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Paris Autobus  Renault (1934)  T6C


"The  Renault  Renault TN is a range of buses produced from 1931 until 1971 described by Le Monde as a symbol of a Paries era" (Wikipedia).

About 1971, the buses were slowly phased out, and it was a sad day for inhabitants, students and tourists alike when these "cult" buses disappeared from the Parisian streets

A die-cast model, made of plastic and metal by  to a scale of 1:50 sold by Solido  is the basis of this paper model.







Steam Railcar GR.60




 Unfortunately, his web site no longer exists, and it was with great difficulty that I pieced together the instructions for this lovely GR.60 model, mainly on the basis of 2 photographs. I have made a number of adaptations to Fabrizio's model which I think relevant, the main one being  a strengthened and box-form base for the locomotive. Postal livery has also been adapted (Italian Post, note the coat-of-arms of The House of Savoy), and the loco is now No. 616, built by Borsig in Berlin around about 1907.




Stearman  P-17  1942

1 : 36

" The Cannibal Queen " : with 300HP Lycoming R-680 radial motor.

 Stephen Coonts's “Cannibal Queen” immortalised in his book of his unforgettable odysey with son David through (nearly) all the US states. From the Stearman's humble origins as a Canadian trainer in the '40's (discarded as its open cockpits not at all acceptable in the Canadian climate, downhill to a common crop sprayer, then uphill through loving and painstaking renovation. Now owned by BiPlane Rides Over Philadelphia.

If you like fast, comfortable planes with cabin, full instrumentation, bar and panoramic views below, this is a horror, but wow, what a classic.


Revised  8/2014

Martin Mars Water Bomber



The giant Martin Mars water bomber has been extensively revised with stronger wing stabiliser, livery of Coulson Forest Products in Canada, the latter company who did so much to keep the vintage bombers airborne.





Again the Okavango Swamps



Gippsland GA-8 "Airvan"


Again the Airvan, this time with interior fittings - celluloid windows, seats cockpit controls and dashboard!


Gippsland GA-8 "Airvan"


The Airvan is a single-engined utility aircraft manufactured by GippsAero (formerly Gippsland Aeronautics) of Victoria, Australia. It can seat eight, including the pilot. The aircraft was designed to fill a market niche perceived by the manufacturer between the Cessna 206 and Cessna 208.

It is used in various roles, including passenger services, freight, sight-seeing, parachuting, observation and search and rescue.

As of June 2013, 200 Airvans had been produced and delivered.


The registration ZS-PNX no longer exists; but the airplane is now stationed at Maun, Botswana.



"Red Arrow" 1:72

"Rote Pfeil" RAe-2/4 1001

The rolling legend on rails.

Wherever it shows up, it is always bound to draw admiration: This showcase item was presented as an example of Swiss workmanship at the Swiss National Exposition in 1939. The Red Arrow «Churchill»(double-length version) acquired the legendary nickname «Churchill» in 1946 when former British prime minister Winston Churchill travelled through Switzerland on this train.







"Catalina" PBY-6A



Parts ......


"Catalina" PBY-6A (1:72)

France's Sécurité Civile, based in Marignane near Marseilles, was originally (1963-1970) named the Protection Civile.  The fire-bombers used 9 PBY 'Catalinas', which have now been superseded by Canadairs (mainly CL-415).  The model here is that of

F-ZBAW, a 'Pelican Jaune', which entered into service in 1964, then demobbed in 1975.



Lineas Aeras de Iberia

DC3 1 :30




Alan Rose?s magnificent DC-3 ?trophy? must rank as the most well-known DC-3 paper model, and at a scale of 1:15 nearly the largest.

I was given permission by Alan Rose to design and add on the rear portion, and this I designed with a number of adaptations to the wing structure. The addition of extended landing gear, and replacement of the motors, both with the excellent ones designed by Fly Model C-47 ?Sky Train? of Polish modelers, as well as the addition of more realistic tyres I designed, completes the model.

Thanks are due to Alan Rose for permitting me to use the basis of his model, as well as to Ruben Martinez who provided me with valuable information for the project.






This model is an improvement and supersedes the old Swiss Air Lines DC-3 on my web site.

Basis for this design was the excellent 1:12 ?C-47 Skytrain-Fly Model? which gave me many ideas
used in this model, as well as some techniques used by Alan Rose in his legendary huge and trophy-like ?Half DC-3? wall model. On the new present model, the motor and especially the undercarriage is quite detailled for a 1:50 model.




....... and now in the livery of Springbok Classis Air, based in Johannesburg.


Euroco pter    EC145


The EC145T2 is the newest 4-ton class twin engine, multi-purpose helicopter in the product range of Eurocopter, and has seen more than 800 deliveries worldwide, accumulating over 3 million flight hours.

The livery is that of the Securité Civile, based at Marignane near Marseilles, France.

The scale of 1:72 is used so that the heli can join the Canadairs of same Securité Civile.


Eurocopter EC145T2 1:40

Again the Eurocopter EC 145.

The livery is  that of the Swiss Air Rescue Ambulance company REGA..




AgustaWestland Da Vinci                       

AgustaWestland's Da Vinci helicopter is a light twin aircraft specifically capable of performing high-altitude rescue missions as well as rapidly transferring severely injured patients from hospital to hospital, and providing them with specialised medical treatment in flight. The livery is that of the Swiss Air Rescue Ambulance service REGA, whose brave pilots and teams are on permanent stand-by in world-wide rescue operations, often in very difficult weather and terrain conditions, and especially in the mountains.




Cessna 172 "Skyhawk"

One of the best Cessna 172 paper models is that originally on the web site which unfortunately no longer exists. A number of improvements were found to be necessary (windscreens front and rear corrected, dihedral corrected etc).

The livery used was that of the USAF's Civil Air Patrol which is a volunteer organisation with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles and occupations.


Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander (1:36)

The BN-2 is a 1960s light utility aircraft, regional airliner and cargo aircraft designed & originally manufactured by Britten-Norman of the UK. One of the best-selling commercial aircraft type produced in Europe. Over 750 are still commercially in service round the world, but also world-wide for police and military operations..

The model designed here is the BN-2AZ-26 Islander belonging to Germany's small regional airways "Luftverkehr Friesland Harle", and thecompany's planes fly from Harlesiel throughout the year and nearly hourly, island-hopping to the northern islands, as well as charter flights throughout Europe.




Westland Lysander Mk III (1:36) 

Baby sister (1:72) ...

The Lysander, affectionately called the "Lizzie", was a British army co-operation and liaison aqircraft immediately before & just after World War 2. After becoming obsolete in the army's co-operation role, the aircraft's exceptional short-field performance enabled clandestine missions using small, unprepared airstrips behind enemy lines to place or recover agents, particularly in unoccupied France. Like other British army air co-operation aircraft it xas given the name of a mythical or legendary leader, in this case the Spartan general Lysander.   Note the fixed 'Agent's Ladder' used for rapid entry and exit.




Savoia Marchetti S55

The Savoia-Marchetti S.55 was a double-hulled flying-boat produced in Italy beginning in 1924. Shortly after its introduction it began setting records for speed, payload, altitude and range. It featured many innovative design features: Al the passengers were placed in the twin hulls, but the pilot and crew captained the plane from a cockpit in the thicker section of the wing between the 2 hulls. The S.55 had two inline counter-rotating propellers achieved by mounting the twin engines back to back. The engines were canted sharply at an upward angle. Two wire-braced booms connected the triple-finned tail structure to the twin hulls and wing. Many variants were manufactured.



Robin Dauphin 4 DR400      1:25

The Robin DR400 is a wooden sport monoplane, conceived by Pierre Robin and Jean Délémontez; it first flew in 1972 and was still in production in 2008. It has a tricycle undercarriage, and can carry 4 people.The dihedral of the outer wing is much greater than the inboard, a configuration which it shares with Jodel aircraft. It is considered easy to fly and quiet during flight due to its wooden frame.





"The Flight of the Phoenix"


"Flying Boxcar" used in the film "Flight of the Phoenix".




... and "The Phoenix" itself! 


The Phoenix was constructed from parts salvaged from the Flying Boxcar (below) in the film.


Airbus A300-600ST, "Beluga"


The Airbus A300-600ST (Super Transporter) or Beluga is a version of the standard A300-600 wide-body airliner modified to carry aircraft parts and over-sized or awkward cargo. It was officially called the Super Transporter at first, but the name Beluga became popular and has now been officially adopted.



Bristol Blenheim Bomber


The Bristol Blenheim was a British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. It was used extensively in the early days of the Second World War, butwas later adapted into a successful long-range fighter and night fighter. It was one of the first British aircraft to have all-metal stressed skin construction, to utilise retractable landing gear, flaps, powered gun turret and variable-pitch propellers.



Antonov KT or A40

'The Flying Tank'

This 'machine' was a Soviet attempt to allow a tank to glide into a battlefield after being towed aloft by an airplane, to support airborne forces or partisans. A prototype was built and tested in 1942, but was found to be unworkable.



Avro 696 Shackleton MR Mk 2



The Avro Shackleton was a British long-range maritime patrol aircraft for use by the Royal Air Force. It was developed by Avro from the Avro Lincoln bomber with a new fuselage. It was originally used primarily in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) roles, and was later adapted for airborne early warning (AEW), search and rescue (SAR) and other roles from 1951 until 1990. It also served in the SouthAfrican Air Force from 1957 to 1984. The type is named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.



Sikorsky S-40 Flying Boat


The Sikorsky S-40 was an American amphibious flying boat built by Sikorsky in the early 1930s for Pan American World Airways. It was the largest commercial airliner of its time. A total of three aircraft were built by the Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Division of the United Aircraft Corporation in Stratford, Connecticut. All three were retired from service during World War II. The first passenger carrying service was on the November 19, 1931 and was piloted by Charles Lindbergh from Miami, Florida to the Panama Canal Zone. The S-40 was the first of many aircraft known as Flying Clipper and Pan Am Clipper.

The S-40 was nicknamed the "Flying Forest" for its maze of support struts.



Grumman HU-16D Albatross


Twin-radial engine amphibious flying craft. Originally designated SA-16, it was re-named HU-16 in 1962.

The Albatross was designed to be able to land at sea in open ocean situations to effect the rescue of downed pilotsd. Its clean-V cross-section and substantial length helped make it possible for it to land in wavy conditions.

The US Coast Guard is regulatly provisioned by the US Navy and the US Air Force. The Albatross is used for rescue but also for scientific purposes, environmental protection, surveillance of fishing zones, and sources of marine pollution.



Handley Page Night Bomber O/400


The Handley Page Type O was an early bomber aircraft used by Britain during WWI. At the time, it was the largest aircraft that had been built in the UK and one of the largest in the world. It was built in two major versions, the Handley Page O/100and nO/400.

The machine depicted, no. 62447, is one of the first of locally assembled machines, fitted with Liberty engines, and named 'Langley'. It was used by Billy Mitchell to show that bombers could destro warships.




Fairchild C-26D Metro

The Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner of the Fairchild Aerospace is a 19-seat, pressurised, twin turboprop airliner first produced by Swearingen and later by Fairchild at a plant in San Antonio, Texas.




Northrop F-89 "Scorpion"

Early American jet-powered all-weather interceptor. It has the distinction of being the first aircraft armed with buclear weapons (the Genie rocket) for air-to-air use.


Douglas DC-6B Water Bomber

DC-6 planes were often converted to forest fire-fighting duties, and the 'Securité Civile' based at Marignane (Marseilles) used these initially in 1977 until they were replaced in 1988. They carried 12 000 litres of water with retardant.



Mitsubishi A5M4 1:30    

The Mitsubishi A5M was a Japanese carrier-based fighter aircraft. It was the world's first monoplane shipboard fighter and the direct ancestor of the famous Mitsubishi A6M 'Zero'. The Allied code-name was Claude; the Japanese Navy designation was "Type 96 carrier-based fighter".



Junkers JU-52

The Junkers Ju 52 (nicknamed "Tante Ju" - "Auntie Ju" - and "Iron Annie") was a transport aircraft and bomber manufactured 1932 ? 1945 by Junkers. It saw both civilian and military service during the 1930s and 1940s. In a civilian role, it flew with well over a dozen air carriers including Swissair and Lufthansa as an airliner and freight hauler. In a military role, it flew with the Luftwaffe as a troop and cargo transport, with a secondary role as a medium bomber. The Swiss Air Force also flew the Ju 52, with three machines remaining in operation until the early 1980s.



Grumman F7F-3 "Tigercat"

The Grumman F7F Tigercat was the first twin-engined fighter aircraft design to enter service with the United States Navy.


Douglas A-1H "Skyraider"

U.S. single-seat attack bomber of the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. A propeller-driven anachronism in the jet age, the Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful career well into the space age, and inspired a straight-winged, slow flying jet powered successor which is still in frontline service today.


Fairchild C119G, "Flying Boxcar"

American military transport aircraft developed from the World War II Fairchild C-82 Packet, designed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanised equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute.



Short 330-220

The Short 330-200 is a short haul airlcraft produced by Short Brothers in the UK. The aircraft above was registered as N337MV (SH3075).

Mississippi Valley Airlines was a regional air carrier serving the Upper Midwestern region of the United States. The airline merged with Air Wisconsin in 1985 and thus lost its previous identity.




Conair CS2F US Navy "Tracker."

First purpose-built, single air-frame anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft to enter service with the US Navy.


Douglas DC-3           'Dakota'

American fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft whose speed and range revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Because of its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II, it is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made.


Douglas C-54 / DC-4 'Candy Bomber'

The Berlin Blockade (June 24, 1948 to May 11, 1949) was one of the first major crises of the new Cold War. It began when the Soviets blocked railroad and street access by the three Western powers (the Americans, British, and French) to the Western-occupied sectors of Berlin. The crisis abated after the Western powers bypassed the blockade by establishing the Berlin Airlift, demonstrating both their dedication to the cause of supplying their zones, as well as the industrial might of the West and its air force's capabilities.

One of the many American pilots to fly the USAF C-54 Skymaster during the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49 ("Operation Vittles") was Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen of Provo, Utah. During the operation he became known as the "Candy Bomber" because he repeatedly dropped candy to German children from his aircraft on approach to the runways.





6/2007 & 8/2014

Conair CS2F Fire-fighting "Tracker."




Modified "Tracker", used for fire-fighting patrol duty, but also for water-bombing.



De Haviland Dash-8 Water Bomber.

Fitted with a large water tank, it complements the French aerial fire-fighter's fleet of Canadairs and Trackers.




Canadair CL-415 Water Bomber "Superscooper."



The French Sécurité Civile's "Pelican" no. 39 F-ZBEG based at Marignane near Marseilles. Came into service in 1995.