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10 hours ago, mozart said:

56 Squadron?

Surprised me as well, but a quick look at Wikipedia says " No. 56 Squadron converted to their last biplane, the Gloster Gladiator Mk.I, in July 1937.[12] The Gladiators were flown up until May 1938 when the Squadron acquired Hawker Hurricane Mk.Is. "  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._56_Squadron_RAF

 

I'll check my copy of RAF Squadrons (Jefford) later. 

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11 minutes ago, MikeC said:

Surprised me as well, but a quick look at Wikipedia says " No. 56 Squadron converted to their last biplane, the Gloster Gladiator Mk.I, in July 1937.[12] The Gladiators were flown up until May 1938 when the Squadron acquired Hawker Hurricane Mk.Is. "  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._56_Squadron_RAF

 

I'll check my copy of RAF Squadrons (Jefford) later. 

Please do Mike! I wasn’t aware that 56 sqdn flew Gladiators till yesterday morning when I was browsing over on the Interwar section of Britmodeller. I’ve “googled” and looked in my references but haven’t found a photograph yet, but Pheon do a 1/48 decal set for one. I’m more than happy (and capable) of cutting my own masks but need the references! :wacko:

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And checked: Jefford confirms the use of Gladiators between those dates: there was a bit of an overlap with Hurricanes, the first arriving in April 1938.  The squadron was at North Weald at the time.

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Working on my third ICM kit at the moment and wondering, has ICM positively mentioned they will release the Sea Gladiator?  

Just curious.  The Rata has been released in several variants.   I’m hoping the Sea Gladiator will certainly be released.    

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7 hours ago, MikeC said:

And checked: Jefford confirms the use of Gladiators between those dates: there was a bit of an overlap with Hurricanes, the first arriving in April 1938.  The squadron was at North Weald at the time.

Looking at my book on the Gladiator by Francis K Mason he lists the following for 56 squadron:

North Weald July 1937: K7961 (ex 73 sqdn a/c), K7982, K7983, K7987 - K8000 (these being new aircraft directly from the works), K8020, K8021, K8022, K8030, again new a/c.  He notes that it was standard practice to consign the five aircraft with the highest number of flying hours, or lowest state of modification to the reserve echelon and the other fourteen to front line duties.  This is a 56 squadron Gladiator:

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which is also shown on the Pheon 1/48th sheet, along with K9147 (including checkers), this latter it seems didn't belong to the squadron according to Mason’s research, and I trust that implicitly.  I see on Pheon's website that Rowan has been ill, but is promising a 1/32 sheet(s) for the ICM kit.  The Firebird symbol is clearly shown in this picture on the tail fin, one could speculate whether the checkerboard existed on the fuselage and maybe on the top wing surface, depends how much artistic licence is "available"!  They were on their Gauntlets:

 

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1 hour ago, CharmyDown said:

Sod waiting for the invoice, gone straight in and paid!

See if I can twist the arm of an unsuspecting family member to buy it for me for Chrimbo. :coolio:

 

The pre-order price was £35.63, the sod it price is £43.99, quite a saving, Santa would be proud.

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20 hours ago, Kagemusha said:

 

The pre-order price was £35.63, the sod it price is £43.99, quite a saving, Santa would be proud.

Wrong there chum, pre order price of £39.59 paid.:P

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