Duxford Airshow, May 2017

Although this site is primarily for modelling, I want to share the airshows I go to as well – after all, why celebrate only the models without the real subjects?  Duxford Imperial War Museum is a large museum in the United Kingdom which has many hangers with aircraft spanning from World War One to the…

Airfix 1/72 Aérospatiale Gazelle (decals from Lift Here)

The Gazelle was a utility aircraft capable of holding light armament. It was an helicopter that achieved world wide recognition for it’s capabilities and characteristics. It’s a very unique and distinguished looking aircraft, that has survived it’s era (unlike some contemporaries) and is still in active service across the world. It saw joint productions by…

Revell 1/72 Dassault Rafale

Dassault is a legendary brand in aerospace. They have developed aircraft that have served across the world, from Asia to South America. They have shown defiance in the world of military aviation, going alone against the likes of the Eurofighter and the F-35 – all being efforts by multiple nations. The Rafale stands as a…

Airfix 1/72 BAe Hawk 132

The Hawk from BAe (formerly Hawker Siddley) is a jet that is known the world over as a capable trainer, and light attack aircraft. It is the mount of the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) aerobatic team the Red Arrows – replacing the Gnat before it. It is a plane that you see often used…

Trumpeter 1/72 J-10B – China’s Canard Fighter 

    China’s J-10 made by Chengdu has been regarded by Western observers as a “cheaper version of the Eurofighter or Gripen.” We are not here to be critical of the actual aircraft, of course, but I do think aesthetically it is like a mash up of the two – but with the rear end…

Shropshire Model Show at RAF Museum Cosford

RAF Cosford’s model show is perhaps one of the bigger shows in the country and shares similarity with Bovington’s model show (which I unfortunately could not attend this year) by having model clubs laced within the exhibits themselves. The show is held at one of two RAF Museums in the United Kingdom. This one, RAF…

Stoke-on-Trent/Figureworld West Model Show

This was my own model clubs show (and the first for me since joining last year) and so I was working the show – this meant I was fairly busy with it, and didn’t have time to write about it until now. I won’t be writing much as I’d be clearly showing bias. Stoke-on-Trent model show…

Revell 1/72 Mirage F-1 Tiger Meet 1996

The Mirage F1 was a departure from Dassault’s delta line, and an aircraft that looks more akin to traditional jet aircraft. It was developed alongside the Mirage F2 and F3, with only the F1 reaching production after the Armee de l’Air selected it for their inventory. Perhaps surprisingly, the aircraft first flew in 1966 and…

Hobbycraft 1/72 Avro Canada Arrow

Avro Canada was relatively experienced with designing and building it’s own aircraft. Not only had it licence built American designs (such as the F-86) but it had relative success with the CF-100 ‘Canuck’ all-weather interceptor which was even exported to Belgium. A successor was always going to be a natural progression to the company. The…

My Modelling Journey with the 1/72 Airfix SM.79

Modelling is a fascinating hobby. People get into it for all sorts of reasons. Some got into it as kids – building their kits and blowing them up to re-create battles. Some did little war games, like my own father did as a kid. For some, it was about re-creating their heroes or favourite subjects…

Syhart Decals 1/72 Alpha Jet Solo Display 2003

The Alpha Jet has been, and remains, a core part of the Belgian Air Component’s arsenal. Perhaps, however, it is more famous for being a vessel for some very creative and colourful paint schemes, these include some plane-shaped national flags, to some more abstract schemes. Syhart has made it possible to make one such scheme…

Airfix and Heller 1/72 Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet

Disclaimer: I was originally writing two reviews. However, I found that both kits were so similar it was pointless to do two reviews when I could combine them into one streamlined review.  The humble Alpha Jet is one of my favourite aircraft of all time. The mount of the Patrouille de France and formally of…