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The project: I started this little project a few months ago. I grew up and still live in the north east of Scotland. It's home and I like it here. I like how unpopulated it is, how quiet and technical rural roads can be and I like little reminders dotted around of the past, something largely bulldozed and redeveloped long since further south. I live roughly equidistant from most of the military airfields from WW2 in the area; Dyce, Peterhead, Dallachy, Banff, Crimmond, with Lossiemouth and Kinloss not that much further. But for a few subtle memorials dotted around it's generally not that well known that the Banff Strike Wing existed at all here, nor how prolific they were at the time. I decided to build a few aircraft that took part in what is now known as "Black Friday" - the 9th of February 1945, a raid on Germany destroyer Z33 in a Norwegian fjord which to be honest was probably the worst day of the war for the wing and indeed they racked up the worst losses of any Coastal Command wing during the whole war. First up is the sole Mustang lost during the raid. This was a Mustang III from 65 Squadron, temporarily based at Dallachy I understand at this point (RAF Peterhead where 65Sqn and 19Sqn Mustangs were usually based was having runway work done for around 2 months). The aircraft was HB836 and carried squadron codes YT-N. The pilot, W/O Cecil Claude Caesar, was assisting a 404 Sqn Beaufighter when he was shot down by Unteroffizier Heinz Orlowski who was flying Fw190F-8 "White 1". Caesar was reportedly hit but kept on the offensive before crashing in to a pine forest on the side of a mountain. Two teenage Norwegian boys climbed the mountain hoping to rescue Caesar but he was dead when they reached him. Some German military arrived and had the boys extract Caesar's body from the wreckage and take him down the mountain on a sleigh to be buried. Orlowski himself was hit and forced to bail out by then too low, but was tangled on the way out and hit the ground hard with a partially opened parachute, causing an avalanche in the snow and somehow igniting the flare pistol in his pocket badly burning him. The model: For this I am returning to my preferred scale of 1/48, and will use the Tamiya kit: To help me along with minimal effort, I'm using some Ultracast resin bits: New propeller New seat New wheels I will get new Ultracast exhausts for it too. Last night I sprayed a base coat of Colourcoats ACUS09 ANA611 Interior Green on the cockpit, some ACUS24 Dull Dark Green on the seat and cockpit combing and aluminium in various places. I couldn't confirm the colour of the fuselage fuel tank. I've found no photographs yet but black would seem an educated assumption if it's a self-sealing tank. I went with rubbery black. I was about to spray the wheel wells aluminium with yellow zinc chromate spars but concluded that I couldn't live with the kit inaccuracy here despite my desire for a quick and easy build, and ordered a resin wheel well insert by Vector via the nice man at Neomega. The service time from Neomega was excellent as usual, by the way. http://www.neomega-resin.com/p-51b-wheel-wells-469-p.asp In addition to this, I have already got some Xtradecal RAF squadron code letters in Sky and another set of registration code letters in black. I've never been able to find a photograph of HB836 so in lieu of that am following what seems to have been common throughout Banff Strike Wing Mustang IIIs - standard RAF Day Fighter scheme camouflage with yellow leading edges, Type B, C and C1 roundels, Sky fuselage band and fuselage letters, black serial number and a white nose. 65Sqn aircraft photographed in late Autumn 1944 prior to moving to Banff showed reminants of D-Day invasion stripes under the belly.
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