Malta/Sicily 1943; Spitfire Mk.IXc 2FS/52FG; Italeri 1/48


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    Malta/Sicily 1943; Spitfire Mk.IXc 2FS/52FG; Italeri 1/48

    Post  dewertus on Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:38 pm

    The model shows the Spitfire Mk.IXC "QP-N" piloted by Lt. Fred Ohr. 2nd FS, 52nd FG, 12th AF, USAAF; Malta / Sicily, June / August 1943.

    Probably the only World War II flying ace of Asian descent, Fred F. Ohr overcame widespread distrust of Asian Americans in the United States military to become a fighter squadron commander and a fighter ace with six victories in the Mediterranean Theatre. Ohr claimed his first victory as a fighter pilot, flying Spitfires over North Africa in 1943. While in Africa, he joined the famed 2nd Fighter Squadron, called the “American Beagles” and began flying a P-51 Mustang with the 52nd Fighter Group. When the African campaign ended, Ohr found himself transferred to Italy, flying cover for bombers attacking Italian and Eastern European targets. By the end of his tour in December of 1944, Ohr had flown 155 (some sources says about 241) missions and shot down a total of six German planes in aerial combat, in addition to destroying 17 planes on the ground. Among the decorations Ohr received are the Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal with 18 Oak Leaf Clusters.

    Model painted using Agama acrylic paints and varnish. I'm not entirely satisfied with obtained effect, especially with regard to the quality of the scratches. But with the general soiling, guns and exhaust sooty I am happy. Wash i made using MIG's Dark enamel wash mixture, exhaust sooty i made using Vandyke Brown and Payne's Gray van Gogh oils mix applied soft brush, guns sooty it's a Payne's Gray oil applied soft brush. Soiling it's a mix of MIG's Dark and Neutral enamel wash applied rough brush. Scratches i made using Humbrol no.11 enamel and very tenuous brush.

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    Re: Malta/Sicily 1943; Spitfire Mk.IXc 2FS/52FG; Italeri 1/48

    Post  bcauchi on Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:39 pm

    Excellent looking spit Hubert, just flatten the tyres a bit to simulate some weight. Lovely weathering.

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