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DaveyGair

1/72 Blackburn Botha, W5151, 4AGS, RAF Morpeth 1942

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Here's an entry I did in the 'They also serve 2020' GB, which was what I would be building in the 'What you wouldn't want to go to war in' GB.

Briefly, the Botha was built to the same specification as the Beaufort, a combined spec of a shore based torpedo bomber and land based general reconnaissance bomber.  Despite passing Torpedo and mine-laying trials the Botha was a very difficult aircraft to fly and like most early war RAF types, underpowered.  Despite this nearly 600 were built, most ending up in training units where losses mounted, due mainly to the poor all round vision it seems.

I wanted to build one of these as I'm often attracted to lesser known types and obtained this PH resin kit from Hannants, it is currently still available.

The build thread is shown on the link but generally it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  Not for the beginner of course, and there is a lot of fettling to the parts required but the only things I added were carb intakes modified from an Airfix Beaufighter (the kit included two pairs of Volkes filters, used by some units near beaches), a lorenz beam antenna from the spares box and scratch built most of the cockpit.

The undercarriage legs were moulded with steel rod inserts so are quite strong. You have to scratch build everything else and there is no positive location for them, they are made too long though. I don't know what the layout is like in the wheel bays so my twin hydraulic ram set-up is entirely fictitcious!

The markings are for an aircraft based up the road from me at Tranwell airfield, RAF Morpeth. Used by 4 AGS training mainly Poles, they were soon exchanged for Avro Anson's due to the mentioned often fatal accidents.  They were just knocked up and modified from the decal stash so aren't entirely spot-on, but when looking at photo's of Botha's they varied a lot in the style of roundels and codes.

 

Critique and comment welcome.

 

Davey.

 

 

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Excellent work 👍 I must try a resin kit one of these days.

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Very nice work! One might even say the original aircraft did not deserve to be represented as such a fine model.

Just kidding... I am also often attracted by aircraft that are not remembered as brilliant designs.

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While the Botha may not have won much acclaim in either form or function, this model is deserving of plenty of acclaim. Nice job Davey.

Steve.

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Never ceases to amaze me how many aircraft of the period pop up that I’d never heard of!

 

Nice job.

 

Guy

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Didn't know that kit existed. Cracking job on a much unloved aircraft.

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51 minutes ago, Gisbod said:

Never ceases to amaze me how many aircraft of the period pop up that I’d never heard of!

 

Nice job.

 

Guy

Thanks Guy. I've only recently got to know about this aircraft, I think someone did a vac-form kit of one on here. Once reading about it I had to have one in my collection. It's worth tracking down the February 2013 edition of 'Aeroplane' magazine for its excellent article on the Botha, almost made me feel sorry for it!

 

Davey

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Great result, especially when I've saw how demanding it was in your build thread...

Regards

J-W
 

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Fabulous.  A reconnaissance aircraft with appalling visibility! You have to wonder who Blackburn “knew” in the air ministry - so many duds. Stunning model thank you. 

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Lovely build on the Bothersome Botha, great work !

 

Wulfman

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As I'm a fan of those lesser known designs too I can only give a 👍 for your nice build.

 

Cheers

Markus

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Lovely job,..... I do like the look of the Botha and your model looks superb.

Cheers

          Tony

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36 minutes ago, tonyot said:

Lovely job,..... I do like the look of the Botha and your model looks superb.

Cheers

          Tony

Cheers Tony, and everyone else, this is the first complete resin kit I have finished!

I think they have captured the shape of the fuselage and the wing plan perfectly.  Measuring up after finishing the model it's only a couple of mm out to the published dimensions.

 

Davey.

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Cracking build, Davey. I wasn't familiar with this plane before.

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Lovely build of a type that should have been strangled at birth!

 

Pete

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A Botha from Squires Gate crashed into Blackpool Central Railway Station after colliding with a Defiant on 27th August 1941, killing 15 people including both crews;

http://www.laituk.org/Botha-Defiant.htm

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It always amazes me that Blackburn were able to produce the sublime Buccaneer after a pretty impressive string of duds. Your model is far from a dud though, in fact it’s great!

 

Craig. 

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