These planes belonged to: No. 85 Squadron, R.A.F., Advanced Air Striking Force, Lille-Seclin, France, May, 1940.
The Lysander had one unique capability that turned out to be its saving grace for war-time service: the airplane could land and take off on extremely short, rough fields. And so it ultimately found its true niche and a measure of fame as a spy plane of sorts, sneaking agents into and out of Occupied France under difficult conditions.
Here I imagine a Hampden bomber going through its last preparations before a night-time mission.
Of course it’s a photographic illusion, but for the planes I have that never got their wheels, I think this method puts them in the best light I can hope to manage!
Two summers ago I made my first small airfield diorama boards in order to have a setting for my recently finished Airfix Spitfires, Control Tower, Fuel Trucks and Emergency Set. It was only in the last month that I completed the final of four modular 2’x4′ boards and a scratch-built hangar — and only yesterday that my five-year-old and I pulled it all together for a photo shoot.
Ever since I built the RAF Emergency Vehicle Set about two years ago, I have thought that the true diorama for them would surely involve a flaming airplane.
Here is the companion piece to my very recent American version. I constructed the diorama base so that the Quonset hut (Italeri) could be easily switched out for a palm-thatched […]
Here is my attempt to capture the feel of a palm-studded, sun-drenched airbase in the South Pacific in the latter half of 1942. It is the first time I have […]
My last three builds have all been Imperial Japanese Army aircraft, accompanied by Hasegawa’s fuel and starter trucks, so naturally I wanted to put together a small scene — despite […]
This is the British companion piece to my previous American airborne post. The inspiration here was once again A Bridge Too Far, especially the loading-up scenes on the tarmacs in England. […]