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.
Airfix 1/72 scale - kit No: A04016
Aircraft details - Flown by Sq Ldr Arthur Scarf from RAF Butterworth in Malaysia, December 1941
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.