Modeling by Tony Prince

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I in 1/48 from Italeri.

by Tony Prince on June 21, 2015 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

This model represents a Hurricane Mk.I in October 1940. Along with the Sea Hurricane this kit is a new release from Italeri. I found it a fairly straight forward build although the fit of the leading edge of the wing […]

Tamiya’s 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter Mk VII

by Tony Prince on April 30, 2015 in Aviation -- 25 Comments

This is the later version of the several night fighter variants with the thimble nose. The model represents an aircraft from 604 Squadron, RAF, based at Church Fenton in 1943. Built straight out of the box except for a little […]

Gloster Meteor III by Tamiya (1/48 scale)

by Tony Prince on April 15, 2015 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

My Meteor represents the first of this type to fly in Australia. Serial was originally EE427 but changed to A77-1 by the RAAF Intended for familiarisation & trials, it survived from June 1946 to February 1947 when it was somewhat […]

Hasegawa’s F/A 18A Hornet – 77 Sqn. RAAF (1/48 scale)

by Tony Prince on April 5, 2015 in Aviation -- 19 Comments

The Hornet is wearing a special commemorative set of markings for 77 Sqn when based near Darwin in late 1942 where the C.O, Flt Lt R.C.Cresswell recorded the squadron’s first victory. The nose marking is a set of four flags; […]

Pro Modeller’s 1/48 scale Me 410 Hornisse

by Tony Prince on February 12, 2015 in Aviation -- 24 Comments

Built back in 2004 or thereabouts, this was ‘state of the art’ then & remains a superlative kit in 2015. I recall a trouble-free build for the most part & my Hornisse has been on display ever since. I needed […]

Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vc from a bit of kit bashing.

by Tony Prince on December 23, 2014 in Aviation -- 25 Comments

The aerial defence of Malta is a saga by itself; no less is the story of the many & varied camouflage schemes applied during the conflict. Having already built the Vb, I wanted to do a Vc. This Vc represents […]

Supermarine Spitfire Vb (Trop) in 1/48 scale by Airfix.

by Tony Prince on December 3, 2014 in Aviation -- 39 Comments

My inspiration for this model came from Brian Cauchi’s book “Malta Spitfrie Vs – 1942: Their Colours & Markings” which I found of enormous help & in addition a real potential problem as the temptation is undoubtedly to try & […]

Grumman F8F-1b by Academy in 1/48.

by Tony Prince on November 29, 2014 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

Supplied from U.S.Navy stocks, these Bearcats saw combat service with the Armee de l’Air in what used to be French Indo-China from 1951. This model is the Academy kit, which came out around 2004, which is when I built it. […]

Kitty Hawk’s Grumman F9F-8T Cougar in 1/48

by Tony Prince on October 30, 2014 in Aviation -- 27 Comments

As soon as I saw the advance notice I put in my order for this magnificent & much neglected model. It seems that most kit manufactures have forgotten about the 1950’s & ’60’s so a Cougar was great news! It […]

Tamiya’s 1/48th F4U-1A Corsair

by Tony Prince on September 26, 2014 in Aviation -- 42 Comments

Representing Lt Cdr John T Blackburn’s F4U-1A “Big Hog” as flown from Ondonga in November 1943 with VF-17. The kit goes together beautifully, straight out of the box, as you’d expect from Tamiya. I’ve built three so far with another […]