Friday, October 4, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA COMPETITION! and new products

The MEGA COMPETITION has come and gone but not without some unfortunate fallout. The winner as many of you know lives here in Adelaide where I do. This has led some to suggest that I selected a local as the winner of the hefty prize so as to save on postage! Nothing could be further from the truth. If I was concerned about costs I wouldn't have offered a prize with a value of over $250 in the first place.

Anyway, the competition; the biggest in the history of scale modelling; is over and I can now concentrate on preparing some new products for 2014.

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA COMPETITION!

The MEGA COMPETITION closes 15 September 2013! Take a look at the July post for details. This is the biggest and best competition EVER ! If you havn't entered then you must be as thick as shit in the neck of a bottle! Seriously, you must be, it isn't that difficult!

Below is one of the many photos I'll be adding to Antipodean Hawks over the next few months. To the trained eye the photo below yields a wealth of information. Of particular note to the scale modeller is the factory applied, upper wing camouflage.

 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA SALE! and MEGA COMPETITION!

The MEGA COMPETITION closes 15 September 2013! Get your entry in FAST!!! See previous post for details!!

I've now sent out all orders received during the MEGA SALE last Saturday. If you sent me an order and I havn't contacted you, then the item/s you ordered were sold out by the time your order was received. Sorry, but it was on a 'first come first served basis while stock lasts!

Recently I read a post on Hyperscale about an item that sold on e-bay for a price that simply defies all logic, or does it?

Yes, that's right somebody actually paid the equivalent of around $1,500 US or $1,700 AUD for a single, resin conversion kit. It may well be a good kit but is it really worth this amount of money? The simple answer is 'NO' it isn't worth this. How could somebody rationalise the decision to blow so much money and what's more, how did they get this much disposable income to waste on what is essentially little bits of resin!

If you think about it the answer is obvious. The price reflects what somebody will pay to buy the kit and use it as a master to make copies from! As I understand it, Meteor Productions are no longer in business so the buyer is unlikely to get any complaints from them about ripping off their product.

If the buyer makes a few copies for himself and sells a few to friends for say $100 or so to recoup some of the initial outlay is that wrong? What if he goes all out and starts to sell copies on e-bay for say $150 or maybe $200 or $300! Is that wrong? Is it ethical? In my view the former is 'ok' as it doesn't represent a business activity whereas the later is NOT 'ok' as its using somebody else's work in the way that the originator had never intended and was thus not compensated for.

Having described this grand plan, I could be completely wrong and the bidders had no intention of making copies for sale. In that case, all I can say is they have invested way too much of themselves, both financially and emotionally, into what is after all, only a hobby. Get a f***ing life!

 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA COMPETITION and MEGA SALE!

The MEGA COMPETITION closes 15 September 2013! and the next MEGA SALE starts Saturday, 17 August 2013 at 06:00 AM UTC (GMT +9:30)

2013 is the year of the Snake but in the scale modelling world it's 'The year of AI'. To celebrate AI's 10th big year of operations I'm having a competition with a fantastic MEGA prize.

Take a look at what you can win; Tamiya's superb 1/32nd scale Spitfire Mk IX, AI's 'JE-J' correction decal and as if that's not enough you also get two Roy Cross books, 'The vintage years of Airfix' and 'Celebration of flight' (note; these are brand new, not second hand). If you have ever wondered who did those marvelous paintings that graced the box lid of many Airfix kits from the 1960-70's, it was likely to be the work of Roy Cross.

With a total prize value of around $250 this MEGA COMPETITION has to be the biggest competition in the history of scale modelling!

To win this fantastic prize all you need to do is complete this sentence.

I like Aero Imageworks because,....

Your answer can be as long or short as you like ranging from a single sentence to a novel and you can enter as many times as you like!

Entries will be accepted from anyone, you don't have to have purchased  a product from AI. The competition will close 15 September 2013, so don't leave it to the last minute to enter.

To enter, send an email to aimegasale@gmail.com in the following format.

Subject: MEGA COMPETITION

I like Aero Imageworks because,....

Name: (your name)

Shipping Address:  (physical address not PO Box)

The entry judged by me to be the best will be the winner and no correspondence will be entered into with entrants regarding the outcome. The winner will be notified by email and the prize will be sent by airmail.

What about another MEGA SALE! Well, ok here we go!

The next MEGA SALE starts Saturday, 17 August 2013 at 06:00 AM UTC (GMT +9:30) and ends 24 hours later or earlier subject to stock availability.

Not sure on the sale start in your part of the world? Go to  timeanddate.com/worldclock and compare your local time with mine (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia).

All AI products (except as indicated below) that have ever been released over the last 10 years is available for purchase during the MEGA SALE. This means that products currently shown on the website as 'discontinued' or 'unavailable' ARE available for purchase during the sale! For a low price of $20 each!!!This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase some rare decals at a super low price!

Here's the list of what is available.

A014801 'Shark Attack!';D064801 'The Sneering Nazi';A014803 and A014804 'Spitfire Mk. VIII RAAF WWII National Markings;A054801 P-51 Mustang;A054802 CA-18 Mustang;C034801 Antipodean Hawks DESERT SHARK ATTACK!;A014806 Antipodean Spitfires;C034802 DESERT SHARK ATTACK! Curtiss Kittyhawk I/IA;A034801 Curtiss P-40 in the Pacific War;A014810 Caldwell's Spitfires;A014807 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 1;A014808 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 2;A014809 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 3;A014811 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 4;A013201 Pacific Spitfires 'CALDWELL' ;A013202 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-Y, A58-672 ;A013203 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-Q, A58-614 ;A013204 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-X, A58-600 ;C033201 DESERT SHARK ATTACK!;C033202 Antipodean Hawks DESERT SHARK ATTACK! Curtiss Kittyhawk I/IA;C013201 'RAMROD';C013202 'RAMROD' #2;Q013201 Pernickety Spitfire Mk IX ;Q013203 Pernickety Spitfire Mk IX #2;A017201 'Shark Attack!'

To order simply send an email to aimegasale@gmail.com with the following format.

Subject: MEGA SALE Order

Name: (your name)

Shipping Address:  (physical address not PO Box)

Order details as follows;

Product code        Description

A014801             'Shark Attack!' (example)

etc.

Upon receipt of your email order I'll contact you with details of how to pay. International orders are easily handled with PayPal.

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pacific Spitfires and Aero Imageworks news

After a malware attack Pacific Spitfires is back on-line and has been updated. Antipodean Hawks is also up again with some big photo updates due this year.

Aero Imageworks is going to have another MEGA SALE!!!!!! Yep, its our 10th big year of operations and we are going to celerbrate this with more sales. The next sale will be a bit different from the previous ones in that you will only be able to buy 3 decals during the sale. I've had to place this restriction on purchases to give more people a chance to buy something at the sale and curb the 'bulk buyers'.

The photo above is of a Special Hobby 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk Vc with specially commissioned Aero Imageworks decals depicting a No. 457 Squadron Spitfire ZP-X, BS219. Its usual pilot, Flight Sergeant Rex Watson had Walt Disney's 'Jiminny cricket' painted below the cockpit and later two Japanese flag,  'kill' markings.  For further information on this aircraft see Pacific Spitfires.

I prepared these decals as a special commission because for some strange reason I hadn't included this interesting Spitfire on any of the 'Spitfires in the Antipodes' series decals. As with any commission, you always print off more than the one set and select the best sets to be sent to the customer. From memory the cost of the commission was pretty conservative as the customer used the information on the Pacific Spitfires website for reference purposes rather than requiring an instruction booklet to be included with the decal.

I'd been meaning to use the spare set of decals so I bought the Special Hobby kit, ditched the kit decals and started construction. I'd built this kit before some years ago and it didn't take long before I was being reminded of all the problems this kit has. The biggest problem is its been 'over engineered' which is code for 'the main parts don't fit together too well'. It's an ok kit for the experienced modeller but not one for the novice who expects for example the cockpit parts to fit nicely inside the fuselage. How unreasonable for us to expect that!

I still have a spare set of decals for this aircraft so if you want them send me an email to aimegasale@gmail.com. Keep in mind its just the decals with no instructions etc.

 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Malware attack on Pacific Spitfires website

Dear Pacific Spitfires members, please be advised that we've suffered a malware attack on Pacific Spitfires. As a consequence the website together with Aero Imageworks and Antipodean Hawks have been deleted and are in the process of being cleaned of all malware, rebuilt and uploaded. All this takes time so please accept my apologies  for the inconvenience.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA SALE #2 ANZAC DAY SPECIAL

The next MEGA SALE starts Thursday, 25 April 2013 at 05:00 AM UTC (GMT +9:30) and ends 24 hours later or earlier subject to stock availability. Unfortunately I havn't been able to produce the 'RAMROD' and 'PERNICKETY' items for the MEGA Sale.

Not sure on the sale start in your part of the world? Go to  timeanddate.com/worldclock and compare your local time with mine (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia).

All AI products that have ever been released over the last 10 years is available for purchase during the MEGA SALE. This means that products currently shown on the website as 'discontinued' or 'unavailable' ARE available for purchase during the sale! For a low price of $20 each!!!This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase some rare decals at a super low price!

Here's the revised list of what is available.

A014801 'Shark Attack!';D064801 'The Sneering Nazi';A014803 and A014804 'Spitfire Mk. VIII RAAF WWII National Markings;A054801 P-51 Mustang;A054802 CA-18 Mustang;C034801 Antipodean Hawks DESERT SHARK ATTACK!;A014806 Antipodean Spitfires;C034802 DESERT SHARK ATTACK! Curtiss Kittyhawk I/IA;A034801 Curtiss P-40 in the Pacific War;A014810 Caldwell's Spitfires;A014807 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 1;A014808 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 2;A014809 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 3;A014811 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 4;A013201 Pacific Spitfires 'CALDWELL' ;A013202 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-Y, A58-672 ;A013203 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-Q, A58-614 ;A013204 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-X, A58-600 ;C033201 DESERT SHARK ATTACK!;C033202 Antipodean Hawks DESERT SHARK ATTACK! Curtiss Kittyhawk I/IA;C013201 'RAMROD';C013202 'RAMROD' #2;Q013201 Pernickety Spitfire Mk IX ;Q013203 Pernickety Spitfire Mk IX #2;A017201 'Shark Attack!'

To order simply send an email to aimegasale@gmail.com with the following format.

Subject: MEGA SALE ANZAC DAY SPECIAL Order

Name: (your name)

Shipping Address:  (physical address not PO Box)

Order details as follows;

Product code        Description

A014801             'Shark Attack!' (example)

etc.

Upon receipt of your email order I'll contact you with details of how to pay. International orders are easily handled with PayPal.

 

Weekend, March 30-31, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA SALE #2 ANZAC DAY SPECIAL

The next MEGA SALE starts Thursday, 25 April 2013 at 05:00 AM UTC (GMT +9:30) and ends 24 hours later or earlier subject to stock availability. Yes, I know that's early but you'll already be up to go to the dawn service!

All AI products that have ever been released over the last 10 years is available for purchase during the MEGA SALE. This means that products currently shown on the website as 'discontinued or 'unavailable' ARE available for purchase during the sale! For a low price of $20 each!!!This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase some rare decals at a super low price!

Here's what is available.

A014801 'Shark Attack!';D064801 'The Sneering Nazi';A014803 and A014804 'Spitfire Mk. VIII RAAF WWII National Markings;A054801 P-51 Mustang;A054802 CA-18 Mustang;C034801 Antipodean Hawks DESERT SHARK ATTACK!;A014806 Antipodean Spitfires;C034802 DESERT SHARK ATTACK! Curtiss Kittyhawk I/IA;A034801 Curtiss P-40 in the Pacific War;A014810 Caldwell's Spitfires;A014807 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 1;A014808 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 2;A014809 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 3;A014811 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 4;A013201 Pacific Spitfires 'CALDWELL' ;A013202 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-Y, A58-672 ;A013203 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-Q, A58-614 ;A013204 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-X, A58-600 ;C033201 DESERT SHARK ATTACK!;C033202 Antipodean Hawks DESERT SHARK ATTACK! Curtiss Kittyhawk I/IA;C013201 'RAMROD';C013202 'RAMROD' #2;Q013201 Pernickety Spitfire Mk IX ;Q013203 Pernickety Spitfire Mk IX #2;A017201 'Shark Attack!'

To order simply send an email to aimegasale@gmail.com with the following format.

Subject: MEGA SALE ANZAC DAY SPECIAL Order

Name: (your name)

Shipping Address:  (physical address not PO Box)

Order details as follows;

Product code        Description

A014801             'Shark Attack!' (example)

etc.

Upon receipt of your email order I'll contact you with details of how to pay. International orders are easily handled with PayPal.

Please note that any orders received prior to the official start of the MEGA SALE will not be accepted.

For details on products listed above see AI website.

All products are available for $20 AUD with no limit on how many products you can buy.  Just ignore the price on the website, during the MEGA Sale its only $20 AUD. Postage is free for all orders within Australia and a flat $5 for orders from ROW (Rest of the World) irrespective of how many products are ordered.

The only restriction is that its on a 'first come first serve' basis, as stocks of many of the products is limited. Once a product is sold out its gone! So if there is something you really want you'll need to get your order in fast!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Model of a famous Spitfire Vc.

Recognise the Spitfire? yep, it's the aircraft in which Flt Lt Bob Foster from No. 54 Squadron RAF, achieved the first Spitfire 'kill' against the Japanese when he shot down a Ki-46 'Dinah' on 6 February, 1943.

I did the research on this aircraft way back in 2002 or so and prepared a full colour profile that was subsequently published on the Pacific Spitfires website. Back then I showed the underside as Sky Blue on the profile but following further research I came to the view it was probably painted Azure Blue. When I built the Special Hobby 1/48 kit a few years later I painted it in RAAF Foliage Green, RAF Dark Earth and Azure Blue. Decals are of course from Aero Imageworks and very nice they are too!

Note the name 'Yvonne' on the cowling, individual ID letter 'Y' in Sky Blue, absence of any squadron codes and the unusual (for the period) dimensions of the fuselage roundel.

I think it was back in 2009 that Osprey released 'Spitfire Aces of the Burma and the Pacific' with a well executed action painting depicting Foster shooting down the 'Dinah'. Unfortunately the artist got the camouflage and markings badly wrong. Ahh! if only he had checked with me first! Oh well its still a good painting.

For some reason the Special Hobby kit never made a big impact with scale modellers. I don't know why as it's basically a very nice kit that goes together well and is pretty accurate. When I first bought it the only markings were for a Malta based aircraft. I recently purchased the kit again only this time boxed with some RAAF markings and a nice painting on the box lid of a No. 79 Squadron Spitfire UP-T. I wont be using the kit decals not because they are bad; in fact they are basically ok; I've got in mind to use Aero Imageworks decals from the expansive 'Spitfires in the Antipodes' range.

Did someone mention MEGA SALE! well maybe just maybe there will be another sale in the not too distant future. Mmmmm when would I have a sale do you think? say in a months time? mmmm. I'll also include a little something extra at random for one lucky purchaser. I've got one pre-production copy of the yet to be released 1/32nd decal, 'Fools Paradise IV' for use on Tamiya's perfect P-51D Mustang kit that I'll give away.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA COMPETITION!

The MEGA COMPETITION is open! To win the fantastic prize described below all you need to do is complete this sentence.

I like Aero Imageworks because,....

Your answer can be as long or short as you like ranging from a single sentence to a novel and you can enter as many times as you like!

Entries will be accepted from anyone, you don't have to have purchased  a product from AI. The competition will close 15 September 2013 or earlier, so don't leave it to the last minute to enter.

To enter, send an email to aimegasale@gmail.com in the following format.

Subject: MEGA COMPETITION

I like Aero Imageworks because,....

Name: (your name)

Shipping Address:  (physical address not PO Box)

The entry judged by me to be the best will be the winner and no correspondence will be entered into with entrants regarding the outcome. The winner will be notified by email and the prize will be sent by airmail.

 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA COMPETITION!

The MEGA COMPETITION is about to open! 2013 is apparently the year of the Snake but in the scale modelling world its 'The year of AI'. To celebrate AI's 10th big year of operations I'm having a competition with a fantastic MEGA prize.

Take a look at what you can win; Tamiya's superb 1/32nd scale Spitfire Mk IX, AI's 'JE-J' correction decal and as if that's not enough you also get two Roy Cross books, 'The vintage years of Airfix' and 'Celebration of flight' (note; these are brand new, not second hand). If you have ever wondered who did those marvelous paintings that graced the box lid of many Airfix kits from the 1960-70's, it was likely to be the work of Roy Cross. In my view, his aviation painting are the best ever produced. How he was able to do so many wonderful paintings for Airfix, so quickly I'll never know.

With a total prize value of around $250 this MEGA COMPETITION has to be the biggest competition in the history of scale modelling! To enter the competition you'll need to spend a bit of time answering a question. Don't worry, its not going to be some impossible technical question on the Spitfire, just a simple 'complete this sentence' type of thing.

More on the competition details later.

 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Antipodean Hawks update coming soon!

It's been a while since I updated the Antipodean Hawks website. I've got a stack of old period photos that I've been meaning to put up for literally years, so I'll see if I can get them up on the weekend.

I'm sure they will be of interest to scale modellers that have the Hasegawa 1/32nd kit and want to model a RAAF a/c. However, due to time constraints I probably won't be able to make any new P-40 decals unless its for a special project.

Speaking of P-40's last year I saw two 'new' photos of perhaps the most famous RAAF P-40, S/L Cresswell's 'U' A29-113 (4 flags on the nose) but alas they are black and white and thus don't conclusively answer the question, 'what colour was the 'U'?'. Without a colour photo, I really can't be bothered getting into any discussions on the matter but no doubt a certain arsehole has given his 2 cents worth!

On to other topics, its time for a COMPETITION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yep, after the success of the MEGA Sale and to celebrate AI's 10th year of operations a competition is appropriate. After all, AI supporters are a pretty clever bunch, a cut above your average nerdy scale modeller!

Now, to be fair, the competition will be open to anyone, you don't have to have bought anything from AI. However, there will be a question to answer and you'll need to give the response some thought. I'll say more on the competition later and you won't be disappointed at the prize it's a beauty!

 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA SALE! ENDS!!!!

The MEGA SALE was fantastic with most of the stock gone within the first hour!

I've contacted all those who ordered items prior to them being sold out. If you sent me an order and I havn't contacted you, then the item/s you ordered were sold out by the time your order was received. Sorry, but it was on a 'first come first served basis while stock lasts!

For those of you who missed out don't worry, I'll certainly have another couple of MEGA SALES during the year.

Based on this most recent sale there is little point having it extend over a period of a week, a weekend is all that's needed. There were a few people who bought an awful lot of stuff, I just hope it doesn't all end on bloody Ebay! Perhaps I'll need to restrict the number of items you can buy at a MEGA SALE in future.

In the modelling world, 2013 is the year of Aero Imageworks as we celerbrate a decade of service. I want to share the success of AI with as many as I can and the best way to do this is by having MEGA SALES. In addition to the sales I'll also have at least one competition to win a fabulous model related prize.

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA SALE! nearly SOLD OUT!!!!

The MEGA SALE has had a fantastic start with most of the stock gone within the first hour!

It's the Australia Day long weekend so I'll use some good 'ol aussie talk, fair dinkum mate, it was bloody bonza! Streuth! I'll be flat out like a lizard drinkin' filling these orders!

I still have very limited stock of the following if interested;

D064801 'The Sneering Nazi'

A014803 and A014804 'Spitfire Mk. VIII RAAF WWII National Markings

A054801 P-51 Mustang (this is the original decal, not the proposed updated version with three extra nose-art 'Stangs)

A054802 CA-18 Mustang

I'm off now to enjoy the rest of this marvelous 'Australia Day' long weekend,.... and, oh yes , as always,...... THAT'S OFFICIAL!!!!!!!!:)

 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA SALE! International Customers Reminder!!

The MEGA SALE starts Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 08:00 AM CDT (GMT +10:30) and ends Saturday 2 February 2013 at 08:00 AM CDT or earlier subject to stock availability.

Not sure on the sale start in your part of the world? Go to  timeanddate.com/worldclock and compare your local time with mine (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia).

Here are the start times of the MEGA Sale in various locations around the world.

Los Angeles Friday, January 25 at 1:30 pm

New York Friday, January 25 at 4:30 pm

London Friday, January 25 at 9:30 pm

Berlin Friday, January 25 at 10:30 pm

Singapore Saturday, January 26 at 5:30 am

Tokyo Saturday, January 26 at 6:30 am

 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Aero Imageworks MEGA SALE! Reminder!!

Time is counting down on our MEGA! sale.

To make it easy for me to read, please use the following format in your email.

To order simply send an email to aimegasale@gmail.com with the following format.

 

Subject: MEGA Sale Order

Name: (your name)

Shipping Address:  (physical address not PO Box)

Order details as follows;

Product code        Description

A014801             'Shark Attack!' (example)

etc.

 

Upon receipt of your email order I'll contact you with details of how to pay. International orders are easily handled with PayPal.

Please note that any orders received prior to the official start of the MEGA SALE will not be accepted.

The MEGA SALE starts Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 08:00 AM CDT (GMT +10:30) and ends Saturday 2 February 2013 at 08:00 AM CDT or earlier subject to stock availability.

Not sure on the sale start in your part of the world? Go to  timeanddate.com/worldclock and compare your local time with mine (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia).

 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Aero Imageworks MEGA SALE!

We are having a sale like never before with fantastic deals on all AI products!

The MEGA SALE starts Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 08:00 AM CDT (GMT +10:30) and ends Saturday 2 February 2013 at 08:00 AM CDT or earlier subject to stock availability.

All AI products that have ever been released over the last 10 years is available for purchase during the MEGA SALE. This means that products currently shown on the website as 'discontiuned' or 'unavailable' ARE available for purchase during the sale! This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase some rare decals at a super low price!

Here's what is available.

A014801 'Shark Attack!'

D064801 'The Sneering Nazi'

A014803 and A014804 'Spitfire Mk. VIII RAAF WWII National Markings

A054801 P-51 Mustang

A054802 CA-18 Mustang

C034801 Antipodean Hawks DESERT SHARK ATTACK!

A014806 Antipodean Spitfires

C034802 DESERT SHARK ATTACK! Curtiss Kittyhawk I/IA

A034801 Curtiss P-40 in the Pacific War

A014810 Caldwell's Spitfires

A014807 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 1

A014808 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 2

A014809 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 3

A014811 Spitfires in the Antipodes Pt 4

A013201 Pacific Spitfires 'CALDWELL'

A013202 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-Y, A58-672

A013203 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-Q, A58-614

A013204 Pacific Spitfires Shark Attack! ZP-X, A58-600

C033201 DESERT SHARK ATTACK!

C033202 Antipodean Hawks DESERT SHARK ATTACK! Curtiss Kittyhawk I/IA

C013201 'RAMROD'

C013202 'RAMROD' #2

Q013201 Pernickety Spitfire Mk IX

Q013203 Pernickety Spitfire Mk IX #2

A017201 'Shark Attack!'

For details on products listed above see AI website.

All products are available for $20 AUD with no limit on how many products you can buy.  Postage is free for all orders within Australia and a flat $5 for orders from ROW (Rest of the World) irrespective of how many products are ordered.

The only restriction is that its on a 'first come first serve' basis, as stocks of many of the products is limited. Once a product is sold out its gone! So if there is something you really want you'll need to get your order in fast!

To order simply send an email to aimegasale@gmail.com with a list of the products you wish to purchase together with details of your name and address. I'll then contact you with details of how to pay. Please note that any orders received prior to the official start of the MEGA SALE will not be accepted.

Not sure on the sale start in your part of the world? Go to  timeanddate.com/worldclock and compare your local time with mine (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia).

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I'M HAVING A PARTY!

Ok, so the year is coming to a close and I'm reminded that Aero Imageworks is going to have its 10th birthday next year! Whooo hooo! big 10 years of service, I deserve a medal! What better way to celebrate than to have a MASSIVE sale. I'll announce the details later.

 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

AVIATION HISTORY

Over the years I've mentioned  that good, authoritative  aviation history research can really only be undertaken by those who have some aircrew training in either a military or commercial level civil environment. Time and again we see all sorts of unqualified people who think they can write a squadron history with no other qualification than 'it interests me'. In my view that doesn't cut it by a long way, you need to bring first hand knowledge and experience to the research. This is particularly true when dealing with aviation history that is by its very nature a technical area. How can you possibly speak with any authority on for example a WW2  aircraft if you never flown any aircraft yourself! I've noticed that those with an aviation background fully understand this point while those without think I'm being unfair and contend that anybody can write aviation history. Well, that is complete arse gravy.

I like to use the analogy of someone writing the history of the Tour de France cycle race only to discover that the author doesn't know how to ride a bike! Yes, he'll be able to give data, names dates etc but what he won't be able to do is to interpret the information. I think it was Churchill who said the role of the historian is to say what happened and why. This means its more than just names and dates its all about interpreting the information. To interpret the information you need relevant background knowledge on the subject matter. In the case of aviation history, very few of us have actually flown a Spitfire or Bf 109  or are likely to do so. It would certainly be beneficial if we could, but its not essential. What is essential however is some first hand experience of what it is like to be in command of an aircraft. How can you possibly write about any of these famous aircraft of WW2 if you don't know the first thing and have experience in the technical aspects of actually flying an aircraft.

The unqualified 'researchers' do a disservice to the veterans by wanting to associate themselves with the men and aircraft of yesteryear. I've noticed the unqualified always want to link themselves with fighter aircraft be it Spitfire, Bf 109, Me 262, P-40 or Mustang.

This reminds me of self professed 'expert' I met some time ago who said he knew all about 'spitfires' and had read the various Pilot's Notes booklets for the various Spitfire marks. These little booklets are something akin to a motor vehicle handbook and are popular with aviation enthusiasts. I then suggested to the expert that if a spitfire was available he could take it up for a spin! The 'expert' readily agreed. In reality this fool probably couldn't even start it let alone get it off the ground. What the untrained don't understand is that these booklets were intended to be read by a very specific readership, a qualified pilot! The booklet doesn't say it anywhere but it assumes the reader is already a qualified service pilot and the booklet assumes this is the case.

Who is an 'expert'? Many 'aviation history researchers' like to say they are an expert of Spitfires or some other famous fighter (yep its always fighter!). I've seen one burke who likes to claim he is an expert on the P-40 but in reality he has no aircrew background, no aviation experience at all. What he is 'expert' at is collecting adf serials! The term 'expert' is bandied around without really understanding what it means. The vast majority of these 'experts' are not professionals in any field and therefore don't understand that the term has a legal context. In my current profession it is something that is not taken lightly as I could be called upon to appear in court as an expert witness. The expert witness is there to assist the court and that means you must have the necessary education and experience to undertake the role.

It's gratifying that the aviation enthusiast who buys the multitude of magazines and books on aviation history is becoming more critical and demanding of authors. They want to know what aviation background the author brings to his work and have little time for the self taught 'experts' that bring nothing to the table.

The veterans deserve better and I for one will fight for them to ensure they get their story told by those who can speak their language, pilot to pilot.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

AI PRINTER PROBS

As you would probably know, I've had a run of bad luck with the Alps printer lately. Murphy's law at work, just when I get a group of orders in all at once after months of nothing (why does it happen like this? why can't orders be evenly spaced throughout the year!) the printer has to 'shit' itself.

The Alps is a temperamental thing at the best of times but when it goes it really goes bad. It's all fixed now, touch wood. I'm planning on having a MASSIVE sale soon with HUGE discounts on decals with no decal over $20 AUD but only while stock lasts!

This is my way of saying 'thanks' for the long standing support I've had from scale modellers from all over the world.

I'll give details on the sale later but for the moment just make a note to keep an eye on this blog for updates.

 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

NAZI IN THE SHED

It's been a while between posts hasn't it? Time is the one thing I have in very short supply these days as evidenced by the backlog of kits partially completed or more likely untouched, still in the box. Yes. I actually do make a few models unlike some who are all talk and no action.

As you know I also have an interest in collecting various bits and pieces of militaria particularly from the WW2 period. There's a group of like minded collectors I know who ask me to do their bidding (literally!) on ebay when something of interest comes up. In fact about 80 if not 90% of the stuff I've bought on ebay has actually been for others who simply don't like the idea of an auction. Most of the time it works ok but there is always that 'bad deal' now and then where I've had a less than satisfactory result.

Some like to combine militaria with scale models by adding for example a pair of pilot wings to a aircraft diorama. I used to like this but I've lately had second thoughts on it. The problem is that scale models really don't have much if anything to do with the real thing, models are just that, a scale representation in plastic with a lick of paint! Don't get me wrong, I'm not by any stretch of the imagination saying they are 'toys', they are NOT that.

Speaking of real things.

Recently I came into direct contact with a very rare piece of WW2 history. Reminicient of a scene from 'American Pickers', the TV show  about two guys roaming the country in search of items to sell in their secondhand/antique shop, I was in a dusty cob-web infested shed in search of pickers 'gold'.

The owner pointed me towards a pile of bags way in the back of the shed. As I pulled aside the dusty hessian bags I was faced with the symbol of evil. The owner said it was a 'German cross from a WW2 bomber', it was certainly German and from WW2 but it was not a  Balkenkreuz 'German cross'. It was a Nazi Swastika ('crooked cross') that had been roughly cut from the fin of an aircraft.  

I couldn't tell what aircraft it was from at the time but my first thoughts were it was a Bf 109. As the last of the evening light faded away I tried to take a photo with my phone but it was little more than a blurred haze with the flash reflected in the middle. I was however able to get a tape measure over the swastika and make a rough pencil sketch of the symbol. 

Unfortunately the current owner knew nothing about the souvenir except that it was originally owned by his grandfather. I'd seen similar examples of this sort of souvenir on a militaria website and remembered they had sold for around $7K! I thought I had to make this point clear to the owner who responded that it wouldn't matter if it was worth $70K, it was going to stay with the family and never be sold! 

After doing some research I came to the conclusion it was in deed cut from the fin of a 109. I'm thinking an 'F' model but I could be wrong on this point. Anyway, it was a unique experience to hold in my hands a symbol that struck terror into the hearts of millions  and has henceforth come to represent the epitome of 'evil'.

 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

BLOG UP AND RUNNING IN F.O.R.

Well it's back and I hope to make more than a few entries here of everything and anything that takes my interest. Standby for updates!