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June 30, 2008

CC-108 Caribou

Filed under: Model Airplanes — Glenn @ 3:44 pm

CC-108 Caribou (DHC-4) Twin engine STOL transport aircraft used by the RCAF starting in the 1960’s. It’s primary role was transport flying, and it saw action overseas in many United Nations (UN) missions.

This is the 1/72 scale Hobbbycraft kit, #1344


F-15 Eagle

Filed under: Model Airplanes — Glenn @ 3:23 pm

F-15C Eagle, 1/72 scale Kit, Italeri #169. Plane is from 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, Langley, VA, in the 1980’s.

Kit was a dream to build, straight out of the box.

CH-149 Cormorant

Filed under: Model Airplanes — Glenn @ 2:23 pm

CH-149 Cormorant, Canadian SAR version of the EH-101 Merlin.

From the 1/72 scale Italeri kit, #1226. Kit needed some work to make an accurate version.

  1. The forward bubble windows are missing from the kit, needing holes to be hand drilled and replaced from the spares box, ( I used some from Hobbycraft’s Labrador kit).
  2. The antenna on the port side is incorrectly shaped, I had to shorten it and bend it over a flame to get it in position.
  3. The kit has incorrect decals for the front sides where it has the flag over the windows. I had to use decals from another helicopter kit. The new decals are the wrong colour, but at least they have the correct text.
  4. The main wheels are dual, not single as the kit provides.
  5. The top wire-cutter should be in the position shown in my photos, not as per the kit instructions.

The rest of the kit is well made, except for a fairly difficult seam to sand just aft of the last square windows.

The version that I have made represents a unit from 442 Sqn, CAF, at CFB Comox, B.C. in 2006

March 29, 2008

USS Truman

Filed under: Model Ship — Glenn @ 10:09 pm


USS Harry S. Truman Nimitz class supercarrier of the USN (CVN-75). 1/720 scale Italeri Model (#528), with Gold-Medal model photoetch.

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Mustang III

Filed under: Model Airplanes — Glenn @ 9:47 pm


North American P-51 Mustang 1/72 scale Revell Kit (#4133). Model represents a Mustang III of the RAF, 316 Sq, (Polish) SZ-H. The Mustang III was similar to the US P-51B or C, this version having a “Malcolm Hood” or “Blown Canopy” to give the pilot better vision.


March 27, 2008

P-47N Thunderbolt

Filed under: Model Airplanes — Glenn @ 10:30 pm

The P-47 was the largest single-engine fighter of WWII. Stemming from a pre-war design, the XP-47, it was designed around a Pratt & Whitney R2800 double-wasp engine, which determined its dimensions. It was designed to be heavily armoured and had 8 0.50″ machine guns for offense. The current A-10 is named Thunderbolt II in homage to this plane.
This plane represents a pacific theatre plane from the 73rd Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, based in Le Shima, in July of 1945, The pilot was Lt. Bob. Redfield. 1/48 scale Revell Pro-Modeler, built OOB.


March 17, 2008

CT-133 Silver Star

Filed under: Model Airplanes — Glenn @ 10:11 pm


Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Canadian version of the US T-33). The CT-133 entered service with the RCAF in 1959, and served until 2005. It served as flight trainer, communication, target towing and enemy simulation, and even as a flight demo aircraft (Red Knight).

This is a Hobbycraft (#1595) 1/48 scale version, with decals from Leading Edge. This plane (#504)  was the one flown by RCAF pilot Turbo Tarling when he flew his 6,000th hour in the T-33.


CF-105 Arrow

Filed under: Model Airplanes — Glenn @ 9:58 pm


Avro Arrow CF-105 Delta-wing interceptor aircraft, designed and built by Avro Aircraft Considered to be both an advanced technical and aerodynamic achievement for the Canadian aviation industry, the CF-105 held the promise of Mach 2 speeds at 50,000 ft+ altitude, and was intended to serve as the Royal Canadian Air Force’s interceptor for the 1960s and beyond.

Following the start of its flight test program in 1958, the Arrow, and its accompanying Orenda Iroquois jet engine program, were abruptly cancelled in 1959, sparking a long and bitter political debate. The Arrow is still the subject of controversy, almost 50 years after it was cancelled.

This is the 1/48 scale Hobbycraft Kit.


March 12, 2008

IJN Akagi

Filed under: Model Ship — Glenn @ 10:09 pm

Imperial Japanese Navy Akagi. 1/700 scale Hasagawa kit (has 43210), with photoetch parts by Gold Medal Models (# 700-14)

The Akagi was the flagship of Admiral Naguno for the attack on Pearl Harbour. She was lost during the battle of Midway.

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T-6 Harvard

Filed under: Model Airplanes — Glenn @ 9:59 pm


 The Goldilocks team performed their aerobatic displays from 1962 to 1964. The team was formed of seven Harvards flown by instructor pilots performing a parody of the Golden Hawks’ aerobatic displays which the instructors purported was their view of how their students flew. The team was disbanded when the Harvard was replaced by the Tutor. This is the 1/48 Heller T-6 Texan (80434), with decals from Leading Edge (#4818). A piece of wire was used to represent the smoke pipe on the starboard side.


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