Clostermann

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Here is a model of Pacific Coast 1:32 scale Spitfire Mk IX, representing a machine flown by a prominent French ace Pierre Clostermann. After ...

Here is a model of Pacific Coast 1:32 scale Spitfire Mk IX, representing a machine flown by a prominent French ace Pierre Clostermann.

After training at RAF Cranwell and 61 OTU, Clostermann, a Sergeant Pilot, was posted in January 1943 to No. 341 Squadron RAF (known to the Free French as Groupe de Chasse n° 3/2 “Alsace”), flying the Supermarine Spitfire.

Clostermann scored his first two victories on 27 July 1943, destroying two Focke-Wulf Fw 190s over France. In October 1943, he was commissioned and assigned to No. 602 Squadron RAF, remaining with the unit for the next ten months. He flew a variety of missions including fighter sweeps, bomber escorts, high-altitude interdiction over the Royal Navy’s Scapa Flow base, and strafing or dive-bombing attacks on V-1 launch sites on the French coast. Clostermann served through D-Day and was one of the first Free French pilots to land on French soil, at temporary airstrip B-11, near Longues-sur-Mer, Normandy on 18 June 1944.

Clostermann was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and finished his wartime career on Hawker Tempests. He had 33 victories to his credit.

See also my other models at my homepage: www.flieger-hanspeter.de.tl

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By ferret_64  |  2010-11-21 at 08:39  |  permalink

Hi Hanspeter,
this is a beautiful model of one of the most beautiful aircraft ever built. Your weathering is perfectly balanced, not too heavy. Thanks for sharing with us!

BTW: I am just browsing thru your site. Lots of goodness in there. You really got the “right stuff”.

Greetings, Martin

By Syed  |  2011-04-18 at 23:10  |  permalink

Hello Hanspeter,

Nice job on the Mk IXC, with the weather and all. If you want to further accurize this beauty, maybe raking the landing gear forward a few degrees would enhance the model’s “sit”. Just a thought based on the observations I have made on the Tamiya kit’s stance…..

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