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May 2016

I do like the Wessex, and this month’s build has been the Sikorsky S-58 used by Westlands to develop its Napier Gazelle gas turbine installation. The underlying base kit is Hobby Boss’ H-34 Chocktaw/Seabat/Sea Horse.

June 2016

Another early RN helicopter this month. This one is the short run Mach 2 kit, using a set of decals from an old Britavia vacform kit to convert into a Westland Dragonfly HR.5 SAR aircraft from RNAS  Lossiemouth in 1961.

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.