RAF SEAC RoundelThis is a collection of self-built models of RAF aircraft that were in operation throughout the second world war. The collection concentrates on the variants employed in the far east by South East Asia Command.

Aircraft stationed in the far-east required numerous modification for the tropical climate. The Hawker Hurricane employed a large air intake which bulged below the engine compartment. The camouflage colour scheme typically consisted of dark green and dark brown over light blue.

The RAF roundel (shown left) was restyled for SEAC operations.The red and white centre was overpainted with a 50/50 mix of blue and white to avoid confusion with the national flag of Japan. White stripes on the wings, fuselage and tail fin also provided a distinctive additional aid to recognition.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV (RN135, Seletar)RN135, a Mk XIV Spitfire, was the personal mount of Sqn Ldr James 'Ginger' Lacey, commander of No.17 Squadron based at Seletar in the Autumn of 1945. Rather than the dark green and earth colours common to SEAC aircraft in the far-east, RN135 used standard european colours of green and ocean grey but with SEAC roundals and fin-flashes. Ginger's Spitfire also did not employ the distinctive white stripes of other SEAC aircraft. This model from AZ Silver is one of 500 limited edition pieces.
LiberatorThe design ofd the Liberator began in 1939. The Davis wing gave maximum space for fuel. The RAF ordered 164 with the first being used as transport and not bombers. The next batch, in mid-1941, were modified for use by Coastal Command for reconnaissance duties with long range and good load capabilities. They were equipped with radar and a gun-pack containing four 20mm cannon fitted below the nose. The model shown here is the "Wandering Witch" of No. 335 Squadron, RAF SEAC, 1945.
Bristol Beaufighter TF.X (SEAC colour scheme)The Beaufighter was a private venture designed in 1938 as a long range heavy fighter for the RAF. Coastal Command's anti-shipping Beaufighters were further enhanced with the ability to carry torpedos, bombs or rocket projectiles. The Beaufighter arrived at squadrons in Asia and the Pacific in mid-1942. It has often been said that Japanese soldiers referred to the Beaufighter as "whispering death", supposedly because attacking aircraft often were not heard (or seen) until too late.
Hawker HurricaneNo.34 Squadron served in Singapore and then Imphal, India. The squadron also carried out out bombing raids on Japanese bases in Burma and converted to Hawker Hurricanes to begin fighter-bomber operations from November 1943. The squadron also operated Bristol Blenheims and American P47 Thunderbolts. Because the Hurricane's undercarriage was wider than that of the Spitfire it found itself able to land easily on rough terrain.
Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIc - BN230, FT-A, 43 Sqn RAFBN 230 was the Hurricane flown by Belgian Squadron Leader D.A.R.G. 'Danny' Le Roy Du Vivier DFC. BN 230 was the first RAF fighter over Dieppe on 19th August 1942, leading the Tangmere Wing in 'Operation Jubilee'. A replica can be found on display at RAF Manston, Kent. During the Dieppe operation, Du Vivier led his squadron four times on various different attacks, each time returning with damage to his own machine.  It was while flying this aeroplane that Du Vivier scored his fifth and final kill, a Ju88 over the North Sea; he was however hit and wounded in the action. The machine displays his various affiliations, from the Belgian flag to the black and white checkers of 43 Squadron, RAF.
Short Sunderland III The Shorts Sunderland was one of the finest flying-boats ever built and it served with the Royal Air Force Coastal Command for 21 years. Developed from the Empire class flying boats, the Short Sunderland was first used by the RAF in 1938 and it gave outstanding service throughout WWII. Flying maritime reconnaissance, convoy escort and anti-submarine missions over the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the North Sea and the Mediterranean, it had an endurance in excess of 13 hours. The model featured here is rendered in white and light grey and SEAC markings as used by No. 205 Squadron, RAF Seletar, Singapore. Detachments were also based at RAF KaiTak. On 15 May 1959 the squadron flew the RAF’s last Sunderland operation out of Seletar.
Thunderbolt The RAF operated 240 'Razorback' Thunderbolts (designated Mk.I) as ground attack aircraft. Operating from 1944, the Thunderbolt was used by 16 South East Asia Command (SEAC) squadrons in India against the Japanese in Burma. Operations included army support, attacks on enemy airfields and escort sorties. The Thunderbolts remained in service until October 1946.

Brewster Buffalo The Buffalo operated alongside the Hawker Hurricane but the Buffalo was an inferior aircraft in many respects. Also, many pilots assigned to the Buffalo lacked training experience. 20 aircraft were lost during training flights. At the end of 1941 150 aircraft operated in defence of Malaya, Burma and Singapore. The Brewster's engine would often overheat in the tropical climate spraying engine oil over the windscreen forcing the pilot to abandon the mission. Throughout the campaign the 20 aircraft lost during training were joined by 60 that were shot down and 40 destroyed on the ground with only 20 surviving to reach India. The Buffalo's performance was describe as 'pathetic' (see Wikipedia article).
Supermarine Spitfire Undoubtably one of the most successful fighters ever introduced into the RAF. The Spitfire Mk.V was operated by over 140 squadrons. On the 5th February 1952 an aircraft from 81 Squadron operating from KaiTak airport in Hong Kong reached the highest altitude ever achieved by a Spitfire reaching 51,550 feet during a routine flight survey. The last operational Spitfire sortie was a flight from RAF Seletar in Singapore.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb (No. 402 Squadron)EP120 is one of only four airworthy examples of the Mk V Supermarine Spitfire in the world. EP120 was taken on charge to the RAF in 1942 and spent some time with 19 Sqn in Cornwall and was later moved to 402 RCAF Sqn. It was used as a static aircraft in The Battle of Britain film in 1967-1968 and moved her to RAF St Athan in South Wales, where she joined other Spitfires in store. In 2000, EP120 took part in the film Pearl Harbour as the lead Spitfire.

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