(January 2022) A Little History In 1935 Qantas Empire Airways (QEA) became Australia’s first international airline when it began flying regular airmail and passenger services between Brisbane and Singapore. The company had been formed the year earlier as a joint venture between Australia’s QANTAS and Britain’s Imperial Airways and, between them, they flew regular airmail … More Modelling the Qantas Empire Airways Catalina in 1/144
Last month was not very productive, in model making at least, partly because of other demands on my time and partly because you wouldn’t believe how long it takes to make two little models. First is the Minicraft 1/144 Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina painted up in the scheme of one of the five flying boats that … More Models for January 2022
Introduction This is something I hope to be able to publish from time to time. I was around at Robin Johnson’s place earlier today and the latest issue of a magazine about airlines and airlines distracted us and we ended up talking about Sikorsky flying boats and Pan American Airways, among other things. Robin’s career … More Robin’s Column
On Sunday 5th December I did a You Tube talk about the history of sf fandom in Australia based on the research that I’ve so far done on the topic. This one covers the period from around 1938 to 1960. Due to technical problems I could not make it to the recording for about the … More Talking about the history of Australian SF Fandom
(December 2021) Eighteen years ago I made four models of the Airbus A.330 and A.340 using the Revell 1/144 kits, the shorter -200 and longer -300 versions. (You can read about it in the column on the right.) That was fairly much at the beginning of my entry into the world of airliner modelling and … More Making some Revell 1/144 Airbus A.330s
Just published by BHS Publishing is my latest book, Western Airways, Flying in Western Australia 1919-1941. It is a massaged version of my PhD thesis which is about exactly what the title says. I think it’s pretty good and interesting, but I may be biased. For publication details and how to get a copy download … More Western Airways
(September 2021) INTRODUCTION Many modellers like to tell stories with their models and do it in the form of dioramas or vignettes which describe in model form a moment in time and the people, machines and places of that moment. In this way one model and its setting tell one story. I also like to … More Royal Australian Air Force Mirage IIIs, 1963 to 1989, in 1/72 by Frog.
Due to something that I don’t quite understand, after our tv set and Fetch box were setup here we can only watch broadcast tv by pressing a couple of buttons on one of the remote controls, and that is confusing enough that we don’t bother. So the only stuff that we have watched has … More Netflix Notes
Attached is a PDF of an item I wrote for the MoB’s newsletter in 2014 about assembling the resin Planet 1/72 Arsenal Delanne using Blu Tack to create a jig.