1 collection, 26 years, 142 aircraft and this is my greatest failure yet. Read all about it here. © Copyright 2020. All Rights Reserved. Jonathan Bryon.
“You follow the rules of war for you – not for your enemy”, his commander had said. “You fight by rules to keep your humanity”.
Last time I was explaining the connection between the Short Sunderland flying boat and “Das Fliegende Schtachelschwein” aka “The Flying Porcupine”. This thorny porcine epithet comes from an aircraft which was based at Invergordon in north east Scotland in 1940. My story will be based primarily on the work of John Robertson in 2010. I […]
Last time, I was showing you round what is probably the same aircraft in two different locations, that is, the Short Sunderland flying boat at Hendon and then at Duxford. Just to remind ourselves, the Sunderland was a mighty war machine: The Sunderland had a panoply of weapons. Something for every occasion: There was also […]
One of the world’s most bewitching aircraft is the Sunderland flying boat. When I was a boy, I never did save up enough pocket money for the Airfix kit, although it was only fifty pence or so in the 1960s. I should have bought it then, though. They’re fifty pounds now! The Short S.25 Sunderland […]
It seems a bit silly to be discussing the virtues of Social Media & scale models in a WordPress blog post. Has Social Media hit scale modeling? Of course it has. Has this been a good thing? Of course it has – even if there are some downsides. I believe one of the biggest changes in this […]
The Night Fighter Squadrons of Iwo Jima are possibly best known for the nose art applied to their aircraft, after all it was perhaps some of the best in the entire war. But, that does the men of the 348th, 349th and 6th Night Fighter Squadrons a disservice as there’s far more that they deserve to be known and remembered for.
While I am still working on the canopies…
Intermission – The Greatest Air Battle; Dieppe, 19th August, 1942 — Making History
The largest single-day air engagement of the war, simultaneously an RAF tactical loss and strategic victory. Featuring Canadians, Free French and a Tamiya model, I’ve tried something different in how I’ve structured this piece, let me know what you think.
This article first appeared in one of the few way-back-when iPad issues of airscape. (Which was a real joy, by the way, and which I’d start again tomorrow if your aviation business was prepared to sponsor it…) It remains an incredible story of skill, from the dedicated workers who built B-17s to the men who […]