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Hi my name is Simon and since i was about 10yrs old i have had fascination for model kits, this mainly was down to my grandfather who was Merchant seaman in WW2 and after the war later on in his life, enjoyed building scale ships made from wood mostly and a sailing vessel with sails made from old parachute material with a lead keel which he forged & shaped himself. He taught me the art of shipwright from the simple model kit to the resin & wood kits.

As i grew up so did the kits and then i started building other types of kits from WW2 Bombers, Helicopters & Submarines in the much larger scale kits of 1/72, 1/350, 1/400 1/144. Some of the kits i've built have been sold to those who used to serve on the ships/planes/subs and some given away to friends who take an interest in kits and want a display piece for their shelf.

Today i just want to share with you my most recent finished HC1 RAF Chinook 1/48 scale. Which took me almost 3 mths to finish. Many will work with air-brushing spray pens, but i like to use a wide selection of brushes.

HC1 RAF Chinook. - RAF Chinooks have been widely deployed in support of British military engagements, serving their first wartime role in Operation Corporate, the Falklands War, in 1982. Chinooks were used in Operation Granby in the 1991 Gulf War, attached to large peace-keeping commitments in the Balkans, the continued British presence in Afghanistan, and in Operation Telic in the 2003 Iraq War. They provide routine supply and support missions to the British military, notably in Operation Banner in Northern Ireland. The helicopter has also been of use in military humanitarian missions and the extraction of civilians from warzones, such as the evacuation of Sierra Leone in 2000, and the evacuation from Lebanon in 2006.





A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter takes off with an underslung load during Exercise Jebel Sahara in North Africa.

Chinooks from 27 Sqn based at RAF Odiham, waiting to fly sorties over Scotland on a typically rainy day.

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Date Sat, 10/03/2012 - 10:07

Hi Simon

This has brought back a lot of memories.  I used to make the "Airfix" kits when I were a lad.  2 Bob a kit.....that's 10p in today speak.  I had them all hanging from my bedroom ceiling in attack formation!!!

I see you pay great attention to the painting and getting the details right.

It also brings back memories because I was stationed in Libya for two years and used to go down into the desert to clear the WW2 old minefields of mines. (mostly Anti-Tank).

Thanks for putting this photoblog together.  A first on Fuji I think.


PS:  I also notice this is your first photoblog on here since joining last month.....So I wish you a very warm welcome too.  Have a great time.

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Date Sat, 10/03/2012 - 20:10

Well built Chinook

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Date Sun, 11/03/2012 - 10:53

Well done.  Very good detail.

Like Steve, I used to make the Airfix kits. It was the done thing for boys of a certain era.


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Date Sun, 11/03/2012 - 13:29

The first is always the hardest blog, nice one the rest will be easy cheers a like from me.

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