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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Kittiwake in 1/72

Started by KiwiZac, January 13, 2020, 11:25:44 AM

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KiwiZac

WA062/C-FHNA
The oldest surviving Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy is FB.1 WA062. On retirement in 1959 the aircraft was sold to Albertan businessman JHM Snell and allocated the civil registration CF-HNA. Painted silver with red accents the aircraft was used by Snell as an executive transport for about twenty years before he stopped flying due to medical reasons.

Academy 1/72 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake by Zac Yates, on Flickr

After it spent several years on the ground, maintained in airworthy condition by Snell, Dennis Bradley and Alan Ness purchased the aircraft and in 1972 it became part of the embryonic Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. CF-HNA was repainted in the colours it wore at retirement with its original number 117 on the nose cowl and went on to become a staple at airshows around Ontario and further afield.

Academy 1/72 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake by Zac Yates, on Flickr

Although in excellent condition when purchased the aircraft was in need of extensive work by 1989, and over the next five years it was fully restored. The aircraft was returned to flight in the spring of 1994 in the colours of Kittiwake WA067 Spirit of Sarnia, which was flown in combat over the Atlantic in WW2 by triple ace Captain Todd Pomerleau.

Academy 1/72 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake by Zac Yates, on Flickr

The Spirit of Sarnia continues to fly at airshows around Canada and the USA alongside other CWHM aircraft. This model depicts WA062 in its original "warbird" paint scheme, as worn between 1973 and 1989.

Academy 1/72 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake by Zac Yates, on Flickr

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This is the Academy 1/72 Curtiss P-40M/N kit with Master Models turned brass Hispano 20mm barrels, decals are from an Xtradecal Sea Fury sheet. This build was started in 2015 and stalled due to a lack of 1) filler/putty for the upper cowling (I got some more, and then more, then remembered I had this to finish!) and b) a suitable four-bladed propeller and spinner, these last vital parts being Airfix Firefly Mk.V units kindly supplied by kitnut617 which arrived yesterday.

Academy 1/72 Curtiss-Fairey Kittiwake by Zac Yates, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy this addition to the Kittiwake story!
Zac in NZ
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Captain Canada

Haha ! Nice one. I'm still mad at Baz for all that time he rode my steed  :wacko:

Even got our race number....nice touch !

Cheers  :cheers:
CANADA KICKS arse !!!!

Long Live the Commonwealth !!!
Vive les Canadiens !
Where's my beer ?

KiwiZac

Quote from: Captain Canada on January 13, 2020, 07:06:05 PM
Even got our race number....nice touch !

Cheers  :cheers:
Seriously? I did not plan that! Brilliant!!
Zac in NZ
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zenrat

Fred

- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

zenrat industries:  We're everywhere...for your convenience..

The Rat

Lovely! I'll have a look for it when I'm at the CWH museum in March!  ;D
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PR19_Kit

Quote from: The Rat on January 14, 2020, 04:45:29 PM

Lovely! I'll have a look for it when I'm at the CWH museum in March!  ;D


There are people who STILL show up at Cosford wanting to see the PR19....................  ;D
Kit's Rule 1 ) Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage
Kit's Rule 2) The backstory can always be changed to suit the model

...and I'm not a closeted 'Take That' fan, I'm a REAL fan! :)

Regards
Kit

KiwiZac

Zac in NZ
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chrisonord

Nice  , I  am imagining a torpedo  stuck underneath  the fuselage.
Chris
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Pee on it and walk away!!

The Rat

Quote from: PR19_Kit on January 14, 2020, 11:54:03 PM
Quote from: The Rat on January 14, 2020, 04:45:29 PM

Lovely! I'll have a look for it when I'm at the CWH museum in March!  ;D


There are people who STILL show up at Cosford wanting to see the PR19....................  ;D

;D ;D ;D
"My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives." Hedley Lamarr, Blazing Saddles
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dwomby

That looks (and sounds) really plausible.  Great job.

David