Thursday, 2 February 2012

Airfix - Short Stirling

Hi folks,

The UAMF are having a four engined or more group build. (Starts the 1st Feb, and runs to 18th March).

So dived in the 'The Stash' and got one of the Short Stirlings out..
Lots of plastic...

and comes with a tractor and four bomb trolleys.

So I've been scouting around for refs and a subject and came across some photos on the IWM Collections search website, of an actual daylight operation by 15 Squadron in 1942....

ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND, 1939-1941.
Short Stirling Mark Is of No. 15 Squadron RAF, meet up with their fighter escort of Hawker Hurricanes over the south-eastern coast of England, on a 'Circus' operation to bomb a target in Lille, France. Photograph taken from the mid-upper turret of one of the three participating Stirlings.
ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND, 1939-1941.© IWM (C 2027)

ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND, 1939-1941.
Short Stirling Mark I, N3658 'LS-E', of No. 15 Squadron RAF, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Gilmour, encounters heavy flak at a height of 10,000 feet over the French coast, while flying on a 'Circus' operation to bomb a target in Lille.
ROYAL AIR FORCE BOMBER COMMAND, 1939-1941.© IWM (C 2035)

I thought these were amazing photos, so just have to do LS-E.

One of the mods is no mid upper turret, yay! I am a bit scared of doing turrets, as I think I will get all paranoid about putting lots of detail into them. So I'll try to make them busy but not get too anal about it.

Ahh.. I feel lots of Fill'n Sand ahead...

Cheers
Jim