It’s the Wrong Stripes!

Aircraft markings seem to be rather a challenge to understand at times, and are easily misinterpreted. They are a design and aesthetic choice, as well as being a political recognition and heraldry concept as well. This ‘executive desktop model’ made from mahogany will set you back around US $300 on eBay. It’s not bad, but…

Which Concorde?

The final shape for the Concorde’s wing was an ogee delta, and when viewed closely is a complex arrangement, including a downturned leading edge lip, as well as the reflexed leading edge line seen in plan view. But it wasn’t the only option, as seen here, in this row of model shapes considered by the…

LeO Variations

I promised to take another look at the LeO 451 Heller kit box art again. A fair number of old kits get several different boxings, this one has at least four. One is a classic ‘all action’ style, most popular in the sixties, where the guns are firing, bombs are dropping and flak bursts going…

Lovely LeO

For the 95th post on the blog, we have the box art from the Heller Lioré et Olivier LeO 451 1/72 scale kit. This is one of the newer series of retro kit reissues, here with a retro cover art from an original package as the kit was issued in the 1970s. The artwork’s a…

Credible Comet?

These ‘trench art’ ashtrays are relatively common in junk shops and antique shops. This is to a degree because most of them are modern made, and vary enormously between the very convincing, and the dubious rubbish. This represents the pre-war de Havilland DH 88 Comet racer, reasonably convincingly though the casting as usual lacks credibility…

Big Kid Ride

Today’s art is very different. A fairground ride spotted at the Tivoli fair in Copenhagen, Denmark, which featured a range of neat biplanes. But not just any old biplanes… A great deal of effort had been taken to give them real schemes; here as Curtiss P-6 Hawk of the 17th Pursuit Squadron of the US…

Middleton Madness

This blog isn’t the first time I’ve looked at aviation illustration and design. Here’s one from my main blog from last year – I bet you didn’t expect to see a Kim Possible TV show reference! But here’s the fascinating story of ‘Middleton’s Starjet’. Click on the image: James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.