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Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 6:16 p.m. PST

Must have taken for ever!

Do we recognise all the models?

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 7:24 p.m. PST

That was awesome! Great little video!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 7:25 p.m. PST

That was pretty cool.

Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 7:43 p.m. PST

This is brilliant particularly if you saw the original film.

dBerczerk11 Jan 2021 7:57 p.m. PST

Almost as entertaining as the original movie.

21eRegt11 Jan 2021 8:12 p.m. PST

OMG! That was so much fun. But, the German models were wrong (for the movie).

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse11 Jan 2021 9:13 p.m. PST

We've all wanted to do some like that, for at least 15 seconds. Then we realized how unrealistic that was.

So, I just flew my biplanes around making humming noises.

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 11:50 p.m. PST

Loved that! After a very stressful night it was a great relax at 0700. Damn Good Show, all you little Airfix Chaps!

And, of course, 'The Battle Of Britain' movie…for all its flaws, CAN never be bettered.

miniaturemen Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 5:41 a.m. PST

Bloody brilliant

BattlerBritain12 Jan 2021 6:32 a.m. PST

Bloody marvellous!!

Italeri Heinkels I think, really good kits.

Might be Tamiya Spits and Hurris?

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 7:07 a.m. PST

Talk about a lot of work. Truly a labor of love. Thanks for the find.

UshCha12 Jan 2021 7:56 a.m. PST

Just Awsome, superb.

Legion 412 Jan 2021 9:41 a.m. PST

thumbs up

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 9:50 a.m. PST

I'm not sure who makes them but here you can see that the maker used Spitfire kits with the markings of two different squadrons:

AZ@H is Airfix's 234 Squadron Mark 1a, but JT@T was a Defiant nightfighter squadron. I wonder if the builder had two Airfix Spitfires and applied spare Defiant markings to one so they wouldn't be identical.

Loving the comments:

"Bally Jerry pranged his kite right in the how's your father. Hairy blighter, dicky-birdied, feathered back on his Sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harper's and caught his can in the Bertie."


Whirlwind12 Jan 2021 10:31 a.m. PST

Very good

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 12:55 p.m. PST


I swear this made me feel the same powerful emotions of my first experience of the film upon original release.

How many months--if not years--did this require?!

So very closely a reenactment of the film in so many ways.

Not a complaint at all, but the Me-110 appearing in this film was, I'm confidant, not available in any form for the movie, though quite understandably.

I could wish any surviving members of the cast and crew could see this homage to their efforts.

Bravo, Maestro!


Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 1:17 p.m. PST

Strange but true re the original film: the original score by Sir William Walton was totally binned, apart from the 'Battle in the Air' track which plays over the Eagle Day combat montage.

Ron Goodwin's replacement score featured a rousing, upbeat 'Luftwaffe March', sounding quite Horst-Wessel-y, which was such a popular number among brass bands and the like that later reissues of the soundtrack renamed it 'Aces High' because it was so embarrassing for them to play it under its original title…

'That's a nice tune the band is playing. What's it called?'
'Er…the Luftwaffe March.'

Hear it here. Would make a wonderful ring tone:

0ldYeller12 Jan 2021 3:40 p.m. PST

That is fantastic. Only issue is Goering figure should have been waaaaay fatter.

Brian Smaller12 Jan 2021 10:58 p.m. PST

First time I have seen those 1/72nd Arifix Luftwaffe ground crew being used for anything.

badwargamer13 Jan 2021 1:18 a.m. PST

Kind of related…the command centre is now a paintball centre beside the M5 near Exter.

foxbat13 Jan 2021 2:24 a.m. PST

Adding my voice to the chorus of praises. In a word, simply astounding. Bravo!

Marcus Brutus13 Jan 2021 8:49 a.m. PST

Me too. Very enjoyable. My only complaint is that it puts too much emphasis on the Spitfire and not enough on the Hurricane.

laretenue14 Jan 2021 6:21 a.m. PST

"Never in the field of aerial modelling has so much pointless effort been expended to so much childish pleasure …"

Bloody impressive, though.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2021 12:25 p.m. PST

"any surviving members of the cast"

Good point

Well Christopher Plummer and Michael Caine are still going strong and filming to this day. "Rabbit Leader to Foxtrot Control" and "Help yourselves boys, thar's no fiter (he has a Canadian accent) escort". They don't write it like that any more.

Now, The Longest Day. With Sean Connery gone…not too many survivors there. I can't think of one top billing.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2021 9:19 a.m. PST

Of course I had to look deadhead. Guess depends on what you consider biggies of course but only "premier" actors from The Longest Day I could find still alive are George Segal and Robert Wagner.

And for Battle of Britain lets not forget Ian McShane who also still going strong.

fozman16 Jan 2021 12:51 p.m. PST

Pity they didn't include the Susannah York scenes :-) …

though whether there's a Mr Warwick figure in 1/72, I'm not sure

Jeffers16 Jan 2021 1:07 p.m. PST

BoB cast still going that I know of:

Edward Fox, David Griffin, James Cosmo & Maureen Lipman. I believe Karl Otto Alberty is also still with us.

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2021 5:45 a.m. PST

@ fozman

Yes, lack of imagination there. They could have switched to using Barbie and Ken for those scenes, then gone back to 1/72 for the aerial combat.

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