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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!

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.