thinking of using 2 of these Airfix Hurricanes in a simple diorama
using the 1/48 ICM Crew and Pilots kit. It's either this or the Revell
Spitfire. Price is a key and these kits are priced just about right.
Don't know when I last built an Airfix kit. Am hoping I can leave at
least one cockpit open.
Was it common for the planes to be on grass? I had a rollout sheet
of a larger scale grass. Anyone know of a sheet of grass in 1/48 +/- ?
I could sprinkle out the stuff from a bag but its so uneven that way.
thx - Craig
I have seen a number of photos from BoB showing operations from grass
fields, and even planes parked on grass.
There are some really neat sheets of grass at hobby shops these days,
including ones with variation of color- some more brownish areas among
the green. Look in model RR area.
Was it common for the planes to be on grass?
Especially during the Battle of Britain where the RAF operated from small
private flying clubs because (a) the main airfields were damaged and (b)
this distributed the aircraft making harder to find\spot targets for the
But even some of the main airfields would have had grass strips.
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The purpose built airfields like Biggin Hill, Kenley, Hornchurch, North
Weald, Hawkinge, Duxford etc had E type dispersal pens, named as such as
they look like capital E's from the air.
Aircraft would be parked in these whenever possible as they afforded
protection from bomb blasts except for hits in front of them. These had
concrete floors and picketing rings with bitumen poured joints and
earth/grass covered arms and entrances to air raid shelters within the back
arm. Consult books for photos. Google Maps satellite or earth for sizes. I
have plans as work in progress. Visit Kenley or google it to see a restored
pen though the base was tarmaced over , bit of a shame. That one has the
less common entrance to shelter design. The standard entrance is of type
Some pics on here (scroll down a lot)
and here http://www.controltowers.co.uk/H-K/Kenley.htm though more are
available if you google Kenley, or similar airfields.
Now missing from the memorial and other pens but one on the airfield, the
arm ends had brick walls.
The flying clubs mentioned obviously wouldn't have such, though erection of
sandbagged equivalents might have happened if time allowed.
There is a shot of pilots relaxing on the grass at Hawkinge with Hurricanes
in the immediate background on grass, also there is a photo of 610 squadron
(DW code) out on the grass. So either way you may be safe.
I am not aware of that many flying clubs being used. Airfield craters were
flagged and steamrollers and shovels soon had things filled in again. Any
instances of squadrons being rehoused to flying clubs I would be interested
personally to know about, locations and other details etc. The
infrastructure that went with the squadron enabling the maintenance of both
pilot and aircraft, communications to dispersal etc would mean a move to
another airfield not with such in place would not be taken lightly. Such
moves though would mean the Luftwaffe would probably not attack the squadron
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