1/48 Bristol Blenheim If.
This is the outstanding recent Airfix kit. It’s highly detailed, well engineered, and is a pleasure to build. I started this one late last year and it assembled very quickly with no problems. The only thing I added was a set of Eduard belts. If you’re interested in the assembly, I did a thread on the Work in Progress page. It took awhile to finish due to research. Having built the Airfix 1/72 Blenheim I bomber kit in Arthur Scarf’s (probable) 62 Squadron Victoria Cross mission plane, I decided that I wanted this one to be a 27 Squadron fighter. Time-Life from 1941 featured color photos of 27 Squadron in Malaya. The planes feature standard dark green/dark earth uppers and blue/black undersides. The blue is definitely not “Sky”. To my eye it seems closest to RAF Sky Blue. They also sport fighter bands on the rear fuselage in the same color.
Markings were tricky also…PT was 27 Squadron’s code at the time, while 60 Squadron sported FX. For many years it was thought that Scarf’s plane was coded PT*F with the serial number L1134. Confusion stems from the fact that both squadrons survivors were amalgamated under a single command early in the campaign. A very long thread on this subject over at Britmodeller yielded photos from a Japanese wartime magazine showing the captured PT*F with serial L8618 undergoing maintenance. The plane also featured the fighter band on the rear fuselage. This is the one I chose to model.
Paints are Xtracolor dark green and dark earth over Humbrol black and Xtracolor RLM65 which seems a ballpark match to the Time-Life photos. Decals were a combination of kit roundels, Printscale codes, and decal dungeon serials.
This was really an enjoyable model and I can’t wait to build the 1/48 Blenheim bomber in desert colors from the Greek campaign.
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