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Gnarkill1984

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Hi guys, 

Finally managed to get some pics.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.iia, P7666, EB-Z 'Observer corps' was built at Castle Bromwich and delivered to 41 sqn on the 23rd November 1940. 

During the Second World War the Commandant of the Royal Observer Corps asked for £5,000 to purchase a Spitfire for the RAF. A large sum of money today, a massive sum then. The ROC raised nearly double this amount and the Spitfire was purchased with "Observer Corps" and the ROC badge on the side. They also purchased P7837 and was coded QJ-B of 616 Squadron. 

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P7666 was flown by Don Finlay, a former Olympic Athlete. He joined the RAF in April 1935, and was posted to No 17 Squadron, and later in 1936 to No. 54 Squadron RAFbefore attending the RAF School of Aeronautical Engineering at Henlow. 
In World War II he was posted to fly Spitfires as commanding officer of his old 54 Squadron, then based at Hornchurch, on 26 August 1940, during the Battle of Britain. He was shot down over Ramsgate two days later and was wounded. After recovering he was posted to command No. 41 Squadron in September. He claimed his first victory, a Messerschmitt Bf 109, over the Channel on 23 September, and by the end of October 1940 he was credited with a 'share' in a second Bf 109 and a Dornier Do 17 bomber, and had also damaged a further three Bf 109s. His aircraft was damaged in combat with Oblt. Hans-Ekkehard Bobof JG 54 on 9 October 1940. He added to his tally on 23 November, shooting down the Bf 109E-1 (Werk No.3868 "Black 3") of Obgfr. Günther Loppach of 11./JG 51, who was taken prisoner,[6]and another Bf 109 on 27 November 1940. 

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In 1985, Battle of Britain Memorial flight, spitfire p7350 wore the EB-Z and ROC markings in recognition to this prestigious aircraft. 

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A replica of the aircraft, built by gate guardians U.K. (Based out of my home county of Cornwall) now resides as a gate guardian the RAF Air Command (formerly Bomber Command) standing proudly next to Douglas Baders Mk.i hurricane LE-D. 

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The connection to my place of work and the link to my home are what drawn me to build this specific spit.

 


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One more from my phone this time. And probably my favourite

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Well,well,well! That looks fantastic! Your weathering looks far better than the weathering I did on the 1/48 kit.

I really like the picture of the model on the wing of the 1:1 ! Nice!!

Congrats! [biggrin]

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Well,well,well! That looks fantastic! Your weathering looks far better than the weathering I did on the 1/48 kit.

I really like the picture of the model on the wing of the 1:1 ! Nice!!

Congrats! [biggrin]


Thanks bud. Just realised I lost my pitot though [frown] can't find it anywhere

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Love it !
love all the background story and photos,
photo on the wing of the 1:1 is super cool

Great work Gnarkill [thumb][smile]

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Love it !
love all the background story and photos,
photo on the wing of the 1:1 is super cool

Great work Gnarkill [thumb][smile]


Thanks man. Really had a lot of fun with my first 1/32 build. Looking forward to the bf-109g 10 erla and 262 kits I have stashed!

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Oh wow, that looks fantastic buddy! Interesting background story, amazing build and great pictures - top notch work, love it. And taking final pictures on the actual plane is a great idea. Very well done and congratulations :-)
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Thank you bud. Means a lot
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Wow---you set a new bar in presentation and images of your build/finish. Great stuff!! Congratulations!
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Brilliant photo with two Spits!
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Thank you bud
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Great work looks fantastic..i love the photos on the wing of the real aircraft..welldone
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Cheers bill [smile]
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That looks amazing, certainly something to aspire to.
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