1/32 Hobbycraft Spad XIII C1
in Turkish Independence War
Turkey Victory Day
XIIIís participation in the Turkish
Airforce was during the hardest days of the independence war. Prior to the final
attack on invading Greek forces,
twenty war weary Spad XIII procured
from Italy with a back room operation.
Though unarmed, these were
equipped with available
German Spandau guns at the maintenance depot in Central Anatolia.
Spads with this array
used in armed patrol missions over Western
Front. One of the pilots (Captain) YŁzbaşı Fazıl shot down a
Greek Breguet XIV on August 29 1922 during one of the patrols.
Delegated to training purposes later years, Spad XIIIís completely decommissioned in 1930.
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kit was almost built out of the box
no painstaking corrections or detailing. Fit is almost perfect. With a very
small amount of putty. Various
mixes of Humbrol enamels used for
painting as well as all national
insignias. Rigging simulated
with Model Supliesí 0.015 mm wire and fishing line. Finally,
laminated wooden propeller finished with burnt amber oils over tan enamel.
Photos and text © by ÷zkan