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This is the new Airfix A09010 B-24H Liberator not in either of the box schemes and with minor alterations to make 42-52711 ‘Screwball’  of 788/859th Bombardment Squadron, 801st Bombardment Group, RAF Harrington, Northants.

I used Vallejo, Humbrol, and Revell acrylics.
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From August 1943, specially modified Liberators were used on classified missions, codenamed ‘Carpetbaggers’. The missions involved sending commando units and spies (called Joes/Josephines) into occupied Europe prior to the invasion. No 801 (Provisional) Bomb Group was stationed at Harrington in Northamptonshire. 36, 406, 788, and 850 Squadrons formed the 801st carrying out these missions. Their B-24s were painted with a glossy black, anti-searchlight paint, with nose and waist guns and ball turret removed. A ‘Joe Hole’ was used in place of ball turret. Waist windows were blacked out and teardrop blisters added to both cockpit windows. 

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Now that is a very different Liberator you have built.  Love the back story and the choice of this variant is great.  Really good build and finish.  Just a striking model.  Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks George, Harrington isn't far from me, and still a haunting place.

Thor missile site
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Carpetbagger Memorial - Miss Fitts another B-24H

 

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That’s a really cool model! 👏👏👍👍

The black scheme was unfamiliar to me, so thanks for enlightening me on how it came to be.

What was the build experience like for this new Airfix kit?

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