FAA BPF Avenger from a few years ago

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  1. Ruud

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    Hoi Y'all,

    Well here is Avenger II P1B from the 849 Squadron January 1945.

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    The build went fine. But i fought the rest of it all the way. Some panel lines are practically gone due to having to repaint most of the wings. I forgot to clean the wings, so upon removing the mask big flakes of paint came right off. Also my masking (both mine and Eduard's) was not the best. Still the fading of the paint and marking and the dirtying up of the plane and panel lines looks really nice to me. The camera does not quite pick up the extent of weathering that the kit has.

    Anyways this is the plane that my late uncle, W.J.S. McRae was flying in when they were shot down during Operation Meridian II. He was the TAG. All three crewmen were captured (along with at least one other crew of the 849). They were all executed days after the armistice. The family does not like to talk about his loss, but i am hoping that this build will help with that. An aunt and uncle are coming over from Scotland soon and i hope they will like the build.

    "PALEMBANG RAIDS, Sumatra, Operation Meridian.

    All shot down in January, taken prisoner and later executed around July 1945. The exact dates are disputed



    First Raid – 24 January 1945



    FAA, 1830 Sqn, Illustrious, flying Corsair fighter-bomber

    BAXTER, Evan, Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A), RNZNR, killed



    FAA, 1833 Sqn, Illustrious, flying Corsair fighter-bomber

    SHAW, Reginald J A, Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A), RNVR, killed



    FAA, 1839 Sqn, Illustrious, flying Hellcat fighter

    HABERFIELD, John K, Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A), RNZNR, killed



    Second Raid – 29 January 1945



    FAA, 849 Sqn, Victorious, flying two Avenger fighter-bombers

    One crew

    BARKER, Ivor, Ty/Act/Petty Officer Airman, FAA/FX 86731, killed

    BURNS, John R, Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A), RNVR, killed

    ROEBUCK, Donald V, Ty/Sub Lieutenant (A), RNVR, killed

    Second crew

    BURRENSTON, Kenneth M, Ty/Lieutenant (A), RNVR, killed

    LINTERN, William E J, Ty/Lieutenant (A), RNVR, killed

    MCRAE, William J S, Ty/Act/Petty Officer Airman, FAA/FX 96155, killed"
    Royal Navy casualties, killed and died, July 1945

    later
    Ruud
     
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    Nice work. Reminds me to finish the one I did for the PTO Group Build !
     
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    Well done Ruud. Tragic story about your uncle.
     
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    Nice model. Sorrowful story.
     
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    Agree with the fellas mate!
     
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    nice job and a tragic story
     
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    Nicely done! Real shame about your uncle :salute:
     
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    Tragic story about your uncle. We always should remind, that war is a tragedy for the people directly involved. I like building wartime planes as a model, since they look nice and military planes always are on top of the technology. Anyhow I feel sad about war itself.

    You did a very nice build, especially the painting looks great.

    Regards
    Juergen
     
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    Agree with all here.
    Ed
     
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    Nice build mate!

    ...and to those brave Airmen..:salute:
     
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    The model is a fine looking tribute!
     
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    Thanks for the compliments guys.

    It takes me forever to finish anything, so when this one was finally completed it was extra special.
     
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