches! Nothing wrong with being a little late when you deliver like that.

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Another view of Jimmy Gardner's "England Expects" Hurricane..

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Another view of Jimmy Gardner's "England Expects" Hurricane..

Where did you find the decals for this scheme? Lovely builds by the way!

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Where did you find the decals for this scheme? Lovely builds by the way!

The decals are from an Xtradecal set. From a thread from way back there was a response to a question I asked from Tony Walton who managed to identify the "England Expects" Hurricane as LE*V rather than LE*T as shown in the pack. So the 'V' and serial were made up from generic sets.

The real fly in the ointment is SLt Blakes Spitfire R6991. I could not find any reference to the individual letter. It is compounded by the fact that 19 Sqn were delivered the aeroplane on 12/08 and SLt Blake gave it back to them damaged on the afternoon of 15/08. He only flew it on the 15th Damaging an enemy bomber in the morning and shooting down two bf109s in the afternoon... As a new Y turned up a couple of days later - I settled for Y...

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Great, interesting topic and builds. I for one never knew that any RN Pilots fought in the BoB.

Informative and excellent models.

Nick

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Mediocre my kilt. Your models are exceptional.

I particularly like your model of Jimmy Gardeners Hurricane.

Well done.

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Superb work :)

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Deadly effort. Well done.

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Mediocre!!! Don't put yourself down like that.

They are all superb models, built with great skill.

​Who cares how long they take to build, the finished article speaks volumes.

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You have done a cracking job on them all,......a fantastic way to remember the few of the few,

Cheers

Tony

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That is an excellent collection. Well done!

Jim

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Thank you for all your really to kind comments. I just nail em together and lash a bit of paint over. I do however like to do my research and find out as much about the subject as possible (even if I don't model it)... So I'll bore you all now...

It is sad that of the 4 Battle of Britain aces 2 (SLt Paul & SLt Blake) were killed during the battle. SLt Cork was killed in an air accident in Ceylon in 1944. Only SLt Gardner survived the war.

SLt Pauls 64 Sqn Spitfire Ib

SLt Pauls flew L1035 was flown extensively by SLt Paul from 01.07.40 to 25.07.40. Francis Paul score most of his 7 victories in this aeroplane, being shot down in it over the Channel and succumbing to his injuries 27.07.40.

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SLt Blakes 19 Sqn Spifire Ib R6991

According to the 19 Sqn Operations Diary R6991 was assigned to 19 Sqn on 12.08.40 from an MU (having been repaired from a previous operation with another squadron). It's first Operational flight was on the morning of 15.08.40 and was flown by SLt Blake during which he damaged a German Bomber. In a further operation in the afternoon, Blake again flew R6991 and downed two BF109s. During this operation R6991 was damaged and force landed at Foulness. R6991 did not serve with 19 Sqn again.

So this is my interpretation of how R6991 looked at around 1400 on 15.08.40..

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Another view of the 242 Sqn Hurricanes of SLt Cork (LE*K) and SLt Gardner (LE*V).

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Thanks for looking..

Edited by Grey Beema

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Excellent models, beautifully finished.

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Mediocre? Yeah, right, pull the other one. Excellent builds and excellent finishing.

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superb looking builds, very nice job on the paint and weathering they al look great... nice work..

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Gorgeous work, really nicely done

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