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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!

July 2017

To celebrate and mark the departure of the first of the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers on Sea Trials, this month’s build is one of the F-35B aircraft that the Fleet Air Arm will soon be flying from HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES.  

There are now a number of F-35 kits on the market, but this Fujimi version is still the only F-35B kit available in 1/72 scale.  Fortunately its a good one, with only a few issues to be addressed.  The markings for an F-35B of 809 Sqn are home-made and speculative; it’s unlikely that the aircraft (which are shared with the RAF) will ever bear RN titles or have such colourful tail markings, but hey, we can still dream!!!

August 2017

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

100th Anniversary of the first ever  landing on a ship at Sea.

“Real Life” continues to limit my modelling time, but I have managed one small but pleasing build this last month.   Airfix airliners tend to be rather crude and simplfied, but this BAC 1-11 of the former British Caledonian Airways is finely moulded and nice to build.  My only criticism would be the rather heavy raised panel lines on the wings, but these could easily be resolved.

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!