Friday, 26 May 2017

Israeli Skyhawk

Latest out of the dusty aircraft pile is this only slightly shabby A-4 Skyhawk in Israeli colours. I'm not sure of the origin of the kit.  Airfix perhaps?
Aside from reattaching some wobbly extremities I have only varnished over the markings.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Newfoundland Memorial Park - European Road Trip Day 1, Part 3

I still have about another 12 posts-worth of photos from our recent visit to NW Europe.  This post concludes Day 1 with a visit to the Newfoundland Memorial Park near Beaumont Hamel, south of Arras.
Above - the park was on the Somme battlefields and some of the original trench lines are still in evidence.
 The 29th Division memorial.  This division saw action on day 1 of the Somme battles.
Some of the trenches have been floored in order that visitors may experience their twists and turns. And yes, by now it was raining.  But that seemed somehow fitting - after all, some mild weather-related discomfort is a small price to pay compared that levied on the parks permanent residents.

In a corner of the park is Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No.2.  Most of the 200 inmates were killed on 1 July 1916.  Over 50 remain unidentified.
 I always look out for Black Watch graves.  Here L. Cpl Hutchison shares space with Pvt. Mansbridge of the Royal Fusiliers.
Hunter's Cemetery (named after a chaplain attached to the Black Watch) occupies a large shell crater and it's 40+ dead are mostly from 51 Highland and 63 Royal Naval divisions.  It dates from the November 1916 battles.

 All the cemeteries are beautifully kept.

 I particularly wanted to visit the 51st (Highland) Division memorial...
 ...which is very imposing.

 This bench in the park had been presented by a Freemasons Lodge in Newfoundland, Canada.

The Y Ravine Cemetery holds over 400 casualties....
 ...including several Black Watch...

 ...Royal Navy...
 ...and Newfoundlanders.

 The impressive Newfoundland monument features a Caribou

Well worth a visit whatever the weather.

Thursday, 18 May 2017


This splendid tri-motor bomber was part of last year's excess at Partizan. I'm not sure of the maker but I recall Airfix produced such a kit - which I confess I always coveted.
 Clearly only a maniac would use such a thing in a game......

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Le Mur des Fusillés - European Road Trip Day One, part 2

Still in Arras, and indeed still in the citadel, is Le Mur des Fusillés  where resistance fighters and the like were executed during WW2.  A strange place to visit on such a pleasant sunny day.
The plaques commemorating the dead cover a large area of the fort's original walls.  Here are but a random few:

   The site of the execution post.
To lift the mood a little I had a look round some of the citadel walls...
...and the nicely (rebuilt after WW1) squares in the town centre.