For Inspection The 75th Anniversary D - Day Group Build

#81
The Flakverling mounted on the Panzer 4 hull started appearing from 1943, a few were in Normandy, according to my book, Panzers in Normandy then and now by Eric Lefevre, The Removal van type were in larger numbers.
Great big slab sided things that couldn't be brought into action quickly. Compared to this turreted version. A real threat to my Typhoon.
I’m intrigued, I never thought that ground based Archie was that effective especially to plus 400 mph planes. Sub 300 probably given the existing tracking devices
 
#82
I read somewhere, all aircraft involved in DDay had their invasion strips painted on literally 24 hrs before the day. Secrecy was absolute and no time to carefully mask up. I've seen photos of them using a 6in paint brush.
Researching a reli (Nav/Bomb aimer) in 88 Sqn the ORB has them painted on the evening before. They were over D Day beaches at dawn about 6 hours later.
The French Boston Sqn similarly and yes they were painted on free hand - not so neat edging.
A couple of weeks later the bands on top surfaces were scrubbed off (but then Boston's flew ow level).
 
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I’m intrigued, I never thought that ground based Archie was that effective especially to plus 400 mph planes. Sub 300 probably given the existing tracking devices
RAF and 8th AF biggest loses leading up to and after DDay were ground attack aircraft. An awful lot of aircraft and aircrew were lost. In his book The Big Show Pierre Closterman, describes how often the aircraft of his Sqn returned damaged or missing.
 
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RAF and 8th AF biggest loses leading up to and after DDay were ground attack aircraft. An awful lot of aircraft and aircrew were lost. In his book The Big Show Pierre Closterman, describes how often the aircraft of his Sqn returned damaged or missing.
I’m intrigued, I never thought that ground based Archie was that effective especially to plus 400 mph planes. Sub 300 probably given the existing tracking devices

low level attacks no matter how fast are vulnerable to flak, the pilot of the aircraft I'm going to make was lost to just that threat. I don't think the armour protecting the aircrew was that effective either.
 
#85
^ interesting both. Would that be from fixed locations. Target acquisition must have been quite impressive give the advantage that Ground attack aircraft had.
 
#86
OK, I am going to have a go - famous last words!

I intend to build a diorama of a 315 Squadron Mustang III undergoing maintenance in preparation for providing fighter escort to gliders on D-Day.

I have long needed an excuse to build a Spitfire with exposed Merlin but the Poles had replaced their Spits with Mustangs in March 1944.

Bits have been ordered. Doubtless more bits will be needed. Assistance may be needed too as I haven't done any modelling in a long while, and things have moved on a bit.

Concept inspired by these photos

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#87
OK, I am going to have a go - famous last words!

I intend to build a diorama of a 315 Squadron Mustang III undergoing maintenance in preparation for providing fighter escort to gliders on D-Day.

I have long needed an excuse to build a Spitfire with exposed Merlin but the Poles had replaced their Spits with Mustangs in March 1944.

Bits have been ordered. Doubtless more bits will be needed. Assistance may be needed too as I haven't done any modelling in a long while, and things have moved on a bit.

Concept inspired by these photos

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Top tip.....don't buy the ICM 1/48 Kit as its a right dog - end result was here https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/military-modelling.62648/page-568#post-8520771

Just work backwards to see how bad the bloody thing was :)
 
#89
the kit has arrived, what a monster! It takes up half my table.

the box is full...

pilot figure included thankfully.
Try the lanc!!!!!
 
#91
I ordered this map off e bay, The whole of the Normandy area, I plan to cut it up for several D Day Diorama model bases,


this section for the Typhoon, with the 1/72 panzers on a dirt road at the back of the diorama with this map under the port dipped wing tip.


the Sword beach part of the map I can then use for the Infantry Figures taking cover behind the sea wall.
 

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#94
Right, after extensive research, I discovered that 10 Bn (Queen's Own) Royal West Kent's became 119 Lt A/A Regt, RA and served with 15 (Scottish) Infantry Division alongside 8 Bn Royal Scots during and after the D-Day landings. Members of my Father's family served with 119 Regiment and I thought it might be a nice tip of the hat to @Auld-Yin for helping set up this forum. To that end, I will utilise the following models:
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With 119 Lt A/A Regiment RA AOS markings and....

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With 8 Bn Royal Scots AOS, and finally....

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Because I was a Scaley and I like bikes.

The Universal Carriers and BSA are complete, so it's just the diorama and QLB and Gun to get a grip of.
 

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#95
8RS doing what infantry soldiers have been doing for centuries, walking forward and taking grief to His Majesty's enemies.

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8RS in NW Europe April 1945
so this is probably taken in Germany
 
#96
Right, after extensive research, I discovered that 10 Bn (Queen's Own) Royal West Kent's became 119 Lt A/A Regt, RA and served with 15 (Scottish) Infantry Division alongside 8 Bn Royal Scots during and after the D-Day landings. Members of my Father's family served with 119 Regiment and I thought it might be a nice tip of the hat to @Auld-Yin for helping set up this forum. To that end, I will utilise the following models:
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With 119 Lt A/A Regiment RA AOS markings and....
I was looking at doing the same, because my Grandfather was in the 58th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment RA, which was part of 11th Armoured Div.

The box art for the Bedford has the 58th LAA markings. The reason for not attempting the kits, I'm not good with the scale anymore enough to do it the justice it deserves.
 

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#97
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7RTR supporting 8RS at Caen 28/6/44.
 
#98
The Flakverling mounted on the Panzer 4 hull started appearing from 1943, a few were in Normandy, according to my book, Panzers in Normandy then and now by Eric Lefevre, The Removal van type were in larger numbers.
Great big slab sided things that couldn't be brought into action quickly. Compared to this turreted version. A real threat to my Typhoon.
The Wirbelwind is a bit late for Normandy. The few (2 or 3) Flakpanzer IVs with quad 2cm flak in Normandy were local conversions by the 12th SS Panzer Regiment - essentially just the quad flak stuck on top of a Pz IV hull, but without the turret. The first few production Wirbelwinds didn't roll out of the factory until the end of July 1944 and probably didn't make it to Normandy, but at least one was captured in eastern France.

I'll find a photo of one of the 12th SS flakpanzers for you.
 

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#99
I've very limited actual firing experience on the Sten, (mine's a de-ac) but I would say that firing from the shoulder increases (if that's possible) the accuracy of the Sten.
Visit @stoatman pages Bloke on the Range, he has a good session firing the Sten and Bren from different positions.
 

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