Canadair CT-114 “Snowbird” Tutor | Hobbycraft 1/72

The CT-114 was one of the last projects indigenous to the Canadian military aviation industry. During the age were every nation wanted their industry to guarantee their own independence should another nation fall or political stance change. Canada is a nation that, I think, most neglect to think of when discussing indigenous aircraft. The politics…

Polish Cavalry | First to Fight | 1/72

Cavalry are massively forgotten in World War 2. Although not significant to the degree of tanks or aircraft, they were utilised in Europe from the beginning until the end of the war . This set from First to Fight allows you to make some Polish Cavalry from when they defended against the German Aggressors in…

CT-4 Airtrainer ‘Red Checkers’ in 1/72 | Tazman Models

Indigenous aircraft have always been fascinating to me. I’ve always loved looking at home grown unique designs that are at odds with the trends of the world. They tend to be designed with significant restrictions in budget and equipment (such as engines or avionics). New Zealand had one of these aircraft, which was made by…

Airfix Scorpion/Scimitar (1:72/6)

I have been known to be something called a “tank racist” – because I always say that tanks almost always look identical to me. The reality is, I can normally tell what country it is from and I recognise the iconic tanks. I do not, however, recognise the majority of major tanks (especially what mark…

Italeri Fiat CR.42 ‘Falco’ 1/72

Germany, USSR, USA, Japan, and Great Britain. These are the nations most people think of immediately when asked about aircraft in WW2. Despite being one of the ‘key nations’ involved, no-one ever really talks about Italy’s contributions to aviation at that time. Italy was in a really bizarre place. Trapped in an aged mindset, they…

PM Models F-86 White Swans “Uçan Kuğular”

The F-86 is an icon of the early jet age. Piercing the limits of traditional straight winged aviation, and speeding past performance expectations of the early post-war years. Built by North American the F-86 saw massive international success as one of the most attractive jets, achieving success in Korea. Turkey, whose politics we won’t really…

Patrouille de France – A History in Models

To start this article I want to tell a story about how I became a modeller who adores the French display team so much. When I was a kid I went on a holiday to Northern France. It was staying in a caravan not far from a small town, and with multiple beaches. However, due…

Saudi Falcons / Saudi Hawks Display Team – Dekl’s 1/72 Decal Set

Saudi Arabia has a long standing history of obtaining it’s aircraft from the United Kingdom, including utalising the Hawker Hunter, English Electric Lightning, Strike Master, Panavia Tornado* and our example here the BAe Hawk! For obvious reasons we’re going to be delving into the politics of the Arabian Peninsular, We discussed the Hawk to some…

Revell Dassault Mystère IV 1/72

France’s aviation industry exploded in the 50s, becoming nothing short of iconic. Dassault, someone we have covered in the article on the MD450 Ouragan , remained front and centre of this push for incredible indigenous aviation. The Dassault Mystère was a development of the Mystère II, itself a swept wing development of the aforementioned MD450…

Heller F-84G “Patrouille de France” with Hi-Decal Markings

Following World War 2 there was an immediate rush to modernise aircraft from propeller driven majestic machines to powerful jet-powered brawling beasts. This was just as true in nations decimated early in the war – where their inventories were left over stock or allied supplies. France, previously a lead musician in the concert of Europe,…