The occasional blog

Here I share my thought about modelling and my works in progress.

Building the Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib - post 2

Making the main frame Finally, ready to get going on the Typhoon! All things in place, if you're wondering what that would include have a read in my Guides for building. First thing to get done is the central, internal, structure including the cockpit. I first took some time to study the reference material (see […]

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Building the Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib - post 1

Since 2014 when it was released I've had Airfix's Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib in scale 1:24 on my shelf. Finally I've started the build. In these posts I'll try to describe how I build the kit. My choices on the way and methods I use. I hope it can be useful to someone. The content The […]

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Blood sucker in day-glow

Sweden was the first foreign country to buy the de Havilland Vampire, the second jet powered aircraft in the Royal Air Force, when they ordered some 70 planes in 1946. Eventually some 437 Vampires saw service in the Swedish Air Force under the code J28. Here is two versions of Trumpeters kit in 1/48. The […]

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Surprise visit

As young (eighteen years) and relatively inexperienced pilot with only 50 hours of flying Mathias Rust sets of on an adventure on 13 May 1987. In a rented Reims Cessna F172P with registration D-ECJB he sets of from Uetersen in West Germany. For two weeks he travels over the North Sea visiting the Faroe Islands, […]

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In the air over Pearl Harbour

These two aircraft was in the air during the famous attack on Pearl Harbour on the 7th of December 1941. The pilots The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero was flown by Lieutenant Commander Shigeru Itaya who led the first wave from the aircraft carrier Akagi. They lost one plane during the raid. One source says that he later […]

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The Scottish excursion

On the 10th of May 1941 Rudolf Hess, deputy Fürer of the German Reich, climbed up in his Messerschmitt Bf 110 and took off. His aim was to contact Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, the Duke of Hamilton who he erroneously thought lead a party opposing the war. He flew a long round over the North Sea to […]

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The Leningrad Cowboy

This Sturmovik participated in the liberation of Leningrad in January 1944. Leningrad was surrounded by the Germans in September 1941 and put under sever siege. The Germans however did not manage to take the city and it stayed under siege as fighting concentrated on Stalingrad and other parts of the front. The city was supplied during […]

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The Catalina affair

On June 13 1952 an unarmed Dc3 from the Swedish Air Force was shot down and vanished over the Baltic Sea. The plane was on a radio surveillance mission to pick up intel from the Soviet Union. It was equipped with the latest technique supplied from the US. It had a crew of eight, three […]

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Do we trust the colours?

The true colours on the subjects for our model creations vary. The colours are affected by weather and sun, usually they bleach over time. Wear and tear can alter the colours considerably. But if you're aiming for a not to used subject you usually want to get the colours as close to the original as […]

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How good is the scale accuracy?

You buy a scale model kit and you pay attention to how well it's moulded, the detailing and how well the parts fit together. But do you ever measure the kit and check how accurate it is to scale? Well I usually don't. Some time ago I built a Spitfire Mk XIX (Airfix). I thought […]

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