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SA04017 Bristol Blenheim MkIV

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220 posts

@Dominic Thomas

Well done. A good model and a very nice scene with some interesting history to back it up. I particularly liked the change in impact from the semi-gloss to the matt finish.

Given the mix up in squadrons at the early stage, I wonder if you based the final diorama on a real 40 Squadron picture. I followed your link for the black & white 110 Squadron picture, and eventually found a colour version. It was particularly interesting to see the collector ring bronze.

In my copy of "RAF Wattisham- A Pictorial Hisstory" it states:

 

"All unit insignia  and other obvious  identification markings had been removed from front-line aircraft by the outbeak of war and replaced by a two-letter code donating the squadron  and  the individual aircraft"

So what is the individual letter fo R3600?

All my reference books and a search of the internet give no information on the aircraft code letter. We do know that R3600 was lost attacking a convoy on 6th May 1941, and we know the crew and their fate on that sortie.

Heather, further to your model in the markings of 40 Squadron, I wondered if you had a copy of the DP Casper sheet giving markings for aircraft participating in Operation Dynamo [Dunkirk]? I ask because it includes markings for a 40 Squadron Blenheim IV amongst other 1940 aircraft.

Heather Kay

313 posts

Hello Dominic.

 

I don't have that sheet. I find I tend to make up markings from generic sets if the kit doesn't cover what I want. In a way, I suppose, that sometimes makes the finished model slightly less "authentic", but it suits me,

 

I have, in the past, bought in special sheets, but I then find most of the sheet never gets used once I've trimmed out what I want. I do look out for suitable sets that cover various types where I can. An example of this is a specific Battle of Britain set from Xtradecal which covered many of the Fighter Command planes.

A professional modeller of railway subjects, and a reborn Airfix fan. Definitely into combat aircraft in service on all sides in the summer of 1940, but known to occasionally veer off into other interesting things!

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