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…

IPMS South Cheshire Model Show

IPMS South Cheshire Model show is an event that culminates a few of the clubs in the South Cheshire area. The event was held at a local school which had a brilliant main hall with all the majority of traders and club stands in. The show was very varied featuring the local model boat, tank,…

Dekl’s Asas de Portugal Decasl for 1/72 Alpha Jet

This product is something that I am very happy about. I felt the European market had been screaming out for these attractive markings for the Alpa Jet for some time. As a girl who loves her aerobatic teams, I decided to approach Dekl’s and suggest that they make these markings as I wanted them, and…

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…

IPMS Bolton Model Show 2017 Report

This was my first of many model shows to come over 2017, and it was one not that far from my home. Bolton is just outside of Manchester, UK. The venue for the show, like many in the UK, was at a local school. Parking was ample; using one of the outdoor pitches for visitors…

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…