RCAF 143 Wing Typhoons – 1944 to Bodenplatte, part 1
• Decals to model any one individual aircraft of the 6 (4 + 2 bonus) options covered in part 2 of this series. Features subjects from 438, 439, & 440 Squadrons in 1/32 scale.
• Ten 8.5 x 11 inch pages of illustrated documentation.*
• Available as a standard set (as shown) or as a combo set with Typhoon airframe stencil data markings set (AOD32s03) included.
• JR249 as F3•P of 438 Sqn - a 'car door' Typhoon Ib with ‘Lita’ inscription on nose & chequer pattern on gear doors. Funtington, April 1944 (This subject is covered in part 2, see AOD32008p2 elsewhere in this shop).
• JR500 as 5V•X of 439 Sqn - AEAF stripes on wing undersurfaces and lower rear fuselage and asymmetrical spinner colours. Flown by F/O R.A. Johns, B.9 Lantheuil, mid July 1944.
• MN345 as 5V•G of 439 Sqn - ‘Peace River’ inscription on R/H nose, mission markers, AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage, and asymmetrical spinner colours. Flown by F/O J.A. Brown, B.78 Eindhoven, Oct. thru 6 Nov. 1944 (This subject is covered in part 2, see AOD32008p2 elsewhere in this shop).
• MN413 as I8•T of 440 Sqn - AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage - not confirmed on wing undersurfaces (see pg 10 captions). Landing incident when flown by F/S N.L Gordon, B.9 Lantheuil, 1 Aug. 1944 (This subject is covered in part 2, see AOD32008p2 elsewhere in this shop).
• MN518 as R•D of 143 Wing (a 438 Sqn a/c) - Victory ‘flags’ on R/H side. May have had command pennant markings after reference photo was taken in April 1944. Very clean finish - possibly waxed. Flown by W/C R.T.P. Davidson to 8 May 1944 and W/C M.T. Judd afterwards (This subject is covered in part 2, see AOD32008p2 elsewhere in this shop).
• MN716 as F3•A of 438 Sqn - ‘Diane’ inscription on L/H nose, mission markers and “Archer” inscription on R/H nose. ‘Dirtied’ AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage only. Flown by FS (later P/O) R.G. Fox, B.78 Eindhoven, circa fall & winter of 1944. Both pilot and aircraft survived the Luftwaffe Operation Bodenplatte (Base Plate) attack at B.78 Eindhoven on New Years Day 1945.
• MN957 as F3•N of 438 Sqn - typical pre-D-Day markings. Aircraft in which W/C Davidson made a forced landing in enemy territory on 8 May 1944. Avoiding capture, he joined the Maquis (French resistance), serving with them until 5 September 1944. Based on two photos of the crash-landed aircraft.
• MP149 as I8•P of 440 Sqn - ‘Pulverizer II’ inscription on both sides of nose, mission markers and ‘Vargas girl’ on R/H side, black spinner, AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage. Flown by F/O H.J. 'Harry' Hardy, B.78 Eindhoven, circa fall & winter of 1944.
• RB205 as FGG of 143 Wing (a 440 Sqn a/c) - Large W/C pennant on L/H side under windscreen, AEAF stripes on wing undersurfaces and lower rear fuselage. Destroyed by strafing 1 January 1945. W/C F.G. Grant’s personal aircraft from 26 October to 24 December 1944 (This subject is covered in part 2, see AOD32008p2 elsewhere in this shop).
Additional Bonus Options
(some of the following subjects can be categorized as 'more research required' but are covered anyway):
• MN311 as I8•P of 440 Sqn - The original ‘Pulverizer’ with inscription on both sides of nose and AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage. Flown by F/L H.J. Hardy mid August to 6 September 1944 (interestingly, prior to her 440 Sqn service, this had been a trials aircraft for the new four-bladed propeller and larger Tempest tail configuration.
• MN426 as F3•H of 438 Sqn - Flown by then S/L F.G. Grant through July 1944 (his first tour on Typhoons which ended with him as 438 Sqn OC).
• MP131 (or was it MN579?) as F3•J of 438 Sqn - Sometimes flown by F/O N.E. Dawber from the crossing of the Channel in late June through to 18 Nov. 1944 when he had to bale out of 'J'. Reportedly carried a variation of ‘Fritz the Wildcat’ emblem & most probably AEAF stripes on wing under-surfaces and lower rear fuselage for a time. A second F3•J, MN579 is also noted as a possible subject featuring the Squadron's Wildcat emblem. The brief article on page 6 of the Docs features these aircraft within some related discussion on all three known variations of the squadron emblem (This bonus subject is covered in part 2, see AOD32008p2 elsewhere in this shop).
*A high resolution b&w (monotone) copy of the Docs is supplied in the package. The colour PDF e-publication (that you can use to zoom in to high magnification on-screen, or print out in colour) is automatically made available via email after direct purchase of this set.
Internet-connected registered owners of this set also get the PDF e-publication for free. All Aviaeology Docs e-publications are also available separately.
Features comprehensive decal placement and painting instructions for all subject aircraft variations, a concise guide to each aircraft's various technical features (propeller, tail plane, intake filter arrangement differences etc), and a range of reference photographs, in addition to scale illustrations to help with modeling the usual range of under-wing ordnance used on 143 Wing's Typhoons.
A separate general decal preparation / application instruction sheet completes the package.