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September 2017


100th Anniversary of the first deck landing on a ship at sea


Last month marked the anniversary in 1917 of the first landing on a ship at sea, by Sqn Cdr E Dunning RNAS onboard HMS Furious in Scapa Flow.  I’ve already built an example of Dunning’s ship-based Sopwith Pup, so here is a land based Sopwith Pup from Naval 4 Sqn on the Western Front in France in 1917.



I haven’t done an AFV for quite a while now, so as a quick build, here is a quick example of a US Marines LAV-25 fire support vehicle using the Trumpeter kit.  I’m not entirely happy with the paint colours, but this is a nice little kit..

October 2017




“Real Life” has definitely beaten me this month - October and November are always busy, but this year has surpassed all predecessors!   


So;  no new model this month (and I will be struggling with next as well), but I did get round to updating an earlier build - a Matchbox/Revell AS365 Dauphin 2 in Royal Navy colours.   This one was originally built in May 2009, but I was never happy with the tone of blue colour that I used, so time for an update!

November 2017


100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele (3rd Battle of Ypres)


“Real Life” is reaching a crescendo this month and modelling time is still at a premium, but I have managed to scrape a few moments to build a kit I picked up at this year’s Avon IPMS show.


It’s the old (1987) KP kit of the Sukhoi Su-7 BKL FITTER A in Soviet markings.


Not exactly state-of the art perhaps, but neverthless, definitely worth building!

December 2017


 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai


“Real Life” is still in the ascendant, so modelling isn’t exactly progresing to plan. However,  I have managed to complete a couple of kits over the month.


To start with, this is the old FROG A-4K Skyhawk in Kiwi  colours (in fact, strictly speaking, pre-Kiwi!).  This is one of the shared FROG-Hasegawa mouldings from the early 1970s (I used the Hasegawa issue for my Oz Skyhawk a few years back).


It builds up very effectively and gives an interesting variation on Skyhawk camouflage.



And finally…. as a bit of a leftover from last month, my other build for this month is this  ZIL 157 refuelling truck, which I had planned as an accompaniment to  last month’s FITTER.   


This is the ICM issue of this kit  - I’m not entirely clear how this is related to the Trumpeter kits of the same subject, but they do seem to be the same mould.


Have a good Christmas all and see you next year!

January 2018


Happy New Year!


Last year, finding any time for modelling proved really quite difficult - hopefully 2018 will be a little better!   At least I seem to have got off to a good start, with two AV-8 Harriers assembled over the Christmas break, both using the old ESCI kit, which is still my favourite Harrier model in all its versions.


The first is in its original export guise - from VMA-542 “Tigers” of the US Marines.  


What a joy it is to build a well fitting model straight from the box with no build issues!




Then to follow,  whilst I am in the mood I have added a rather more brightly coloured AV-8S Matador of the Spanish Navy, 008 Esquadrilla.  


The Armada Espaniola pioneered the use of the Harrier at sea in an air defence role, flying from the ir sole aircraft carrier, the WW2 era, wooden decked (ex USN Escort Carrier) SNS Dedalo.  The Spanish experience was very positive, paving the way for development of the famous Sea Harrier.

February 2018





Two very different aircraft designs comprise my builds for this month, both developed to counter the USAAF’s high-flying massed bombing raids at the end of WW2.  


The first is the ancient FROG kit of the Luftwaffe’s Heinkel He-162 Volksjäger, a very simple but effective design, which came too late to affect the outcome of WW2.

 




Then, a rather more conventional design from the other side of the world, the Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (Tojo) interceptor of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, using the very nice 1980s era Hasegawa kit.

March 2018





This month’s sole build is the marvellous Amodel De Havilland Dove/Sea Devon in Royal Navy markings representing 718 Sqn at RNAS Culdrose.  One of the most successful of Britain’s early post war civil aircraft, its distinctive bubble canopy is instantly recognisable.

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April 2018


100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Air Force



2018 seems to be progressing in a less than satisfactory direction, with a family bereavement earlier this month followed rapidly by a major injury to my leg.  Clearly, modelling has been a low priority and I am struggling to build anything whilst currently stuck in bed!  However I did kick off two builds to celebrate 100 years of the RAF and have managed to complete one, an Airfix Hawk T.1 from the amazing Red Arrows.  


Sadly, just as this model neared completion, one of the Red Arrows aircraft crashed at RAF Valley, killing RAF engineer Corporal Jonathan Bayliss.  My thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this very difficult time.   




Finished at last ! The second build is an earlier Red Arrows mount, the Folland Gnat  T.1. It’s an earlier Airfix mould to a much lower standard or level of detail. I have struggled to build this one due to my leg injury and total lack of mobility, but trying has been a useful distraction!

May 2018





When all else fails, refurbish an older model !   This is an Airfix Lynx Mk.3 ICE from HMS ENDURANCE that I built in 2009 whilst living in a hotel room.  I decided to do a rotor blade fold as an experiment and felt that some handling bars were required.  The only thing I could find were a set of cocktail sticks, which looked OK, but were clearly too thick.  Nine years later, I have added plastic rod as a more realistic substitute.




As I am still stuck in bed/sofa with my broken leg, I have attempted something a little smaller and easier to handle than normal, that doesn’t need any filling or sanding.  This is the Revell MAN Mil GL 5 tonne  Kat 1 4x4 truck in 1/72 scale.  A complex little kit that requires some care to build, but looks good when completed!

June 2018





Something a little more challenging this month to help my recuperation.  


This is a simple conversion of the excellent 1/72 Airfix Spitfire 22 into a Seafire 46 from RNAS Lossiemouth in 1948, using a mix of kit and Model Alliance decals.

July 2018





This month really has been a difficult build, not helped by my injuries,  but I think I would have struggled in any event.  


Completing my Seafire variant collection after sitting for over a decade in the stash, this is the CMR resin kit of a Seafire 45 from 771 Sqn at Lee on Solent.  Not an easy build!

August 2018





The scorchingly hot weather here in the UK over the last 2 months has not really been helpful for modelling, so  this has been a rather relaxed build, making use of a kit that might otherwise have been headed for landfill.  I’m quite pleased with the way it’s turned out though.


This is the ancient Airfix Spitfire IX, hacked into a Seafire LIII of 880 Squadron in 1945.