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December 2021




To finish 2021, another “less than vintage” year, I have built the Valom kit of the Blackburn Firebrand TF.5.  Valom make some nice kits of interesting subjects, but they are definitely “short run” and need some care in assembly.  


This one wears the markings of a Firebrand TF.5  of 827 Squadron, based at RN Air Station Ford in Sussex and onboard HMS EAGLE.  The kit  suggests a colour scheme from 1951 in dark sea grey topsides, but  I have gone  with a profile from Scale Aircraft Modelling that shows the temperate sea scheme.


My best wishes for the Christmas season and the New Year.

June 2021  The completion of my HMS HERMES Air Group modelling project sees one new model joining two older builds from her period as a conventional Strike Carrier in the1960s.


Part 4 - Strike Carrier:  A Sea Vixen FAW.2 from 893 Sqn in 1968, a Buccaneer S.2 of 801 Sqn, also in 1968 and Scimitar F.1 of 803 Sqn in 1962.  

July 2021




Right up to date now; with the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG-21) departing for a 7-month global deployment in June, I thought it time to update my older Italeri EH101 Merlin model to a Crowsnest AW-101 Merlin HM.2 AEW/ASACs fitted aircraft from 820 Naval Air Squadron embarked in HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.  


A relatively simple update that reflects well this unusual and important real-life aircraft conversion!

August 2021





It has been a little too hot for modelling recently, so one of my projects for this month has made little progress.  Nevertheless,  I have completed this Airfix Dassault Super Mystere B.2 of the French Air Force, using ModelDecal markings for an aircraft that attended the 1977 Greenham Common Air Show.

September 2021





Slightly later than planned, I have spent the last few months trying to finish this Heller kit of the Canadair CL-415 Water Bomber, inspired by a visit I made 4 years ago to their base in Marseille.  


This is the Heller issue of a French Securite Civile aircraft. - It’s not  a difficult kit, but that yellow is a bit of a challenge !  

October 2021





After last month’s challenging “yellow-fest”, I have come back down to earth with a simple but good looking AFV model from Dragon.


This is the M1296 Stryker Dragoon, a throughly modern kit that was a pleasure to build. And provides an interesting comparison with my 2012 Academy Stryker model.  

November 2021




Unfortunately, its been another slow modelling month for me, with a lot of distractions in the real word, including a dose of Covid in the house (not me, fortunately) and a full migration of this website to a different hosting package and SSL certificate, which I hope has passed without problems.  


Nevertheless, I have actually been building and next month should have a much better naval aircraft model to show!  


My only completion for the month is another AFV, this time the ACE 1/72 FV632 Stalwart ammunition carrier.  A fairly complex kit, that needs some care in assembly.  

January 2022




So here we are in 2022 and its all looking a little too familiar.  So let’s keep calm and keep modelling….. Happy New Year. I think….


Over the Christmas break I decided to follow up on December’s build with the Valom kit of the Blackburn Firebrand TF.II, powered by an in-line Napier Sabre engine instead of the radial Bristol Centaurus of the Mk.V.   


This one wears the markings of an evaluation aircraft, operated by 708 Squadron, based at RN Air Station Lee on Solent in Hampshire.

February 2022





Once again this month I have been pursuing a rather more complex longer-term model, so whilst that develops I have built a couple of AFVs to keep me busy.  


The Thales Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle has been in service with several nations since the early 2000s, seeing combat in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.  Dragon have produced a very nice set of models of two variants, a baseline Australian Army version and an up-armoured / up-armed British Army/SF version.

March 2022




This month sees a space/SF theme emerging as I have spent the time since Christmas building an MPM/Round Two 1/72 Eagle Transporter from the TV series Space 1999.  


This particular kit is satisfyingly large and makes a nice comparison with my 1/72 Star Wars Millenuium Falcon.   I decided to go for the red-striped “Rescue Eagle” seen in several episodes.

April 2022


This month I had planned to start building a Zvezda C-130 kit purchased at Telford.  

However, like most civilised people around the world, I have been disgusted by Russia’s unprovoked attempt to grab “lebensraum” in Ukraine and have no desire to build this or any other Russian kit in the foreseeable future.  Perhaps some day , Russia will find its way back to the civilised world.


With that out of my system, I have decided instead to pick up on a theme that has been brewing for a while - WW2 Japanese aircraft.  This sits well with my longstanding Fleet Air Arm theme and has introduced some new aircraft to me that I knew very little about.  It won’t be an exclusive theme this year, but let the fun begin with a bonanza build of 3 separate kits in a month!



Not of course, that the Japanese during WW2 were any better than today’s Russia, indeed their motivation and methods have much in common.  You would think we would have learned something from what happened to them…

First up then is this Airfix Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero of 202 Kokutai based out of Rabaul, PNG, in late 1942.  The Zero is perhaps the most recognisable Japanese aircraft fo WW2, deservedly, and Airfix have certainly produced a good modern kit.of this variant.



Alongside the Zero, the Nakajima B5N Kate was the  main carrier-based attack aircraft at the start of the war.  Airfix have also produced a modern and very nice kit of both major variants of the Kate    This decal option is the Nakajima B5N2 Kate of the Shokaku Carrier Air Group, as seen in combat over Pearl Harbor (oooh my spell-checker really doesn’t ike that) and during the Indian Ocean Raid against the RN Eastern Fleet in Ceylon.



Finally, the Aichi D3A1 Val was the Imperial Japanese Navy’s dive bomber at the start of WW2, leading the attacks at Pearl and over the Indian Ocean.  This aircraft type sank more Allied shipping than any other during WW2 including the aircraft carrier HMS HERMES.  

The Airfix kit, re-released this year as a “classic kit” is rather old and basic, but still good fun. To finish the month, this is an Aichi D3A1 Val of the Akagi Carrier Air Group  

May 2022


The horrors and atrocities perpetrated daily by Russian forces in Ukraine continue unabated. And for what? Seemingly, for one sick old man’s vanity and delusion.  




After last month’s Japanese binge, this month may persuade you that I have watched “The Final Countdown” a little too often as the month kicks off with an F-4N Phantom II of VF-111 “Sundowners” onboard USS CORAL SEA in 1975.


Then, sticking with the “treble ones” and Phantoms, an F-4M / FGR.2 of 111 Squadron “Tremblers” at RAF Leuchars in 1975.  


Both come from Fujimi’s excellent and highly recommended range of Phantom kits.