As part of the RAF’s centenary, model aircraft enthusiasts from Britain and Germany recreate the Battle of Britain in miniature, to understand and commemorate the pilots. Love Productions‘ Battle of Britain: Model Squadron brings the greatest aerial conflict in history back to life, and the ENVY team were delighted to have collaborated.
In the final episode, the modellers have reached 15th September known as Battle of Britain day. This was the climax of the battle when the RAF threw everything at the massed squadrons of Luftwaffe trying to attack London. It was on this day that Douglas Barder’s controversial tactic, The Big Wing was successfully deployed as 5 squadrons flew together in tight formation. The RAF modellers must try to bring to life a model Big Wing, and get all of their planes in the sky at once and fly in formation before their final dog fight with the model Luftwaffe. Its Luftwaffe squadron leader Jürgen’s birthday, but he’s not having the best day, having to contend with failing engines, rogue pilots and fog…
ENVY Colourist Andrew Cloke said, “The footage was shot really well for this project and the client wanted the film to look natural, so for the most part it was just a case of polishing the material. One challenge we faced was tying in the FPV cameras that were inside the model planes with all the other footage; the FPV cameras are at a lower bitrate and latitude, so there isn’t a lot of colour information to play with. It was a really interesting project to work on and I feel we achieved a nice medium with it in the end – and the show is a brilliant watch!”
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