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About canberraman

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  • Birthday 02/16/1962

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    Huntingdonshire, U.K.
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    Bombers, tankers, recce, transports, most multi engine types

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  1. A magnificent Moth that is hard to believe is in 1/72. Excellent modelling and a great finish. Mark
  2. Old school modelling at its best. Sometimes its easy to lose sight of the fact that modelling should be fun especially when you add up the costs of all the materials, after market stuff, decals and hours of research we tend toward nowadays.
  3. Looks like a grand day out - thanks as ever for sharing. Mark
  4. A beautiful Vixen and truly a silk purse from a sow's ear of a kit. Just goes to show what can be done if you have the skill - and you have it in abundance! Mark
  5. A most eye catching and unusual scheme. I would think getting that lovely smooth red finish took some doing! Mark
  6. A magnificent build of what can be a challenging kit. Very eye catching colour scheme too. Mark
  7. A lovely set of images Shaun and it looks like you had the best of the weather at both events. I too would like to have been at VL to see the Alize and Wessex - marvellous! Mark
  8. Chaps. Many thanks for the likes and comments. It has been confirmed that the second operational UK F-35B sqn will be 809, which will reform at Marham in 2022 I believe. Mark
  9. On July 1st 2019 No 207 Sqn RAF reformed as the joint RN/RAF Lightning II Operational Conversion Unit. It's new home will at RAF Marham based alongside the first F-35 squadron - no 617 - which reformed last year. The rebirth of 207 Sqn as a squadron with RN ancestry and RAF Marham operational history is a good one. The squadron was formed on 1 April 1918 from the former 7 Sqn RNAS to become 201 Sqn RAF, and throughout the 1950s was based at RAF Marham where it operated the Lincoln, Canberra and Valiant bombers. It's most recent incarnation was as 207(R) Sqn at RAF Linton on Ouse - where alongside 72(R) Sqn it was tasked with training all future RN and RAF fast jet pilots. The nucleus of the new 207 Sqn has been based at Beaufort MCAS in South Carolina for the last couple of years where it has operated alongside VMFAT-501 training up UK and USMC F-35 pilots and engineers. However on 16 July, the first 6 jets for the new squadron were flown direct from Beaufort to their new home at RAF Marham after a 10 hour Atlantic crossing. Led by the Sqn OC- Wg Cdr Williams, the aircraft arrived in the early evening to be met by the crews wives and families and RAF and RN senior officers. It is good to see that most of the aircraft that arrived are now sporting a lightning bolt on the fin and the last 3 of the serials on their noses. It is understood that the lightning bolt will be rolled out to all UK F-35 aircraft in recognition of the Lightning Force. Although the markings lack colour at least it is better than nothing. Here's some shots I gathered during the arrival of these machines at Marham. My thanks are extended to the MCO Alison Childerhouse, Wg Cdr Eklund at Air Cmd, and the RAF Marham Station Commander - Gp Capt Townsend for making the visit possible. Thanks for looking, c&c always appreciated. Mark
  10. A lovely selection that captures well the variety of aircraft on show. You were a brave soul sitting through Friday's washout but glad Saturday was so much nicer. it was a shame though that so many dropped out of the NATO flypast and for that half hour the weather was also horribly grey. I'm back tomorrow for departures so fingers crossed the sun will shine! Mark
  11. What a great show that was and how good would it have been to have today's digital camera technology back then. What is also shows is what a great time the early 90s were for airshow visitors and how thin the modern events are in comparison. Mark
  12. Now that we have the lovely new Valom Twin Pioneer kits how about some more RAF and civil decals? Mark
  13. Some marvelous and evocative images - what a great sight and sound! Hope I might get to see some around Duxford this week during the D Day 75th commemorations. Thanks as ever for sharing. Mark
  14. Tremendous shots of some types very rarely seen these days. Particularly like the F-5s and the 727. Mark
  15. Another great set of shots from what looks a good show and blessed with nice weather. Thanks for sharing.
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