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@ross4 Ross Paton

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Dad was on Spitfires. Back modelling having got hooked after building 32 scale models of the planes he flew. Don’t know where to put them all!

RAF Museum, Cosford near Birmingham

Had time on the way to a meeting near Bristol to call in at Cosford. Many of you will have been. There are some very rare birds in there. A Bf 410 Hornisse. A Boulton Paul Defiant among others. Also the famous 109G "Black 6" On models there wer[...]

Typhoon! Petty and ill informed critique.

Right. I have issues with the Typhoon. First it's dismal beginnings. The Car Door complete with wind down window just like a Morris Minor. Terrible visibility until the Bubble Top came out (even though Yaks and FW 190's had superb canopies). Whe[...]

Not so AAARGH!

After my failure on and a wigging from Tom Cleaver who told me in so many words as to not be such a Girls Blouse :) I bought another one and this time its ok! I had to do Warburton's aircraft so had to scratch decals together so they're not [...]


Just attempted this. It's in the bin. Most ill fitting piece of junk I've yet to encounter. I should know because I built their JU 88 Recon, although it didn't get binned. Why all the resin interior parts? Injection is just as detailed and doesn[...]

Malta Montage

Malta is an amazing air war story. Denis Barnham's book One Man's Window (later reissued as Malta Spitfire Pilot - crappy retitling!) was the best book I've ever read about being there. L - R Revell JU-88 (not many were desert camo), 20thC To[...]

Hawker Audax. No 4 Glider Training School 1942

My Father completed primary training in Georgia, USA. Before being posted 61 OTU Rednal and thence to 243 Squadron Spitfires he spent quite a few months of 1942 towing Hotspur gliders at the No 4 Glider Training School, Kidlington (Now Oxford Ai[...]

Come on! Share your disasters.

I have a Revell 1/32 Ju-88 which I was rather pleased with as part of my Malta 1942 collection. I had to hunt for this kit on e-bay, enjoyed building it. Now the canopy wasn't perfect but it was ok. Last month I foolishly dusted some models. Ine[...]

Ahhh. Memories

Digitising old slides and found a few gems, this included. I was 9 or 10. The Brand New 1/24 Airfix Spitfire had just come out and I saved the £12 required. No airbrush then! Bit of a toy. Retractable undercarriage and sliding canopy. Al Deere,[...]

Homage to the lovely little Yak 3 and Polikarpov i-16. Realistic Ikea chopping board.

Needed to do this but space for 1/32 builds is limited. Very nice little Eduard kits. Fiddly in bits but fun. Amazing that USSR could produce such modern cockpit canopies (on the Yaks) when you compare birdcage Hurricanes and even Mustangs. Not[...]

Revell 1/32 Mosquito or The Scottish Tamiya. Not good!

So. Scottish in three ways. Banff Strike Wing. I'm Scottish. Therefore too tight to pony up for the Tamiya Mossie. I did try but the canopy was very difficult and sadly lets it down badly. It came from Australia (Tasman) and was for Revell but [...]