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Far Away Shrew

My adventures with Supermarine continue; the run of 327s, thanks to Freightdog and with the encouragement of DK Decals continues with the result that you see. The colours are thosSupermarine Shrike F.V, 54 Sqn Raf, Darwin 1944e of the RAAF but the markings are those of 54 Squadron RAF, which was stationed at Darwin, with a couple of Australian squadrons, as a counter to Japanese bomber raids. The three-bladed props are those which come with the kit, as do the pair of "tropical" filters which are faired underneath the nacelles. I think the "clipped" tips give if it a slightly more pugnacious air. The only acrylic distinctive RAAF Foliage Green that I know of was produced by Lifecolor, and while I drew a blank with the model shops I tried my search engine; this led me to Amazon, which sourced a set which came from Slovakia (as my older son reminds me from time to time, time spent in reconnaisance - particularly with Firefox - is seldom wasted). The distinctive RAAF green is notably different, particularly in the line-up which is my preferred way of showing off the 327s if I take them on the road. The Freightdog kit has become more available, and there's a possibility of variations. It has an odd attraction, and will surely feature in Tony Buttler's "British Secret Projects 3" in the autumn though the undercarriage needs to look a bit more likely even if ithat in the kit based on that shown on the mock-up.

Small Fairey monoplane.

This came about from finding a Matchbox Seafox on sale at a Sunday show and receiving a sudden vision of a Dewoitine 510. This is one of Matchbox rare's and probably uncommercial subjects, and I don't remember ever having made it out of the box; Fairey Sea Ferret I, 771 NAS Hatston 10.39 its fate was settled in conversation with one of my club colleagues before the end of the afternoon. As well as a "braced monoplane" layout I wanted to place its timing firmly in October 1939 by using the colour scheme of a Skua with red/blue roundels taken from the Aviation Worlkshop "Wings and Waves". Its unit markings were chosen by consulting one of Ray Sturtivant's invaluable references, and are of course those of 771 NAS based at Hatson; its duty was partollong the waters of Scapa Flow looking for any suspicious activity, and you can just see behind the wing root the small marker bombs that were used to show where the resident guardian desrtroyers should direct their attention. The obvious name for this agile little creature would have been Seavixen, but this seemed somehow wrong; given its task, Sea Ferret seems appropriate. I was right about one memory; nice little kit!


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