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July 2016





Enough of the greys;  this month’s build is the marvellous Italeri H-19 kit converted to become a bright orange Westland Whirlwind  HAR.1 from Royal Navy Antarctic Patrol Vessel HMS PROTECTOR in the mid 1950s.   This was a slightly more difficult conversion than I expected, but the end result is worth it.

August 2016




This is a quick-build tribute to Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown RN, who passed away earlier this year.  Amongst an incredible number of successful aviation “firsts”, Captain Brown pioneered the use of a rubberised flexible aircraft carrier deck in an attempt to do away with heavy undercarriage on early jets.  


The base for this month’s build is an old FROG Vampire converted to represent one of the Sea Vampire F.20s that he flew in this rather doubtful initiative.  

September 2016




Another quick-build this month as “real life” continues to occupy most of my time, but this is a rather more complex one, inspired by this year’s RIAT displays.  


Italeri’s MiG 29 kit  is well thought of although some more recent Russian and Chinese kits have knocked it off its pedestal.  Nevertheless, Italeri have re-issued it recently with some superb Polish Air Force markings.

October 2016




From time to time, something completely different can be a lot of fun.  I spotted this particular model being sold at  a substantial discount  and couldn’t resist.


So, here we are with the well known modified Correllian Freighter from the Star Wars universe, the Millenium Falcon, as represented by Revel in 1/72 scale.


May the Force be with you!

November 2016


60th Anniversary of the Suez Landings - Operation Musketeer


I’ve been trying to avoid Anniversary builds this year, but Suez was a highly significant event in Military aviation history and if nothing else, those stripes fit my colourful theme!  


Inspired by a visit to the marvellous DeHavilland Museum, this is the old FROG kit of the DeHavilland Sea Venom, in the markings of 892 squadron at Suez.  



Then, sticking with the twin booms, here is the slightly newer Heller kit of the DeHavilland Vampire, in the markings of 603 Sqn RAuxAF.  

December 2016




Continuing the Suez Crisis theme, the Westland Wyvern has long been a gap in my Fleet Air Arm aircraft collection.  This is Trumpeter’s marvellous kit of this awkward but aggressive looking beast.  

And it has colourful stripes!

Nb. Better pictures added 3-12-16



Then finally, to finish the year in a similarly colourful and cheerful way as I started it, I have built a 1/144 scale Revell Airbus A319 in the markings of easyJet.  I’ve flown regularly on these aircraft between Bristol and Edinburgh for the last 4 years.

 

So that’s another year over - this site’s 11th!  My building has been a little less prolific this year, something I must attempt to fix next year if I am ever to build that stash!

January 2017





The Christmas break tends to be a period when I model something a little different or off-theme;  this year I have started the ball rolling with a Heller Etendard IVM of the French Navy.   Although it was never a particularly spectacular aircraft, it served successfully in one form or another with the French Navy for over 40 years.  


February 2017





Last month saw a slightly more complex build, taking the Italeri AW-101 kit, in its “James Bond” film guise and converting it to represent one of the ex-Danish, ex-RAF Merlin HC.3As that have been transferred to the Royal Navy to replace the venerable Sea King HC.4.

March 2017





The Flu has struck me down this month, so building has been a little limited. However I have managed this tiny Westland Sioux AH.1 of the Royal Marines using the Italeri Bell Sioux kit..

April 2017





I find civil aircraft in 1:144 scale quite taxing builds, particularly when they have large white fuselage areas; getting a good finish can be challenging.  


Nevertheless, I enjoy building them, so this is the relatively recent Revell kit of the largest variant in Embraer’s regional E-Jet series, the E195, in the markings of  Italian regional airline Air Dolomiti.  



The ADV Panavia Tornado F.3 formed the backbone of RAF air defences for nearly 24 years, a remarkable time by any standard.  This is the Airfix kit, in the retirement markings of 111 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in 2011.  It is by no means the best Tornado kit around, but one that scrubs up reasonably well.

May 2017





March saw the final deployment and retirement of the Westland Lynx from the  RN after nearly 40 years of front line service.  Seems like a good excuse to add another one to my collection, this time a late Mk8 from HMS SOMERSET, using the Hobbyboss kit and some Xtradecal markings.



The HS121 Trident remains one of the fastest passenger aircraft ever built. and pioneered the use of automated landing systems.  It was also the first airliner that I ever flew in. My second build of the month is the ancient Airfix Trident 1C in early Briitsh Airways markings.  This is an old kit, and whilst it fits together well, it has a number of shape issues and lacks much of the detail expected of modern kits.

June 2017




This month I have been building two definitive 1970s Vietnam-era USAF aircraft.  These are my first attempts at South East Asia US camouflage and I am generally quite pleased with the outcome.


First up then is this F-105D Thunderchief, using the old FROG kit (of Hasegawa origins) based out of Takhli in Thailand.  Really quite a crude kit, but it only cost me a pound to buy!  Mind you the very nice Memphis Belle II Print Scale decals cost a little more…..




The second build is the aircraft that replaced the F-105 in the tactical  bombing role, the superb F-4E Phantom, this time  based out of Korat in Thailand.  This is the second generation Hasegawa kit (the one without rivets).  A simple kit without much detail, but looks good when complete.  This one cost me the grand total of five pounds, and included the decals you see here!

Possibly a few more Vietnam aircraft next month, for no particular reason.  Watch this space!