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Tamiya Spitfire Mk.Vb (ранний) W3257 / FY-E, 611 эскадрильи, Flt / Lt Эрик Лок, июль 1941


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Good afternoon. I present to you my recently finished model:
Manufacturer: Tamiya
Scale: 1/48
Aircraft: Tamiya № 61035 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb (early)
Markings: Spitfire Mk.Vb (early) W3257/FY-E, 611 Squadron, Flt/Lt Eric Lock, Hornchurch, Essex, july 1941
Aftermarket: Montex № K48202 Super Mask Spitfire Mk.Vb Tamiya
Colors: 
- Gunze Sangyo H 72 Dark Earth Semi-Gloss/R.A.F. Aircraft WW II
- Gunze Sangyo H 73 Dark Green Semi-Gloss/R.A.F. Aircraft WW II
- Gunze Sangyo H 74 Sky (Duck Egg Green) Semi-Gloss/R.A.F. Aircraft WW II

 

Biography of the pilot:

 

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Eric Stanley Lock born on Bomere Farm, in the village of Bayston Hill, outside Shrewsbury in 1919, Lock was educated at the Public Elementary School in Bayston Hill (1924–1926),
at Clivedon School in Church Stretton (1926–1928), at Shrewsbury Boys High School (1928–1929), and finally at Prestfelde School in Shrewsbury (1929–1933). After leaving school, he
was employed on the family farm, Allfield, and in Bayston Quarry until 1939.
    Developing a love for motor vehicles, motor cycles and flying as a teenager, Lock joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as an AC2 Airman u/t Pilot (No. 745051) on
17 February 1939, and was promoted to Sergeant the following day. He undertook his initial peacetime training mostly on weekends and some week nights with 28 Elementary and
Reserve Flying Training School (No. 28 E&RFTS) run by the company 'Reid & Sigrist' at Meir, outside Stoke-on-Trent and made his first solo flight within the month.
No. 28 E&RFTS was disbanded on 31 August 1939 and Lock was mobilized the following day, but immediately sent on leave with full pay until 29 October 1939. His wartime training
commenced on 30 October 1939 when he was posted to Course 1, 4 Initial Training Wing (No. 4 ITW) at Bexhill-on-Sea. He graduated on 8 December 1939 and was posted the following
day to Course 17, 6 Service Flying Training School (No. 6 SFTS) at RAF Little Rissington.
    Lock was awarded by pilot badge ('Wings') in March 1940, but he did not graduate the course until 18 June 1940, and was granted a commission (No. 81642) the same day. He
was immediately posted to No. 41 Squadron RAF, then based at RAF Catterick in Yorkshire. By the time of his arrival on the Squadron, Lock had not flown a single hour in a Spitfire
and his first solo in the type took place on 21 June 1940. He spent the ensuing six weeks learning to fly the aircraft and consequently did not make his first operational sortie
until 9 August 1940.
    In time, Lock became the RAF's most successful Allied pilot during the Battle of Britain, shooting down 21 German aircraft and sharing in the destruction of one.
After the Battle of Britain Lock served on the Channel Front, flying offensive sweeps over France. Lock went on to bring his overall total to 26 aerial victories, one shared
destroyed and eight probable in 25 weeks of operational sorties over a one-year period—during which time he was hospitalised for six months.Included in his victory total were 20
German fighter aircraft, 18 of them Messerschmitt Bf 109s. In mid-1941 Lock was promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
    Lock earned the nickname "Sawn Off Lockie", because of his extremely short stature. Within less than six months of becoming one of the most famous RAF pilots in the
country, he crash–landed in the English Channel after his Supermarine Spitfire was damaged by ground–fire. Lock was posted missing in action. 

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Thank you. Of course he would describe all the subtleties of the color of this prototype, but he does not let know the English language

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What an excellent, informative post. Thank you very much.

 

That's a very skillfully built and painted model too. I was surprised to see the underneath so free from oil stains but that's just a matter of taste really. 

 

How did you make the instruments look so good, decals or brush?

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Hi Lican,

 

That is a beautifully built and painted model.  The interior is nice and the weathering looks about right for a well-used aircraft.

 

My only concern would be, for me the squadron codes are too dark.  On photos of the brown & green Spits (whether from Ortho- or Pan-chromatic films) the codes always seem to stand out really starkly, a pale grey (whatever colour the RAF called it that week) if not almost white.  You can see this in your photos of F/L Lock you posted above.  After all the idea of these codes was to identify the plane from a distance.

 

Cheers

Will

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1. Squadron code, photo light, how the code really looked like the question remains I did the color that was in the base, but not after aging.
2. Board - photo, from the Edward for Spitfire Mk.I

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If you look at the photos, there are a lot of questions. The arrangement of spots, it is seen that Kapod in one color and dalge in another, the color of the cockade and the code match. In a word, this photo and my model, the difference is great. There is no modeler who will give that okrs and marking the plane, this is a fact)

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It is important for me that I immortalized the pilot in history, this is the main thing. Although the British less give him attention than the Russian from the end of the world) He is a great pilot, a bright memory to him and hundreds of other pilots from all countries who fought against the Germans

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Lican,

 

I agree deciding colours from Black and white photos is difficult.  Added to which the colours on the real planes don't always seem to be exactly what the RAF orders said they should be. 

 

But you have built a lovely model, and as you say a fine memorial to the pilot.

Cheers

Will

 

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Many forget their heroes, while others remember and honor them in treasure in a common victory. Remember this. They gave you life, a bright memory to all who protected us.

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An excellently documented and presented project. Sets a standard for other modellers. I am not going to comment on any colour issues, as there are so many subtle issues. Eric Lock was one of many talented fliers, where luck eventually took its toll.

Look forward to seeing more of your work.

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Looks great, I love it. I have just noticed that in the first two photo's Eric is wearing a German 10-30 B series Schwimmweste pilots life jacket (Mae West). This vest was also popular with Guy Gibson amongst others.

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Beautifully done Spitfire.

 

My only criticism would be your depth of field is far to shallow on the photos - it gives the feel that the model is a lot smaller than 1/48th scale as in some shots there is very little of the model in focus. Close the aperture down at least another 3 stops and the pictures would look a lot better.

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Thank you. But here's the problem, I'm a modeler and not a photographer.))) And thanks for the advice. Illumination of my room does not give such an opportunity.)т

 I wanted to know your opinion as here with a photo, what needs to be corrected?

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9 hours ago, Lican said:

Thank you. But here's the problem, I'm a modeler and not a photographer.))) And thanks for the advice. Illumination of my room does not give such an opportunity.)т

 I wanted to know your opinion as here with a photo, what needs to be corrected?

 

You don't need to a photographer, your photos are good they just need a bit more in focus. I don't know what camera you are using so I can't suggest what sort of aperture to use, but just use try a smaller one till you get most of the model in focus.

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