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Airspeed Horsa sub collection done

March 16, 2013 in Aviation

Hello to all of you

We do not have enough words to thanks to Jed and Alastair for helping us during all the process of reasearch. Actually they did almost all the job, including visiting the IWM for photo and film references. We have also want to thank to Luis how made the decals specially for us.

My father, Raul Jose Hrubisko, has been working hard on this project.

Here are the gliders included in this series

1) Airspeed Horsa Mk I DG597 1 First prototype used for RATOG trials

2) Airspeed Horsa Mk I DG604 1 Airbones Forces Experimental Establishment – Sherburn-in-elmet, near leeds, Yorkshire – 01/09/1942 – Dropping test of panniers from Horsa

3) Airspeed Horsa Mk II LJ271

This glider was originally built as an AS.51 Horsa Mk.1 but was converted and used the prototype for the AS.58 Horsa Mk.2. This scheme is
based on how it looked while at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Fanborough during arrester parachute trials in August 1945.

4) Airspeed Horsa Mk II TL472 1 Aquir Palestine 1946, Overall Silver as an experiment to reflect heat and keep the interior cool in the heat of Middle East.
This unique glider was photographed at Aquir, Palestine in 1946. It was painted all over in aluminum dope in an attempt to reflect heat and
reduce the internal temperature. It was lost in a landing accident 29th August 1946 casuse by a dive approach which exceeded the max speed
for the flaps. The caused one flap jack to fail, the glider to start to roll and eventually one wingtip hit the ground.

5) Airspeed Horsa Mk II 19 – DP288 1 1943, H Glider Conversion Unit, Painted in pattern colour 1 but with all black tail and ruder.

6) Airspeed Horsa Mk II TL145, 21 HGCU, 1946.
This glider was photographed at the 21 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit, posible at RAF Elsham Wolds in early 1946.

7) Airspeed Horsa Mk I DP740, GPEU, May 1943.
This glider was photographed at the Glider Pilot Exercise Unit based at RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire in May1943.

8) Airspeed Horsa Mk II RN316, B Squadron, 1945.

This glider represents a Horsa used during Operation Varsity flow from RAF Earls Colne by B Squadron of the Glider Pilot Regiment.

9) Airspeed Horsa Mk I LH469 “93” – LZ/X – Operation Deadstick, Caen Canal Bridge. The third glider to land at the Caen canal bridge on the 5th/6th June 1944. Piloted by SSgt. Geoff Barkway and SSgt. Peter Boyle.

10) Airspeed Horsa MkI PW773, Operation Mallard, 6th June 1944.
One of many gliders that landed at Ranville, France in the evening of 6th June 1944 as part of Operation Mallard. This particular glider
was carrying men of the 1st Royal Ulster Rifles and crashed into a wall on the western edge of the landing zone.

11) Airspeed Horsa Mk I LF819 -This glider represents one of the Horsas of 1st Independant Glider Squadron who flew Operation Bluebird, part of Operation Dragoon to take the south of France after D-Day. Flying from Tarquinia, Italy to Le Muy, France the squadron was equipped with a handful of gliders painted to follow
the operational desert scheme.

12) Airspeed Horsa Mk I TL349 specially modified and fitted with mock – up of the Comet airliner nose to determine the degree of visibility, particularly in conditions of rain.

13) Airspeed Horsa Mk I Prototype DK353, December 1942
The fourth of five early models built specifically for load and performance trials work. This scheme shows how it might of looked
during late 1942.

All the Airspeed Horsa`s done.

All the ones with the P markings (Prototypes)

At the display cabinet

Individual photos

1) Airspeed Horsa Mk I DG597 1 First prototype used for RATOG trials

2) Airspeed Horsa Mk I DG604 1 Airbones Forces Experimental Establishment – Sherburn-in-elmet, near leeds, Yorkshire – 01/09/1942 – Dropping test of panniers from Horsa

12) Airspeed Horsa Mk I TL349 specially modified and fitted with mock – up of the Comet airliner nose to determine the degree of visibility, particularly in conditions of rain.

13) Airspeed Horsa Mk I Prototype DK353, December 1942
The fourth of five early models built specifically for load and performance trials work. This scheme shows how it might of looked
during late 1942.

6) Airspeed Horsa Mk II TL145, 21 HGCU, 1946.
This glider was photographed at the 21 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit, posible at RAF Elsham Wolds in early 1946.

4) Airspeed Horsa Mk II TL472 1 Aquir Palestine 1946, Overall Silver as an experiment to reflect heat and keep the interior cool in the heat of Middle East.
This unique glider was photographed at Aquir, Palestine in 1946. It was painted all over in aluminum dope in an attempt to reflect heat and
reduce the internal temperature. It was lost in a landing accident 29th August 1946 casuse by a dive approach which exceeded the max speed
for the flaps. The caused one flap jack to fail, the glider to start to roll and eventually one wingtip hit the ground.

3) Airspeed Horsa Mk II LJ271
This glider was originally built as an AS.51 Horsa Mk.1 but was converted and used the prototype for the AS.58 Horsa Mk.2. This scheme is
based on how it looked while at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Fanborough during arrester parachute trials in August 1945.

9) Airspeed Horsa Mk I LH469 “93” – LZ/X – Operation Deadstick, Caen Canal Bridge. The third glider to land at the Caen canal bridge on the 5th/6th June 1944. Piloted by SSgt. Geoff Barkway and SSgt. Peter Boyle.

11) Airspeed Horsa Mk I LF819 -This glider represents one of the Horsas of 1st Independant Glider Squadron who flew Operation Bluebird, part of Operation Dragoon to take the south of France after D-Day. Flying from Tarquinia, Italy to Le Muy, France the squadron was equipped with a handful of gliders painted to follow
the operational desert scheme.

5) Airspeed Horsa Mk II 19 – DP288 1 1943, H Glider Conversion Unit, Painted in pattern colour 1 but with all black tail and ruder.

7) Airspeed Horsa Mk I DP740, GPEU, May 1943.
This glider was photographed at the Glider Pilot Exercise Unit based at RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire in May1943.

8) Airspeed Horsa Mk II RN316, B Squadron, 1945.

This glider represents a Horsa used during Operation Varsity flow from RAF Earls Colne by B Squadron of the Glider Pilot Regiment.

10) Airspeed Horsa MkI PW773, Operation Mallard, 6th June 1944.
One of many gliders that landed at Ranville, France in the evening of 6th June 1944 as part of Operation Mallard. This particular glider
was carrying men of the 1st Royal Ulster Rifles and crashed into a wall on the western edge of the landing zone.

I hope you like this new sub collection.

cheers

Santiago

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6 responses to Airspeed Horsa sub collection done

  1. I’m speechless…..that’s quite the collection, Santiago. I’m very impressed. The informative presentation – along with the gorgeous array of photographs – is among the finest I’ve seen. Surely this posting will qualify for (at the very least) an “honorable mention” in this month’s contest. I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say I’m looking forward to more of your work.

  2. Hey Craig, You ought to see his collection of 1/72 Airfix Lysanders that has been posted on H/S. It is quite a family. Adios, Larry.

  3. Hello, Santiago. Your Horsa collection is fantastic. Collections like this one are why 1/72 is “The One True Scale”. Bravo! Adios, Larry.

  4. Hi guys

    Many thanks for your comments.

    Craig, thanks. That is only a small part of our collection. We use to spent more time doing the reaserch than actually building the models.

    Hi Larry, many thank for your compliment. I am glad that you like our Lysander sub collection.

    here are almost all of our models done so far

    1) Family Resemblance, Hawker Tornado-Typhoon-Tempest-Sea Fury Line
    http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2005/05/stuff_eng_hrubisko_typhoon.htm
    2) Modelling for a Lifetime, A Story About the Ultimate Spitfire Collection
    http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2003/11/stuff_eng_hrubisko_spitfire.htm

    3) Passion for Mosquitoes
    http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2006/01/stuff_hrubisko_mosquito.htm

    4) Tailless and Canard Experimental Aircraft of the RAF
    http://ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2006/06/stuff_eng_hrubisko_tailless.htm
    5) 47 Miles of Scratchbuilding
    Part 1: http://ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2007/01/stuff_eng_hrubisko_miles_01.htm
    Part 2: http://ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2007/01/stuff_eng_hrubisko_miles_02.htm
    6) Lend-Lease Aircraft in the Fleet Air Arm
    Part 1: http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2007/09/fleet-air-arm-models-01.htm
    Part 2: http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2007/10/fleet-air-arm-models-02.htm
    Part 3: http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2007/11/fleet-air-arm-models-03.htm
    7) Early British Jets
    Part 1: http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2008/06/early-british-jets-01.htm
    Part 2: http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2008/06/early-british-jets-02.htm

    8) Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation during the WWII.
    http://gregers.7.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=9875

    9) Hawker Hurricane sub collection.
    http://gregers.7.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=2484&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=840
    http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/your-completed-kits/hawker-hurricane-sub-collection-current-project-19775-12.html

    10) Boeing 314
    http://gregers.7.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=9877&highlight=boeing+314

    11) P38 Lightning series
    http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=60407&pid=684180&mode=threaded&start=#entry684180
    12) Westland Lysander Series
    http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=73353&pid=955721&mode=threaded&start=#entry955721

    13) Bell P39, P63 and P59 in RAF services
    http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=24842&pid=1060230&mode=threaded&start=#entry1060230

    14) P47 Thunderbolt in RAF services
    http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234918119&pid=1058528&mode=threaded&start=#entry1058528

    Cheers
    Santiago

  5. Thank you, Santiago for posting the links to your collections. I look forward to reading and looking at the ones that I have not seen yet. These models are truly some of the finest examples of the modeler’s art. Adios, Larry.

  6. Hi Larry

    Your welcome and many thanks for your kindly comments about our collection. These series is just part of our complete aim.

    Cheers
    Santiago

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