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Peter Berresford Ellis & Jennifer Schofield: Biggles!

It seems a tragic thing, and one that I cannot regard without distress, that a country which can send out such delightfully worded bulb catalogues as does Japan, can at the same time unload an inferno of death and destruction on unhappy people, most of whom could not have been in the slightest degree responsible … Continue reading Peter Berresford Ellis & Jennifer Schofield: Biggles!

Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 3

Go to the first post in this build log At the end of my previous post in this build log, I’d got the main body of the aircraft ready for final weathering and the placement of details like the propeller, external fuel tanks, undercarriage and guns. The propeller is the Hamilton propeller (and associated decals) … Continue reading Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 3

Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 2

Go to the first post in this build log So last time I had completed priming, and had masked off the SEAC white identification stripes. The next task was to apply the camouflage colours of the Temperate Land Scheme—Medium Sea Grey undersides, and an RAF standard pattern of Dark Earth and Dark Green above. It’s … Continue reading Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 2

Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 1

I’m using the Tamiya kit to model a specific aircraft, again. This is going to be a Republic P-47D-22-RE Thunderbolt, on the complement of 135 Squadron RAF in Burma from April to May 1945. Its American serial number was 42-25818, with a British serial of HB981. It was what the RAF called a “Thunderbolt I”—what’s … Continue reading Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 1

Airfix 1/24 Wallis WA-116 Agile Autogyro: “Little Nellie”

This kit was first released fifty years ago. It’s a model of a real aircraft, the Wallis WA-116 Agile autogyro, designed by Ken Wallis and built in extremely limited numbers (five!) in 1962. It achieved fame because one aircraft, G-ARZB, was kitted out with some splendid yellow-and-silver livery and simulated weapons for the 1967 James … Continue reading Airfix 1/24 Wallis WA-116 Agile Autogyro: “Little Nellie”

Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Hurricane IIB: Part 1

So this is my next project. I’m building another aircraft my father might have flown—a Hawker Hurricane IIB that was on the complement of No.71 Operational Training Unit, Ismailia, in the first few months of 1944. It’s actually quite difficult to track down details of aircraft at Operational Training Units. A few pilot’s logbooks have … Continue reading Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Hurricane IIB: Part 1