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PostPosted: Tue 29 Oct 2013 16:59 pm 
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VX275 wrote:
I hate to be a kill joy but the para figure in the Horsa kit can only be an American - He is carrying a chest mounted reserve parachute.
The UK Airborne Forces didn't use reserve parachutes operationally until 1956.
The American main parachute deployed canopy first which resulted in a harsher opening shock and a greater chance of failure. Therefore they carried (and used) reserve parachutes.
The UK's X type parachute opened lines first and gave a smoother opening shock and was altogether a more reliable canopy making a reserve parachute less of a neccessity.


Plus the fact that Glider borne troops did not wear parachutes so he is a decidedly odd figure to include :think:

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PostPosted: Tue 29 Oct 2013 21:09 pm 
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Having built several Horsas and Waco gliders, I have a collection of these figures. you can only pose they waiting to board a Dak really. the same pair appear in both kits

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PostPosted: Tue 29 Oct 2013 21:27 pm 
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stuzzar wrote:
Plus the fact that Glider borne troops did not wear parachutes so he is a decidedly odd figure to include :think:

But Ratch is wanting to model a Horsa of the AFEE which was the unit that conducted the Horsa's service trials including parachuting and supply dropping, both roles being part of the Horsa's specification.
So Paras in a Horsa is more prototypical than you'd think.


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PostPosted: Wed 30 Oct 2013 00:24 am 
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VX275 wrote:
But Ratch is wanting to model a Horsa of the AFEE

That's the next one, not this one which is a 9th Air Force glider :Pilot:

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PostPosted: Sat 10 Sep 2016 13:44 pm 
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There are several online painting guides for British WW2 paras. SHQ's guide gives both Vallejo and Humbrol colours and caters for folk who use enamels or acrylics:

http://www.shqminiatures.co.uk/Sitefiles/main.php

The SHQ guides also cover US airborne, British infantry 1944-45, German infantry 1943-45 and several others.

This is a useful guide with some colour photographs to illustrate uniforms and kit:

http://www.stugiii.com/Brit%20Airborne%20Guide.pdf

Finally, there's Matt Hingley's step by step guide:

https://sites.create-cdn.net/sitefiles/ ... itPara.pdf

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