I’ve mentioned in previous posts that this year’s theme for the Plymouth Modelling Club Annual show in June is D-day. This year will be the 75th anniversary of the Normandy beach landings, an event which turned the tide (forgive the unintentional pun) in favor of the allies and brought the second world war to conclusion in 1945.
My main contribution to the theme was my “Road to Carentan” diorama …
… which I completed at the end of last year. In addition though I also purchased a few other figures from “Stoessi’s Heroes” with the aim of making a few smaller contributions and this represents the first of four, always assuming I complete the other three!
This figure represents Captain Colin Douglas Maud, a Royal Navy officer who during the Second World War commanded the destroyers Somali and Icarus and acted as beach master of Juno beach at the D-day landings. He “possessed the outward appearance of a latter-day buccaneer and was endowed with exceptional boldness and tenacity to go with it”. His blackthorn stick and dog Winnie provided an image when portrayed by Kenneth More in the film The Longest Day. He was described as “one of the most popular officers in the British Navy”.
Some of you will also recall that in a recent Musings post I made mention to a purchase of old-fashioned wooden cotton reels. Now I know the article blew some of you away while for others the subject was lost in translation. Well, in the hope of providing some visual clarity I decided to set the figure on one of my spare “wooden cotton reel plinths” .