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  1. Images from the rather vast military museum in the centre of Brussels. The aircraft hall is impressive, but some of the machines are run down and desperately need attention, and a good clean. Caravelle. Europe 422 Maurice Farman MF.11. Europe 423 Meteor and Spitfire. Europe 424 Spad XIII. Europe 425 Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter. Europe 426 Ju 52/3mg3e. Europe 427 C-119. Europe 428 RAF RE.8. Europe 429 The aviation hall in all its splendour and dust. Europe 430 More to come.
  2. Hi Guys, Images from the Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin. The museum from the footbridge over the Lanwehr Canal. The C-47 used to sit outside the big terminal at Tempelhof. Europe 261 This is a model of the Deutsches Luftfahrt Sammlung, the Nazis' big aviation museum, which opened in 1936 to coincide with the XI Olympiade, the centrepiece of which was the Dornier Do X. Choccy fish if you can name all the aircraft. Europe 265 This is what the main entrance looked like; note the Spitfire at bottom right. The museum caught fire during an air raid in 1943 and most of the collection was destroyed, some airframes survived and are now in the collection of the MLP in Cracow. The Airco DH.9A at Hendon used to be there. Berlin Tour 15 This is a 'then and now' comparison. It was taken on Alt Moabit next to the Berlin Hauptbahnhof, just across the Spree River from the Reichstag. Berlin Tour 14 Arado Ar 96. Europe 266 Nord 1100 Noralpha. Europe 268 Ju 88G and Fi 156. Europe 269 Bf 110 and Fw 44. Europe 270 Ju 87. Stuka A slice of the Dornier Do X. Europe 271 More to come.
  3. Hi Guys, a look at the aviation collection at Gatow. I've been before and the aircraft outside are rustic and unkempt, which called for some experimental photography. I've been fiddling with contrast and exposure where appropriate. it's not to everyone's tastes, but here goes. Europe 227 Europe 228 Europe 230 Europe 231 Europe 232 Europe 235 Europe 237 Europe 240 More to come from Gatow.
  4. The Musée des Arts et Métiers is in downtown Paris is a science museum and has a small aviation collection of interesting artefacts. The full size airframes are historic each in their own right, which makes this a worthy destination after visiting the Musée de L'Air at le Bourget, especially since the pioneer and Great War gallery there seems to have been stuck in refurbishment limbo for years now. Some images. By far the star at the museum is Clement Ader's Avion III. Europe 204 Ader's novel and complex steam engine that powered the Avion III. Europe 206 The vehicle gallery inside the old church. Europe 210 The ungainly Breguet R.U.1. Europe 211 Robert Esnault-Pelterie's R.E.P. of 1908. Europe 212 Louis Blériot's English Channel crossing XI. Europe 213 Not an aeroplane, but Marcel Leyat's Hélica D.21, which was known as "L'avion sans ailes" - the aircraft without wings. Europe 214 Another 'not an aircraft'; this bicycle was designed by Clement Ader. Europe 215 Model of a Deperdussin A. Europe 216 A model of an Antoinette monoplane. Europe 217 Swiss brothers Armand and Henri Dufaux's unpiloted hélicoptère of 1905, which they flew from the Parc de St Cloud near Paris. This is the full size vehicle. Europe 218 Thanks for looking.
  5. Morning all a family holiday in perranporth cornwall is looming and I will at some point be needing to disappear off somewhere on my own (only so much family time can be managed in one go) so any suggestions about museums, shops and general places of interest to the average modeller within reasonable driving distance for a day trip would be very much appreciated Matt
  6. Ukraine State Aviation Museum Zhulyany Airport, Kiev As some of you know, at least, those who have read my report on MiniArt Models, HERE, back in 2017 I visited Kiev for the very first time. Just south of Kiev city is Zhulyany Airport, the north west section of which is a large open fenced off area, housing the Zhulyany Aircraft Museum, also known as the Oleg Antonov State Aircraft Museum and Ukraine State Aviation Museum. The museum contains more than 80 airframes, both fixed and rotary wing, plus a selection of drones, weapons and a great selection of Russian aircraft engines. Not all the aircraft are on display as there are some in storage and/or being restored. The museum was officially established in 2003 with 30 odd airframes and has been growing ever since into the wonderful museum it is today. If you are in Kiev and plan to make a visit to the museum then you can either take a taxi, which cost around 300 to 400 Hryvnia, (UAH) which equates to £9 to £12 depending where in Kiev you are staying. Once you arrive at what looks like an old industrial estate and bus parking area you will need to get your tickets at the small office in the middle of some iron fence work with three large signs, and next to the main gate. Entrance to the museum will cost you 50uah, (£1.50), and another 20uah, (60p), to take photographs. There are several aircraft that are open to the public but you will have to get your tickets from the office before you enter the museum, these are:- TU-154 – 5uah, (15p) TU-134UBI – 10uah, (30p) TU-134 Presidential – 10uah, (30p) IL-62 – 10UAH, (30p) Mi-26 Helicopter – 5uah, (15p) Mi-8 Helicopter – 5uah, (15p) The engine exhibition is also extra at 10uah, (30p), but is very interesting, with a whole range of soviet era engines, some of which have been cutaway to show their interiors, although the lighting in the large “shed” is, shall we say, a bit dim, so if you want to take photos you will need a flash or set up your camera accordingly, even though flash is said to be forbidden, I wasn’t thrown out or even spoken to by the lady at the door. Talking of ladies, most of the museum seems to be run by women of a certain age, and probably best not to be messed with. They are very helpful though and even with little English they can guide you to the various parts of the museum with great efficiency, they also look after most of the aircraft in which you can gain entrance with your additional tickets. In addition to all the airframes, there is a small, but well stocked gift shop offering everything from a fridge magnets to locally produced model kits such as those from Modelsvit and AModel at reasonable prices, and a second small shop nearby selling drinks and snacks. There is also a large earth mound about 50 yards from the shop, opposite the Bear and Backfires, which is a real boon for the avid plane spotter, as it overlooks the fence to Zhulyany Airport itself. It’s more of a regional airport rather than truly international with mainly Boeing 737’s and the like, but also gets the odd business jet and old Tupolev airliner. But you can get some good photographs of the aircraft landing, taking off and particularly taxing, as the taxiway is right next to the museum fence and main aircraft gate, through which many of the exhibits were brought into the museum. It is near the large gate to the airport that several trucks are parked, these include a large KRAZ fire fighting vehicle and airfield ice clearance vehicle complete with a Klimov VK-1 jet engine, better known by us Brits as a Rolls Royce Nene. Around the south side of the museum there are a number of workshops and a sort of aircraft graveyard. These aren’t open to the public, but there are a number of aircraft on the museum side of the fence being worked on and being restored. The restorers are very nice, once they understand you are interested in their work and if you’re lucky, will show you around their aircraft. Whilst already restored, some of the exhibits are still being worked on to keep them at least alive, if not flight worthy, particularly the IL-86 and IL-76 when I last visited. There is so much to see that you could easily spend the whole day there and take hundreds, if not thousands of photos, in my case over 3000 at the last count, in two visits. Doh! Most of which you will be able to see in the walkround section on Britmodeller. Conclusion This is a superb collection and museum, with lots of aircraft very few in the west have actually seen. While most airframes are in great to good condition, there are a number that look like they will need a good clean or paint-job soon, mostly the Mig and Sukhoi fighters in the centre of the museum grounds. For the price of entrance it is exceptional value for money, (just hope the museum doesn’t read this and put the prices up), but then the Ukraine is pretty cheap for westerners to visit in general. If you’re in Kiev, it is a must on your to-do list. I do hope that this article has given you a flavour of what this museum is like and you enjoy your visit, do remember though that the weather can be rather temperamental in Ukraine, much like here I guess, but it's more extreme, so plan your trip carefully, I have been lucky and visited their both in April and August with bright sunny days on both occasions, but August was particularly hot, around 30'C, so take plenty of water. Prices and currency conversion were correct at time of my last visit.
  7. This is a second Curtiss Robin record holder model, built 3 years ago, that now is at the Greater St Louis Air & Space Museum. This Robin as mentioned before was especially converted for the task at hand, and many differences from the stock Robin can be observed. To start with the catwalks and their additional supports in the nose area which allowed the crew to exit the plane and service the engine in flight; the rearranging of windows and doors; the elements associated with the massive fuselage fuel tank; the necessary changes in the fuselage top to facilitate the refueling operation; and finally some minor other details seen in photos. Jack Abercrombie, curator of the museum, provided invaluable material and input throughout the various faces of the building process to achieve an accurate as possible replica. Scratchbuilding less known types often requires that a large amount of time be dedicated to research, before any building is done. But research can be as fun as modeling itself. When you do team research, or pool the resources of many people to create a more accurate model, it is just bliss. And as a bonus you learn a lot and you make new friends in the process. I was contacted by Jack Abercrombie, curator of the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum, to build a model of the Curtiss Robin St. Louis 1, holder of the endurance record in 1929. Jack has seen the model I made on February 2012 for my friend and aviation scholar David Smith of the same plane (that was featured in the April 2012 issue of Skyways Magazine), and wanted to produce a replica for the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum http://airandspacemuseum.org/ This time, unlike the first model I made 6 years ago, I commissioned professional decals from Arctic Decals. I seldom repeat a model, but this time it was worth it.
  8. Hi Guys, Photos I took whilst at the PLA Tank Museum north of Beijing. Link to more photos below. Type 96 T-34/85 2 Type 85 I Storm 1 Type 97 row Type 59s row Link to more below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157668076731849/with/25597609378/
  9. The City Of Norwich Aviation Museum, is located on the edge of Norwich Airport, this was RAF Horsham St Faith.
  10. The Chinese love an odd theme park, see Oriental Land near Shanghai. This one, located on the shore of the Bohai Sea a quick bullet train ride from Beijing (50 minutes at 300 kph) is perhaps the bizarrest, celebrating Russian culture with a former Soviet Navy aircraft carrier as its centrepiece. Binhai 11 Shenyang J-6s in various states of decay are dotted about the place, decorated in faux Soviet markings. Binhai 13 Shenyang JJ-6s are not common display aircraft, so it was good to see this one. Based on the MiG-19, the original manufacturer did not build a two-seat variant; the JJ-6 is indigenous to China. Kiev 2 Entry to the ship is through the torpedo tube bay. Kiev 15 The magazine for storage of the P-500 cruise missiles that serve as the ship's main armament. Kiev 17 The hangar deck is occupied by models of aircraft that never served with the Soviet Navy, including this J-10 full scale mock-up sitting below the deck level lift. Kiev 76 The air movements controller's cupola. Kiev 77 Five Nanchang Q-5s and a Yak-38 mock up on the flight deck. Hangar deck lift at bottom right. Kiev 38 The Yak-38 mock-up. Despite being nowhere near as capable as a Harrier, the Yak-38/Kiev Class combination gave the Soviet Navy a blue water fixed wing air element for the first time. Around 12 to 13 Yaks were operated from each ship, being originally intended for vertical take off operations, but rolling take offs became standard to increase the aircrafts' load carrying capability. Kiev 53 Helicopter landing points on the after flight deck and a Mil-8 stand-in for the Ka-25s. Classified as aircraft carrying heavy cruisers, the Project 1143 ships were primarily anti-submarine/anti-shipping strike warfare vessels, equipped with guided missiles as their main armament and impressive active/passive sonar equipment fit. Horse Jaw I had no idea what this was until I got home; the text board in Chinese giving the only clue; "Horse Jaw". This is the sonar unit fitted into the ship's bulbous bow. Kiev 87 The Kiev and her sisters were formidably armed; cruise missile launch tubes, SAM and ASM launchers visible. Kiev 101 Retired from service in 1993, the Kiev was bought by a Chinese entertainment consortium with the intent of creating a floating hotel, but with only a few rooms converted, it has yet to officially open to paying guests. The 'theme park' was opened in 2004 and despite much of the interior being gutted to facilitate the 'hotel', the ship still looks impressive from the outside. Link to photographs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157695139636851/with/40333574150/
  11. Just about finished, this is my Sword 1/72 Harrier T4N built to represent XW268 as it sits today at the Norwich Aviation Museum, Norfolk. The kit has been chopped about as appropriate and there is the addition of an Airfix IFR probe which was kindly donated to me. Ignore the base, as this is just something rough for it to sit on until I can do a better one! The model has been painted by hand using Humbrol enamels and Model Color acrylics. The tarp over the cockpit area is a piece of 5p supermarket carrier bag over a plastic strip frame. I had all manner of problems with the Sword kit not least the undercarriage. Overall, very few parts actually fit; though to be fair, in the end, I didn't use much filler. That being said, there were a few times when it nearly got thrown against the wall. The decals are from the kit, spares box and home-made.
  12. About an hour outside Shanghai is Oriental Land, a real odd amusement park type place that has some interesting military hardware, including a full scale aircraft carrier mock up! The place is truly bizarre. Images and a link to more pictures. read the descriptions under the images on my page, which will give you more info. Chinese aircraft carrier Xian H-6 Shenyang J-5 Harbin H-5 The carrier deck Link to page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147661871@N04/albums/72157662528903148/with/26576771499/
  13. The de Havilland Aircraft Museum, which is sometimes know as the Mosquito Museum. This is just inside the M25 north of London and in an ideal location for a double visit with RAF Hendon. Dedicated to de Havilland aircraft, where else can you see three mosquito aircraft in the same location? They have the Prototype Aircraft, with a Bomber type aircraft, and a gun nosed fighter one as well.
  14. After a long time being silent, I thought i'd return and share a few images from a recent visit to the land of flat, Lincolnshire! I went there on a week break and for a slightly special occasion and visited the likes of East Kirkby and Newark(on-trent) air museum. I am a black and white person and always exploring types of editing. I really do hope you enjoy them! Firstly, Newark Air Museum: Avro vulcan XM594 from the left side rear: XM594 from the right side rear: XM594 from the wing on the right side: XF369 Vickers Varsity Bristol Hercules Engine showing its detail: ZA176 A Harrier FRS2 showing her tail (famously went missing): XP226 Fairey Gannet AEW.3 with the bumble bee/wasp marking on her nose cone spinner: XS417 English Electric lightning T.5 showing engine cone intake: XN964 Blackburn Buccaneer S.MK.1 from wing on left side: 61912507006 "71", MiG-27K 'Flogger' from the front: 024003607 “07” MiG-23ML (background) and 61912507006 "71" MiG-27K (foreground): Now East Kirkby: NX611, 'just-Jane's', pilot waves after another successful taxi run (with passengers onboard) NX611 closer image up to her nose showing the airwork of 'Just Jane' riding a bomb: (My Personal Favourite) NX611, Avro Lancaster B MK VII, 'Just Jane' and another relic; UW7644, a 1929 Bentley numbered '3'. the pair look gorgeous together, don't you think?:
  15. If you are in the West Country then you MUST visit the Helicopter Museum at Weston-Super Mare.
  16. Not strictly a WIP, I know, but this is the only forum which encompasses all eras. Tomorrow is the annual open day for the FAA Museum reserve collection, and I am going with my trusty camera. In my case I am particularly looking for some pics of a) the Barracuda restoration project and a Harrier T4N, but I know I will end up taking loads of shots of others. Anyway; any particular requests?
  17. Guys - I am going to the FAA Museum at VL tomorrow, armed with my trusty camera - I want a load of walkround shots (Swordfish, Albacore, Lynx, Sea King, Sea Fury, Walrus...) I'll put them all up on here, but does anyone have any specific requests before I go - any "I just need a shot of the starboard oleo on a Corsair..." or whatever?
  18. I have been wanting to visit the RAF Museum for a long time. Yesterday, despite the weather I convinced the wife to accompany me on a visit. I specifically wanted some close up picts of the Spitfire. I was so dissapointed. The lighting was terrible. It dull and gloomy. Never mind the poor conditions as far photography.
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