Finnish Wartime Winter Dispersal Diorama

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Fokker D.XXI Sarja IV

During Winter War and Continuation Wars, Finnish fighters were normally dispersed in small numbers to auxiliary camouflaged airfields to avoid detection and attack on the ground. Standing alert for reports of Russian bombers, they often flew 6-8 sorties each day. When not flying, their aircraft were covered and kept warm by the use of electric radiators and heated oil dipsticks, and could be airborne in a matter of minutes.

Below are examples of the Mercury engined Fokker D.XXI Sarja 3 of the Winter War and the Wasp powered Fokker D.XXI IV Sarja in winter livery.

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Fokker D.XXI Sarja 3

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Ilyushin SB 3

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Polikarpov I-16 Type 10

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This diorama was constructed using a picture frame base with rolled up newspaper to simulate undulating terrain. The terrain was anchored using self-adhesive white glue. Once dry, 3M craft Mount was liberally sprayed before Woodland scenic Snow flake snow (SN140) was liberally applied. The conifer trees were bought from Spot-On Models, Fleet Street Swindon.

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Richard Reynolds.

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