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  1. The skill involved to turn a box full of pieces of wood into a great looking model...... way beyond my skill set. There are some interesting wartime iitems still out there waiting to be found like this Astral model Hurricane kit with wartime restriction on sales label
  2. The skill involved to turn a box full of pieces of wood into a great looking model......
  3. These came in on Wednesday this week, they are more representative of the quality wartime made models are made to, they have a certain charm of their own along with some of the old wartime made as toys aircraft that I find, see last 3 images..........
  4. A few more.......... hard to believe but they are all wooden construction........... the Mig-17 Fresco I was convinced was a plastic kit until I really checked it out closely and by looking up the tail pipe you can see the woodgrain........... the ribbing on the earlier biplanes has been created by laying thread over the wings before painting...... all incredible work. There are many more, some are keepers, many are to be moved on.......... I don't have the space to keep them all.
  5. A few wartime matchbooks
  6. Here is the complete item, it was a small fold-up leaflet which i think was placed in cartons
  7. Many years ago I used to specialise in WW2 rations and cigarettes, always kept files on any old photos that I came across in wartime publications........ this one shows the contents of a WW2 Red Cross POW parcel, cigarette packs top right corner.......
  8. UK based online store , always hundreds genuine items in store at any given time. Whilst mainly British items there are also a fair few U.S. items available. I post overseas and have supplied hundreds of items to collectors all over the world in the last 20 years or so. Link to the store is https://para-phenalia.com Many thanks Kevin
  9. Some are so good at first glance you would think plastic kits........... last photo shows one model with a broken off wingtip and you can see the wood......... many of these came from the model collection of peter Farrar who during the 50's and 60's amassed a collection in excess of 1500 different models. At one point the RAF used to assign one of their transport aircraft to transport the collection to various RAF based airshows around the UK. The collection was split up many years ago, some of the models still have their Christies auction tags from 1995............ last year a large chunk of around 200 plus models re-surfaced at auction in the UK split over several lots each auction and the auctions over a 6 month time period........ to complicate matters Peter also had a large collection of plastic models in the collection......... all the ones shown here are wooden construction.
  10. An old solid wood scratchbuilt P-47, Hawker Typhoon, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang and a Mosquito ( built from wood taken from damaged Mosquitos ) recently acquired along with several dozen other WW1, interwar and WW2 aircraft types.
  11. So, 6 years later and up pops another Willys Jeep Manual.......... now this one has a date for April 15 1942 on the cover and also on the title page. Has 136 pages numbered then another small section at end titled Instructions for Unpacking and Assembly of Vehicle...................... so is this another version of a reprint ?
  12. Hi Ken Further to the info. on YOA 97.......... my son Mike was looking to see if he could find my old Jeep, something about me being 60 this year......... turns out it is now living in Australia http://g503.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=247086 ( Not the one I would have wanted anyway, the one I rebuilt would have been the real prize but that seems to have disappeared ...... ) Current owner is now in email contact with me and asking a few questions that I either don't remember, or are about the Jeep before my time. Hope this all links together so it makes sense......... can't believe this was way back in August last year, had 9 months of seriously ill father in law and time justs goes when focussed on other things. Kevin
  13. Hi Ken Apparently he named everyone , but the people I asked to get in contact with him as they are best mates forgot the names...... have asked again......... My lad Mike and myself had a great fun day clay shooting last year with Ian and his family courtesy of our joint friend who instructs at a big clay shooting range not too far from here, it was a late birthday present for Mike. Turned out Ian had booked the day for his lads birthday treat and was more than happy for us to join them when our instuctor mate asked ( first I knew was when we turned up to see Ian and his family there ) On the theme of small world....... One of my fellow vintage firework collectors asked me if I knew a guy with a tank over near Halfpenny Green and his best mate Mitch....... turns out they are part of the same social circle........ Kevin
  14. Hi Ken Ian has been shown the picture and he says he remembers it well, named the people in it and says he thinks it is around 1967 ? Sorry can't help with Richard Branson....... Kevin
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