£8.95

Euro Decals Bristol Blenheim Mk.I/IF ED-72115

Inside are four-way profiles of each of the six decal option,

plus a legend with suggested colours in FS numbers,

Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix, LifeColor and Modelmaster shades,

with a page of general text about the aircraft on the back page.

The options from the sheet are as follows:

 

  • Blenheim Mk.I K7040 V/114 of 114 squadron, RAF Wyton, Cambs. March 1937
  • Blenheim Mk.I K7059 TW of 90 squadron, RAF Bicester, Oxon, Sept 1938
  • Blenheim Mk.IF Serial unknown YN.B of 601 squadron, RAF Hendon, Middx. summer 1939
  • Blenheim Mk.I L7760 UQ of 211 squadron, RAF Tatoi, Greece, late 1940
  • Blenheim Mk.IF K7159 YK.N of 54 OUT, RAF Chruch Fenton, North Yorks, Dec 1940
  • Blenheim Mk.IF L1210 P of 771 Naval Air Squadron, FAA at RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1942-43

In widespread service with the Royal Air Force at the start of WWII,

the Bristol Blenheim and its brave crews would be asked to shoulder a

heavy burden in the months that followed, with a Blenheim mounting

Britain’s first sortie of the war just 63 minutes after war was declared

against Germany. Living up to the name ‘Britain First’ Lord Rothermere

bestowed on his spectacular Bristol Type 142 civilian transport and

inspiration for the Blenheim, these aircraft went into combat determined

to show Britain’s defiance and determination to prevail in this second

global conflict. Significantly, the pace of aviation development in the

1930s continued to increase and whilst the Blenheim was a ground-breaking

aircraft design when it first entered RAF service, it was quickly outclassed

by the latest breed of fast monoplane fighters. With relatively light defensive

armament and weighed down with the equipment of war, gallant Blenheim

crews would suffer terrible losses at the hands of the Luftwaffe, particularly

during the early months of WWII.