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Malcolm

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50th Anniversary of the Letecké Muzeum

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of what is nowadays called the Letecké Muzeum at Kbely military airport on the outskirts of Prague in the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia). Bearing in mind the political turmoil that was taking place in Czechoslovakia during 1968 it is amazing that the museum not only survived but actually prospered. Today it is one of the world’s great aviation museums. I have been visiting the museum since the early days of the freedom that resulted following the ending of the Berlin Wall, and have photographed the many changes that have taken place in the past quarter century there (and indeed in the city of Prague itself). Recently I helped the museum’s staff with the production of a major catalogue, in English, of the museum’s treasure of exhibits – there are now over three hundred aircraft and helicopters on the museum’s books. I also write updates for FlyPast magazine from time to time on the museum’s activities and restoration projects. The accompanying image (taken by me) shows one of the museum’s aircraft that I have ‘taken under my wing’, a very rare photo-reconnaissance MiG-15bis R.  Thankfully it is now under cover after years standing outside. The museum has recently expanded the number of buildings that it has available for keeping its exhibits inside, and this has allowed many more of its precious aircraft to be saved from being in the open air during the often undesirable Central European winters.

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New French Museum and its P-47 Thunderbolt

In the April 2018 issue of Pilot magazine I had published a very appropriate news story. It concerns the new Normandy Victory Museum in northern France, a museum that I know well due to my many French connections. The museum recently put on display outside a full-size replica of a P-47D Thunderbolt. My news editor in Pilot magazine is Peter R March, who I have had the pleasure to contribute to for many years.

Pilot montage April 2018

 

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Another Bumper Issue

AMW July 2018 montage improved

The July 2018 ‘Airfix Model World’ magazine has three of my articles this time around – they are show reports on the Poole Vikings and Yeovil model shows, and a history feature on late-mark Spitfires.

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Trophy winning MiG-9

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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.

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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

Ju-88-book

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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