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AIRCRAFT DIORAMAS AND AIRFIELD BUILDINGS, VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT

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On 1/26/2017 at 7:48 PM, adey m said:

 

Hi Ian,

I and probably we would love to see some more of your control towers please.

cheers matey

Adrian

 

Here is the wartime camouflaged version of your White tower. I found these photos in a file whilst looking for something else . . . .

 

518/40 -- With full glazing and I purposely didnt paint the roof over the Watch Room so as to throw light into the place. Bothe the top and bottom rooms were fitted out with furniture and other airfield related items  . . .

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and my own plan drawn from measurements at RAF stations Elsham Wolds and Goxhill

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20 hours ago, keefr22 said:

Boring, seen plenty of those...!! :D

 

That's another lovely pic Adey, what a gorgeous line up that is! Have an Airfix Comet, 26decals 4C conversion & their RAF decals in the stash to do one of those. Tempted to dig them all out now!

 

Keith

 

Yes and I'm tempted to go looking for the old FROG/NOVO 1/96 one.

 

Adrian

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Hi Ian, that is a super 815/40 control tower of yours.

 

You must have been visiting airfields for quite some time like myself as both Elsham and Goxhill towers have gone now.............

 

On Freeview 61 on the TV at the moment they are rerunning the Avengers series from the 1960s. Watch out for the episode about a deserted RAF station......it is RAF Bovingdon and they film all over the airfield including inside and on the 815/40 control tower.

 

regards, Adrian

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On 29/01/2017 at 22:56, bzn20 said:

That Bedford SB3 Bus bought back a memory....

 

Journeys in Reliant Plastic Pigs continued....Brize. Coming home for lunch, about 2" ish of snow on the ground but at least 4" in the middle of the tyre tracks on Upavon  Way (if you know Brize/Carterton) going past the NAAFI shop. Easy with four wheels just follow the tracks. We were on 3 and it was like a speedboat ride hitting the mounds in the middle. We were following a RAF Bedford bus. Then a block of ice/snow fell from under the bus. There is a big void behind the back wheels (Look at the picture above), there is a step up inside for the back seats. All the stuff off the wheels had collected up there. It was the width of the bus and at least 3 foot high, I reckon a bit more. Willie, the driver, couldn't do much with one front wheel. The block is slowly spinning and in one peice. I couldn't believe what was happening. We hit it, shot off at 90 degrees towards the pavement and fence and drop behind that for the subway. We hit the kerb, the steering wheel whipped left and Willie's hands were thrown off the steering wheel and just missed the fence and back on the road again and back to speedboat mode. 2 seconds of mayhem and we couldn't stop laughing. That block was still in one piece , the pig lived and would have another go at to trying and kill us.

Not my "car" BTW, not safe if moving at any speed.

 

Was it something like this BZN20..................?

 

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cheers, Adrian

 

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518/40 CONTROL TOWER PLANS AND FRONT ELEVATIONS

 

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FROG 1/76 de Havilland Rapide and OXFORD DIECAST 1/76 Thompson Refueller

 

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1/76 FROG de Havilland Rapide.

 

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1/96 FROG/NOVO Caravelle

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1 hour ago, adey m said:

 

Was it something like this BZN20..................?

 

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cheers, Adrian

 

 

Just spilt my tea! You're going to need a bigger block!

 

Luckily we didn't hit any angle or we'd be over for sure, glanced, bounced more like, off it like a snooker ball!

 

That's funny......Topical Dioramas to suit.

 

Roll up .roll up. See something from your past in plastic.

 

Outstanding....BOAC Pig, who'd have thought it ?

1 minute ago, bzn20 said:

 

This is a merged comment, whatever that is???

 

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Here you are barside, one of your favourite aircraft at RAF Binbrook in the summer of 1983 and what a lot of shades of green. I remember being allowed to wear Shirt-Sleeve Order but I don't remember No-Shirt Order .......................

I remember the summer of 1983 as being quite warm and there was a lot of air activity over Hull and East Yorkshire with Lightnings from Binbrook intercepting NATO fighters and RAF Germany aircraft coming in from the North Sea.

 

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A Lightning T.5 trainer of the Lightning Training Flight  taxies onto the Aircraft Servicing Apron in front of the control tower at RAF Binbrook in 1983.

The Lightnings in the background are parked on a disused runway.

 

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Winter time at RAF Binbrook on the Aircraft Servicing Platform as a Lightning F.6 is about to set off for a sortie and definately not No-Shirt Order weather. Binbrook was built on a plateau up on the Lincolnshire Wolds and was very exposed to icy cold winds coming off the North Sea.

 

 

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Deserted Binbrook airfield in 1992. I took this photo of the control tower from the lighting mast visible behind the man with no shirt in the photo above.

 

The extension built onto the tower at this side was the crash and fire trucks garage and rest room.

 

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The other side of Binbrook control tower showing the weather office and the airfield identification letters. The Aircraft Servicing Apron empty.

 

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The rear of Binbrook tower with the crash section on the left and the weather section ( I can't spell meteorological ) on the right.

 

 

 

 

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RAF Binbrook in its heyday during the 1960s. Firestreak missile armed Lightnings in the foreground and Meteors of 85 Squadron in the background. Yellow painted ground support equipment.

Control tower painted white. Vehicles include two 1950s Bedford buses, crash trucks and various 1960s private cars including a Reliant three wheeler in front of the control tower................my favourite era...........

 

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85 Squadron Meteor F.8 from RAF Binbrook taxies onto the apron at Scarborough.

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The Quick Reaction Alert hangar at the end of the runway at RAF Binbrook with two Lightnings ready to be scrambled. Alert pilots and ground crew occupy the building on the side of the hangar.

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1/76 B.W. MODELS LAND ROVER SERIES 1 Aircraft Crash Rescue Truck

 

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1/76 B.W. MODELS white metal kit. Land Rover Series 1 Aircraft Crash Rescue Truck.

 

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Land Rover ACRT and crew at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus in the 1960s.

 

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1/76 B.W. MODELS ALVIS SALAMANDER Fire Crash Tender

 

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1/76 B.W. MODELS white metal kit of RAF 1960s Alvis Salamander crash fire truck. The wheel layout of this vehicle was to enable it to get to an aircraft that had crashed away from the airfield at high speed over ditches, fences and hedges and across fields.

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What's Robbie Coltrane doing sat on top of that fire truck...?! :whistle: :lol:

 

Keith

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On 04/02/2017 at 22:36, keefr22 said:

What's Robbie Coltrane doing sat on top of that fire truck...?! :whistle: :lol:

 

Keith

 

I agree Keith..........Robbie Coltrane does look like my airman.............

 

cheers, Adrian

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A couple of lovely 1/72 EE Lightnings which I saw on display at one of the model shows. They were probably AIRFIX kits and were displayed on a commercially printed base which you may remember from earlier in this topic with a Lancaster II displayed on it.

The top Lightning is an F.2 of 92 Squadron with the later checkerboard markings and the bottom one is an F.3 of 56 Squadron. The trolleys are B.W. MODELS white metal kits. I cannot remember what kit the 1/72 Land Rover is.

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BW did one of those Land Rover Ambulances. Pity the company was sold off in bits. One outfit bought one range another bought some other bits. They've ended up all over the place and some models don't seem to on the market at all. I managed to get quite a bit before they packed up when \I found out what was going to happen. Phew !

It was some range of models too.

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Robbie Coltrane , he does.

 

That's a Cracker !

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1/144 CORGI AVRO VULCAN B.2

 

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My 1/144 reworked CORGI diecast Avro Vulcan B.2 on my scratchbuilt Operational Readiness Platform. Ground equipment scratchbuilt from plastic card.

Figures are N Gauge model railway figures which I have altered into air and ground crew. They have a small brass pin inserted into one foot which fits into predrillied holes in the base...............I just have to try and find them again when I get to a Show..................

 

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And now for the real thing, one of four Vulcan B.2s on the Operational Readiness Platforms which were angled onto one end of the main runway at V-bomber bases.

 

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My CORGI Vulcan and my reworked 1/144 CORGI Nimrod MR1.

 

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Reworked 1/144 CORGI diecast Avro Vulcan B.2 with overflying reworked 1/144 CORGI Vickers Valiant B.1.

 

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Reworked 1/144 CORGI Handley Page Victor BS 2 with Blue Steel missile and 1/144 WELSH MODELS vacform Vickers Valiant B.1 in background.

 

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1/144 CORGI V-bombers, Victor BS 2, Vulcan B2 and Valiant B1.

 

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1/144 CORGI white Valiant B1, Vulcan B2, Victor BS 2 and WELSH MODELS silver Valiant B1.

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12 minutes ago, bzn20 said:

BW did one of those Land Rover Ambulances. Pity the company was sold off in bits. One outfit bought one range another bought some other bits. They've ended up all over the place and some models don't seem to on the market at all. I managed to get quite a bit before they packed up when \I found out what was going to happen. Phew !

It was some range of models too.

 

It looks like you are going to have a busy time with the metal file, super glue and dirty black fingers..........................good luck matey

 

Adrian

 

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The other company I have stuff by is P P Aeroparts. Don't think any more is made by them, believe the owner/manufacturer died.

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1 hour ago, bzn20 said:

The other company I have stuff by is P P Aeroparts. Don't think any more is made by them, believe the owner/manufacturer died.

 

That sounds ominous...............

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Preparing to load bombs onto a Victor B1 at RAF Tengah in Singapore during the Malayan crisis.

Note the Simon IG40 mobile elevating platform above the aircraft which supports the bomb winching gear which is raising bombs up into the bomb bay.

 

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Another view of the Simon IG40 elevating platform being used to raise bombs into the bomb bay of a Victor B1.

 

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The IG40 Simon hydraulic platform which was also used for aircraft maintenance..

 

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Here we have an IG40 platform being used in the loading of a dummy nuclear bomb into a Victor B2.

 

 

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Think we've got a cock up on the upload front. I can't see any of those Adey. In fact I can't see many on this page, could be me or "The System"

 

 

Btw have you got that book RAF  Aircraft Ground Support Equipment since 1918 by F J Adkin ? It's a good book.

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30 minutes ago, adey m said:

 

That sounds ominous...............

 

I think his son is selling whats left of the stock, I don't think he was part of the manufacture of kits.

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10 hours ago, bzn20 said:

Think we've got a cock up on the upload front. I can't see any of those Adey. In fact I can't see many on this page, could be me or "The System"

 

 

Btw have you got that book RAF  Aircraft Ground Support Equipment since 1918 by F J Adkin ? It's a good book.

 

Have you found them bzn ?

 

I have seen that book....it looks very good.

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