February 2019




This is my first real build of 2019 and I am very pleased with it. Some late Matchbox kits are real gems and this is one of them.  I picked this up for a very reasonable price at Telford in November last year and although its decals were showing their age, it has been a very satisfying build .


This is a Vickers Wellesley of 14 Sqn based at RAF Amman, Transjordan in 1938.

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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.



September 2018





Another classic RAF aircraft for this RAF100 centenary year.  The Hunter is definitely one of the most elegant jets ever produced; this is the FROG kit from the 1970s, in the colourful markings of a Hawker Hunter FGA.9 of 54 Sqn RAF in 1968.  


This old kit is definitely still a worthwhile and enjoyable build today, albeit lacking in the sort of detail we now expect.

October 2018





As I expected, this Mach 2 kit has not been an easy build, but it was an enjoyable challenge and I am pleased with the end product.  With a few scratch variations from the kit as supplied, this is the US Coast Guard Hu-25 maritime patrol aircraft based on the hugely successful Dassault Falcon 20G business jet.

November 2018


            100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War


Two substantial builds this month, both variants of the same versaile aircraft design, and both performing the same role, but in very different parts of the world.


First, a FROG Canberra B(I).8 from 88 Sqn, RAF Germany in the 1950s and 1960s.  A low cost and reasonably accurate kit of this nuclear armed Cold War aircraft, albeit lacking in fine detail.




Then the US development of the same aircraft, in the form of the Martin B-57 Canberra, in this case serving with the 8th Bomb Sqn at Phan Rang AB, Vietnam in the 1960s.  


USAF Canberras were the first US aircraft to bomb North Vietnam, and together with their Australian Canberra counterparts, formed the backbone of the nightly assault on the Ho Chi Min trail.


December 2018


HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH First of Class Flying Trials -  FLY NAVY


One of the very few bits of good news this year has been the incredibly successful completion in November of parts 1 and 2 of First of Class F-35B Flying Trials onboard HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, off the eastern seaboard of the United States; fixed wing fast jets have returned to the Royal Navy in spectacular style.


As well as the first ever landings on QNLZ, undertaken by Royal Navy pilot Cdr Nathan Gray and RAF pilot Sqn Ldr Andy Edgell, the trials also included for the first time ever, an automated Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing (SRVL), this time by BAE Systems pilot Peter Wilson, a maneouvre that will be essential to allow the F-35B to return onboard with unexpended ammuniiton.


To celebrate this historic event, I have built another F-35B, using the Fujimi kit, in speculative operational RN markings (never say never) and updated my build from last year celebrating the first departure of QNLZ from Rosyth. My first model now includes the commemorative tail badge worn by the F-35B Integrated Test Force (ITF) aircraft and pilots.


….and on that deliberately upbeat note, 2018 ends for me. My best wishes to all and see you next year!  


January 2019


Happy New Year!


Christmas was somewhat shorter and busier than expected, with little time for modelling, so I start the year with two modest small builds of AFVs, using Matador resin kits purchased at Telford last year.


First up is the widely used FV721 Fox CVR(W), the British Army’s replacement for the Saladin armoured car.




Then to follow, the final mark of the long lived and successful Ferret scout car family, the large wheeled, Swingfire armed, Daimler FV712 Ferret Mk 5.

March 2019





This one is really a litle disappointing. It’s the very crude Leoman kit of a Sukhoi Su-9B  Fishpot B of the Soviet Air Defences (PVO) in the 1960s to early 1970s.


Not recommended as a kit, but it has kept me busy for a few weeks and fills a gap in the collection!