Cadet diorama flies high!

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Arbroath’s Air Cadets have been the very model of success after their diorama of a pivotal WWII battle earned them a national award.

The cadets of 2422 Squadron took silver in the model-building competition at the Scotland & Northern Ireland Region Air Cadets Field Day at Rosyth Naval Base earlier this month.

Their diorama of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, successfully carried them through the North East Scotland Wing Field Day in August and into the hard fought national competition. On December 7, 1941, Imperial Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on the US Navy’s base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, bringing the US into the war.

Mick Walton, 2422 Squadron’s civilian instructor, said: “We were up against the rest of Scotland and Northern Ireland with a model built by young cadets who had never built plastic models let alone a full diorama.

“They put hours of work into each model and landscape and we achieved second place against a very strong competition.

“We narrowly missed out on the top prize won by a squadron from North Berwick but have learnt many lessons in model building and are hoping to achieve greater success next year.

“If anyone wishes to join our team of cadets and are aged 13 or in second year of secondary school then come along to our squadron building opposite the Portcullis Pub on Monday or Thursday nights at 7pm and have a look around.”