Thursday, 15 May 2014

Airfix Model World - Europe's Best Selling Modelling Magazine

We were delighted to see in the June 2014 Issue 43 of Airfix Model World magazine that one of our best-selling models, the Pegasus Hobbies Nautilus has been treated to an outstanding 'Advanced Build' review.
In fact 7 pages of gorgeous photos and inspiring instruction of this beautiful piece of Victorian-era science fiction.
Other features include builds of the Lynx HAS.3 ICE helicopter, L-39 Albatros plane and C-47 Skytrain.,000-leagues-under-the-sea-1$5144-scale-plastic-model-kit-pg9120

Pegasus Nautilus
Another piece that caught our eye was a Normandy landings diorama featuring an exclusive build of Airfix's new 1:72 scale Willys Jeep and LCVP landing craft. We were impressed by the instruction for using balsa wood and cork tiles to build the beach setting, and Deluxe Materials products 'Making Waves' and 'Solid Water' to produce lifelike sea that the landing craft is emerging from. Simply a brilliant tutorial that modellers will surely be inspired by . Its also accompanied by an enjoyable and informative historical feature on the D-Day landings featuring dramatic photos of the day.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Great Yarmouth's outstanding Time & Tide Museum presents their amazing 'Super Models' exhibition

The Time & Tide museum is one of Norfolk’s real treasures, and offers the best introduction you’ll find to the fascinating and historic town of Great Yarmouth.

Time & Tide Museum 
Set in a beautifully preserved Victorian curing works, Time & Tide tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day.  Discover the town's rich maritime heritage and its development as a popular seaside resort. Hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue and meet colourful characters who made their living from the sea.

This dynamic and family-friendly museum places fascinating archive films alongside recreations of local cottages, a noisy 1950s fish wharf and the charming shops of a 1913 ‘Row’.  The highlight is the unforgettable chance to step inside one of the towering original smokehouses, where the smell of smoked fish still lingers. 

 The museum regularly updates exhibitions and the latest one called 'Super Models' is a real winner, featuring characters from the movie 'One Million Years B.C.' and 'Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit'.

This model of a Fisherman's Cottage was made by Norfolk model maker Joesph  'Darby' Evans. He often used recycled materials in his work. The cottage was made from salvaged wood that he helped to construct while workign as a pile-drive foreman


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Visit the ' Lydia Eva ' Newly Restored Historic Steam Drifter Moored at Great Yarmouth.

An extensive makeover over the winter months has got the steam drifter  Lydia Eva looking her best since her launch over 80 years ago from Crabtree's Slipway in Great Yarmouth.

All on-board fixtures have been painted and varnished, brass has been polished and many mechanical parts, such as the ships telegraph have been completely overhauled.
Now volunteers caring for this historic vessel on the River Yare are aiming to make her a new season attraction for visitors to the town.

She opens to the public on on April 7th and visitors will be able to tour her seven days a week. Entry is free but there is also the opportunity for guided tours for individuals, private groups and schools.
Following an appeal in the EDP for new skippers, 12 people applied with the necessary qualifications to take charge of her when she goes out to sea. That means she will take people out on at least four occasions this summer.

This will be an expensive year for her because at the end of the season she has to go into dry dock for essential maintenance jobs - a cost of more than £20,000
To help with fundraising, Norfolk raconteur Keith Skipper has agreed to do a concert to support her and Gorleston Pavilion is giving the venue free-of-charge for the event on October 9th 2014, which will also feature some of the area's best musical talent. Tickets available from the Gorleston Pavilion Box-Office on tel: 01493 662832

And as well as the Lydia Eva, visitors will also be able to step on board her sister ship, The Mincarlo, which is moored at the Maritime Heritage Quay in Lowestoft. She is the last trawler of her type and will be open to visitors from late May.
The Mincarlo is in the early stages of restoration and it is hoped to get her fully operational.
Anyone interested in a hands-on experience can get further details at

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

' Wings & Wheels ' The Longest Running Model Show in the UK - 28th & 29th June 2014

Make a note in your diary for the 28th & 29th June 2014, because this is the weekend of WINGS & WHEELS MODEL SPECTACULAR at North Weald airfield near Epping in Essex.

This is the place to see Model Aircraft, Model Boats, Radio Control Tanks, Radio Control Cars and much more.
This is the model show you will not want to miss !

> Continuous, spectacular model flying displays inside and outside

Modeller's Bring and Buy

Huge Trade Support

Massive 40 Square Foot Boat Pool and Indoor Marine Displays

Licensed Catering

Camping, Caravans, & Motor Homes - Welcome All Weekend

Book your tickets online and look forward to great Summer fun 

Wings and Wheels Model Spectacular made its debut at North Weald airfield near Epping in Essex nearly 28 years ago.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Meet The Fokkers !$3i-triplane-1$148th-scale-plastic-model-kit
The first ever Dutch-built plane to fly in the Netherlands was built by a 20 year old Anthony Fokker, and called the Spin (Spider).

Taking advantage of opportunities in Berlin, he founded his Company, Fokker Aviatik GmbH, on 12 February 1912

He capitalized on having sold several Fokker Spin monoplanes to the German government and set up a factory in Germany to supply the German army. His first new design for the Germans to be produced in any numbers was the Fokker M.5, which was little more than a copy of the Morane-Saulnier G. When it was realized that it was desirable to arm the planes with a machine gun firing through the propeller, Fokker developed a synchronization gear similar to that patented by Franz Schneider.
Fitted with a developed version of this gear, the M.5 became the Fokker Eindecker which, due to its revolutionary armament, became one of the most feared aircraft over the western front, its introduction leading to a period of German air superiority known as the Fokker Scourge

Later during the war, the German government forced Fokker and Junkers to cooperate more closely, which resulted in the foundation of the Junkers-Fokker Aktiengesellschaft on 20 October 1917. As this partnership proved to be troublesome, it was eventually dissolved again. By then, designer Reinhold Platz had adapted some of Junkers design concepts, what resulted in a visual similarity between the aircraft of those two manufacturers during the next decade.

Some of the noteworthy types produced by Fokker during the second half of the war included the Fokker D.VI, Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker - the mount of the Red Baron.