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Jan 30, 2020, 07:00 PM
Aka Magical Moonstone
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Three Sergeants and a Hurricane

And Then There Were Two

2020 sees the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Most of the participants, on both sides, were born around 100 years ago, the baby boomers from WW1. Of the 2937 British, Commonwealth and Allied airmen who fought in the Battle only two are now living. This morning the BBC carried the obituary of Wing Commander Paul Farnes who had been the last surviving ace pilot of the Battle. If you look for him in the Battle of Britain London Monument, you will find him listed as Sergeant PCP Farnes. The Rank is significant. He was the product of a democratisation of the Royal Air Force in the years preceding the outbreak of war. But even now, the contribution of NCO pilots in the Battle often goes unrecognised.

My main build project for this Anniversary Year is going to be a Hurricane Mk1. Alongside the build I will relate the story of three young men who joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1938, who completed their flying training together and were posted to the same Squadron as Sergeant Pilots. The aeroplane which will be the subject of the build was flown by each of the Sergeants at one time or another. It still exists, and I’m hoping to visit it during the build.

The aim is to be completed by 15 September, known as “the hardest day”. Its good to have a target. I’ve been thinking about the model for some time. A little work has started. I’ll tell you more about it next time.
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Jan 30, 2020, 07:08 PM
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Cool! I love a build that has a story that serves as the inspiration. Sounds like a worthy tribute.
Jan 30, 2020, 07:34 PM
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Jan 30, 2020, 07:44 PM
Watch out for that planet....
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Hi Alec,

Subcribed. Looking forward to the story along with the build.

BTW, I had the pleasure last Weekend of flying (re maidening) a 35 year old Mick Reeves Hurricane for one of our club members. A lovely model indeed.
Had to fly it for over a half hour though as the 120 4 stroke glow engine had too high an idle to land and wouldn't stop also. Had to run the tank dry, and it had a big tank, (Yeah I know, Ive dabbled with the dark side!).

Jan 30, 2020, 11:01 PM
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Will the Hurri have a tail sock?
Jan 31, 2020, 03:00 AM
Viceless no longer :)
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Looking forward to following this one.
What a lovely project.
Jan 31, 2020, 03:56 AM
Viceless no longer :)
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Steve, for your enthusiasm you should be given the first share in 'tail socks R us' once the business successfully gets off the ground. - bad pun,.. I think the business proposition might need a bit of evaluation before hand - might be one of Alec's more testing evaluations!
Jan 31, 2020, 07:54 AM
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Looking forward to the build and the history.

Jan 31, 2020, 09:37 AM
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I'm definitely along for the ride! My Blenheim/Bolly will need some fighter escort if it's going to last more than a couple of missions...

Jan 31, 2020, 11:08 AM
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Ill follow along too, I saw a couple of posts on an unnamed social media site saying that he had passed. Iíve read a number of book on the Battle of Britain and believe they were all heroís. Maybe will all the recent war movies they will redo The Battle of Britain?
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Jan 31, 2020, 11:46 AM
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For those interested in enlisted pilots on this side of the pond, here is a good source of the history involved.

I had the good fortune of meeting a couple of those guys during my various tours in the 70's.

Jan 31, 2020, 12:34 PM
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September 15 is doable, I'll be following along.

Jan 31, 2020, 01:31 PM
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Jan 31, 2020, 02:19 PM
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Well how nice to have you all along. I'm most flattered!

Jan 31, 2020, 02:23 PM
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The Model

The first model aircraft I ever made was a Hurricane. Airfix 1/72 MkII. I was four and I still have a memory of working on the kitchen table on a wet Saturday. I remember people being surprised how few glue splodges there were. After almost 60 years, Iím back for another go.

Given that the Hurricane has been well covered, there seems little point in scratch building from a three-view. The available kits are a bit or a lot bigger than I can accommodate. In the end I settled on the 60Ē wingspan design that David R Taylorís Complete-a-Pak concern sold in the 1970s. The plan is available to download in pdf format on Outerzone, but I also found someone offering prints on ebay and I ordered up a couple of sets (so I can cut one up). Working off plan should also help speed things up.

The plan will be used for overall outline and cross-section data. However, I will be building in my usual every-material-under-the-sun mixed-media style. There will be quite a lot of balsa and ply in the fuselage, although I want to go lighter than the original which was designed with 61 power in mind. It will get a cowling in fibreglass. There will be retracts as opposed to a fixed undercarriage and flaps, probably. Iím thinking of trying something different for the outer wing sections at least - a hotwired foam framework sheathed with proskin. The centre section may be foam core to better anchor the retracts. We will see.

There is a specific aircraft in mind, but that will come out in the storyÖ.

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