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Enjoying 2nd modelling career after retirement. Main interests BoB and WW1 a/c but food, wine and local history rate quite highly. Published some books on the BoB which seem mildly popular.

"Vati" Moelders' Hand-me-down

Using an old 1/24 scale Airfix Bf 109 E kit that I'd had lying aroound for too long, I’ve finally completed the build of this aircraft which I thought was interesting because of the back story. It’s been a frustrating build and is far [...]

It's a Quickie ! Really weird

Idly leafing through the Hannants’ newsletter a couple of months ago, hoping to resist the urge to increase the stash pile, I noticed a new release from Brengun of a resin 1/48 scale Rutan Quickie. Perhaps unknown to many, the Quickie is [...]

Werner Voss Triple Homage

For a variety of reasons over my life to date, I've developed a fascination and, dare I say it, an admiration for Leutnant der Reserve Werner Voss, a contemporary and colleague of the much more famous Baron Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen [...]

Amusing refllection on the "Experten" amongst us

Perhaps not the appropriate place for something that amused that perverse side of what remains of my brain. It's really a comment on that side of many of us - I'm probably more guilty than most - who believe they've achieved a level of [...]

Erprobungsgruppe 210 loses first leader 15 Aug 1940

Operations against England on the 15th of August 1940 were planned by the Luftwaffe to overpower RAF Fighter Command by heavy attacks on Britain from the southwest to the northeast throughout the day. It was a hectic day of operations for [...]

Calais Marck Late afternoon 15 August 1940

My last post showed images of the Airfix 1:48 Scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4/B that I'd finished at the end of 2018. This was modelled along the lines of Yellow 3 in which Leutnant Horst Marx was shot down near Tunbridge Wells in the early [...]

Airfix 1/48 Scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4/B

My first Airfix build for many years was a far cry from experiences with this manufacturer’s kits from years gone by. I’ve had this kit for several years now, one of two bought together in a rash of enthusiasm to produce models of all [...]

An F 14, but not as you know it, Jim………

During the last few months of 2017, I’d enviously followed the posts that Marc Barris presented, describing the various scratch-built, vacform models he makes in 1/32 scale. Blessed with detailed plans of the full-size models and with [...]

Spitfire P9507 Crashed 17 July 1940

Some 10 years ago, almost 50 years after my first modelling experiences as a teenager, I chose to re-engage in this past-time to get a better understanding of how various aircraft looked that became casualties around my home town near [...]

Another version of Duxford's Bf 109 E-4/N

Some time back, I threatened to post an article showing the results of my 3rd attempt to model the Bf 109 that came down not far away from where I live today in East Dean near Eastbourne. As many of you know, the remnants of this [...]