Eagle of The Malta
The story of George Beurling is quite well described on the i-modeler, so I will limit myself only to some of its elements. You probably remember how long I thought about choosing the plane. Reading the stories of various pilots, I became interested and even fascinated by some threads of Georg Beurling's biography, and the fact that convinced me to create a model of his plane was the story when he forgot his birth certificate while trying to join the RAF and had to go through the Atlantic Ocean full of dangers again, where his ship was almost cornered by a U-boat - here I felt that we had something in common, because I also had stories of forgetting important documents. The second piece of the puzzle was the fact that I realized that today probably Beurling would not have undergone psyhotesting and would not have been taken into aviation. His personality gives the impression of being visibly disturbed, listening to him say, for example, that he genuinely enjoyed having killed his opponent as brutally as possible. He describes in detail how he shot the head off an Italian pilot, and you get the impression that he was proud of it. George Beurling did not even finish high school, which makes it even more surprising that he was accepted into the RAF. It was probably also the reason that after the war he did not know what to do with himself and tried to join the IAF. Another mystery is his death, because there are many indications that the Arabs, and more specifically their intelligence, contributed to her death, leading to the catastrophe at the airport in Italy. The culmination of the story was the fact that the Canadian government did not bring the body of its citizen. Neither did the family. Only the representatives of the Israeli Air Force took care of his rest. His body was buried at the Haifa military cemetery. A Protestant chaplain was specially brought in for the festivities. As you can see, the State of Israel was more concerned with the soldier they recruited than their own country and family.
George Beurling had a total of 31 air victories. In fact, his service ended in October 1944 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of major. It was probably a consequence of his antics of rushing a Tiger Month plane over his home airport, practically at zero altitude. The fact that George Beurling did not find himself in private life is also evidenced by the fact that his marriage quickly broke up.
As for the model, I came back to this brand after six months, with much more experience. The KP model is not a beginner's model. With the return to the market of the new Airfix Spitfire V, which is superior in many respects, the competitiveness of the KP model declined. In principle, it makes sense to buy and manufacture the Vb version that Airfix provides. Nevertheless, due to the fact that my Airfix model had to wait for a spare, missing part, I took the KP model not without joy. There were moments of doubt during construction, because the model fell apart twice during the final assembly, because the cockpit floor does not have much space above the lower part of the wings. Then it turned out that the link between the wing and the fuselage started to break (after the final painting!), Which gave me more gray hair. I tried to do the best possible fitting of the wings to the fuselage, but it is worse than in the Airfix model. On the other hand, the geometry of the chassis performed very well, and I think this time I managed to achieve those magical 93 degrees of tilt of the landing gear legs. The cockpit fairing was painted after sticking to the model. Thanks to this, all the shortcomings of its alignment have been masked (here again the Airfix beats the KP model on the head). But the wheels undoubtedly look better in the KP model, when it comes to the ones straight out of the box. Overall, this time I used the maximum of elements from the kit, which was a nice change from other projects where the budget was raised by aftermarket gadgets. Painting as usual with Mr Color, Extra Dark Sea Gray (on the desert pattern Dark Earth and Middle Stone, Azure Blue. In addition, I used weathering crayons, Wash Modeler's World and raiostation links from the AmmoMig. Decals was from great DK-Decals set "Aces of the Malta".
PS. I try to made photos on the air, but I need to back to home because of the rain 🙂
Lieutenant Lis will return with another Spitfire.
- Kovozavody Prosteiov Spitfire is quite good and fun kit. But if you want to build this brand choose mark Vb version.
- Airfix Spitfire is better choose in mark Vc version.
- KP kit had more details than Airfix.
- If you want best geometry of main landing gear glue wheels covers after fitting main landing gear to the wings.
- KP kit best work in OOB. You no need any aftermarket goods.
- Remember to paint the floor under pilot's seat.
And enjoy build 🙂
Interesting vid about Gerge Beurling
PS. According to a conspiracy theory of history, George Beurling was hired by British intelligence (British intelligence in the Mediterranean was penetrated by Soviet intelligence - it is a fact confirmed in the sources) to assassinate General Władysław Sikorski. After replacing second pilot (first pilot was the Czech Eduard Phral - officially one surived from crashed plane), Buerling was supposed to hit the B-24 into the water. Is it worth believing in? Judge for yourself...
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