Spitfire MK Vb F/Sgt. K. Basset, RAAF 1941 (Tamiya 1941)
The motivation to built this model came from an informal Group Build organised in my modelling club SAPMA. The idea was to build a Spitfire used by an Aussie during WWII.
I've choose to build a plane flown by Flight Sargent Kenneth "Kenny" Dudley Basset when he was attached to RAAF 452 Squadron based at Redhill, England, October 1941.
P/O Lamerton took off with Sgt Bassett (Kenny) for a defensive patrol at 25,000 feet over Mull of Galloway. While climbing and when at 20,000 feet they saw a Ju88 about 5,000 ft above and the E/A (Enemy Aircraft) was flying on a South Easterly course towards the coast. They manoeuvred to get into the sun. P/O Lamberton’s attack was from astern and above. He gave a long burst of 3-4 seconds and silenced the top rear gunner using cannon at a range of 300 yards. However P/O Lamerton’s aircraft was hit by return fire and flames and smoke from the exhaust and cowling soon appeared. He could see ahead and called up saying that he was baling out, which he did from an altitude of 12,000 feet. He was picked up six hours later. Meanwhile Sgt Basset continued to attack the Ju88, but was unable to close to a short range, and was recalled to base after he expended all his ammo, landing at 07:55. He claimed a damaged aircraft shared with P/O Lamerton. It was the last claim of the Squadron while stationed in England. P/O Lamerton was from South Australia and had joined the Squadron three months before from OTU. He was later killed with the Squadron.
|Here is Sgt Basset by his Spitfire (AD537 UD-R) in Redhill, October 1941 (image from Australian War Museum archives)|
- Cut the canopy to display it open;
- Open the cockpit access door on the fuselage port side;
- Added Eduard Photo-Etched pre-painted seat belts;
- Open the exhaust ends; and
- Added the IFF wire antennas to the sides using MIG aerial line super fine (0.01mm).
I used basically Tamiya and Gunze acrylics overall on the kit as follow:
- Supermarine Interior Green: mix of Tamiya XF5:1 + XF21:3 + XF65:1;
- Seat: XF9 for the seat and XF1 for the leather back rest;
- Instruments panel: Supermarine Interior Green for the lower half and XF1 for the instruments board. I did use the kit decals for the gauges;
- Exhaust: XF52;
- Spinner and fuselage band SKY: Gunze H74
- Propeller blades: XF1 and XF3 for the blade tips;
- Underside surfaces and undercarriage: XF83;
- Tyres: XF85;
- Upper surfaces camouflage OCEAN GREY: XF82;
- Upper surfaces camouflage DARK GREEN: XF81;
- Wings yellow band: XF3;
- Clear coat before applying decals: X22;
- Clear Flat final coat: XF86.
I've used DK decals #72037 No.452 (RAAF) Sqn. and I was really impressed by the quality and easy to use. I would recommend it without hesitation.
The finished photos:
Here are the finished model. It was a pleasure to build this kit and finish it in an Aussie markings.