Airfix Gloster Gladiator Mk.I in 1/72 Scale

This is the Gloster Gladiator Mk. I of F/Lt Marmaduke Pattle at Amriya Egypt in 1940.  Pattle was a South African serving in the RAF during the Second World War and is credited with being the highest-scoring ace in the RAF.  He is credited with fifty victories, fifteen of which were on the Gladiator.  He was shot down and killed by Bf 110s of ZG 26 over Piraeus Harbor, Greece on 20APR41.

The Airfix kits are a pleasure to build.  The engineering of the struts and gear legs is well thought out, and eliminates the alignment issues common to many biplane kits.  The Airfix instructions are also outstanding.  The camo and marking guides are in color and are to scale.  There is also a rigging guide which sets a high standard which I hope other manufactures to attempt to emulate.  All rigging is shown in keyed scale drawings from the front and plan, with detail insets illustrating the optimal installation sequence.

Airfix kit, markings are from the Pavla kit.