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WHAT'S NEW ON SEAWINGS
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1st January 2017

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SEAWINGS 2017 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

0 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to:
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The 2017 SEAWINGS funding journey starts here......please help if you are able.......
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A Happy New Year to you all and thanks for your continued visits and support ...! I will do my very best this year to bring you as many up-dates as time will allow, and there are a huge amount to do so, lets get cracking!

Starting this brand-new year off is a superb walk-round taken by our long-term correspondent Alex Norton, from Canada just a few days ago in December of the beautiful Grumman G-73 Mallard on display at the Kalamazoo Air Park in the USA. Grateful thanks, Alex.

Next up, is a lovely walk-round series from long-term correspondent Igor Kolokolov of one of my all-time favourites, this beautifully restored Grumman JRF-5 Goose at Floyd Bennett Field, to add to my own WR. Igor, thank you so much for allowing me to show this.

Finally for today, comes a few images of the Do.24 T-3, subject of my previous full walk-round in Germany, whilst it was on display at the RAF Museum in London courtesy of our correspondent Alex Norton. Thanks again, Alex..!

More up-dates to come soon.....

 
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25th December 2016

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SPECIAL NOTE: A great big THANK YOU goes out from me to all the enthusiasts listed on the right as your donations made the difference between being here or not this year. How close was it? 24 hours to be exact; the last bill was paid the day before the site was due to close for a while whilst I saved up the remaining funds. Phew! that was close, the closest yet I have to say in 16 continuous years.

So, thank you so very much for joining in. I'm now looking to 2017's funding; Yes, it starts all over again now, but at least there is time now.......hopefully.!

SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

18 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer, Mike, Axel, Bob, Alex, Patrick, Chris, Ian, Ralph, Grant, Stephen, Olivier, Bernard, Richard, Tim, P.V. & Giovanni.
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The 2016 SEAWINGS bills have now all been paid thanks to the Guys above. Next up it's the 2017 bills...!
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Today's subject in the Walk-Round Gallery is this beautiful Bombardier CL-215T 'Alberta', in a scheme I have not seen before and one that cries out for a decal sheet (hint, hint..!) which has been sent in by none other than the Moderator of my Flying Boat Forum, Chris Eldridge from Canada who had the pleasure of walking around this superb example. Thanks, Chris.

On another subject, it's been 'quiet' around here since the last up-date because I have been kept busy 'behind-the-scenes' as it were involving myself with the Imperial War Museum, London and their magnificent photographic archive of over 11 million images (!). I am delighted to tell you that they have very graciously allowed SEAWINGS to host all their flying boat and associated reference images on this site and have waived their images fee's as well..! Wow, that is so very kind and generous of them as the image costs would ordinarily be far outside my ability to afford them, and there are a lot I can tell you. A massive vote of thanks to the IWM and their very helpful team of archivists.

So, I have spent the time downloading and archiving all the images I can find within their massive archive and that takes time; a lot of it as I found out. I am now working to get each of them into the desired IWM format for display they have asked for, which is fine by me. Wait till you see them...!

Next up, is a first-look at the test mouldings for the brand-new 1/72 scale Kawanishi H8K 'Emily' just announced by Hasegawa for release in 2017 in the Scale Model Kits News page.

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30th October 2016

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The next major flying boat type to receive the SEAWINGS 'treatment' is the Dornier Do.24 and this comes from the substantial private archive owned by our Dutch correspondent Bart Lammerse who has very kindly granted permission for us to share it - all of it.

It has always been a type that eluded the 'full coverage' that it should have on this site, partly due to a distinct lack of decent references and also because I've been concentrating on other 'boats. With Bart contacting me and making his fantastic offer of help, the timing could not be better.

I say that because his archive is large and covers all aspects of this iconic German Luftwaffe WWII 'boat; walk-round(s), plans, manual, profiles and contemporary photographs which is where I've started today.

Click to view the 109 images in the new Do.24 Photo Gallery here and over the next few weeks I will be working to add all the rest of the material.

My grateful thanks goes to Bart for his generosity. Enjoy!

Coming up next on SEAWINGS for the Do.24:

● Photographic Walk-Rounds.

● Interior photo's.

● Maintenance Manual illustrations.

● Plans, Colour Profiles and Paintings.

● Article pdf's.

● The SAR 'boats; a photographic gallery.

.....and more..!

 

 

 

 

PS: I couldn't wait to add more images so have uploaded Bart's Do.24 construction photo's to the above gallery..! These images have been sourced from the now-defunct fly.to/do24 website and I am pleased to save them and give them a home for all to view, courtesy of Bart.

 

Finally for today, I've just up-loaded a superb 'out-of-print' article describing in some detail the operations of the Spanish S.A.R. Dornier Do.24's into the Out-Of-Print Article Gallery, again from Bart's archive. Scroll to the bottom of the gallery to read it.

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28th October 2016

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SEAWINGS is now just a few days away from having to pay all the Site Hosting and extra Storage invoices for the coming year's viewing - they are due mid-November as usual - and as usual it's going to be tight. This year has been the lowest donation period in the 16 year history of this site. My grateful thanks goes out to the 6 No. readers/enthusiasts that have donated thus far this year; that's 6 out of hundreds of viewers of this site.

It's quite simple; if I cannot meet the invoices, the site will be shut down on 16th November next until the bills can be paid - I know that as I have spoken to the site hosts this week. That will also cause the loss of the front page link to the Flying Boat Forum unfortunately, so now is the time to save that into your favourites for direct access to it.

I do as much as I possibly can to keep this important reference site afloat; if I can't meet the bills, it won't be here for you for a while. It's up to you.......

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16th October 2016

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A subject that has fascinated me for some time is the shipborne catapults that have launched the flying boats from the various capital ships, yet there is very little information 'out there' on these machines.

New correspondent Maarten Schönfeld answered my 'cry for help' and very kindly sent me all references that he had amassed when constructing a scale model of such a catapult.

Armed with this information, and some of my own, I have created the H.M. Ships Catapult Archive within the Ships Gallery and hope to add to it in the near future.

If YOU have any pictures, plans, drawings and information concerning the flying boat catapults that were mounted on ships around the world, please send it into SEAWINGS as modelers and enthusiasts would love to be able to make good use of it....!

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15th October 2016

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SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

6 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer, Mike, Axel, Bob & Alex.
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The 2016 SEAWINGS funding journey is coming to an end; the bills are due..!
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Continuing with my Supermarine Walrus up-date theme, I have re-arranged and expanded the Walk-Round Gallery for the Walrus on display at the RAF Museum, London - which is actually a Seagull V version - as I was so fortunate to make a random visit and find it in a 'stripped down' state ready for a physical move into another area of the museum.

So, armed with my camera I took full advantage of that as you will see; it afforded opportunities for photos that one would not normally get. Enjoy!

 

Next up today is a selection of full-colour profiles of the Walrus drawn by noted artist Bob Pearson who's work features in all the quality websites, book volumes and discerning model kit manufacturers artwork. My grateful thanks goes to Bob for granting permission to show these. Thanks, Bob.

 

I realised that I've not up-dated the Walrus Photo Gallery for a long while, so I have just put that to rights with a brand-new selection of images from my archive to add inspiration to those modelers contemplating the arrival of the new 1/48 scale Airfix model kit next year!

 

 

 

Into the Walrus Walk-Round Gallery I've added four excellent images from UK-based correspondent Ken Withey showing in particular details the wheel well and bomb rack area. Many thanks, Ken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, three extra profiles have been sent into SEAWINGS featuring the Walrus by correspondent Mark from New Zealand. Thanks, Mark.

 

 

 

 

Now, I have also renewed and expanded the Walrus Manual Gallery and have added the full Supermarine Walrus Maintenance Manual as a pdf download for those that want to go that 'extra-mile' in details and description.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, in what seems to have become a massive Walrus up-date today, next is a complete re-vamp of the Walrus Plans Gallery complete with text notations for some of the plans, all provided by our long-term correspondent Olivier Faivre. Thanks, Olivier.

Phew, what a day I've had doing all these up-dates but it has been well worth it; now, there is no excuse for not getting the Supermarine Walrus details correct..!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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9th October 2016

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Right out-of-the-blue comes the announcement from Airfix (UK) that they are working on a brand-new 1/48 model kit, due for release July 2017 and it's the Supermarine Walrus Mk.I ....!

Featured within  the Scale Model Kit News gallery are the CAD drawing images  and Airfix's own description that is bound to have us all dribbling down the monitor for the next few months as we count down the days to getting our hands on it...!

Spookily, this all comes right in the week where I've decided to up-load, feature and concentrate on Walrus references for this site, so you will all have the very best of what SEAWINGS can offer - which in the case of the Walrus is an enormous amount, when the kit finally arrives. You will have all these to-hand and no excuse not to dive in and build one..!

And as ever for the past 16 years these references are provided by myself to you all completely free-of-charge unless of course, you feel like making a donation as the annual site hosting fees are coming due......

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8th October 2016

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Today see's the start of SEAWINGS's New Flying Boat Publications Gallery and OMG....what a book to start with...!

Just published, Volume 2 of 'The Fighting America Boats of WWI compilation is another masterwork by Aeronaut Publications and the author Colin Owers.

Read my review in the gallery and see what a proper flying boat book should look like; ...and then some.

SEAWINGS welcomes anyone to send in their new publications for inclusion in this new gallery - please contact SEAWINGS here.

More entries for the gallery to come....

 

Next up today is my walk-round of Supermarine Walrus L2301 on display at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, England.

Yes..! I made it there at long last and what a pleasure it was to walk around this superb restoration complete with its wings folded, a treat in itself, and get right up-close to her to shoot what amounted to 151 No. images.

Thanks to the very helpful staff there, I even managed a couple of interior shots!

Continuing the page re-building/re-design theme, I have consolidated all the walk-rounds of Walrus L2301 into one gallery to make it easier for everyone to find everything; well, that's the plan!

I'm carrying on this work 'behind-the-scenes' through the next couple of months so keep a look-out for page changes..! Enjoy!

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17th September 2016

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SPECIAL NOTE TO READERS:

I am changing many pages within this site over the next few weeks. For you to keep up with these changes and to be able to view the changed pages perfectly, you will need to click your F5 keyboard key when you visit each time; this key 'refreshes your saved screen cache' and ensures that you are looking at the latest version of the page.

Once I've finished all the 'behind the scenes fiddling' all will settle down and this won't be necessary any longer. Thanks for your patience.

SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

5 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer, Mike, Axel, Bob and Alex.
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The 2016 SEAWINGS funding journey continues......
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Hello Everyone..! Yes, I know; I can hear you saying; "Where have YOU been...?"

The best answer I can give you is 'working behind the scenes' for the past few months. In actuality, family and work got in the way daily, but truthfully 'behind the scenes' is quite correct as I've embarked on my 'life- path' of getting this site right-up-to-date by not only producing up-dates but by going through every page on the site and changing each one into the 'new' livery I've decided upon; it's much more 'user friendly' in that it's easier to read and more subtle than previously. I won't be changing this one again; this is 'it' now. But, it needs to be completed otherwise the site looks a mess.

That said, in carrying through this effort I've have found some things that weren't working as they should and even a gallery that was never up-loaded in the first place! (Doh..!)

So, go to the Short S-45A Solent Mk III walk-round page and you now have the fantastic IrfanView images working again..!

And, here is the Grumman J2F-1 Duck DETAILpics Gallery that should have already been up-loaded, but wasn't for some strange reason.

 

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30th April 2016

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It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of one of SEAWINGS's staunchest supporters over the years, Brian Knock from the UK.

Brian and I spoke on the phone, emailed and corresponded for well over ten years or more; every few weeks a package would arrive at my office and in it would be a pile of documents - all flying boat related - and a lot of them would be the actual magazine articles removed out of copies of FLIGHT, and the like. From that I was able to build the 'Flying Boat 'Out-of-Print' articles Gallery which he was credited for.

He sent me fabulous stuff that you wouldn't ever get to see nowadays; he was a serious collector of aviation related material and fully bought into my producing a website that would endeavour to preserve the flying boat era for future generations to learn from, as well as the present generations to enjoy, be they historians, enthusiasts or scale modellers, all for 'free'.

He never ever asked for anything in return and so sadly, he turned out to be the 'nicest chap I never met'. He had his heart attack the night before we were due to meet for the first time.

Here is another article he sent me, preserved for all time. Brian, sometimes 'Thanks' just isn't enough.....

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31st March 2016

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SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

4 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer, Mike, Axel & Bob.
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The 2016 SEAWINGS funding journey starts here......
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Just a quick up-date tonight featuring a walk-round of the lovely Supermarine Walrus on display at the F.A.A. (Fleet Air Arm) Museum, Yeovilton, UK.

I have determined that I have to get to this flying boat and give it once-and-for-all the 'SEAWINGS walk-round treatment' as the display is so, well, 'flying-boat'..!

With its wings folded, affording the viewer so much more detail opportunity, as well as unique options on photography angles unavailable in any other museum, plans are being made to get me and my trusty digi-camera front & centre with this craft......!

Me, I can't wait.....and YOU will be the first to see the results..! Watch this space..!

 

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30th March 2016

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SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

3 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer & Mike.
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Being a flying boat enthusiast, one of the most fascinating aspects for me is looking at professional paintings featuring these craft, and tonight I've up-loaded another superb selection of some of them into the Art Gallery to share with you.

One of the featured artists in this particular update is Roger H Middlebrook, someone who I (regretfully) was not familiar with; but I am now! Wow, just look at the immense skill and details contained within these paintings, any one of which can grace my lounge wall...!

Enjoy!

 

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28th March 2016

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SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

3 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Gary, Lorimer & Mike.
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"Every contribution helps, Thanks"

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It's been a bit longer than I thought between up-dates, yet again - sorry about that but stuff just keeps getting in the way of physical time sitting here. It's definitely NOT the lack of material, I have that in abundance and thankfully, there appears to be no let-up in the stream of flying boat information and the quality of it all arriving on my desk virtually everyday! I must try harder....!

Today's up-date features a flying boat that I have tried on many occasion to get a walk-round of to display here, namely the fabulously restored Supermarine Seagull V at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook, Australia. But, now we have one and what a beautiful job Vladimir Yakubov has done of it! One of the finest, detailed, walk-rounds ever to grace this website - enjoy and let the details flow into your next scale model from all that is shown within this gallery! Grateful thanks, Vladimir, as ever......

More to come soon.............I promise!

Sooner than I thought, actually(!) next up is a beautifully drawn scale plan of the Supermarine Sea Otter I've just placed into the Plans Gallery.

Finally, I couldn't resist this superb walk-round from our long-term Russian-based correspondent Igor Kolokolov who paid a visit to the world's only surviving Martin Marlin, now fully restored and on permanent internal display at the US Naval Museum, Pensacola, Florida to record her magnificent appearance following extensive restoration.

Wow, just ....Wow.! One day I will stand there too....! Hopefully. Thanks, Igor.

...and, finally, finally I couldn't resist up-loading scale plans for one of my all-time favourite flying boats, the Consolidated P2Y-2 as drawn by the highly-skilled, albeit sadly late, Paul R. Matt as submitted to me by long-time German-based  correspondent Wilfried Thorwirth. Just look at all the details in these plans that one can add to the 1/72 Contrail vac-form scale model! Thanks Paul and Wilfried..!

What I would give for a 1/32 or 1/24th scale model kit!

 

 

 

 

 

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4th January 2016

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Staying with the Sealand theme even longer still (!) tonight our UK correspondent and staunch supporter of SEAWINGS, Brian Knock, has very kindly made available not one, but two, superb articles featuring the Short Sealand S.A.6 Mk.I, one from The Aeroplane magazine and the other from FLIGHT magazine and coincidentally, both originally published on the same day, 22nd June 1951...!

Both of these are now saved for posterity and can be found in the 'Out-of-print' Articles Gallery.

Thanks, Brian.

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3rd January 2016

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Staying with the Sealand theme just a little bit longer, our long-term correspondent and staunch supporter of SEAWINGS, Alex Norton from Canada has very kindly sent in a copy of the original Shorts sales brochure for the Sealand S.A.6 Mk.I.

Although there's not much in the way of detail for modellers there is a lot of historical interest for flying boat enthusiasts. Thanks, Alex.

I've got a couple more items in the SEAWINGS archive and then that will exhaust the Sealand section, unless YOU have anything that could be used here??

 

 

 

As a complete change, I have uploaded 83 No.  walk-round - or, in this case 'Walk-Through', images of the Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina I shot whilst visiting the Hangar 'B' museum and restoration facility located within Floyd Bennett Field airfield in New York, USA.

If you ever wondered what a long-term restoration looked like in the early stages, this is the one to look at. Boy, have these Guys got some work to do!

But, one thing these images do show is a 'naked' interior without any fixtures or fittings, showing the complete interior Catalina structure 'as built'. Very useful for the scale modeler, of course. Enjoy!!

 

 

Continuing with the up-dates today, I couldn't resist adding a series of walk-round images to the existing Rolls-Royce Eagle IX Engine Gallery following my visit to the RAF Museum, Hendon, London and finding that they have re-positioned it in a much better location for us enthusiasts!

Finally today, here is a lovely walk-round of the Supermarine Walrus on display at the F.A.A. Museum, Yeovilton, UK - this is one flying boat that I have set my sights on for 2016 to visit and give the SEAWINGS 'walk-round detail treatment' to...!

 

 

 

 

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2nd January 2016

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Carrying on with the Short Sealand theme, today I have added some extra drawings and photo's taken from the Short Sealand S.A.6 Mk.I K Flight, Servicing and Modification manuals into the Sealand Manual Gallery courtesy of long-time SEAWINGS supporter Matt Savage, owner of Mach-One Manuals in Australia.

Don't forget there is now available a superb new-tooling 1/72 scale plastic model kit from Lift Here/Sebia..! Click the link on the advert on the front page of this site to see the details.

My grateful thanks goes to Matt for very kindly allowing me to offer extracts from these manuals for you all.

 

 

 

 

 

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1st January 2016

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Today's up-date is the addition of a few images to the existing Short Sealand Walk-Round Gallery - indeed, these are all I have in my archive to share with you.

If anyone is able to get right 'up-close-and-personal' with any of the surviving Sealand's, please shoot a complete, detailed, walk-round and share it with us all through SEAWINGS..!

Well, that's my first New Years resolution out of the way!

I've also added a few extra images to the Short Sealand Photo Gallery as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year to you all..!

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28th December 2015

   

Today's up-date is the addition of an extra 130 No. high-quality walk-round images of the superb Sikorsky S-39C 'Spirit of Igor' very kindly supplied by Vladimir Yakubov once again.

Added to the existing extensive walk-round series from our Russian correspondent Igor Kolokolov, there is now not a square inch of this fabulous craft not covered!

That just leaves the interior.....Anyone??

Next today is another addition to an existing Walk-Round Gallery, this time for the Supermarine Southampton Mk.I with a selection of images very kindly donated by Igor Kolokolov. If you have never seen this fantastic restoration on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London, you really must put it on your 'do not miss' visit wish list.

In the meantime, enjoy this Gallery! Thanks, Igor.

While I'm on the 'additions to existing Walk-Rounds' trail I thought I'd also add this stunning Supermarine Walrus (Seagull V) series kindly donated by Igor Kolokolov featuring the RAF Museum example on display in her new resting place right alongside the end-wall glass window.

Thanks, Igor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27th December 2015

   

SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

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Grateful thanks to:
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Model-wise, the Grumman G-73 Mallard has been mostly overlooked by the major kit manufacturers and yet would make a stunning model in any scale given the huge number of attractive colour schemes they have carried over their many years of operating.

(I actually only know of one 1/72 scale vac-form by the now defunct Execuform company, although it can still be found over here in the UK - unless anyone knows different)

So, when an excellent walk-round of a fabulously restored Mallard comes along it is always a pleasure and this one, donated by our long-time correspondent Vladimir Yakubov, is crying out for a scale model kit to be produced!

In the meantime, here are 140 No. images of pure flying boat pleasure...!

My grateful thanks to Vladimir for another first-class walk-round (...and just look at the weather - not a cloud in the sky. You can feel the heat!)

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15th December 2015

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Looking for a colour scheme for that next model..??

Tonight, I have great pleasure in introducing the stunning profile artwork of Paul Imhoff from Holland.

Paul has very kindly allowed SEAWINGS to display for you all his superb series of flying boat profiles, part of his much wider collection, drawn over a number of years for the Wings-Aviation website in collaboration with colleague and site owner Michael Fader, based in Switzerland.

You can visit Michael's excellent website here but expect to be still looking through it an hour from now!

In the meantime, take a look at the first part of this up-date in the Profile Gallery here.

Part Two to follow in the next few days - that's if you come back from Michael's site that is....!

My grateful thanks goes to both Paul for taking the time and trouble to send over loads of his finest flying boat artwork and both Michael and Paul for granting publishing permission. Many thanks to you both.

Modelers Enjoy!!

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12th December 2015

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SEAWINGS 2016 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

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SPECIAL NOTE:

Please accept my heartfelt apologies for the lack of Up-Dates here this past year. It has been caused by circumstances totally beyond my personal control in areas outside of this website.

I must thank all the followers of SEAWINGS and especially the 'hard-core' supporters of the site - you know who you are - for their kind encouragement in contacting me and especially their patience through this thoroughly rotten year.

The good news is that I should now be back to 'normal' up-dates thankfully.

Best Regards, Bryan Ribbans : SEAWINGS

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This latest up-date features a walk-round of one of my personal all-time favourite flying boats the magnificent Dornier Do.24-T and, best of all, it was shot by me!

Fulfilling a 'Bucket List' visit for me, here are 214 detailed images of this beautiful 'boat on display at the Deutsches Museum, near Munich, Germany. I hope you enjoy them as much I as I did taking them!

Next up for today, is a superb additional walk-round featuring the Savioa-Marchetti S.56 as taken by our correspondent Vladimir Yakubov from California. Thanks, Vladimir.

I have taken the opportunity to up-date both the Dornier Do.26 Photo Gallery and the Do.26 Plans Gallery with superb new additions received from various correspondents. There has never been that much reference material available on the beautiful looking flying boat, so if you know of - or have - anything else that would benefit us all please consider sending it into SEAWINGS for inclusion here.

Finally for today, correspondent Patrick Hore very kindly donated original NACA Circulars from his personal archive of a number of flying boats, each one quite highly detailed with an accurate and extensive text description of each 'boat followed by a a number of interesting pictures and drawings containing a host of detail, much of which I hadn't seen before, all drawn from publications at the time.

These have been added into the Manuals Gallery for want of a better place to put them! My grateful thanks goes to Patrick for his time and trouble.

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30th August 2015

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I'm making a promise here that the Felixstowe F.2A theme will end shortly (!) for those that desire other 'boats, but whilst I have these superb references to hand, I though it a shame to not use them....

Today, we have a series of first-class profile artworks by renowned illustrator Bob Pearson who has generously granted SEAWINGS permission to reproduce them on this site. Our grateful thanks goes to Bob.

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29th August 2015

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SEAWINGS 2015 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

11 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Julian, Mark, Goncarlo, Axel, Sebastian, Chris, Gary, Mike, Vance, Edward & Alex.
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The 2015  SEAWINGS funding journey continues....
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Continuing on the Felixstowe F.2A theme with the remaining features I have to-hand, today I have added a first-class kit review sourced from the sadly, now discontinued, Scale Plastic & Rail website from the USA written by James Hatch on the WNW's 1/32 scale kit.

I was planning to do exactly the same as this with my kit, but it would be impossible to better what James has written and illustrated here.

I will up-load the F2.A 'Early' kit review in due course, but for now, if you haven't yet made your mind up whether to buy one, read this!

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10th January 2015

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Continuing on the Felixstowe F.2A theme, today I have added a useful single page article pdf from Flight magazine, dated 8th March 1923 featuring details and images of the Rolls-Royce Eagle IX aero engine.

Next up, courtesy of our long-time Canadian correspondent and ardent flying boat fan, Alex Norton, comes a concise article, long-out-of-print, by the late Chaz Bowyer entitled 'Fighting 'Boats 1914 - 1918' published in Aircraft Illustrated Extra, No. 8, 1970 which I have added to the F.2A Reference Archive

Chaz Bowyer was a very respected aviation author here in England as I grew up and was either a contributor to, or the author of, many highly- detailed aviation books and articles over many years. Many thanks, Alex.

If anyone has any other Felixstowe F.2A references of any type; images, articles, plans, drawings etc so far not featured here, please send them into SEAWINGS for inclusion into the Archive.

Looking for anything that might assist with the general Felixstowe F.2A theme, I have started a Photo Gallery on the Curtiss H12 - not much there at present, so if anyone has access to any images not currently shown, please send them in for inclusion.

 

 

 

 

F.2A Up-Date: Just been sent three additional images which I have added to the F.2A Photo Gallery.

 

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7th January 2015

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SEAWINGS 2015 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

5 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Julian, Mark, Goncarlo, Axel & Sebastian.
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Happy New Year everyone..!

Continuing on the Felixstowe F.2A theme, today courtesy of the kind generosity of Andy Kemp, Chairman of Cross & Cockade International magazine and Author Adrian Vicary, I have been granted permission to up-load Adrian's extensive article featuring details of the F.2A High Visibility - the so called 'dazzle' Schemes - packed full of drawings, photo's and details into our Out Of Print Article Gallery. This is the definitive read on the subject so far. Thank you so much, Gentlemen.

 

 

Also, our French correspondent, Patrice Romain has sent in his high detailed article which appeared in REPLIC magazine in 2004 of his build of the 1/72 scale Roden kit. Whilst it might be a smaller scale, this article nevertheless is useful on a number of levels - it features some useful photo's - albeit it is written in French. Many thanks, Patrick.

 

Next up is a superb article from a 1978 issue of Cross & Cockade magazine written by the renowned and authorative and sadly late author, Kenneth M. Molson covering the design and construction of the Felixstowe F5L, the later development of the F.2A. This article features many interior images which serve to give a very good idea of areas of the F.2A - all courtesy of Andy Kemp - thanks, Andy.

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13th December 2014

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Today, I have added a collection of plans and drawings taken straight out of the Curtiss H-16 Erection Manual - this 'boat being the later 'cousin' of the Felixstowe F.2A - into the Plans Gallery which serves useful for those wanting to glean yet more information on the F.2A itself.

Certainly the drawings are useful for a H-16 if it ever were to be released, and after the events of this past month who would bet against that now!

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10th December 2014

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Just a quick up-load tonight; images of the Rolls-Royce Eagle IX engine that powered the Dornier J Wal, a later development of the Felixstowe F.2A's Eagle VIII engine; more powerful and with two extra carburettors making four in total, but still looking similar to the VIII, so it gives one a good ideal of the details surrounding the engine block itself and the colours of the individual fittings and pipes.
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9th December 2014

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Something that all modelers need when it comes to painting their latest kit is a reasonable idea of what the camouflage - or civil colours - actually looked like, and that is where colour charts come in.

Today, I have up-dated the Colour Chart Gallery with a series of colour charts covering a range of countries air forces, from WWII, through Post-War  to Vietnam, some of which will be required on flying boats.

I hope you find them as useful as i have.

Meanwhile, on the F.2A 'trail' again, our good friend and correspondent Alex Norton from Canada has very kindly provided scans of the Curtiss H-16 Erection Handbook which I have turned into a pdf and placed in the Manuals Gallery.

This is very interesting as not only does it describe the 'boat in some detail but also features a number of extremely clear internal photos during construction which gives one a very good idea of what's inside it; and being the later US-built development of the F.2A may prove useful to some modelers.

Alex, as ever, grateful thanks....

Finally, I've added the Supermarine Walrus Profile magazine to the Out of Print Articles Gallery tonight. Still one of the best 'one-stop' series ever issued.

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8th December 2014

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Tonight's up-date is the completion of something I have been working on for some while now which could not have been timed better..!

Here is the Felixstowe F.2A Reference Archive where I have attempted to place all the information that is available to me for the benefit of scale modelers about to embark on constructing the new 1/32 WNW plastic kit as seen below.

Click on the link and you will find pictures, plans, drawings and engine details.

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7th December 2014

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At last - after waiting all my adult modeling life for this moment - I am delighted to report that the next two 1/32 scale kit releases from Wing Nut Wings are to be the Felixstowe F.2A in both 'Early' and 'Late' versions..!

These two for me personally are my 'Holy Grail' - the one 'boat above all others that I have waited to see in a large scale; I need that now as I get older! Packed full of internal detail, they will look spectacular when finished.

OMG, what a Christmas present!

Announced as their 'Special Christmas Release' these kits should be on sale just before, or just after Christmas direct from the WNW website.

I have added what I know to-date into the Scale Model Kit News page for you to read about and will be providing full one-click references in due course.

For now though, I'm just going for a quiet lie down until the shaking subsides............

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6th December 2014

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FANTASTIC SEAWINGS NEWS..!
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It gives me the greatest pleasure to inform you all that the annual bills/invoices/renewals for this site have just been paid in-full and we are 'good-to-go' through 2015..!

Thanks to the 15 contributors as listed at right, together with my own funds, the (not inconsiderable) costs were met to cover all the operations of a site of this size.

But, as last year - and I guess for every year to come until a full sponsor comes forward - the numbers are rolled back to zero and funding starts all over again, as of now!

But, for now my grateful, heartfelt thanks goes to the '15'....Thank Guys.

SEAWINGS 2014/2015 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

15 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Mike, Gary, Axel, Chris, Geoff, Doug, Ralph, Simon, Wilfried, Niels, Robert, BL, Goncarlo, Rob, Alex.
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The 2014/15  SEAWINGS funding journey continues....
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"Every contribution helps, Thanks"

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2nd November 2014

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At last after eight month's on-off work, tonight I can up-load No.5 of the 'DETAILpics SPECIAL' series of close-up walk-round and walk-through images focusing on one particular flying boat type, utilising as many fine images as I can source.

So tonight, here is the Boeing B-314 'Clipper' - SEAWINGS Detailpics image gallery.!

The reason this one took a long time was finding, and formatting, the 'right' images and here I have had great help from a number of 'friends of SEAWINGS' - thanks, everyone.

The next one in this series will be the Dornier Do.24.......hopefully, quicker than this one took!

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19th October 2014

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Here is another astonishing 85 image walk-round of Dornier Wal N25 packed full of close-up detail shots of the cockpit, engine, struts and much more from correspondent Knut Erik Hagen, providing first-class reference information for scale modelers. Thanks, Knut.
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18th October 2014

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It is always nice to add a new walk-round subject not previously covered on this site before and here is a classic example; who would have thought of a current walk-round of a Dornier WAL...? Well, here it is courtesy of our long-time Russian-based correspondent Victor Khmelik and his visit to the Dornier Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany to see the fantastic replica on display there. Thanks, Victor.
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2nd October 2014

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Tonight, I'm pleased to present a 114 image walk-round of one of my all-time favourite flying boats - or amphibian if you want to be pedantic (!) - the Grumman JRS-5 Goose. This beauty has been loving restored and is on display at Hangar 'B', Floyd Bennett Field, New York - just a few miles from the city centre on the shores of Jamaica Bay.

This WR represents a personal milestone for me as I have always wanted to get close to a Goose, and thanks to the fantastic help and assistance received during my visit from N.Y. Park Ranger 'Linc' Hallowell the time I spent there was just enthralling. Linc, you are a 'Star'..!

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27th September 2014

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Here is a beautiful series of images from the lens of long-time correspondent Alex Norton of the Sikorsky JRS-1 Pearl Harbour survivor currently under restoration at the Smithsonian's facility in Washington, USA. Almost a 'walk-over' these feature stunning close-up details just right for your next model.

Grateful thanks, as ever, goes to Alex.

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13th September 2014

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Continuing the Seabee theme, tonight I present a fabulous 122 image walk-round of the conversion to a (STOL) United Consultants UC-1 Twin Bee by our long-term UK correspondent, Stuart 'Reggie' Martindale. Now all we need is a kit or a conversion..!  Thanks, Reggie..!

Following on from the above WR, I have just up-loaded a series of images also taken by Reggie of the UC-1 Twin Bee to the Photo Gallery. Thanks again, Reggie..!

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7th September 2014

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Do not adjust your PC..!

I have changed the site header/navigation bar having finally found the perfect image I've been  searching for to represent the 'flag-head' of this site.

Everything should work ok and navigation is now easier than it was but if anyone has any problems, please let me know.

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5th September 2014

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SEAWINGS 2014/2015 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

15 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Mike, Gary, Axel, Chris, Geoff, Doug, Ralph, Simon, Wilfried, Niels, Robert, BL, Goncarlo, Rob, Alex.
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The 2014/15  SEAWINGS funding journey continues....
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"Normal service has been resumed - I'm back".....

Yeah, I know, it's been a while since any up-dates were done and there is a very good reason for that; put simply, I've had a break - simple as that. After 14 years of continuous up-dates, website building, archiving etc, events and opportunities got in the way and I went with the flow, as it were.

Here in the UK, the British summer weather has been exceptionally sunny and hot - 100° over a large number of weekends - so gardening, 'lazy-days' BBQ's around the patio with the family and friends, home decorating and D.I.Y. all took a part in keeping me otherwise busy. Mind you, that hasn't in any way stopped the in-ward flow of flying boat images, plans and references - it's taken me one whole week just to list and archive it all!

So, summer's winding down now, Autumn is just around the corner and the nights are beginning to draw in - indeed, winter is coming so it's time for me to get my act together once again and re-start the routine up-dates with all the new reference material that's arrived!

BTW: A great big 'Thank You' to the Donation contributors listed above - the invoices for the site operational services are due next month - website costs are one thing that never takes a break!

I've started by up-dating and adding to the Republic RC-3 Seabee Photo Gallery following contributions from correspondents around the World.

Continuing the RC-3 Seabee theme, next up is the twin-engined conversion, the United Consultants (now, STOL) UC-1 Twin Bee and doesn't it look fantastic in these excellent images from the camera of our long-time roving correspondent, Igor Kolokolov from Russia. Here are 57 excellent detail images for anyone contemplating a model conversion. My grateful thanks, as ever, goes to to Igor.

Finally for today, long-time correspondent Olivier Faivre has very kindly supplied a full set of Flight and Service Manuals for the RC-3 Seabee, each packed full of details drawings for model makers to add loads of details; Fantastic..! Thanks, Olivier..!

 
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5th March 2014

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One of the rewards of sitting here 'collecting' flying boat reference material is the simple fact that despite how well you think you have crafted a photographic walk-round, someone can always do it better!

Here is a perfect illustration of this; a gorgeous multi-shot series of images from the camera of correspondent Phil Benton who spent time with the Supermarine Walrus/Seagull V at the RAF Museum, London.

There is always a good reason for adding another WR to the collection featuring the same 'boat; here it's different viewing angles, lots of detail and very high-quality.

Many thanks, Phil.

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2nd March 2014

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SEAWINGS 2014/2015 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

7 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Mike, Gary, Axel, Chris, Geoff, Doug, Ralph.
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The 2014/15  SEAWINGS funding journey continues....
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"Every contribution helps, Thanks"

 
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Today's up-date is always a favourite of mine when I find - or am sent - new images of flying boats that served aboard Royal Navy and Commonwealth ships that I can add to the H.M. Ships Gallery; and today, there are up-dates to 13 different ships, some newly listed and others added to.

Wow, that felt good putting this lot together, I can tell you.

If anyone 'out-there' has any other images available to them, please send them into SEAWINGS to add here.

 

 

 

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28th February 2014

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Courtesy of one of our long-time supporters of this site, Germany based Axel Ganz, comes tonight's little up-date which consists of a pair of superbly detailed NACA Reports - the first featuring the French Latecoere 501 and the second, the Latecoere 521.

These reports are very detailed text-wise, as good as any overall manual and contain some very interesting photo's, as well as scale drawings.

Considering the Late 501 report was written in 1932, and the Late 521 in 1936, the detail repays careful reading, especially if you own one of the Aerovac 1/72 scale vac-form model kits of the type. Many thanks, Axel.

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23rd February 2014

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Our Hungarian-based correspondent Gyula Zoltan has very kindly granted permission for SEAWINGS to show his superb walk-round of the excellent Supermarine Seagull V (aka Walrus) on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London in our Walk-Round Gallery. Grateful thanks goes to Gyula for his kindness.

 

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22nd February 2014

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Our Russian-based blogging correspondent 'fworx' has very kindly granted permission to show his images of the beautiful Orion Avia SK-12 amphibian currently being built and offered for sale world-wide in Russia, in our Photo Gallery.

Would yours truly love one of these...! It would also make a smashing subject for a flying scale model I suspect. Many thanks, fworx.

 

 

Following right behind is another fascinating craft, this one being the 'Ivolga' EK-12 Ekranoplan, a W.I.G. 'boat - Wing-In-ground-Effect - under development and sales since 2006. Our roving correspondent, Igor Kolokolov caught up with it at a recent exhibition and shot this superb walk-round. Many thanks, Igor.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally today, I've added a series of superb original cockpit images of the Supermarine Walrus Mk.I into the Walk-Round section of the site, under the DETAILpics banner.

These images are absolutely packed full of detail, but regrettably I have been unable thus far to trace where they originate from. Wouldn't it be great if there were more in the series!

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15th February 2014

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Modeller Andy McCabe built the new 1/72 scale Italeri Short Sunderland Mk.1 as a review article in the UK modelling magazine Scale Aviation Modeller and has very kindly given permission for it to be reproduced in SEAWINGS. Grateful thanks also to magazine Editor Gary Hatcher.

Andy did quite a job on this kit and his article will certainly help anyone else contemplating building to the same degree of detail.

Many thanks, Andy.

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9th February 2014

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Today's up-date showcases the forth and final member of the exclusive 'flying boat image club' as created by professional photographer Leo White in New Zealand in the early '50's, featuring this time the Short S.25 Sandringham 4 'boats as operated by TEAL.

Altogether, we now have the complete series of Shorts classic 'boats in the most glorious photographic detail; the Empire, Hythe, Solent and now the Sandringham. What a set..!

I personally never knew these images had been taken and for the archive to be released onto the internet last year by the New Zealand Library represents a massive endeavour for the staff to undertake and a magnificent achievement in sharing these absolutely fantastic flying boat images.

As I've said before, I wonder how many more photographic archives are 'out there' waiting to be released by some forward-thinking organisation.

What I personally would have given to have stood alongside Leo White during his photographic visits to these 'boats doesn't bear thinking about. What an era to have witnessed, been a part of or have travelled by.......

There are still further excellent flying boat images to be featured here but, sadly no more 'sets'. These will be up-loaded into various galleries over the next few weeks.

What a couple of fantastic months for up-dates......I've enjoyed the many hours of formatting this lot, I can tell you! What a treat...!

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1st February 2014

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Tonight, I've added the Short S.8/8 Rangoon into the Photo Gallery, one of my all-time favourite 'boats, yet there seem to be very few decent images of them, especially close-up or internal. If you have any images not shown here, please send them in to SEAWINGS for inclusion.

Many thanks.

 

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27th January 2014

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In recent days, I've been having a clear out of the SEAWINGS 'Stash' - that term relative to scale modelers where we have bought stuff over the years and now find that either (a) time is against us or, (b) there are doubles in the collection. In my case it's a bit of both!

So, over the next few weeks I'll be adding either kits, decals or books to the SEAWINGS Shop which should - I hope - raise funds for the coming year's hosting bills as well as giving someone a nice surprise to get the chance to purchase something that is now no longer available in most cases. Nice feeling that.......

So, today I have added a Decal Sheet page to the Shop and placed the first sheets in there; these are all sold on a first-come basis.

Finally, I have no intention of 'rivalling' the established retailers by the way; once the stock is gone, that's it. Hope you find something useful.

 

 

Next up today is a series of close-up images I shot at the French Aircraft Museum, Le Bourget, Paris of one of the four Pratt & Whitney R 1830/90C Twin Wasp engines restored to it's former glory as part of their intensive restoration of the Short Sandringham there.

If that flying boat ends up looking as good as this engine then it will be a sight to behold!

 

 

 

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27th January 2014

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SEAWINGS 2014/2015 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

6 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Mike, Gary, Axel, Chris, Geoff, Doug.
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The 2014/15  SEAWINGS funding journey starts here.....
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The next flying boat featured in our DETAILpics series is the magnificent Short S.45 Solent IV utilising the excellent images released by the National Library of New Zealand's Alexander Turnbull Aviation archive collection, originally taken by Leo White.

OMG....! These images are absolutely awesome; superb examples of the professional photographer's art and skills from what is now, sadly a bygone era. Just look at the atmosphere, the employees and passengers during their daily routines, the crystal-clear details picked out in each image - this particular series could be called, 'the Mother Load' as there are so many of them!

As with the previous galleries from this source, I have formatted as many of the images as I can to extract the close-up details for the benefit of the modelers amongst us.

All we need now is an accurate scale kit to make use of it all...!

Believe it or not, there's more to come........soon.

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19th January 2014

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SEAWINGS 2014/2015 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

2 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Mike, Gary.
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The 2014/15  SEAWINGS funding journey starts here.....
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The original idea I had for a detailed Modelers Guide series of galleries hasn't quite worked out; they were just too tricky and 'fussy' to put together, taking far too long to produce.

So, I have had a re-thought and have changed things and decided to continue with my tried and tested format on this site of placing everything in 'compartments' where one will find what ne needs by looking at the Index. So, the original Sunderland Mk.1 detailed images have been converted into the new DETAILpics series.

Put another way, I have been messing around behind the scenes for five days! Sorry!

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14th January 2014

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Tonight's up-date is a small one, but a superb one at that, which I have up-loaded into the Plans Gallery courtesy of our new correspondent from the Netherlands, Bart Lammerse who has very kindly donated a series of original Martin JRM Mars scale plans. These are gorgeous. Many thanks, Bart.

There is much more to come from Bart soon; trust me....!

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12th January 2014

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Today's up-date is a superbly detailed walk-round of the Grumman HU-16E Albatross on display at the Pacific Coast Air Museum, California by our US-based regular correspondent Vladimir Yakubov, especially valuable to those modelers with the new Trumpeter 1/48th scale kit on their workbench right now, and another superb example of his modelers photographic attention-to-detail with this excellent walk-round of the US-based Planes of Fame Museum Grumman J2F-6 Duck. Many thanks, Vladimir.
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11th January 2014

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If the last up-date wasn't special enough, imagine my deep joy at finding yet more releases for the Short S.30 'C' Class Empire flying boat from the National Library of New Zealand's Alexander Turnbull Aviation archive collection, taken by Leo White.

So, this past week I have added these images to the existing gallery. Incidentally, it takes approx 10 days of evenings and week-end to download, format and prepare each gallery series, hence the longer time between up-dates.

The detail is simply staggering, the quality awesome; Leo's images are the finest series of flying boat images I think I have ever had the pleasure to see. What a magnificent treat!

My grateful thanks goes to the NL of NZ for granting their permission to use their images. Enjoy..!

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3rd January 2014

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SEAWINGS 2014/2015 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

1 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to: Mike.
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The 2014/15  SEAWINGS funding journey starts here.....
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Happy New Year to you all..!

Here's a cracking start to 2014 with the No.4 of the new 'DETAILpics SPECIAL' series of close-up walk-round and walk-through images focusing on one particular flying boat type, utilising as many fine images as I can source.

This latest series is one I have dreamed of putting together for years and years, and features one of my all-time favourite types; the Short S.30 'C' Class Empire flying boat.

Now, thanks to the release on-line of the awesome images contained within the National Library of New Zealand's Alexander Turnbull Aviation archive collection, which I personally have never, ever, seen before it is possible to present a number of flying boat types in unprecedented photographic detail.

My grateful thanks goes to the NL of NZ for granting their permission to use their images. Enjoy..!

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15th December 2013

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SEAWINGS 2014/2015 Hosting Fund Donations Received To Date:

0 in Total

 
Grateful thanks to:......?
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The 2014/15  SEAWINGS funding journey starts here.....
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If you are wondering why I have been 'quiet' in the past few weeks, it's purely down to the amount of absolutely astonishing flying boat reference material that has been sent to my In-Box since my last up-date and I have spent the time in-between sorting it all out ...!

It has taken three weeks just to archive most of it, and work out (1) what I have, and (2) how best to use it...!

Tonight's up-date is a small example of this; the National Library of New Zealand recently released on-line some of the most fantastic flying boat photograph's I have ever seen, which results in tonight's latest up-date; the Shorts S.25 'Hythe' Class -DETAILpics Special. I have never seen photographs of this detail and quality in my life, and it has taken until I reach nearly 60 years old (27th December, for those that are interested!!) to see them; that begs the question, 'Just how much more is 'out-there in other similar archives just waiting to be scanned and released'...?

The Hythe Class is one of my all-time-favourite flying boats, so, I have taken the images and have turned them into a walk-round reference Gallery I thought I would never, ever, see. Enjoy!!

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