The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

As I’ve said before, I’ve always loved the world represented in miniature. As much as I love taking these pictures at this event, I’d love it even more if I could take these types of shots under ever tighter controlled circumstance where I could light them properly and shoot from a tripod. Still the artistry, …

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This trip was a bit of a different bent for me as it was going to be a group ride and not my usual solo affair. The plan was to get to Dayton, OH from Mississauga in a day with a brief stop at Iron Pony in Westerville, OH about 80 miles from Dayton. I …

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This is the third Heritagecon I’ve attended. There was a huge dealer section this year and while there was a good turnout of modellers and their completed kits it wasn’t quite as good as last year, at least in the diorama categories. I’ll admit, I’m always more drawn to the strange, the scratchbuilt and the …

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At 1 PM yesterday afternoon a B-17G called Sentimental Journey touched down at the Canadian Warplane Museum in Hamilton, Ontario.  The aircraft is owned, flown and maintained by the Commemorative Airforce in Arizona.  She will be here till July 6th and you can arrange a flight in her by contacting the Commemorative Airforce in Arizona …

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This year CWHM’s Lancaster was painted in the R for Ropey configuration, a bomber that had over 60 missions to its credit.  There was a fair amount of grumbling over this paint scheme with many glad she’d be going back to her original colors for the UK trip coming up. As Skyfest is mostly about …

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There are aircraft that you love above all else.  The Avro Vulcan,  The Avro Lancaster, The Supermarine Spitfire, The P-51D Mustang even the Grumman Avenger but then there is that one that rises above them all.  For me that aircraft is the de Haviland Mosquito.  An aircraft made mostly of wood (Sitka Spruce to be …

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So now we’re into the diorama section and this year was different from any of the other years or at least it felt different.  For example in, “The Interrogation,” it depicts a pretty bleak period at the very beginning of the second World War.  Not something I’ve ever seen at a model show before.  Even …

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So it’s taken me three days of concerted effort to work my way through the shots I took at Heritagecon 8 on Sunday.  It’s still been worth it. I’ll be honest, I never mastered the art of dry brushing and while I know scale models of armor are very popular  and I’ve always been impressed …

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Each year I look forward to the Heritagecon held at the Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum in Mount Hope.  The mastery of the model builders is always inspiring to see and the atmosphere is pretty cool too.  This year I was able to get my hands on the old Airfix Stirling Bomber Kit in its original …

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Aircraft have been my thing as far as I can remember.  They’ve been part of the family history for generations.  My great grandfather worked for the Grahame – White Company one of the earliest aviation firms in the UK.  My Grandfather joined the RAF when he was 16 and served on ground crew for the …

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