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Novo (Frog) 1/72 Martin Baltimore

The 187 was a twin-engine light attack bomber that emerged from a French order, as a follow-up to their earlier Maryland.

With the fall of France, the production series was diverted to Great Britain and, after mid-1941, supplied by the U.S. as Lend Lease equipment.

A versatile combat aircraft, used almost exclusively in the Mediterranean and Middle East theatre of World War II, though not serving with the United States, it eventually served with the British, Canadian, Australian, South African, Hellenic and Italian Air Forces.

The 13th Light Bombardment Squadron, a historic unit of the , was founded in June 1941 in Dekeila, Egypt.

It was the first unit of the then Royal Hellenic Air Force to be formed after the German invasion and occupation of Greece, and the escape of most of the Air Force personnel in the Middle East, where they joined the RAF.

They initially flew five fled Avro Ansons, and were gradually equipped with Blenheims IV and V. After many requests, the British decided to supply the 13th Squadron with the more potent Baltimore. The aircraft were acquired by the United States through the Lend - Lease Agreement and were used by the RAF almost exclusively on the North African front.

In the spring of '44 the Squadron was transferred to Italy and in November of the same year, they returned to partially free Greece with 16 Baltimores, undertaking not only the bombing of German positions, but also search and rescue missions and launching announcements and supplies.

By the end of WWII, the situation in the recently liberated Greece was going from bad to worse, with Civil War soon to break out.

It was obvious that the Hellenic Air Force, taking its first post-war steps, would need all the aircraft in its power, especially the Baltimore. However, in a seemingly inexplicable move, RAF decided to withdraw the latter and replace them with obsolete and unfit for the light bombing role Wellingtons!

Baltimores began returning to the RAF in August 1945, with the last three aircraft leaving Greece on September 18, 1945, after an impressive display in the skies of Athens. All aircraft flew to Kasfarit, Egypt from where they were distributed to other RAF units, or ended up in scrap metal.

This is the ancient mold which was reissued by back in the late 70s, my specific copy being somewhat hard to identify when it had been issued, as it came in an unsealed bag with a very bad quality photocopy of the (seemingly) Novo instructions.

The scheme depicted is a probable one, based on the way those Baltimores that returned to Greece were hastily painted for the brief period they remained there.

Should you wish to read the full build review, please visit my beloved site Modelingmadness:

https://modelingmadness.com/review/allies/us/usaaf/bombers/penbal.htm

Happy modeling!


40 responses

  1. Very nice! I've got an old kit of the Baltimore - kind of a rare aircraft. Not surprising yours is wearing Greek pajamas! I didn't realize the Hellenic Air Force flew them - cool little history nugget. Nicely done model as well!

  2. Very nice build of an odd looking and uncommon looking bomber, @fiveten!

  3. Looks great, Spiros!

  4. Nice one due to your huge efforts as usual my friend.

  5. Nice job, Spiros, and I learned a bit more WWII history!

  6. Great job on your Baltimore. I just got done reading your MM article, nice job on that too. I love seeing the old kits build. There are many modelers who will not touch this one and you made it shine, I love it!

  7. I like your hand made camo! Great build!

  8. A true dinosaur kit here Spiros, but you made it look so good no one would tell in a glance.
    Also never knew your country operated the Baltimore and the camo is spot on, vey well achieved. Freehand or masking?
    Btw, saw some days ago that SH is releasing a all new 1/48 Baltimore! It’s such an underrated and underrepresented plane in kit form that I think it will sell like hot buns!

  9. Excellent build of a not so often seen model, Spiros @fiveten
    Love to see it in Hellenic markings.
    I can imagine the disappointment when they were exchanged for Wellingtons.

  10. Great work on this oldie Spiros!

  11. Looks way good and a very informative history Spiros. I did not realise what a good performer this aircraft was.I learn something new on this marvellous site everyday !

  12. Nice work, Spiros. I have an Xtradecals sheet for Mediterranean twins that features a Hellenic AF Baltimore. I’ve been saving it in case Airfix brings us a new kit. Great minds think alike!

  13. Excellent built Spiro! I love nicely done models of early kits. Thanks.

  14. You definitely love those ancient kits, my friend Spiros! But somehow you manage to make something out of them. Well done!

  15. Another ancient dinosaur brought back from the dead. Amazing work as usual.

    Special Hobby has announced a new 1/48 Baltimore for later this year.

  16. It's Alive! Nice work on this old bird.

  17. I’ve no idea who decided to exchange the Baltimore’s for Wellington’s but it was probably either a politician or an accountant, they’re usually full of bright ideas... Whatever, Frog made some kits of slightly unusual prototypes, like this one, and you’ve made a typically great job of bringing it to life, definitely liked.

  18. A very nice job my friend Spiros, with a detailed text. I learned a bit more about WWII history, specifically Hellenic operations. And thanks for sharing your full build review on modelingmadness.

  19. I bought this kit two weeks ago at the Richmond, Virginia show with this post in mind. You did a great job.

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