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  1. Model T RNAS Armoured Car (35669) 1:35 ICM via Hannants WWI was the first war to feature mechanisation with truck and tanks new to the battlefield. It would not be long before the Model T was pressed into use, and one into an armoured car. In 1915, Commander Oliver Stillingfleet Locker Lampson took an expeditionary force to fight on the Eastern Front through Russia and Persia. Joining him were at least 10 specially modified 'Model X Ford' Armoured Cars. The RNAS developed armoured cars for recon and to rescue downed pilots. The Model T version would follow the more famous Rolls Royce, and Lanchester cars, it was developed by Cheif Petty Officer L Gutteridge. The Kit The kit arrives in the usual ICM top-opening box with the captive flap on the lower tray and artwork depicting the contents on the lid. Whoever puts those lids together certainly makes them tight and difficult to get off even after cutting the tape between the two parts. There is one common sprue from their other Model T kits but a complete new body for the armoured car, and a sprue for the Vickers machine gun. Construction starts with the front axle, this has the radiator attached and then it can be glued on to the main floor pan. The engine is then made up and added in behind the radiator. The exhaust is then added along with the rear axle and its prop shaft. Side plates which protect the engine are then put onto the chassis. The spoke wheels and tyres can then b put on and the armoured discs placed over the top, In the cab the controls are added along with the floor, steering wheel and steering column. Next up the armoured bady of the car can be constructed. There is a fully armoured cabin for the driver and the rear is half armoured to enable the gun to move about, A spare tyre is added to the cabin roof, and lights to the sides. Markings The small decal sheet gives the roundels and numbers for one RNAS Car, Vickers Machine Gun (35712) This set which ICM do individually is supplied for the armament for the ca. There are tow guns with either the ribbed or smooth water jacket and two different height stands. Conclusion This is a unusual model from ICM and a good use of its already tooled Model T sprues o bring us this model. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Mr Toad

    Good Evening

    Evening all Just thought I'd introduce myself - I was going to say I'm new around here, but actually it turns out I registered on this forum back in 2015 . . . just haven't been a very active poster I'm coming back to modelling after a very long break (35+ years to be precise, although I did half complete a few things along the way) , you know how it is, girls, motorbikes, children, jobs, houses, etc. all get in the way (and not necessarily in that order) My passion is RNAS/FAA aircraft, and preferably in the larger scales, eg 1:48 or 1:32 I've been slowly building up a stash of models and reference materials over the last 10 years or so, but every time I thought I was just about ready to put glue to plastic, something came along and got in the way, however with this enforced lockdown I now have no excuse. Well that's not entirely true as I run the communications team for our company and we've been VERY busy of late, although that seems to be slowing down and we now seem to be settling in for the long haul. The other fly in the ointment is that I'm in the process of moving out of London to a quieter place in the country, so put all my stuff into storage (elderly parents loft) and now can't get at it . So I'm now considerably poorer as I've had to go out and start from scratch in terms of paint, tools, and a couple of models, etc. I'm looking to get into using an airbrush for the first time, so may turn up asking basic questions in other sections - I have a compressor that a bought a while back that came with 2 free airbrushes, so shortly I'll find out how good they are/aren't My first kit to ease me back into the flow of things will be a 1:48 Airfix Seafire F.XVII However I'm also a sucker for punishment, so I'm also doing a Magna Models 1:72 Fairey Firefly T.2 Hope to see you around Simon
  3. I have a small diorama on the go and I want to build a model of the Airframe Repair Shop (ARS) at Yeoviliton Naval Air Station as a background. This building is the one that has five raised roof sections, it can be viewed on Google Earth. Does anyone have any images of this building, from ground level, perhaps taken during Air Days etc? I would be grateful if any views could be posted here, oor sent to me by pm. Thanks. Mike
  4. Here is my bash at the Airfix BE2c. Straight OOB. Went together really well and looks a nice little machine. The boxing has two options that flown by William Leefe Robinson of 39 Squadron RFC, in which he shot down a Zeppelin. I chose the RNAS option which doesn't identify the squadron but is the Royal Naval Air Squadron East Fortune, East Lothian, December 1916. I chose this one due to my FAA/RNAS interests, the option for the rockets on the struts and the fact I had worked a little at East Fortune Hospital, which is on the same basic site, back in the '80's. The WIP can be found http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235003821-be2c/page-1 . As said straight out of the box using one set of the transfers provided. I used Revell Aqua Olive Green for the PC10 and Citadel Bleached Bone with a touch of yellow for the Linen. Had a bash at natural wood which is variable. No rigging as life's too short. I like it and it's a good build, had fun doing it. Foliage deliberate (or possibly optional)
  5. I've finished my Seafire in the Spitfire GB and before finishing the Draagonfly in the Helicopter GB (I have lost my MoJo on it a little) so rather than do the sensible thing I've decide to embark on this. I'm going to do the RNAS option, partly as it fits into my Royal Navy aircraft collection but more for the fact it's an East Fortune based aircraft and I worked on and off at the old East Fortune hospital a few years back. And the rockets on the outer struts look great.
  6. Does anyone know if 'The Royal Naval Air Service At War' by Philip Jarrett & Jack Meadows was ever published? It was going to be published by Flight Recorder Publications Ltd in 2007, but it seems that although retailers like Amazon and Waterstones generated pages for customers to order it (e.g. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Naval-Air-Service-War/dp/0955426804), the book never reached the shelves. Has another publisher picked up the rights? Regards Simon
  7. Thrill a minute stuff, this modelling caper, innit? I did eventually get my EE Lightning GB Hasegawa F Mk.6 completed, albeit somewhat ex post facto. There's a couple of thingies on the bench at the moment that are almost complete (a Hasegawa Vanship from the anime 'Last Exile' and a Revell RifRaf and his Spitsfire), along with a couple of others (OK, a couple of couples, plus a few) that are further away from completion, including my entries in both the Lesser Built AF GB and the French Fancy GB... As a result, the 2 almost complete ones will take building precedence, the rest will go to the back corner of the bench, and when I have a space, the Sea Glad will be happy to get going, even if it will be late to enter the fray. (At least I'm here right at the start.) Box, sprues, decals et al, photographed as required. ('scuse the ugly photos - phone camera late at night, I will endeavour to do better when it comes time.) There are 2 options suitable for use in the box, but I'm not yet sure which will get the guernsey to take part in the scrum - one has a pilot's personal markings on it, t'other is a generic squadron airframe; I guess we'll see what we see when we see it (how's that for decisive, eh?) The roundels, flashes and codes may be junked for painted ones, as Roden's versions are very bright and look quite thick - if anyone's used them, I'd appreciate some info on how well they work, please. More anon.
  8. Evening all, Seeing as my RIAT retrospective proved quite popular, I thought I'd share another bunch of shots from my second busiest show of the year. Yeovilton is essentially my local airfield, and I try to spend as much time as I can up there, especially during the show week, and with no clash with Flying Legends, I was able to spend a full four days up there from the Friday to the Monday to see pretty much everything arrive, display and depart the show. So then, Friday, which was spent outside the airfield, largely on the fence at the 09 end of the runway, which is a superb location for the Commando Assault practices in particular, although sadly the only cloud we saw all day covered the sun halfway through the evening practice, killing the otherwise stunning light. For the afternoon display rehearsals, I gambled on a new location under the 04 approach, which turned out to be pretty decent, being right underneath the displays, although the jets were a little distant at times. VL2014_Arrivals_011 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_012 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_015 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_006 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_038 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_046 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_048 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_050 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_060 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_068 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Arrivals_061 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr The show day itself was a touch disappointing, with a whole host of cancellations plaguing the flying programme, as well as indifferent weather conditions- being either dark and overcast, or bright sun right in your face- making photography different. The latter is something I can deal with, as essentially I'm only after good shots of the Commando assault, where the light comes good towards the end of the day. Sadly though, even the pyros for the final wall of fire went tech! Nevertheless, it was still a decent day's flying, VL2014_Showday_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Showday_002 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Showday_005 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Showday_039 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Showday_058 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Showday_069 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Showday_070 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Yeovilton's departures tends to be drawn out across two days, with the bulk of the foreign military leaving on the Monday. The French Navy however tend to depart on the Sunday, so we headed up once again on another overcast day to catch the Rafales depart, with anything else being a bonus. I've been after a shot of a head on Rafale ever since a friend of mine nailed one at the 2012 show, and fortunately, my luck was in as the pair backtracked the runway for launching. As such, I make no apologies for the amount of them! VL2014_Departures_013 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_012 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_001 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_015 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_018 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_008 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr The Monday was a much brighter affair weather wise, and gave a grand opportunity to catch the remaining foreign aircraft leave. Highlight of the day goes to the German Navy Orion, which requested an additional flyby after take off, which thankfully was granted, as the crew preceded to fly through at full chat and silly low level, 50 feet maximum. It was a fantastic moment, and rounded up the fine show weekend in superb style. VL2014_Departures_025 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_028 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_036 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_028 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_034 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_035 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_039 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_041 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr VL2014_Departures_002 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr As before, there's more to see on Flickr. Hope they were again enjoyable to view. Cheers, Shaun
  9. As the Nieuport 17 is coming along well, I thought I might try and build a third kit for this GB, the HR Model Nieuport 10, in the "France and Early RNAS" boxing. The name of the boxing is something of a misnomer, as it includes only one RNAS option amid a sea of French (and one American) markings. The RNAS 'plane, 3964, is distinguished by its retention of the French wing roundels, with British-style ones on the fuselage only. The aircraft I'll be building earned a measure of fame (and a DSO for the pilot, Flight Commander Lt. Reginald Bone) on March 19, 1916, when it forced down a Friedrichshaffen FF33 seaplane that had bombed Deal as part of a larger raid of six seaplanes which killed four children driving to a Sunday School class, along with ten adult civilians. The damaged seaplane, along with its injured crew was later towed by the Germans back to Zeebrugge. Writing after the war, Bone commented: "[T]his was the first time that any British aircraft had made contact with a raiding German aircraft...the authorities were so glad to have a Communique [at the time, the Coalition government was under heavy pressure from the right-wing MP and founder of Supermarine Noel Pemberton Billing over their conduct of the air war] that they awarded me an immediate DSO, which I probably did not deserve." Bone was something of a public hero after this, and his photograph made the front page of the Daily Mirror. In his subsequent career, he served as a test pilot, in the Aegean, and, transferring to the newly formed RAF as a Wing Commander, in Russia first leading the RAF contingent on HMS Nairana, and then the RAF portion of Syrenforce, the British mission in Murmansk. In the interwar period, Bone had several run-ins with T.E. "Of Arabia" Lawrence, first when Lawrence tried to enlist under an assumed name, and latterly when Lawrence served under him as an enlisted man at the RAF depot at Dringh Road in India. It is safe to say the two men did not get on, with Lawrence writing to his friend Air-Vice Marshall Geoffrey Salmond, then AOC-India about Bone in unflattering terms; depending on who one chooses to believe, Bone did or did not deserve this. In any case, Bone managed to rise to Group Captaincy regardless, becoming Air Attache in Paris (and identifying the bodies in the wreckage of R101) in 1930. He retired from the RAF in 1934. From 1939-1941, he was station commander at RAF Pembroke Dock, the large flying boat base; appropriate, as he had first served on flying boats in 1914 onboard HMS Empress. After 1941, he retired to Birmingham, serving as RAF Liaison to Civil Defence and marrying the widow of an ARP Warden. Postwar, he worked for Lucas Engineering on jet propulsion, and died in 1972. I'll try and get some pictures up tonight.
  10. To celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Royal Naval Air Service on 1 July 1914: Flight Sub Lieutenant Raymond Collishaw's 1 1/2 Strutter from the Western Front in 1916. I believe his gunner in this aircraft was R S Portsmouth for the famous French/Royal Navy bombing raid on the Obendorf Mauser works. This is the Eastern Express issue of the old Toko kit. A nice build, well moulded and relatively easy (in biplane terms) to build. FLY NAVY FredT
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