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

75 years after the Battle of Midway - post 3

The Battle Of Midway project is at a standstill at the moment as a pending move has forced me to temporarily pack all my modelling stuff. Now it's less than three weeks left until I should be able to start again. This however does not hinder me to give an update on my progress. Progress […]

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What to do when you can't build?

Some time ago we decided to sell our place move. This process involves styling your apartment to show it off to people who might buy it. We engaged a stylist to help us out and it did not come as a big surprise that a hobby corner where I build my plastic models with paint […]

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75 years after the Battle of Midway - post 2

The Battle Of Midway project is now under way. But not without snags. Getting this right is not easy. It is clear that even if the Battle Of Midway was pivotal to the Pacific conflict it seems to be caught in between the Pearl Harbour and Guadalcanal when it comes to models and decals. In […]

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75 years after the Battle of Midway - post 1

Having the opportunity to spend some time on my hobby this summer I wanted a project or challenge to work with. My ongoing project to build the Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB (see other posts) felt too single purpose and I wanted to do more. The Typhoon can wait a bit. So I sat thinking about this […]

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Building the Airfix Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib - post 3

Going forward Having done the cockpit (see previous post) it was time to move to the front. The engine in the Hawker Typhoon is an impressive piece of work. The Napier Sabre was a British H-24-cylinder, liquid-cooled, sleeve valve, piston aero engine. Developed during the 30's it saw daylight in 1940. Evolving from 2,200 horsepower (1,640 kW) […]

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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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