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Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom
I'm 50. And after losing Mom am now unemployed (for the moment) I am also disabled, and suffer from Avoidant Personality Disorder. I also like Photography, Museums and Art Galleries. Military vehicles have always been of an interest to me, and I only got into aviation after my Father passed away fifteen years ago.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Introducing my next projects 1/72 Hawker Hurricane's 11/01/2022

I have been a huge fan of the Hawker Hurricane since my teens. It's not as sleek as the Supermarine Spitfire, but it was a better gun platform, and easier to maintain, repair and fly. The Hurricane scored 55% of the kills scored during the Battle of Britain, and went on to see action in all theatre of operations during the war. Production of the Hurricane ceased in 1944 with 14,487 being produced in the UK and Canada. 
The kits are two Arma Hobby Hurricane Mk.Is reboxed by Eduard out of Czechoslovakia with Eduard photo etch details and resin wheels and exhausts with markings for Twelve aircraft. The aircraft I'll be depicting are none of the boxed options, and when I get to the painting and marking stage I will discuss the aircraft I'm depicting. 


Sunday, 9 January 2022

Rye Field Model 1/35 Panther Ausf.F first completion of 2022

I started this on December 8, 2021, and was completed yesterday. I didn't want to do the tank with the usual 7.5cm KwK 42, so did it as the proposed Krupp 8.8cm KwK 43 which had in my parts box. Camouflage scheme is one that was being applied at the M.A.N. factory at the end of the War. 






Sunday, 5 September 2021

Picking a subject for my AEW Shackleton.

As per title, I've now decided on the aircraft I'm going to depict with the model. And it will be WR965 which first flew in 1954, and was converted to AEW configuration in 1972-73. WR965 was lost on April 30, 1990 when she crashed into a hill on the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides, killing all 10 crew members on board. So my model will be a tribute to '965 and her crew. 




Saturday, 4 September 2021

Airfix Avro Shackleton build 04/09/2021

I now have the main planes attached to the Airframe, these were modified Lincoln wings, with Avro Tudor outer wing's. Once these have set, I'll fill some gaps, install the front of the cowlings, and then get them painted and prepared for decalling. 





Thursday, 26 August 2021

Airfix Avro Shackleton build 26/08/2021

Latest progress on the Shackleton AEW. As can be seen I've dropped the Elevators to give the Aircraft some character. The large Radome under the fuselage of the Shackleton housed the AN/APS 20 scanner. The Radar itself by the time it was fitted to the Shackleton, had originally been used on Royal Navy Douglas Syraider's and then Fairey Gannet AEW.3 aircraft. 




Saturday, 21 August 2021

New build: Airfix 1/72 Avro Shackleton AEW.2

The Avro Shackleton AEW.2 was originally designed to be a stop-gap measure until the introduction of the Nimrod AEW.3, but due to the failure of the Nimrod AEW.3, the Shackleton soldiered on in the AEW role until 1991 when the type was replaced by the Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1.


And the progress so far: