The RAF is 100 Years Old Today! Gentlemen, Start your Engines!
Today is the Centenary of the birth of The RAF. On April 1st 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps amalgamated to form the world’s first independent airforce.
Many of the models built here on iModeler are of RAF subjects. The Group Build ‘100 years of the Royal Air Force’ officially opens today (although some have stolen a march and are well into builds already – nice work!).
In the ‘new build’ inventory we have 31 subjects, comprising 8 of the decades since 1918 – we’d love a 1920s and a 1980s build to complete the set!
In the previous build inventory we currently have 43 builds – and there are some weird and wonderful subjects there! We are missing 1910s, 1920s, 1930s and 2010s. Could you help out with a photograph or two of a previous build from these decades?
(NB Edit: we are now up to 64 previous builds and have covered the 1910s and 1930s – thanks Tom Cleaver! Looking for 1920s and 2010s…)
Thank you to everyone who is contributing to this group. And welcome of course to everyone who is yet to join in. The only real rule is that you are ready (where possible) to reveal your build – old or new – on September 15th (in about 168 days – so comfortably time get involved) which is Battle of Britain Day. We are aiming to end the fun with a reveal running from then until the end of September (a round 6 months in all).
If you haven’t got a previous RAF build to add, or one on your pile for this year, you might want to visit David A. Thomas’ excellent thread ‘Of Ethos and Inspiration’, which will be a repository for personal reflections, photos and memorabilia on and of the RAF.
Please visit, encourage and comment thoughout this group build, to commemorate the 100 year history!
If you need any more inspiration here are a couple of snaps of the Lanc from The RAF Museum at Colindale!