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Re: Comet Model's Battle of Britain Trio
Reply #8 - Oct 10th, 2020 at 5:29pm
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Re: Comet Model's Battle of Britain Trio
Reply #7 - Oct 9th, 2020 at 9:55pm
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Working on my Hurricane fuselage...coming along very nicely...double adverb.  Smiley

Check out this timeline doc....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVVEym0suvc

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Reply #6 - Oct 9th, 2020 at 9:07am
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Hi Mike...hope you're not disappointed when you finally get across the border at those Michigan hobby shops.  You may find the stock is limited there as well.  I haven't been to Michigan lately, but I found things getting scarce around here just the same.  Recently procured some sheet balsa online...had to settle for 36" x 2" x 1/16"...instead of the usual 3" width.  Oh well...will make do.  This is something of a throwback to all those wartime Joe Ott kits.  "We did it before...We'll do it again!"  Smiley Grin

These two pilots are so well known that virtually little more need be said….

Adolf Josef Ferdinand Galland (19 March 1912 – 9 February 1996)   Generalmajor der Jagdflieger, Battle of Britain Ace (35 enemy aircraft destroyed, Nr. 2 behind Wick), 104 (WW2) enemy aircraft destroyed.  Holder of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.  Formed and commanded jet fighter unit, JV44.

Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, Group Captain, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, DL, FRAeS; 21 February 1910 – 5 September 1982) Royal Air Force flying ace during the Second World War. He was credited with 22 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged. Commanded No. 242 Squadron, Tangmere Wing, Duxford Wing.  Battle of Britain Ace. POW.

Beginning construction with the Hawker Hurricane leading off….  When I was a kid I found myself asking why the British wasted all those Merlins on such an ugly obsolete airplane as the Hurricane?  Ahhh...I was a kid.  Wink  Hurricane was the "destroyer," Spitfire was for air-superiority...like the Thunderbolt and the Mustang were later on.  They all played their parts very effectively.

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Re: Comet Model's Battle of Britain Trio
Reply #5 - Oct 9th, 2020 at 7:02am
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Agree with everybody, these are great choices and the plans, true to the time, are easy to build and looking forward to the progress.

As to the balsa question, I was told yesterday at the local hobby shop I use is for sale and if nothing comes of it they will close leaving one remaining shop and they carry balsa but the quality is questionable and they are RC car specialists. They do carry one of the best assortments of Model Master paint and some interesting tools but nothing like the other shop. On Line ordering here is widely available but the costs are sky high and shipping is another source of high costs. Can't wait for the border with Michigan to open. They have some great shops and lots of them.
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Re: Comet Model's Battle of Britain Trio
Reply #4 - Oct 8th, 2020 at 9:33am
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Getting my head into the right place….

Robert Stanford Tuck, Battle of Britain Ace, Hurricane pilot, Wing Commander, DSO, DFC & Two Bars, AFC , 1 July 1916 – 5 May 1987,  credited with (WW2) 29 enemy aircraft destroyed, two shared destroyed, six probably destroyed, six damaged and one shared damaged, POW.  Escaped German captivity and successfully worked his way eastward into Russian hands.

Helmut Paul Emil Wick (5 August 1915 – 28 November 1940), wing commander JG2, and the fourth recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, credited with the destruction of 56 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and Top Ace of the Battle of Britain, KIA.  Ditched off the Isle of Wight, observed in water…not rescued, body not recovered.

Adolph Gysbert Malan, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (3 October 1910 – 17 September 1963), better known as Sailor Malan, South African Spitfire pilot and flying ace in the Royal Air Force (RAF), led No. 74 Squadron RAF during Battle of Britain, credited (WW2) with  27 destroyed, 7 shared destroyed and 2 unconfirmed, 3 probables and 16 damaged. At the time he was the RAF's leading ace, and one of the highest scoring pilots to have served wholly with Fighter Command during the Second World War.  Concluded War as Group Captain, Malan was a contradiction to himself, being something of a sociable hell-raiser and a strict disciplinarian at the same time.

Look into those eyes...they're all the same!  Sportsmen in a deadly game...no hate...only enthusiasm.

Ready to go…have plans in hand….

Neal

Note the diagonal bar inside Sailor Malan’s Spitfire access door…a readily available tool just in case the canopy would not open during an emergency…crowbar on one end, pike on the other.
  

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Re: Comet Model's Battle of Britain Trio
Reply #3 - Oct 7th, 2020 at 8:34am
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Thanks Tom and Mike...looking forward to spreading some more balsa dust around.  Grin

Was wondering when our trio of models first made their appearance for Comet Models...1941 catalog, page 4.  Comet refers to them as "zippy"..."snappy and sleek!"  Maybe those terms might have described the models, but the world was in a pretty dour mood about that time.  As for storm clouds on the horizon, me thinks the cloud had already burst and the winds were howling.  Our subject modeling trio represented a desperately ugly business of the time.

Gearing up (mobilizing) for this endeavor.  Note page 4 contains a fourth model, the "German Arado."  I've already tackled that model...a nice build.  Originally built with a main landing gear...but subsequently removed, just had to maintain that tiny fixed tail wheel and "spat."  Wink Smiley

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Re: Comet Model's Battle of Britain Trio
Reply #2 - Oct 7th, 2020 at 8:04am
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Great choice Neal - look forward to watching them come together.

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Re: Comet Model's Battle of Britain Trio
Reply #1 - Oct 6th, 2020 at 4:23pm
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A great trio to choose!  I love them all and shall follow these builds with interest! Smiley
  

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Comet Model's Battle of Britain Trio
Oct 6th, 2020 at 4:18pm
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Oh how I love those old Comet dimer designs.  Got to declare that dimer kits had to be one fantastic marketing approach....

What I'd like to eventually accomplish...I'd like to construct as many dimers as I can, and with that in mind, it's time to pursue Comet Model's Battle of Britain Trio...the Spitfire, Hurricane and Emil (109E).  Should keep me building for a while....

Has anyone encountered a scarcity of 1/16" sheet balsa?  Seems to be fading away...at the retail outlets as well as on the net...at least the widths seem to be more restricted than in the past.  Specific sizes are available...but at a price.  Just my observation.

I have constructed the 1974 Comet Emil once upon a time...but the balsa was in such terrible condition...that I junked everything but the wing and used the dimer plan to construct an appropriately-sized fuselage and empennage.  This time I'll do the 16"ws version justice...I hope.  Wink

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