MPM 1/72 Hispano HA-200 Saeta

  The Hispano Ha-200 is a jet with several claims to fame. This little bird was an aircraft first and foremost designed by the legendary Willy Messerschmitt , his first post-war jet aircraft and jet trainer. The aircraft was a salvaged re-design of the Ha-100 – a propeller powered counterpart of the T-28 Trojan. Due…

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…

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…

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…

Trumpeter Sukhoi Su-27 (Early Type)

Kuld be avoided completely; but the new Zvezda molds are the best in my opinion. Thankfully, with the new technologies and engineering used by model kit manufacturers recently, we now have a wide selection to choose from, like the classic aircraft from the cold war, or the more modern versions of the new millennia, such…

Academy KAI T-50 with Dek’Ls Black Eagles Decals

The KAI T-50 could be viewed as Korea’s answer to the MB346. It’s a modern jet trainer/lead-in-fighter trainer with light combat characteristics. It’s the first indigenous jet in Korea to be supersonic, and is being sold internationally – with the Philippines, Thailand, and Iraq having placed orders over the MB346 or BAe Hawk. The aircraft…

Lift Here Models 1/72 IAR 99 Șoim

The IAR 99 Soim is the primary jet trainer of the Romanian Air Force (Forţele Aeriene Române). It was designed and built by Avioane Craiova- the Romanian aircraft manufacturer. About 20 are in current service and a new model is being designed for first flight later this year. Perhaps understandably the aircraft isn’t one that has…