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This last Saturday, we were all at the landmark 20th Anniversary Sandown Park Toy Fair! Maybe you saw us there?! I was the one taking pictures with my iPhone because the camera conked out as soon as we arrived!


Bad me, I've been slacking on getting these posted!

Here's the impressive array of air-related kits Revell had on show. There was a huge mix of scales and skill levels, plus something for every taste, including a space shuttle and a zeppelin. For some reason, this must be the year of the space shuttle and zeppelin, as several manufacturers seem to be coming out with models of both of them!

Also in common with many other manufacturers, Revell is tyring to lure in new, younger clientelle with easier-to-make snap-together kits and models that come ready-painted (and very nicely painted at that). They're also marking the Battle of Britain anniversary with a special kit set.

The Fokker Dr.I

by The Aviation Archive

The Corgi Aviation Archive Knights of the Air series features the majority of the best-known bi-planes and triplanes designed and flown during WWI, notably by the British, French and German air forces, all involved in the conflict. In reality, as each country improved upon their original prototype designs, their counterparts developed similar upgrades, more often than not using captured aircraft to assess and then plagiarise ideas in a bid to gain air superiority.

Probably the best known of all German WWI aircraft - if only for its distinctive three-wing layout and association with the famous ‘Red Baron' Manfred von Richthofen, is the Fokker Dr.1 Dreidecker (three wings). Despite its fame as a very successful German fighter, the inspiration for the Fokker Dr.1 came directly from the British Sopwith Triplane. This had been produced as a follow-up to the Sopwith Pup and the use of three wings instead off two meant that both chord and span could be reduced. The narrower wings gave the pilot a better view above and below and the shorter span allowed increased manoeuvrability. Three wings instead of two also gave an increased rate of climb. These features had given the Sopwith Triplane a great advantage in the intense dog-fighting encountered on the Western Front.

The prototype Sopwith Triplane first flew in late May 1916 and within a year, it was in service. The summer of 1917 saw it making a massive impact on the German air squadrons. Triplanes of B Flight, No. 10 Sqn RNAS were top scorers, shooting down 87 German aircraft in three months. Its fearsome reputation caused the German Air Ministry, in July 1917, to ask the leading manufacturers to examine a shot-down Sopwith Triplane with a view to making a German equivalent of this successful fighter.

Established in 1982 in New Jersey, Toys and Models Corporation aims to focus on affordable high-quality aviation models - they now also do space and maritime items. Models are crafted by hand by the company's master craftsmen from Philippine mahogany or composite. Models come in a variety of scales including 1/72 and 1/62.

And again, all pics are courtesy of Todd from Wings 900!


Socatec of France have been in the model plane business for over 15 years, making wood, plastic, resin and diecast fighters, airliners, transporters and other aircrafts (including space models) in 1/200, 1/250, 1/300, 1/400, 1/500, 1/1000 and 1/72 scales. They work with numerous leading names in aviation, including Air France, KLM, Cathay Pacific, Breitling and the European Space Agency.

And they look great in photos! Here's a cross-section...


Free Floating display technique

by oldHooker

Half of the plane and scene are an illusion, generated by the material being affixed to a true first surface mirror which absorbs the brunt of the seam lines and causes the mirror surface to become virtually invisible.     This technique allows aircraft/spacecraft/birds/angels... super heros' etc, to look like they are in unsupported flight; close up you can tell, but more than 2-3 ft away and the subject is floating before your eyes, to the point it causes people to stare!  

I invented and Patented this technique, known as the MID (Mirror Image Display), which allows modelers to not only make an eye catching display, but also build TWO dioramas from ONE kit!       Here are some of my model airplane projects I have completed to date:

1/360th Academy Tu-144

1/300 Airfix 747-400 landing at St. Maarten

1/390 Academy C-5A mounted on a wall plaque display

1/200 Heller SUD Caravelle

1/144 Academy F-14A

1/144 Revell 747-100

1/300 Airfix 747-400

1/48 Revell Stuka

1/200 Hasegawa 737-200

1/390 Academy Tu-144

Not only is this technique great for model projects, but also breathtaking ornaments!

Floating Angel Ornament