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Reviews: D-Day Spitfire model

Published 27 April 2016, 16:08
The latest hand-built, pewter model from Diverse Images is a beautifully rendered representation of Supermarine Spitfire IXc ML214. Limited to just 50 examples, each 1:48 scale model bears the original signature of RAF ace Air Cdre Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC* who is credited with having shot down 16 enemy aircraft. Spitfire ML214 was allocated to 126 Squadron on May 7, 1944, and spent all of its operational RAF service with this unit. Shortly before D-Day, ML214 was painted in black and white 'invasion stripes'. Later that year it became the personal aircraft of Sqn Ldr Johnny Plagis who had taken command of the squadron shortly after June 6. On October 10 it was involved in a flying accident, but was repaired and eventually passed to the French air force after the war, flying with Groupe de Chasse 1/3. Today, the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Spitfire IX is painted to represent ML214 in 1944. Each of these accurately detailed models is available to purchase priced at £186, plus delivery. Additional figures in RAF uniform can be added, each costing £15.

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Victory 1940-the Battle of Britain as Never Seen Before, John Dibbs and Tony Holmes, Key Publishing, hbk, illus, £19.99
Battle of Britain RAF Operations Manual by Andy Saunders, Haynes, 164pp, illus, hbk, £22.99