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No: 4459   Contributor: Pete Matten   Scale: 1/72, 1/76   Year: 2013   Manufacturers: Airfix, BW Models, Other   Country: United Kingdom

On this day,the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 11'O Clock we will remember the many that gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can live the freedom we have today.
This picturesque diorama in 1/72 & 1/76 scale shows alone spitfire returning to base during 1944 after another sorty over the skies of southern England,and was of course so typical of the period when so many men and aircraft did not return.
It was not just the RAF of course that played such a major roll in the freedom of our country,but all the armed forces as well as the many civilian organisations that we sometimes forget today.
The models are from MMS Models,BW.Models,FanKit Models and Airfix,but this is not really that important,what is very important is that we today do not forget the freedom we have and the horrors of war.
Picture added on 12 November 2013 at 08:03
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A very appropriate and moving diorama, Pete


Added by George Illingworth on 12 November 2013.
Nice and thoughtful gesture with the diorama Pete. Very much appreciated from this ' Auxxie '.

Added by Stevie Murray on 12 November 2013.
Very poignant Pete. Well done.

Added by Mel Turbutt on 12 November 2013.
Excellent diorama Pete, superb detail.

Added by Paul Warnock on 15 November 2013.
Thankyou for your comments gentlemen there very much appreciated.I do try when setting up a diorama, especially something thats so important as this one to get the details correct, but on this occasion I'm afraid I did make one really big mistake.............Never mind, I wonder if anyone noticed the mistake though?.

Added by Pete Matten on 21 November 2013.
No camouflage paint on the fire station?

Added by Bristol Bob on 22 November 2013.
Pete, would it be to do with the Spitfire per chance?

Added by Stevie Murray on 22 November 2013.
Is there a prize for whoever has the correct guess?

Added by Bristol Bob on 22 November 2013.
wrong type of ambulance?, also noticed the oleos on the spit are at wrong angle buddy

Added by Stevie Murray on 23 November 2013.
No Jeep this early in the war ?

Added by Pete Melling on 28 November 2013.
Pete, the Willy's Jeep was manufactured from 1941 until 1945 and was widely used by the US Military throughout the second world war.It was first introduced into the RAF as a 1st response Aircraft/Crash/Rescue vehicle from 1944 and remained in that roll until the early 1950's.

Added by Pete Matten on 28 November 2013.
I did wonder if the Spit was an early model (mk1?) which may not have been in front line service in 1944, but maybe this one is still in service with an OTU?

Added by Mel Turbutt on 29 November 2013.
C'mon Pete, please tell us!

Added by Bristol Bob on 29 November 2013.
Not taking away the excellent gesture behind the scene :

I have the answer- The NAAFI wagon has arrived at the tower, the guys are rushing to get in the queue- what is wrong is the 2 poor souls on the right have left their money in the billet !!
ps I can still taste the meat and tatty paries which were my favourite on the NAAFI wagon !!!

Added by Ted Angus on 30 November 2013.
Ted, Surely three poor souls? Assuming the chap with his arms out is directing the jeep to reverse into the bay, there must also be a driver in the jeep. Otherwise he is wasting his efforts and that is Pete's error. George

Added by George Illingworth on 30 November 2013.
Nope just 2 the chap with his arms up is distraught no cuppa for him !!

Added by Ted Angus on 30 November 2013.
I've been doing a little research, and also had some info/details passed onto me by Ted Angus and it appears the vehicles (RAF) in the scene, ie:-the Austin K2A domestic fire tender and the ambulances would not have been in the livery of blue from the period in question (1944) but Olive Drab (dirty green) like the crash tenders.
I've now corrected this and they are now (dirty green) Olive Drab.
Sorry, no prize this time for anyone because no one guest my mistake.

Added by Pete Matten on 22 December 2013.
Very nice did you scratch build the crossley

Added by Gary8 on 29 August 2014.
Gary, Matador Models ( in Hants were selling this imported Crossley model but when I phoned they had none left and were not going to re-order this model again.
I therefore ordered it direct from FanKit Models ( which are a company based in Romania.I ordered on-line and it arrived within a week.Its a resin model and comes in 1/76 scale.

Added by Peter Matten on 01 September 2014.
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