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Aircraft of the Commonwealth GB
Posted by Bish on Friday, March 23, 2018 5:42 PM

The Commonwealth of Nations, formerly known as the British Commonwealth, currently comprises 53 member states most of whom were once part of the British Empire. Its members come from all 6 inhabited continents, account for approx. 20% of the worlds land surface and are home to approx. 1/3rd of the world’s population.

There are 16 Commonwealth realms, those nations who all share the same head of state, currently Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is also head of the Commonwealth. There are 5 independent monarchies with the remaining members being republics. Member states range from the world’s 2nd largest country, Canada and the world’s largest democracy, India, to tiny remote islands in the Pacific.

This build follows on from the RAF 100th Anniversary GB, which, thanks to all who took part, was the most successful GB I have yet hosted. But this time, we extend to aircraft used by all branches of all current and former members of the Commonwealth.

So, to take part, your build should come from one of the 53 member states, listed here.

http://thecommonwealth.org/member-countries

Please check the list if your not sure. 2 British colonies and a number of protectorates did not join the Commonwealth so would not be included.

Or one of the 3 former member states, Republic of Ireland, Maldive and Zimbabwe. Also included are any predecessor states, such as Rodeshia or Malaya. Build's can be from any point in history, not just the period the nation was a member of the Commonwealth, and from any branch of service including coast guard, Presidental aircraft and so on.

Captured aircraft and those from non Commonwealth nations but under the command of one also included, such as the Polish Sqn's flying with the RAF or the Eagle Sqn.

Now, for the standard stuff.

GB starts on 1st May 2018 and ends 28th April 2019. That marks the 70th Anniversary of the London Decleration which saw the begining of the modern Commonwealth.

Any scale and you can build OOB or throw as much stuff into it as you like.

Partially started kits are ok within reason and cross overs are ok.

And post as many pics as you can during your build.

And while i am sure there will be plenty of builds from the UK, canada, Australia, New Zealand and S Africa, i hope we will also get some from other nations which we might not see often in model form.

Any questions, please ask. And your reward for this.

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, March 23, 2018 5:42 PM

Roster

aeroplanegripper AZ Models 1/72 Curtis Mohawk Mk III (S African AF)

Armor Aficionado Matchbox 1/72nd BAe Hawk 2000 (RAF)

Bish Academy 1/72nd Apache AH1 (British Army)

       Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1 (RN)

       Tamiya 1/72nd Mosquito B Mk. IV (RAF)

       Esci 1/72nd MiG 29 (Bangladesh AF)

bobbaily TBC

castelnuovo Airfix 1/48th Folland Gnat T.1 (RAF) 

Cdn Colin Monogram 1/48th CAH-64 Apache (Candian Army)

crown r n7 Academy 1/48th Hunter FGA.9 (Royal Rhodesian AF)

damouav Hasegawa 1/48th P-51D (RAAF)

Eagle90 Minicraft1/48th MD500 (Kenya AF)

EBergerud Airix 1/48th P-40B (RAAF)

jgeratic Matchbox 1/72nd Siskin IIIA (RCAF)

Gamera Tamiya 1/48th Corsair F4U-1D (RNZAF)

goldhammer Revell 1/72nd PBY-5 (RNZAF)

hogfanfs Eduard1/48th MiG 21MF (Nigerian AF)

lewbud Hobby Boss 1/72nd Sea Hawk (Indian AF)

modelcrazy Tamiya 1/48th Fairey Swoprdfish Mk.I (RN)

Mopar Madness Bronco 1/48th JF-17 (Pakistan AF)

Rob Gronovius Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3 (RAF)

taxtp Airfix 1/72nd BAe Hawk (RAF Red Arrows)

tempestjohnny Revell 1/72nd Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Theuns Airfix 1/72nd DH.82 (SAAF)

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 23, 2018 6:46 PM

Hey Bish put me down for:

1/48th Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair with Rising Decals set for New Zealand NZ5416 'Tutae Wera'

* New Zealand F4U though not the exact aircraft I'm modeling.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, March 23, 2018 7:42 PM

 Hey Bish I’m in with an academy hawker hunter in 1/48th . I was surfing the web and found the Kuwait gained its independence from Britain in 1961 if that’s right that’s what I’m building if not I’ll keep looking 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by lostagain on Friday, March 23, 2018 8:20 PM

HI Bish,

I'm in, here's my first choice: Singapore Air Force X-Wing

If I can't find the decals, I will go for one of my RAAF stash:

S******e

Vengeance

Beaufort

Winjeel

Wessex

But it will be some time as I have to finish 3 or 4 other GBs first, so I will come in at the last moment as per normal.

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 24, 2018 7:35 AM

crown r n7

 Hey Bish I’m in with an academy hawker hunter in 1/48th . I was surfing the web and found the Kuwait gained its independence from Britain in 1961 if that’s right that’s what I’m building if not I’ll keep looking 

 

It did, but like the other nations in that region it has never been a member of the Commonwealth, so i am afraid kuwait would not count. Kuwait was a protectorate and never a British colony.

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 24, 2018 7:35 AM

lostagain

HI Bish,

I'm in, here's my first choice: Singapore Air Force X-Wing

If I can't find the decals, I will go for one of my RAAF stash:

S******e

Vengeance

Beaufort

Winjeel

Wessex

But it will be some time as I have to finish 3 or 4 other GBs first, so I will come in at the last moment as per normal.

 

 

 

I wasn't expecting an X-Wing, but for the shear novelty factor, its in. I like it.

Whats the kit.

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Saturday, March 24, 2018 7:47 AM

Can I do a WIF Canadian Apache?

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 24, 2018 7:50 AM

Cdn Colin

Can I do a WIF Canadian Apache?

 

Well, seeing as i am accepting an X-Wing, i can hardly say no Big Smile.

Which kit and scale. Do you plan on sticking to the US colour or are you going to make up your own scheme.

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 24, 2018 7:52 AM

Gamera

Hey Bish put me down for:

1/48th Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair with Rising Decals set for New Zealand NZ5416 'Tutae Wera'

* New Zealand F4U though not the exact aircraft I'm modeling.

 

G, really looking forward to that, those tamiya Corsair are nice in any scale. And i do like those NZ markings.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:13 AM

ok a Rhodesian hunter (1965)

 

 Nick.

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:17 AM

crown r n7

ok a Rhodesian hunter (1965)

 

Perfect, will add it to the list.

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:48 AM

Count me in, then.  I'll be doing it up in the 2-tone camoflauge typical of current Canadian helicopters.

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:55 AM

Cdn Colin

Count me in, then.  I'll be doing it up in the 2-tone camoflauge typical of current Canadian helicopters.

 

I like the sound of that. Which kit and scale?

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:12 AM

1:48 Monogram.  With leftover Belcher Bits decals from my CH-113 build.

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by jgeratic on Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:38 AM

Bish, I have an old kit in the ole stash of an old subject, Matchbox Siskin IIIA in 1/72 scale:

The RCAF flew this type from 1926 until 1939 when they were replaced with the Hawker Hurricane.  Of special note, in 1929 an aerobatic team of three aircraft was formed. 

regards,

Jack

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, March 24, 2018 12:00 PM

Bish - I’m in on this one!  Although, I don’t have any ideas yet.  Thank you for hosting. Beer 

Chad

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At the plate: 1/72 Airfix Heinkel He111 H-6

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1 

 

 

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Posted by bobbaily on Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:18 PM

Bish-Same as Chad-I'm in-just not not sure with what...and thanks for another interesting topic for a GB.

bob

 

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Posted by taxtp on Saturday, March 24, 2018 11:25 PM

yes, Yes, YES ! Another great topic for a GB Bish.

There are a lot of subjects I want to do, but for now mark me down for an Airfix Red Arrows BAe Hawk in 1/72 please. There is some possibility that tis will be followed or replaced with a 1/32 version of the same aircraft.

Cheers

Tony

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, March 24, 2018 11:49 PM

I have an Airfix Harrier I've been waiting to build.

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Sunday, March 25, 2018 6:25 AM

Hey Bish,

I don’t know, is it okay to enter the same kit in two different group builds at once?  I just entered into the Shelf of Doom 2018 build with my 1:72 scale BAe Hawk 200, but then I also notice that it fits the criteria for this goup build as well.  If so, I’d like to enter it.  If not, that’s cool, I can look through my stash and find something else that fits...

https://pin.it/apndgunvcnaech

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 25, 2018 6:56 AM

Cdn Colin

1:48 Monogram.  With leftover Belcher Bits decals from my CH-113 build.

 

Thanks will add it to the roster. And as in keeping with Candian practice, i'll designate it as a CAH-64.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 25, 2018 7:05 AM

jgeratic

Bish, I have an old kit in the ole stash of an old subject, Matchbox Siskin IIIA in 1/72 scale:

The RCAF flew this type from 1926 until 1939 when they were replaced with the Hawker Hurricane.  Of special note, in 1929 an aerobatic team of three aircraft was formed. 

regards,

Jack

 

Thats one i have not heard of before, i know you will do a cracking job on that.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 25, 2018 7:07 AM

Armor_Aficionado

Hey Bish,

I don’t know, is it okay to enter the same kit in two different group builds at once?  I just entered into the Shelf of Doom 2018 build with my 1:72 scale BAe Hawk 200, but then I also notice that it fits the criteria for this goup build as well.  If so, I’d like to enter it.  If not, that’s cool, I can look through my stash and find something else that fits...

https://pin.it/apndgunvcnaech

 

 

AA, yep, cross overs are fine. How far along is the kit.

Rob, wil be nice to see anotehr of those Airfix Harriers. Which scale and variant is yours.

Guys, got the roster updated, great to see you all on board.

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Sunday, March 25, 2018 8:04 AM
Haven’t even started it yet, just pulled it off the shelf. Still trying to get my BoB diorama done by April 1st, but after I wrap that up, I intend to get started on the Hawk.

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Sunday, March 25, 2018 8:06 AM

Sorry, double post, internet issues...

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 25, 2018 8:47 AM

No worries AA, just thought it might have ben started as you have in in the other GB. Looking forward to seeing that one.

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Posted by Eagle90 on Sunday, March 25, 2018 9:45 AM

You know I'm in!!!!!  Not sure what I'll do yet, but I'm in for sure!

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 25, 2018 9:57 AM

Eagle90

You know I'm in!!!!!  Not sure what I'll do yet, but I'm in for sure!

 

 

I should bloody hope so Big Smile

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, March 25, 2018 1:51 PM

Bish

Rob, wil be nice to see anotehr of those Airfix Harriers. Which scale and variant is yours.

I will have to look. Other than a ginormous Airfix Harrier I built in the 80s and the 1/72 scale Matchbox Harrier I built in the 70s, I know nothing about the plane other than they came with optional USMC markings. The one I plan on building is a smaller one so I guess it is 1/72 and the kit comes with some tube cement, plastic paint tubs and cheap paint brush. I got it at a thrift shop for around $5.

The kit has to use RAF type markings, correct?

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