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The room formerly known as my bedroom is now home to a model railway layout. It’s still in the early stages of building, but when it’s done it will represent Whitehaven station in the 40s/50s. This is Dad’s big modelling project and I’m going to invite him to join the blog to provide regular updates and better pictures as the scenery goes down and he starts placing the buildings.

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Tweety Bird

The tale of a T-37 training jet’s retirement.

The commander of the 8th – Navy Cmdr. Brian Osborn – is an old friend of retired Navy Capt. Rance Dunmire of Pueblo. Osborn also knows Dunmire is vice president of the Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society and is always on the lookout for classic military aircraft for the Pueblo museum.

So telephone calls took place, paperwork was filed, and last Friday, Dunmire was at Vance having a sparkling T-37 loaded on a trailer for shipment to Pueblo. The little Tweet had been in use training pilots as recently as last month.

Trainers don’t have the glamour of combat planes, but they’re still an interesting subject. The Tweet was modified into the A-37 light bomber, so you could have the siblings sat next to each other on the runway.

T-37/A-37 models and detailing sets (all via Hannants)-
1:48th Revell Cessna A-37A/B Dragonfly
1:48th detailing set (for Monogram model)/ Weighted wheels
1:72nd Academy A-37 Dragonfly
1:72nd Academy Cessna A-37B “Black Eagle” R.O.K.A.F Display team
1:72nd detailing set (for Hasegawa kit)
1:72nd decals, including Vance Air Force base T-37

T-37 pages on Google.

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Ducks and swans

One of the joys of car modelling is coming up with vehicles that are rare or non-existent in the real world. But sometimes the real world produces oddities that look like they came from someone’s parts box after a little too long breathing glue fumes. Inspiration for your next project-

101 things to do with a 2CV.

Big block Chevy powered Ferrari.

True beauty- a hot rod inspired by board track racing.

All via Jalopnik

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EBay watch

Something I’m going to do from time to time- a short list of kits for sale on EBay that I think are cool or interesting.

NB These are not things that I am selling on EBay. If I’m trying to pimp up my own stuff I will say so. Also, I am not responsible for any problems arising from the sales.

Here’s a few to start with-

Airfix SnapFix Flying Saucer. As the seller says, Airfix’s attempt to jump on the post Star Wars sales bandwagon. I doubt that this is one of those kits whose rarity is going to lead to increased value down the line. It might look good with a bit of kit bashing and weathering.

Airfix 1914 Old Bill bus 32nd scale. You might just be able to get away with mix’n’matching this bus with Emhar’s (35th scale) WW1 tanks and infantry.

Monkee mobile 1:25 “Here we come, walkin’ down the street.”

German tanks Captured by the Red army 1/72 Decal set and/ or Russian Lend-lease Tank Decals. 1/72 Useful for spicing up Eastern Front dioramas. They’re being sold by the same merchant, so buy both and you could get a good postage deal.

The 224 was an early variant toward the Spitfire, so this is an essential kit for any Spit completist.

Monty’s Caravan & Armoured car 1/76 kit by Matchbox WW2
I made this kit once and loved the little Daimler scout car. £8 is a bit steep for my nostalgia at the moment though.

Revell Snark S-M -62 missile Revell made a load of missile models in the 50s and 60s. Sadly 1- they’re very hard to find 2- they were “box scale”, sized to fit the box and therefore all different scales.

Artificial resin eyes Just a little creepy.

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