8 July 2018
The memory chip in my camera was getting a bit full so I’ve spent the morning decanting it to the places where the images belong. Along the way I found pictures of some models that I’d put out to be viewed at our local club meetings. So, in scale order with 1/72 first, here they are:
A Sparrowcastings French Chard D2
A Sparrowcastings French Panhard 178
A Hobby Boss French Dewoitine 520 in Vichy markings
A SBS Models deHavilland DH-88 in French services late in 1938. (There seems to be something of a French theme here.)
A Sword Douglas F3D2 Skyknight in a US Navy scheme from around the time of the Korean War.
A Hasegawa Grumman F11F flying with the US Navy demonstration team, the Blue Angles
A Hasegawa Focke Wulf Fw190G-3, a German World War II fighter captured and test flown by the US Navy. (Another theme?)
A Matchbox Gloster Gladiator I. This is an ancient model I probably made some time in the 1970s. It was so pretty that it got me into this hobby again
A Hasegawa Mitsubishi J8M1, a Japanese version of the German Messerchmitt Me163 rocket fighter
A RS Models Miles Magister trainer. I’ve made this as A15-1 which was brought out to Australia in 1940 to test against other primary trainers. Apparently the RAAF didn’t like it because this was the only one they flew.
A Huma Messerchmitt Bf209, the high speed one built to win the world speed record just before World War II.
A Frog Dassault Mirage IIIO, the Australian version of the Mirage III. Being A3-3, this was probably the first one assembles in Australia. It’s in the early bare metal scheme
Another Focke Wulf Fw190, the A-5 version. As the SNCAC NC.900 they were reconditioned by France after the war from ones made in France for Germany during the war. They had been so skillfully sabotaged by French workers that it was almost impossible to find their faults and were therefore dangerous to fly.
Finally, in this scale, an Italeri Aerospatiale Super Puma in the scheme flown by the Argentine Army in Antarctica in the 1980s
Moving to the more civilized scale of 1/144 we have some nice airliners.
First the Airbust A.300-600ST (Beluga), a nice Revell kit with, if my memory serves me right, 26 decals. This is how number 3 looked when it appeared at the Avalon Air Show in 2003
A Red Roo Models reboxing of the Fly Models Douglas DC-9-30 around the end of the 1970s when they flew in the Ansett Airlines of Australia Delta scheme
A Doyusha Fokker F-27-200 in the scheme of Airlines of South Australia as it would have appeared around the end of the 1980s. Hawkeye decals, of course.
An Authentic Airliners Fokker F-28-4000 which flew for a short period in the scheme of Airlines of Western Australia, around the same time as the Airlines of South Australia F-27. It was a fad with Anett Transport Industries airlines which did not last long. The reason for the discolouration around the titles is because the decals were very old and had aged too much for me to do much about improving them
That’s all folks!
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