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December 2023


For my last completed models of 2023, I have gone firmly back to my modelling roots, with 2 more Fleet Air Arm aircraft.  



The Fairey Gannet, with its twin turboprop propulsion, was sufficiently different from existing aircraft to merit a dedicated trainer version.  These were operated by the HQ Flights of most Gannet Squadrons, including this Gannet T.5 from 849 Sqn at RNAS Brawdy in 1969, built using the Trumpeter kit.



The 1950s were a period of rapid transition and growth for the Fleet Air Arm, with the Cold War ramping up and jet aircraft beginning to take over from propeller driven older types.  The Supermarine Vickers Attacker was the RN’s first jet powered carrier-borne aircraft, and although its service life was short, it pioneered the use of jets at sea.  This is the old FROG kit, with markings for an aircraft of 800 Sqn, based onboard HMS EAGLE in 1951.

April 2023





Back to my Malta project this month, with two more adversaries from the early part of the air campaign in 1940.


Hurricanes are synonomous with the defence of Malta.  My first build of the month represents one of the early aircraft delivered by HMS ARGUS during Operation Hurry in August 1940: a Hurricane Mk1B of 418 Flight/261 Sqn operating out of Hal Far and Takali airfields.


Facing the newly arrived Hurricanes, the Italian Air Force had reverted from their MC.200s to the trusty and very  manoeuverable Fiat CR.42 biplane.   This one represents an aircraft of 97 Sqn, 9 Gruppo, 4 Stormo, which served briefly over Malta before departing for Libya.  

May 2023





At the end of April I had the delight of attending  the annual “Star Wars Celebration”, held this year at the Excel centre in London.  


A perfect excuse to build another Star Wars model, this time a TIE Fighter, using the marvellous Bandai / Revell kit !

June 2023





The outrageous Russian invasion of Ukraine continues and so I add another Ukrainian aircraft to my model collection.   


This is the Hobbyboss Mil Mi-254V Crocodile  / Hind-E of the 16th Separate Army Aviation Brigade in Eastern Ukraine.  Decals come from Ukrainian company, Foxbot.

July 2023





My Malta Air Campaign project has been bubbling away in the background and this month sees an important Italian Bomber  that saw action over Malta in 1941 and 1942.   


This is the Supermodel CANT Z.1007 Bis Alcione  of 60 Sqn, 33 Gruppo, based out of Trapani-Milo in north east Sicily in June 1941.

August 2023





This year’s RIAT airshow at RAF Fairford seemed to be dominated by the F-35A, with quite a few F-35Bs in attendance as well.  So it is with my modelling builds for this month.


First up is an F-35A of  331 Sqv Royal Norwegian Air Force, based at Orland in northern Norway.  This aircraft carries the stealth drogue parachute pod used to assist with landings on icy runways.


Second is (another!) F-35B, this time using the new Airfix kit and wearing the markings of 617 Sqn “The Dambusters” during the 2021 Carrier Strike Group deployment of the carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH to the Far East.  

August 2023





This year’s RIAT airshow at RAF Fairford seemed to be dominated by the F-35A, with quite a few F-35Bs in attendance as well.  So it is with my modelling builds for this month.


First up is an F-35A of  331 Sqv Royal Norwegian Air Force, based at Orland in northern Norway.  This aircraft carries the stealth drogue parachute pod used to assist with landings on icy runways.


Second is (another!) F-35B, this time using the new Airfix kit and wearing the markings of 617 Sqn “The Dambusters” during the 2021 Carrier Strike Group deployment of the carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH to the Far East.  

September 2023





This month I have built two more “Malta WW2” subjects, both fighter aircraft.  


First up is a Reggiane Re2000 Falco of 377a Sqn,  based out of Palermo in Northern Sicily.  The Falcos were quite unusual, having been rejected by the Italian Air Force just before the war.  Nevertheless, a single experimental squadron operated them with some success against Malta and as escorts for supply ships heading to Libya.


Second is one of the aircraft that the Re2000 would have met in the air above Malta, a Sptifre Vb of  249 Sqn RAF, from Qrendi airfield.   This aircraft and its pilot Sqn Ldr Johnny Lynch, were credited with the 1000th victory over Malta in 1943.  

October 2023





Not strictly Malta this month, but still WW2 in the North Africa/Mediterranean Theatre.  Both of my builds use classic Airfix kits from the 1960s,  albeit with more modern decals.


The first is a Lockheed Hudson of 206 Sqn RAF, based out of Bircham Newton and with detachments to Gibraltar .  The Hudson was a remarkably successful adaptation of a passenger aircraft into a maritime strike and anti-submarine bomber.


Second is a Fiesler Storch of the Luftwaffe Wüstennotstaffel, providing rescue cover, special ops insertion and VIP transport to Rommel’s army in North Africa during 1942.

November 2023





This month I have returned to what is probably my favourite modelling subject, Cold War Royal Navy aircraft,  with one new build and a refurbishment of an older model.


The first is a Fairey Gannet AEW.3 of A Flight, 849 Sqn from HMS HERMES (naturally) in the late 1960s.  This is the Sword kit released in 2015 (and about to be re-released).    It’s not the easiest kit to build and has some shortfalls, but looks the part when complete!


Whilst  looking out my older Gannet AEW.3 kit  for comparison, I came across a build that I completed in 1991.  It’s the older Airfix Buccaneer S.2 kit, in markings of  800 Sqn in HMS EAGLE.  Its decals had deteriorated badly over the past 32 years, so time for a repaint and spruce up!



The Hunting Percival Sea Prince is an aircraft that has fascinated me for years.  Looking slightly like an upside down Lockheed Hudson, it  has some unexpected tricks up its sleeve, including radar, a bomb bay and wing racks for practice ASW weapons !  


This is the Special Hobby kit of the Sea Prince’s sister, the  Percival Pembroke, but using the extra parts included in the kit to build a Sea Prince T.1 ASW/Navigation trainer of 750 Sqn Fleet Air Arm during the 1970s .

January 2024


Another New Year and the world seems to be an even less happier place than it was 12 months ago.  Specifically, for the people of Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, I hope very much that 2024 ends better than it has begun.

I read an academic study paper recently that  identified some very significant benefits to the mental health of veterans from the hobby of modelling.  I can understand that, since I find modelling is one of the best ways I know of de-stressing myself.

Escaping into the detail and concentration of building miniature replicas is always a worthwhile pastime.  However, to make it work you need to accept that ultimately, it doesn’t matter if your model turns out well or not; it is more about the journey than the end result.  And it REALLY doesn’t matter what other people think of it.  It’s your model !

February 2024


I have a BIG build planned for next month, so I’m making a little headroom now by building 2 smaller kits, both from roughly the same period of WW2.



The P-51D Mustang was built to British Purchasing Comission requirements and became one fo the best Allied fighters of WW2.  Its massive range meant that bomber raids could be escorted all the way to the target and back.   This is the 1974 Airfix mould of an aircraft from 352 Fighter Group in eastern England during 1944.



For most of WW2, Italian fighters sufferred from poor engines and a lack of firepower.


The 5 Series fighters changed that, adopting the powerful German DB605 engine and heavy canon armament.  The Fiat G.55 was one of these, excelling at high altitude, and proving a good match for Allied Spitfires and Mustangs.  This is an Aliplast kit of a G.55 of the Nazi puppet Aviazione Nazionale Repubblica (ANR), also in 1944.

March 2024


I am steadily working my way through a BPK 1/72 P-8A Poseidon.  Progress is slow, but I’m reasonably confident that I will finish it this month.  In the meantime…….


The Grumman Hellcat was probably the best carrier fighter of WW2.  It saw extensive service with the Fleet Air Arm in Europe and the far East, often from small escort carriers.  


This is an Academy kit, using Freightdog decals for an aircraft of 808 Sqn / HMS KHEDIVE, at Trincomalee immediately after the war ended.


The Fairey Albacore was intended to replace the Swordfish, but in the end its predecessor outlived it.  Nevertheless, after a shaky start in Norway, Albacores saw much success in the North Sea, as well as flying from Malta and over the Western Desert.  


This is a Pegasus kit of an 826 Sqn Albacore in the Western Desert  that I built some time back, which I have repainted and given a general tidy up.