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The One That Got Away
Mecenas
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 02:34 AM UTC
Michał Sindera presents his recently finished Airfix kit of Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4 originaly flown by the only German pilot who escaped from British imprisonment and managed to get back to Germany few months later.

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Thanks!
FalkeEins
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 03:15 AM UTC

very nice work Michal!
Mecenas
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 04:40 AM UTC

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very nice work Michal!


Many thanks Neil. What do you think about my interpretation of camouflage and colours?
TedMamere
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 06:54 PM UTC
Hi Michal,

Great job! The diorama is simple but very effective. A civilian figure or two would add a nice touch though.

Jean-Luc
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 08:35 PM UTC
Hi Michal

Very nice! I actually mistook the model for a much larger scale build from the front page photo! Very impressive.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 01:58 AM UTC
Thanks guys!
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 08:57 AM UTC
Great build of the downed bird Michal. Interesting story about the escaped pilot too.

How were the propeller blades bent? That really looks nice.

I agree with Jean-Luc that one or two figures would be a nice addition.



Jelger
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 09:44 AM UTC
Thanks Jelger. Propeller blades were first all bent just in fingers and for two lower ones I used also some rounded pencil with the diameter ca. 5-7mm to round them much more.

I agree about the figure, I also thought about it but currently I don't have in my stash. I still keep this model as a work in progress so I hope to make few improvements and additions to the base. Thanks for suggestions.
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 01:54 AM UTC
Beautiful build!

I read the book as a teenager, it was even translated into Swedish! It is a fascinating story.



Magnus
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 08:57 PM UTC
Hi Magnus,
do you mean von Werra's memoirs from his escape? I thought this book was never published even in Germany...
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 09:24 PM UTC
A bit of googling turned up this:

"Kendal, Burt: The one that got away" . The book I read was a Swedish translation from this one (one of the three languages it has been translated into obviously )!

I suspect the author have had access to the original manuscript, I remember references in the book where he pointed out that the original text had been altered by the nazi propaganda machine (among other things, the ethnicity of the members of the British police was of the utmost importance...).



Magnus
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 10:15 PM UTC
So you mean the novel based on real story not the book written directly by von Werra.
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 10:23 PM UTC

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So you mean the novel based on real story not the book written directly by von Werra.



Exactly! I only remembered that I had read a book and not if it was by von Verra or by some other author, it wasn't a first-person narrative but it told the story about how he escaped and tried to steal an aircraft from the RAF!



Magnus
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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:33 AM UTC
One of the links at the bottom of my article give a good story of all his attempts to escape, including stealing of an airplane.