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PostPosted: Mon 15 Jun 2009 00:00 am 
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I just saw a TV documentary about the B-24 that carried Churchill and other dignitaries around during WWII.   It was named "Commando" and had American pilots and a Canadian crew.  Fascinating stuff.  But I don't recall ever seeing a model of this plane!  Anybody ever hear of/see a kit, or set of markings or anything relating to this famous aircraft??  (I tried Google but no joy). :shrug:

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Not certain , but , it might have been an option in thr Matchbox Privateer .


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PostPosted: Mon 15 Jun 2009 10:38 am 
You need the Matchbox and soon to be Revell Privateer, but the Matchbox kit doesn't have decals for Commando. This aircraft featured in an Airfix Magazine conversion article and the markings/insignia are pretty straightforward. I'll see if I can dig it out.

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PostPosted: Mon 15 Jun 2009 12:03 pm 
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The 'Commando' nose art is on one of the old Esci decal sheets. I'm saving it for a Revell Privateer myself :wink:

I could scan it and maybe someone with the equipment could make you up a decal?

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My interest in the aircraft as it appeared when Churchill went from England to Gibraltar to Cairo to Moscow and back at the darkest hour of the war.  I was simply amazed by this.  "Commando" at that time was a B-24D with the twin tails and a mostly black paint job, like a Lancaster (I think).

I wouldn't want the later version (a la Matchbox).  For the earlier one, "Commando" was just written on the side in simple white letters.  

Anyway, I don't suppose this is something that I'm likely to build any time soon, but it surprises me that nobody has made a kit of it.  It's an amazing story.

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dancho wrote:
My interest in the aircraft as it appeared when Churchill went from England to Gibraltar to Cairo to Moscow and back at the darkest hour of the war.  I was simply amazed by this.  "Commando" at that time was a B-24D with the twin tails and a mostly black paint job, like a Lancaster (I think).

I wouldn't want the later version (a la Matchbox).  For the earlier one, "Commando" was just written on the side in simple white letters.  

Anyway, I don't suppose this is something that I'm likely to build any time soon, but it surprises me that nobody has made a kit of it.  It's an amazing story.


On the one programme it looked like a possible desert camo, but could just be the bad filming though, and of course  black and white doesn't help, but the camo went right to the base of the fuselage.

Another un-modelled kit is "Ascalon" Churchill's Avro York.

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"Ascalon" is a bit of a rare bird in itself, having square windows rather than the round ones of the standard York.

I didn't find that out until I was part way through putting on mine!

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"Ascalon" is a bit of a rare bird in itself, having square windows rather than the round ones of the standard York.

I didn't find that out until I was part way through putting on mine!


It does not look like too much of a problem - if done before building of course.  :D
I seem to recall seeing a clear vacformed fuselage conversion designed to be used for any of the variants, it was a goodly while ago though. No sign of it when googling though  :cry:
Perhaps not enough people interested. It was clever thinking though because the window variations across the range is vast, nearly every one seems to have had a variation of window positions.
I like the 'British Rail' white glass toilet window on Ascalon, I wonder how many people would be gazing in at altitude ?   :lol:

If it was left clear :
"Hold on Fritz, don't shoot him down yet, I can see Winston in the loo, it's only polite to wait until he's finished ......."   :rotfl:  
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I've got a "commando" decal you're welcome to Dancho, it comes on the Beaufighter ESCI decal sheet for some reason?!

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