Airspeed Horsa Sub collection

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  1. diamant

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    Hello to all of you


    We do not have enough words to thanks to Jed and Alastair for helping us during all the process of reasearch. Actually they did almost all the job, including visiting the IWM for photo and film references.

    Here are the gliders included in this series and done by my Father (Raul Jose Hrubisko).


    All the Airspeed Horsa`s done.


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    All the ones with the P markings (Prototypes)


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    1) Airspeed Horsa Mk I DG597 1 First prototype used for RATOG trials


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    2) Airspeed Horsa Mk I DG604 1 Airbones Forces Experimental Establishment - Sherburn-in-elmet, near leeds, Yorkshire - 01/09/1942 - Dropping test of panniers from Horsa



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    12) Airspeed Horsa Mk I TL349 specially modified and fitted with mock – up of the Comet airliner nose to determine the degree of visibility, particularly in conditions of rain.


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    13) Airspeed Horsa Mk I Prototype DK353, December 1942
    The fourth of five early models built specifically for load and performance trials work. This scheme shows how it might of looked
    during late 1942.





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    6) Airspeed Horsa Mk II TL145, 21 HGCU, 1946.
    This glider was photographed at the 21 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit, posible at RAF Elsham Wolds in early 1946.



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    4) Airspeed Horsa Mk II TL472 1 Aquir Palestine 1946, Overall Silver as an experiment to reflect heat and keep the interior cool in the heat of Middle East.
    This unique glider was photographed at Aquir, Palestine in 1946. It was painted all over in aluminum dope in an attempt to reflect heat and
    reduce the internal temperature. It was lost in a landing accident 29th August 1946 casuse by a dive approach which exceeded the max speed
    for the flaps. The caused one flap jack to fail, the glider to start to roll and eventually one wingtip hit the ground.


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    3) Airspeed Horsa Mk II LJ271
    This glider was originally built as an AS.51 Horsa Mk.1 but was converted and used the prototype for the AS.58 Horsa Mk.2. This scheme is
    based on how it looked while at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Fanborough during arrester parachute trials in August 1945.



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    9) Airspeed Horsa Mk I LH469 “93” – LZ/X – Operation Deadstick, Caen Canal Bridge. The third glider to land at the Caen canal bridge on the 5th/6th June 1944. Piloted by SSgt. Geoff Barkway and SSgt. Peter Boyle.




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    11) Airspeed Horsa Mk I LF819 -This glider represents one of the Horsas of 1st Independant Glider Squadron who flew Operation Bluebird, part of Operation Dragoon to take the south of France after D-Day. Flying from Tarquinia, Italy to Le Muy, France the squadron was equipped with a handful of gliders painted to follow
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    5) Airspeed Horsa Mk II 19 - DP288 1 1943, H Glider Conversion Unit, Painted in pattern colour 1 but with all black tail and ruder.



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    7) Airspeed Horsa Mk I DP740, GPEU, May 1943.
    This glider was photographed at the Glider Pilot Exercise Unit based at RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire in May1943.


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    8) Airspeed Horsa Mk II RN316, B Squadron, 1945.

    This glider represents a Horsa used during Operation Varsity flow from RAF Earls Colne by B Squadron of the Glider Pilot Regiment.


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    10) Airspeed Horsa MkI PW773, Operation Mallard, 6th June 1944.
    One of many gliders that landed at Ranville, France in the evening of 6th June 1944 as part of Operation Mallard. This particular glider
    was carrying men of the 1st Royal Ulster Rifles and crashed into a wall on the western edge of the landing zone.



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    I hope you like this new sub collection.




    cheers

    Santiago
     
  2. Capt. Vick

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    Brilliant! Thanks for posting. Is this from the Italeri kit (1/72)?
     
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    Marvellous! Great to see a varied collection of this often overlooked subject. One of these days, i'll get around to doing a 1/48th scale diorama showing a Horsa, either at 'Pegasus bridge', or Arnhem.
     
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    Excellent work!
     
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    love it !
     
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    Love the photography too! Really shows off the models well!
     
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    I am speechless .... you guys do beautiful, researched work.

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    Wonderful work. I too wonder if that is the Italeri/Matchbox kit. And given all these make/model themes, where does your father put these collections?
     
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    Great work mate! Always loved them in invasion bands.

    Matt, did Matchbox do a Horsa? Only know of the Italeri kit.
     
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    Excellent series, a great display that's for sure..
     
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    I'd guess either Italeri, or the Airfix boxing.
     
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    Beautiful collection! But I have the same question--what scale?
     
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    The only injection-moulded kits are the Italeri or Airfix 1/72nd scale offerings, both being the same kit as far as I know. There is also a 1/48th scale vac-form kit by 'Sanger'.
     
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    Yep, same kit Terry, Airfix reboxed it. (Great kit btw, made one many moons ago when they were still known as 'Italaerei')
     
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    Yep, did the same for a diorama many years ago, when the name was un-pronounceable too ! Glad they changed it to Italeri - much easier!
     
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    I'm wondering if that Masterbox Horsa will ever appear - they announced, and showed photos of, 1/35th scale Dakotas and Ju52/3m kits at least two years ago, probably longer, and still no sign.
    If the FM kit is anything like that expensive Halifax of their's you built Ian, then no thanks - especially at that price!
     
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    #20 ian lanc, Mar 29, 2013
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    The FM Horsa glider kit is terrible, Terry, but builds into a wonderful looking model,
    the main BIG FLAW with this kit is the clear parts, every part is full of air bubbles
    and the canopy is the worst as you really need to make yourself a new one.

    Hannants have a sale of the FM kit which is reduced to £40, this is because it ain't selling well due to the bad clear parts.

    Buy Fonderie Miniatures FM6061 1:48 scale from Hannants. We sell Aircraft kits (injection), models, decals, paints books.


    Also worth considering is the British made Sanger kit.....

    http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SAN4867
     
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