This one is one of my favourite paint jobs. I don't have a lot of interest in WW1 subjects, I took this one on simply to see if I could get a decent result in painting it.
I present my first previously unpublished Feature Article. The subject is F/O Les Clisby and his Hawker Hurricane Mk.1. This remarkable Australian fighter pilot was noted for his aggression, both in the air and on the ground... "Remarkably, Clisby landed nearby, drew his service sidearm and chased the German crewmen across the field as they tried to escape! He captured one in a rugby tackle..." I hope you enjoy the article.
While Tamiya's new tool Spitfire gets all the attention, here's one of the old tool version... "In late May, 1940 the BEF was forced from continental Europe by the Germans at Dunkirk. The now famous retreat was covered in part by Spitfires of No.19 Squadron. Flight Sergeant George Unwin was already an experienced Spitfire pilot by this stage of the war..."
Ray Hanna served as Red Leader for three consecutive years until 1968 and was recalled to supersede Squadron Leader Timothy Nelson for the 1969 display season, a record four seasons as Leader, which still stands.
While it wasn't a very glamorous job, taking on the V1’s pounding southern England almost every day was still very dangerous. Tipping could damage...
"This airman is a sound pupil, though inclined to be cautious, learns quickly and has made good progress in all departments of his flying training. Shows exceptional ability at night flying, and will develop into a sound, safe pilot."
...it was because Weissenfeld had been marked for elimination, that the aircraft was destroyed over the Ardennes Forest in Belgium...