Squadron Hacks and other re-purposed aircraft offer an opportunity to model the unusual. This initially short piece is the beginning of what will become a collection of some of the more esoteric subject matter I build.
In this article I chronicle the wartime experience of the "Buffalo" Squadron, No.404 Squadron RCAF. It includes a full squadron wartime history, notes on aircraft and personnel losses, plus a build up of the 1/48 scale Tamiya kit.
The largest single-day air engagement of the war, simultaneously an RAF tactical loss and strategic victory. Featuring Canadians, Free French and a Tamiya model, I've tried something different in how I've structured this piece, let me know what you think.
I present my first previously unpublished Feature Article.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...