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Author Topic: Can you identify the pilot of this spitfire please? '538' of 57 GIAP  (Read 4065 times)
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« on: March 08, 2008, 10:28:59 PM »

I'm currently making a lend lease Mk.Vb spitfire, and have a suspicion it is Anatoli Ivanov's.

of the middle two choices I'm given on the aml sheet the upper is definately Levchenko's:
http://www.aml.cz/dec/d72018.jpg

But it is '538' I'm interested in:
http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/spit/538.jpg
http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/album/showphoto.php?photo=14188&si=GIAP

Any help appreciated,
Dave.
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Dark Green Man
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2008, 06:35:26 AM »



I have the 1/48th scale version of that sheet and I am interested in doing Levchenko's machine
(BN 198? White 21)
the question I have is has anyone seen a photo of the plane?
there is some question as to why this aircraft has red on the spinner and seems to have an over-painted RAF Roundel on it.
since it shows a Sky tail-band and spinner I am wondering if it is an ex-RAF machine transferred via Lend-Lease.

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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2008, 06:47:56 PM »

I think the lend lease Mk.V's were all ex RAF! They got a bad reputation because they were worn out (and they didn't come with instructions)
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008, 09:42:14 PM »


I checked with "Air Arsenal North America" by Phil Butler and Dan Hagedorn and cannot even find
BN 198 in the list so it seems the decal sheet is based on erroneous profile artwork , as usual.
further reason for photographic confirmation


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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008, 09:02:45 PM »

Back to EP210, "538":
I was always intrigued by the overpainting of the arrow on the sides of the fuselage (see http://lend-lease.airforce.ru/english/articles/spit/) - What might be the reason for the vertical streak of paint, in front of the canopy? Obviously, it doesnt go with the shape of the original arrow. Was the paint pot dumped by the painter and did he try to make the best of it? Also, the front part of the arrow looks like being overpainted, while the paint of the rear part seems to have been removed.

P.S.: If someone intends to build a model of "538", note that the tail fin was repaired and that it's leading edge has a straight profile now! (rather than the original curved one)
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marluc
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008, 09:37:44 PM »

Hello CristianK:

In my humble opinion,I think that EP210 don?t have an arrow at all.I?ve been looking closely at the photo and it looks like, what seems to be the arrow and the streak of paint you mentioned,could be a defect of the original photo?s negative.It?s borders are too irregular and the arrow point is undistinguishable.It could also be a very strange paint streak.You?re right about the straight leading edge of the tail fin,nice detail to add to a model.Best regards:

Martin
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