This is my new home on-line effective July 23rd 2016.

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Trophy winning MiG-9


In the recent Poole Vikings Model Show I actually had an aircraft model completed and ready to enter in the show’s competition. That’s a rare event in itself. I was very happy to win Gold, and also to be awarded the Peter Horne Memorial Trophy, for the best in show aircraft model made by a Poole Vikings member. Wow, I’m really honoured, that’s great. The model represents the movie star MiG-9 now preserved at Monino in Russia. It’s made from the 1/72 scale Aviastend vacform kit from the Ukraine. I have actually seen and photographed the real aircraft, during one of my wonderful visits to Russia.


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Happy Birthday to the RAF – formed 100 years ago today, April 1, 1918.

z Mitchell 2nd TAF MVL

The photo I find especially relevant and personal too, it is an RAF-operated North American Mitchell of the 2nd Tactical Air Force, active over Normandy in the summer of 1944 during the D-Day period – and as well as that, the Mitchell is a type that I have had the pleasure to fly in, thanks to Mike O’Leary and his beautifully preserved example at Las Vegas in the early 2000’s.


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Yeovil Model Show 2018

photos Malcolm V Lowe

Today (March 24) was the very first Yeovil Model Show. This event has no connection with the regular and very successful model show that used to be held at RNAS Yeovilton and which very sadly was recently killed off by the people from the Royal Navy museums service in Portsmouth who now apparently run the Yeovilton museum. Anyway the Yeovil show was a great success, and the organiser (Ken Bugler) and his staff must be congratulated. Among the participants was the Poole Vikings Model Club, with our excellent display stand and selection of models. Five of us attended in total, and some images of the club stand are included here. Among the models that I displayed were several of my Dad’s 1/72 scale Westland Lysanders, which is appropriate because the Lysander was made by Westland in Yeovil.


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Junkers Ju 88: Combat Machines No.3


My latest book has just been published. It is on the Junkers Ju 88 (the World War Two German bomber) and is number three in the Airfix Model World/Key Publishing ‘Combat Machines’ series. I wrote the first volume in this series, on the B-17 Flying Fortress, during late 2016. I then helped with the second volume in the series, on the B-25 Mitchell. This third volume is the largest yet, at 100 pages. Unfortunately the Airfix Model World website does not credit me as the writer (thanks for that), but it is genuinely one of mine – take a look inside the publication itself and I am credited as the author, and I also wrote the Foreword too.


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Nocturnal Rapide

Sky Neon article DSCF1726

Recently published, my latest feature for ‘Airfix Model World’ magazine, in the January 2018 issue.  It relates to a British company named Sky Neon, which used a de Havilland Dragon Rapide for aerial advertising during the 1950s. It’s something a little different.

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Six-Gun River


Recently published, my latest feature in ‘Airfix Model World’ magazine, November 2017 issue. It’s a naval history article concerning a Japanese light cruiser from World War Two, the IJN Yahagi – with specific reference to the ship’s final action during April 1945.

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Sea-Going Saviour

In the August Airfix Model World, Malcolm tells the story of the Supermarine Walrus amphibious flying boat – the “Shagbat”.


amw august 17

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