56 ("Firebirds") Squadron RAF

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  1. Vic Balshaw

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    #1 Vic Balshaw, Aug 29, 2009
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    G'day folks. I've done a few postings on the forum and thought it about time I introduced myself. I first discovered forum when looking for information on my pet modelling theme where I was soon chatting to one of your illustrious member. Also, the welcome from others was warm and encouraging with such intricate detailing of models and a varied range of subjects that it's spurred me into trying to improve on my own modelling skills. My theme is the building of all aircraft types of one RAF Squadron from 1918 onward. My subject is 56 (Firebirds) Squadron in 1:48 scale which I have been working on for a number of years and as I discovered, I'm not the only one to have selected this particular squadron and in this respect, my sincere apologise to "Airframes" (Terry) for gazumping you on your chosen theme, to be honest I'm delighted someone else has chosen to duplicate the aircraft history of THE squadron. And in line with this theme, there is another among your ranks has selected 74 Squadron, good luck to you both, it's a great and varied challenge, and please keep us posted on progress.

    Anyone else out there building a squadron?

    Why 56 Squadron. Well they were my first and last operational fighter squadron during my 14 year RAF career (ground staff). My first time was when they had just converted to the Lightning F.1A and I was lucky to still be at Wattisham when they were the "Firebirds" display team for the season of 1963. I again caught up with the squadron in the early 70's when they were the Eastern Mediterranean defence squadron as a member of CENTO, in Cyprus.

    and my latest addition to the flight line, a Phantom FGR Mk 2 at RAF Wattisham in July 1992. Its a 1:48 Hasagawa kit and very nice kits they are.

    In the pipeline is a second Hasagawa Phantom that will be in conventional squadron markings and an Italieri part built F.3/ADV Tornado that is more filler than plastic. In the past I've bagged the Airfix kit for it's poor fit and I now consider the Italieri in this model to be just as bad.
    The F.1A Lightning was my first aircraft on the flight line, thrown together some 7 years ago (yes, that’s how long I've been on this project). At that time my modelling skills were somewhat crude and many of my earlier models need dusting down and refurbishing, something I may tackle when the mood takes.

    And I finish with the squadron flight line and my secret stash.

    To all you worldly folks out there, keep posting, it's fun reading and very informative.
     

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    Hiya Vic, nice to meet you. Looking forward to your pics.
     
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    Jolly good show old boy! :thumbright: Looking forward to more pics and stories!
     
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    Jolly good show old boy! :thumbright: Looking forward to more pics and stories

    Hows the F6 Hunter going?
     
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    Welcome!! Great collection you've got going on!
     
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    Amazing collection... loving the Phantom especially (my fave jet plane!)
     
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    Minor details to add old chap. Have left it sitting here because of the GB's....:oops:
     
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    :p Thank Guys, glad to be aboard.:D
     
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    Great theme you've got going there. How many aircraft do you reckon it will take you before you finish the line up?
     
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    What's left to do, well after the second Phantom and the Tornado, I've a couple more Tornado's a Gloster Gauntlet and new Meteor F.3. This will complete the line and then it's down to replacing a couple of the older models constructed some 5 or six years ago. After that, well I do have a largish reserve stash hidden away.8)
     
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    Great line-up Vic, looking forward to seeing more.
     
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    Agreed!:D
     
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    So.....when will we see the old colonials attempt a squadron history build, eh?
     
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    I say old chap, aren't you batting for 74 Sqn?
    :salute::salute:
     
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    Here we are folks, Phantom No 2 completed and added to the flight line.
    Next up, finish the Tornado F.3 and start on the other two Airfix kits.
    :hotsun: :hotsun:
     

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    Great work mate!
     
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    I agree, beaut work Vic. The collection looks fantastic all together like that, and has given me an idea of how much space I'll need - and I'm only building twelve...well, maybe a couple more.....
     
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    Don't start that again......
     
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    24 to date. Any advances on 30?
     
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