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@yellow10 Paul Barber

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I’m a science educator, a Brit from London living in Queensland, Australia, with my wife and 2 sons. Dad taught me about WW2. He was 13 at the start of the war in Europe and made it into the Merchant Navy in ’43. My uncle Artie was on HMS Ark Royal for the hunting of The Bismarck and when she was torpedoed herself in ’41. Both outlasted the war. I built models with my dad in the mid-70s and early 80s. I finally made it back to the hobby in 2016. My 5-year-old has just built his first model – a Red Arrows Hawk. The cycle continues!

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Royal Air Force Centenary Group Build – Previous Builds Presentation

The RAF became the first independent Air Force in the world as the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) were joined on April 1st 1918. 2018 has been a year celebrating the centenary of the RAF. Over the last few we[...]

RAF 100 Group Build: Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1. Sailor Malan, No. 74 Sqn. Airfix 1/48. Where was the RAF at Dunkirk? (Part Three).

When the German army moved into Belgium and Holland in early May 1940, avoiding the static French defences along the Maginot line, all leave for No. 74 Sqn was cancelled. Sailor Malan, a competent airman albeit one with no combat experience was [...]

RAF 100 Group Build: Hawker Hurricane Mk 1. Willie McKnight, No. 242 Sqn. Airfix 1/48. Where was the RAF at Dunkirk? (Part Two).

Blitzkrieg was a term the Wermacht never officially adopted, probably because Hitler thought it ‘idiotic’ in its simplicity. The view of the Nazi regime was that they were simply reaping the dividends of Germany’s superior industrial and technol[...]

RAF 100 Group Build: Westland Lysander. No 4 Sqn, Eduard (Gavia) 1/48. Where was the RAF at Dunkirk? (Part One).

When war was declared on September the 3rd 1939, No. 4 Sqn was ordered to prepare to move to France under the umbrella of 50 (Army Co-operation) Wing as part of the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force. The order was given to relocat[...]

RAF100 Group Build – Previous Builds

Dear iModellers - one last call for contributions! Part of the Group Build for RAF100 has been planned as retrospective using pictures of our previous builds of all things RAF. If you have built RAF subjects in the past (and there have been so[...]

Rommel’s Taxi – The Tamiya Fieseler Storch 1/48th – Kasserine Pass Group Build

A popular decoding of ‘The Rommel Myth’ suggests that both sides in the Second War used him as a propaganda weapon, and that he was fundamentally a committed patriot quietly enraged by the restrictions placed upon Germany by The Treaty of Versai[...]

‘Weaver’s Nude’ Nose Art Group Build

William Joyce, the Irish-American better known as ‘Lord Haw Haw’, was hanged as a traitor in Wandsworth Prison in January 1946. His failed appeal had gone to the House of Lords, as he argued that being an American citizen, also a naturalized Ger[...]

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. [...]

‘Mikey’s First Build’ – Tamiya 1/48th Focke Wulf D9 – ‘Rudel’s Dora’

When we relocated to Australia from London, the shipping container with our possessions included a small number of partially started kits that I put away, upon our arrival, into 'the cupboard', to finish at a later point. The youngest of my two[...]

Year of The Cat Group Build: Grumman Martlet Mk III – Hobby Boss 1/48 Wildcat F4F-3A

When Louis announced the group all those months ago, and with its closing date being quite some way distant, I decided to go for three builds. Three kits whose fates were already planned (although the ‘109 E7 Trop’ took a few twists and turns al[...]
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