**** FINISHED: GB-57 1/72 Gloster Gladiator - WW2 Foreign Service

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Greg Boeser

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Username: Greg Boeser
Name: Greg
Level: Intermediate
Scale: 1:72
Manufacturer: Matchbox (1972)
Kit: Gloster Gladiator

Gloster Gladiator Mk I, G-32, 1ère Escadrille de Chasse ('le Comete'), 1ère Groupe, 2me Regiment, Aèronautique Militaire Belge, Diest-Schaffen, Belgium, May, 1940

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Aircraft History:
Gladiator G-32 was one of seven Gloster Gladiator Mk Is assembled at Sabca, Belgium in March 1938.
On 10 May, 1940, it was flown to safety from Schaffen airfield just before the field was bombed. Surviving aircraft landed at Beauvechain.
On 11 May, 1940, G-32, piloted by Sgt Henri Winand, with five other Gladiators, was tasked with escorting Belgian Fairey Battles to attack the invading German forces. The Battles missed the rendezvous and the Gladiators were set upon by Bf 109s of I/JG 1. four Gladiators were shot down, but the Belgians claimed several damaged. Sgt Winand made it back to Beauvechain, but G-32 was destroyed on the ground the following day.
 
Looks great Greg but you'll need to chose a category for yourself - Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced - and add it to your first post.
I wasn't sure where to put myself. I haven't built a plastic kit since I was in my teens. But I have been painting miniatures for a long time.
I'm clearly not in the same league as those fellows who can scratch build an entire cockpit or engine. But I can dab enough paint on a basic kit to make it look passable.
 
Aircraft History:
Gladiator G-32 was one of seven Gloster Gladiator Mk Is assembled at Sabca, Belgium in March 1938.
On 10 May, 1940, it was flown to safety from Schaffen airfield just before the field was bombed. Surviving aircraft landed at Beauvechain.
On 11 May, 1940, G-32, piloted by Sgt Henri Winand, with five other Gladiators, was tasked with escorting Belgian Fairey Battles to attack the invading German forces. The Battles missed the rendezvous and the Gladiators were set upon by Bf 109s of I/JG 1. four Gladiators were shot down, but the Belgians claimed several damaged. Sgt Winand made it back to Beauvechain, but G-32 was destroyed on the ground the following day.
I realy like a bit of history with models.
 

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