John has been making models since he was old enough to glue his fingers together. Mostly he has an interest in cold war aviation but has been known to make some ships and figures.
Attack Squadron 212 (VA-212), nicknamed the Rampant Raiders, was an aviation unit of the United States Navy. It was established as Fighter Squadron 212 (VF-212) on 20 June 1955, and redesignated as VA-212 on 1 April 1956. The squadron was disestablished on 12 December 1975.
Trumpeter A4 Skyhawk with Black dog resin details and custom seatbelts.
The story as told to me by the Pilot, now aged 87.
"The Harvard in which I flew most was KF665 Its identity was ‘Peter Roger’ with the usual letters either side of the fuselage roundel.
On the 17th September 1954, I was flying Peter Roger when the engine blew up on me and I had no option other than to force land it on Magdalen Fen near Downham Market. The aircraft was basically undamaged apart from a twisted prop and U/S engine - a cylinder head had failed and split open. But Harvard were being phased out and poor old PR was taken away and reduced to scrap..
A long lost tale from youth - I was 20 at the time.”
1/48 Scale Tamiya - North American Harvard (T6 Texan) - Aside from the custom decals, this kit is made straight from the box.
XV426 ‘P’ as she was around 1991. 56 Sqn F4 FGR2.
My best buddy was (at the time) Flt Lt Cal Pout AKA ‘Poutie’, who was Weapon's Officer / Navigator is stood with my youngest daughter on Armistice day a few years ago.
Revell 1:48 scale kit and was upgraded with Eduard PE, a new Radar and Sidewinders made from scratch.
Trumpeter 1:48 SeaHawk kit representing WV918 810 Sqn HMS Albion 1956 during the Suez affair. Upgraded with some Eduard PE in the cockpit and seat.