‘The RAF needs men, not schoolboys.’
Douglas Bader’s Commandant had admonished him after he crashed at Woodley Aerodrome in 1931, having tried to roll his Bristol Bulldog at “naught feet.” Needless to say, the biplane became a ball of twisted metal and Bader lost his legs. Which did not stop him, as you, dear reader may know. He eventually returned to flying and aided the RAF in it’s time of need, becoming an ace with a final tally of 22.
In 1941 he was forced to bail out over enemy territory and taken prisoner, but his story might just become more unique. Treated with hospitality, a Luftwaffe-RAF agreement actually saw British planes allowed to drop a new leg for him during his imprisonment. The hospitality soured when those same British planes continued on to perform a raid. Despite his disability, Bader made a number of escape attempts (at one point being threatened with having his legs taken away) and was eventually sent to the prisoner of war camp at Colditz Castle, where he remained until ’45 when the camp was liberated by the US Army. Post war, he even continued to fly until 1979.
This is the (now) old Hasegawa kit, which I started more than a decade ago and it became a shelf-queen. I scored a few weeks health safety leave early in the Covid Crisis, and this was one of the first models I finished in a rather large burst of creativity. Typical of older Hasegawa kits, there are now better options but the base model more than aptly holds up, with few improvements to bring them up to snuff. A vacuform canopy, brake lines, resin wheels, PE seat belts, and a plethora of little odds and ends with the help of a Squadron Walk Around book were most additions.
I would like to say, with that Walk Around book, that the Hurricane has a grotesque level of little bits and details you can add, from springs to pipes to thingakabobs and whatsits, it’s a styrene addicts paradise. One could play hide and seek to find all the added details.
Thanks for looking.
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.