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Spitfire MK Vb F/Sgt. K. Basset, RAAF 1941 (Tamiya 1941)

Spitfire MK Vb F/Sgt. K. Basset, RAAF 1941 (Tamiya 1941)
The motivation to built this model came from an informal Group Build organised in my modelling club SAPMA. The idea was to build a Spitfire used by an Aussie during WWII.

I’ve choose to build a plane flown by Flight Sargent Kenneth “Kenny” Dudley Basset when he was attached to RAAF 452 Squadron based at Redhill, England, October 1941.

Kenneth was born on the 16th of July 1916 in Roma, Queensland. In September 1940, he joined the RAAF and commenced training as a pilot at Narrandra, NSW. In 1941, he left for further training in Ottawa, Canada, and was then posted to England in the same year.

After Kenny arrived in England, he was posted to Heston, South London, and joined a Spitfire Squadron. He then had an immediate posting to RAAF 452 Squadron. Tours of duty consisted of sweeps over France and convoy patrols over the English Channel. 452 Squadron was then posted to the Isle of Man and there, Kenny trained other pilots.

The following edited report is of typical day for Kenny:

P/O Lamerton took off with Sgt Bassett (Kenny) for a defensive patrol at 25,000 feet over Mull of Galloway. While climbing and when at 20,000 feet they saw a Ju88 about 5,000 ft above and the E/A (Enemy Aircraft) was flying on a South Easterly course towards the coast. They manoeuvred to get into the sun. P/O Lamberton’s attack was from astern and above. He gave a long burst of 3-4 seconds and silenced the top rear gunner using cannon at a range of 300 yards. However P/O Lamerton’s aircraft was hit by return fire and flames and smoke from the exhaust and cowling soon appeared. He could see ahead and called up saying that he was baling out, which he did from an altitude of 12,000 feet. He was picked up six hours later. Meanwhile Sgt Basset continued to attack the Ju88, but was unable to close to a short range, and was recalled to base after he expended all his ammo, landing at 07:55. He claimed a damaged aircraft shared with P/O Lamerton. It was the last claim of the Squadron while stationed in England. P/O Lamerton was from South Australia and had joined the Squadron three months before from OTU. He was later killed with the Squadron.

Kenny eventually returned to Australia to the defend Darwin in the very dangerous skies over Australia and the Pacific against a determined and resourceful enemy.

Kenny married Eddie in 1942, and was posted to Tasmania mostly training pilots for the remainder of the war. He was discharged from the Air Force in 1945, and after War’s end, he returned to Roma with his family. In 1963 the family moved to Brisbane finally settling St Lucia, where he lived for the rest of his life. He passed away on the 31st May 2006. (Text above extracted from the Spitfire Association website: https://spitfireassociation.com.au/bassett-kenneth-kenny/ )

Please note the photo showing Sgt Basset by his Spitfire (AD537 UD-R) in Redhill, October 1941 (image from Australian War Museum archives)

I used the excellent kit from Tamiya to model his MK-Vb. Despite it being an exceptional kit I still did some improvements to the kit as follow:
Cut the canopy to display it open;
Open the cockpit access door on the fuselage port side;
Added Eduard Photo-Etched pre-painted seat belts;
Open the exhaust ends; and
Added the IFF wire antennas to the sides using MIG aerial line super fine (0.01mm).
Painting guide:
I used basically Tamiya and Gunze acrylics overall on the kit as follow:
Supermarine Interior Green: mix of Tamiya XF5:1 + XF21:3 + XF65:1;
Seat: XF9 for the seat and XF1 for the leather back rest;
Instruments panel: Supermarine Interior Green for the lower half and XF1 for the instruments board. I did use the kit decals for the gauges;
Exhaust: XF52;
Spinner and fuselage band SKY: Gunze H74
Propeller blades: XF1 and XF3 for the blade tips;
Underside surfaces and undercarriage: XF83;
Tyres: XF85;
Upper surfaces camouflage OCEAN GREY: XF82;
Upper surfaces camouflage DARK GREEN: XF81;
Wings yellow band: XF3;
Clear coat before applying decals: X22;
Clear Flat final coat: XF86.

Decals:
I’ve used DK decals #72037 No.452 (RAAF) Sqn. and I was really impressed by the quality and easy to use. I would recommend it without hesitation.

Cheers!

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15 responses to Spitfire MK Vb F/Sgt. K. Basset, RAAF 1941 (Tamiya 1941)

  1. Wow, this is just fantastic, great build and paint, cant believe this is 1/72 scale. Just amazing.

  2. I agree with Marc , you captured the weathering very well,great job Paulo.
    N.

  3. Outstanding build and presentation, sir…..well done indeed.

  4. Nicely done Paulo.

  5. Outstanding in 1/72, especially a Spitfire which is a tiny aircraft to begin with. Really nice detail work, Paulo. Also great use off the new ‘pointer technology’ wwe now have.

    For me, perhaps the font should be smaller, but that is not a criticism, more a compliment of your work. I wouldn’t want the text to take away anything from the exquisite work. I’d love to be able to work at this level in ‘gentleman’s scale’.

    ‘Liked’

  6. Over the last few days we have had some fine examples of Spitfires posted here on Imodeler. Yours is like icing on the cake.

    I found the article explaining the history behind the men and machines equally as interesting.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Well done.

    “Liked”

  7. Great Spitfire! Thought it was a larger scale also.

  8. Echoing everything said above. 1/72? Wow. My 1/32 don’t look this good.

  9. Thanks all!
    You’ll probably have spotted the the crooked starboard landing gear wheel. This is one of the things that you can miss with bare eyes, but a good close up photo can show you. It has now been fixed.
    Cheers

  10. Very nice job on this!

  11. Lovely model and presentation Paulo, nicely done.

  12. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Beautiful and sharp work Paulo, it is more surprising when taken upon consideration the scale of the model … well done.

  13. Cheers all for the kind words

  14. Beautifully done Paulo! Excellent detailing and weathering.

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