OK, Chuck’s gone and done it now. Created that great dambuster Lancaster.
I was down in the Stash Dungeon the other day searching for a kit, and ran across two boxes for which I could not remember the contents. Opened them up and what do you know? Inside was my Tamiya dambuster, a project from 2012 that was going to be presented in May 2013 for the 70th anniversary.
Brought the boxes in and checked them One had the wings – I had finished sanding all the putty on those #$%!! engines, and was ready for Mr. Surfacer; no wonder it went in the box. The fuselage is ready to go with everything masked. And there is the Xtradecal 70th Anniversary of 617 Squadron decal sheet with David Maltby’s airplane, the one in which he breached the Mohne Dam. Soo…. back from the dead.
In the meantime, I have read more about the raid, and about Gibson in particular, in Sir Max Hastings’ “Warriors.” The real Gibson was 180 degrees out from the RAF Official Propaganda image that Paul Brickhill put into his book and Richard Todd cemented into every airplane nut’s consciousness 63 years ago in the movie. His crew didn’t come with him to 617 – they couldn’t get away fast enough! And nearly everyone who ever dealt with him detested him. This fits with the comments by the 617 survivor in “Secrets of the Dead” and the less-than-glowing portrait in Johnny Johnson’s “Wing Leader” regarding an unpleasant encounter at an RAF officer’s club.
To me as a writer and historian, this is far more interesting. A guy like Richard Todd is easy to like, respect, and follow. But a guy people can’t stand? What was it that brought along all those Bomber Command aces, guys who had nothing left to prove? This may be why Sir Peter Jackson’s movie is on hold, since he hired Stephen Fry to write the screenplay and went out of his way to proclaim it would be “100% historically accurate.” Would an audience raised on the first movie buy Gibson as “a right little English schoolboy sod”, as he was described in “Secrets of the Dead”?
Anyway, cleaning up to get back at it. Posting here is a good guarantee that there won’t be any more backsliding. Photos to come.