Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Duxford D-Day Airshow 2014

Well, we survived the poor weather on Saturday morning and the unbelievably hot sunshine on Sunday and experienced two superb air displays right over out heads - the like of which non of us have seen before and will probably not see again.

Five flying Dakotas, more spitfires than I've ever seen before, a Hurricane, a P-51 Mustang, two (Buchon) 109's, the B-17 'Sally B', a Eurofighter Typhoon, Apache helicopter…. the list goes on and on!

More photographs will be posted soon but for now here is one I took in the early hours of Sunday morning…. enjoy.

Five flight ready Daks on Duxfords airstrip. May 2014.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Merville Battery Briefing Model

As we're attending the Imperial War Museum's 70th Anniversary D Day Airshow at the weekend, I thought I might tempt you to visit us by giving you a sneak peak of our centrepiece... a 'copy' of a scale briefing model used to illustrate the battery to the assault troops who's job it was to knock out the guns... The show runs from Saturday through to Sunday this weekend, see you all there!

Aerial view of the briefing model showing the four casemates and associated bunkers, roads, bushes, anti-tank ditch (unfinished by 6th June 1944)  and barbed wire defences.

Aerial view of the model showing Casemates 2 and 3 and the original housings for the guns.

Close up of the fortified house to the N.E. of the battery.

Close up of 'Erika' the 20mm Flak 38 Anti Aircraft gun.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

New Addition: Plastic Economy AAC Cap Badge

I recently found this and decided to add it to the collection. Its a plastic 'economy' Army Air Corps cap badge, hopefully of WW2 vintage. I say 'hopefully' as it isn't a silver colour but more of a mid-bronze colour. Either way its a nice addition and will sit alongside its metal colleagues very well I'm sure.

Front showing nice sharp detail, without any distortion.

Back showing intact clasps and makers name: A. Stanley & Sons, Walsall. Makers of plastic cap badges throughout the war years.