David has been scale modelling off-and-on since his first production of HMS Daring aged about 8. Since re-discovering the hobby he's rarely not had a model 'on the go' for the past couple of years and these have mostly reflected his interest in military aircraft and WW2 naval craft. His wife allows them to be displayed around the house but won't dust them, David sometimes does. Guaranteed success birthday present: fine point, short haired brushes.
Scene set at Tomale airport, Ghana, 1963 - a German assistance flight brings supplies to the Ghanains after the assassination of their president.
Kit is Heller 1/72 but has NeOmega resin Hercules engines added along with the resin crates and figures from various suppliers.
Some build pics - Breguet 693
Built as a French Armee de l'aire aircraft 1939
I did this one solely as a 'first play' with acrylics so it's fraught with issues
The model is built from an Airfix 1/72 1968 original that I rescribed and added to with an interior detailing using scratch build and decals.
Sukhoi Su22 UM3K built from an Italeri 1/72 kit with Hannants Airwaves PE. It is built as a Hungarian post cold war trainer based out of Kaposvar A.B. in 1992, in this case being set for a reconnaissance mission although it also has B8M1 rocket pods and AA8 air-to-air missiles.
Potez 540 from Heller 1/72 kits (a nearly complete 1979 one with the rest from a 1967 version that had other bits missing) though they don't do the USAAF version. It's posed as with the USAAF 90th Reconnaissance Wing in North Africa 1943. The B&W image is the Diorama Inspiration.
1990s model 1/2000 scale by CC Lee. The model is supposed to represent 1994 with CVW 14 embarked. David's first attempt at a Sea Diorama which I think you will agree is great
Hasegawa 1977 re-box of a 1973 Mania Models 1/72 scale kit. The plane is a Kawasaki Ki-48 Lily that has been dressed as one of the 90th Light Bomber Air Combat Regiment based in Tak, Thailand in 1941 (not one of the kit options) that was shot down over Rangoon in January 1942.
Avro Anson MK1 converted for reconnaissance photography from the Airfix 1/72 bomber trainer. The aeroplane modelled is of The RAF Photographic School base at RAF Wellesbourne in the early 1950s, at which time David's father was stationed there.
Hasegawa 1:72 kit 1991 rebox series of 1970 tooled kit with added Torpedoes. H6K5 seaplanes were known to the Allies by the 'reporting name' 'Mavis', hence they are known to us as Kawanishi H6K5 Mavis seaplanes. They were in operational service from 1938 after first flying as a prototype in 1936.
The Heinkel 100 (also known as the 113) was a feared 420mph German fighter that was never produced for combat based on the He 112 which was only produced for overseas sales the He113 was used as a propaganda plane being photographed with various 'paint jobs' at bases all round Germany.
North American OV-10 Bronco has been in use with US forces from 1947 to the present day. This one, based on the Revell 1:72 kit, is as they were used by the US Navy in Vietnam in 1969.
434th Tactical Regiment (The 434th has had various designations over time - at this point, in Vietnam, it was operating as a tactical strike ground attack force). Model constructed from a Hasegawa 1:72 kit originally released in 1977. One set of rocket propelled bomb launchers has been replaced with 250lb bombs.
German Marine Tornado equipped with Sidewinder, AARGM and Kormoran missiles. The model is based on the Italeri 1:72 '171' kit with handbuilt additions in the cockpit; the cockpit shot was taken during construction.
Airfix 1/72. The airfield was essentially the beach. The aircraft is modelled with 500lb bombs being loaded. Sq Ldr Scarf was awarded the VC for his last flight (9/12/41) in this aircraft in which he was the only pilot of the squadron to get off the ground as Japanese bombers successfully attacked the airfield. The crew completed their bo
Airfix 1/72. The airfield was essentially the beach. The aircraft is modelled with 500lb bombs being loaded. Sq Ldr Scarf was awarded the VC for his last flight (9/12/41) in this aircraft in which he was the only pilot of the squadron to get off the ground as Japanese bombers successfully attacked the airfield. The crew completed their bombing mission of an airfield where the Japanese were based but Scarf died that night from injuries sustained during the take off.
The FW Ta 152 is in the colours of Werk Nummer 150168 which was flown as 'Green 9' of Stab JG301 in Germany from April 1945. It is a 1:72 kit produced by Revell.
The He 115 is a standard production aircraft of Ku Fl Gr 106 of Luftflotte 2 of the German air force used for night operations off the coast of France in late 1940. The kit is the Revell Kit, originally produced by Matchbox in 1976, the scale is 1/72.
Revell re-box of a 1985 Monogram kit. Squadron VF-103, nicknamed the Jolly Rogers, were based aboard USS Roosevelt around 1978. The FJ4 is carrying sparrow missiles forward, sidewinders and Mk82 'Snakeye' extended fuse bombs on the wings and fitted with drop tanks for a mission of considerable length.