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  1. Just read the post from Baggers that Southern Expo is to be cancelled. Taking the phlegmatic point of view, its not a surprise, given the circumstances. But that doesn't lessen the impact, particularly since was the last one not only at Hornchurch but at the Hornchurch Sports Centre we have all known. So here is a thought; although I've missed Expo for the past few years, I was going to be there this year and do an article on it for KJM Today, since it was to be the last at what had become the traditional venue. First time for me was 1997; twenty-three years ago and I'm sure there are a few folks with longer memories than that. Want to contribute? Send me your anecdotes, pictures, anything relevant. Get in touch with me here: info@kjmtoday.com The article will still happen All the best, Kevan (I'm going to post this elsewhere on the forum as well so we can reach people)
  2. Taking the phlegmatic point of view, its not a surprise, given the circumstances. But that doesn't lessen the impact, particularly since was the last one not only at Hornchurch but at the Hornchurch Sports Centre we have all known. So here is a thought; although I've missed Expo for the past few years, I was going to be there this year and do an article on it for KJM Today, since it was to be the last at what had become the traditional venue. First time for me was 1997; twenty-three years ago and I'm sure there are a few folks with longer memories than that. Want to contribute? Send me your anecdotes, pictures, anything relevant. Get in touch with me here: info@kjmtoday.com The article will still happen All the best, Kevan (I'm going to post this elsewhere on the forum as well so we can reach people)
  3. As well as being a world traveller and roving reporter, airports still have magnetism At least for me.....
  4. Since I spent my childhood in British Services communities, living near Dusseldorf meant...The Airport! Remember the Kodak Instamatic? Took these with one when I was a tiny wee slip of a thing....
  5. Okay admit it....we all have secrets from our younger days, things we did when we were young.... Some of mine, spent chasing airliners One has to keep in mind that I was still learning how to handle a film camera back then....digital has made life so much easier.....
  6. Since I grew up with Pan Am, it seemed apt to fly them across the Atlantic on my first expedition under my own steam.
  7. Dirty airliners (and models with doors etc plus interiors) are something of a trademark. Thank you for the kind comments.
  8. There is a back story to this; although the registration hasn't been applied to the model (the supplied reg with the decal sheet was over-sized - we'll find a suitable one some day...) it is supposed to be G-BAWP. This was the same aircraft used in the 1969 movie 'Airport' and it had a history. You can read it here: https://www.kjmtoday.com/single-post/2019/05/01/Aviation-The-worlds-most-famous-707
  9. Thank you very much!
  10. We need to dig the model out of its storage box and take some better pictures..... Cute little kit even so - the Airfix 1/72nd Sea Sprite, built just as it comes.
  11. The Airfix 1/144th scale Boeing 707 was limited to the Rolls-Royce powered version used by BOAC/British Airways and had some accuracy problems. With a little work however, it could become a different beast altogether. This one has become a 707-320 operated by British Caledonian, replacing the kit-supplied RRs with Pratt and Whitney engines from the Revell kit. The fin has been made taller using plastic card and the wing roots reshaped. The wing chord may not be quite what it should be but it looks close enough. The only thing that hasn't been done is extending the wing tips slightly.
  12. B.Cal had three A310s but found them unsuited for their route network. This is the Revell kit, oob apart from the leading edge slats, which were usually extended when the aircraft was on the ground.
  13. BEA's Trident 1s, 2s and 3s lasted well into the British Airways era but some were never repainted into the full BA colour scheme as the fleet was beginning to wind down in favour of the Boeing 737.
  14. Cheers, appreciate the kind remarks.
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