Hello and welcome to my World War 1 aircraft models site.
I started constructing plastic model kits as a child, many years ago, but as happens, stopped as I grew up and didn’t start modelling again until I was in my early twenties. Another long break in modelling followed whilst I served in the Royal Air Force and later, as a civilian Technical Author. I’m now retired and find the time to fill my days with my passion for modelling. It was during my service career I got the alias of ‘Sandbagger’, due to the many ‘tall’ stories I would apparently tell on occasion. My preference has always been aircraft of the period covering World War 1 and the models I build are in 1:32 scale. Most of these models have been modified and/or corrected to make them as authentic as possible.Gallery ContentsMy models are shown on separate pages and some are accompanied by a ‘build log’ created in PDF format. These build logs detail, where possible, details of the pilot and of the particular aircraft. They also include reference material photographs and drawings as well as full stage by stage chapters on how the model was constructed. The build logs are for modellers to download and use as either a building guide or as reference material. The PDF’s have book marked Chapters if viewed in ‘Adobe Reader’. Look for the ‘PDF’ icon.For 10 years I was involved with the World War One flight simulator ‘Wings Over Flanders Fields’, created by Old Brown Dog (OBD). In addition I created and still run the web site ‘EAW Tally-Ho’, which since 2002 has hosted third party modifications for the flight simulator ‘European Air War’, originally released by MicroProse.Mikes WW1Aircraft Models 2018
I’m Mike Norris and I live in Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom.
After leaving school at the age of 15 I took up an indentured engineering apprenticeship as a toolmaker. After I completed my apprenticeship, I worked on as a skilled toolmaker for a few years before deciding to join the Royal Air Force in 1971. I then served for a total of 27 years before being ‘de-mobbed’ in 1996, after which I started on my third career as a Technical Author working in the UK military aerospace industry. I continued in this role until 2016, when I retired from full time employment.After retirement I made use of a ‘spare’ room at my home and converted it into my ‘man cave’, where I spend most of my time either making models and working to create my model build logs. The photograph above is me at the RAF Museum, Hendon (I’m in the centre). When I’m not building models or creating the associated build logs, I can pass the time with either flight or driving simulators, using a dedicated PC or games console, both of which have dedicated seat and controller set ups.I’ve tried to obtain one of each type of aircraft from World War One that are available from current and past manufacturers in 1:32 scale, which include Wingnut Wings, Roden, Special Hobby, Planet Models, Academy, Aviattic, Hobby Craft, Omega, HPH Models, Copper State Models and Lukgraph. Occasionally I convert models to represent aircraft types that are not available.More models will be added to this site as they are completed. I hope you find my models of interest.
NIEUPORT 11 ‘Bebe’
MORANE-SAULNIER TYPE N
DFW T28 FLOH
FOKKER EINDECKER E.1
SPAD XIII C.1 (USAS)
SOPWITH PUP (RFC)
SOPWITH F1 CAMEL
‘SKELETAL’ FOKKER D.VII
AVIATIK ‘BERG’ D.I
PORT VICTORIA P.V.7 ‘GRAIN KITTEN’
BRISTOL M.1c ‘BULLET’
ANSALDO A.1 ‘BALILLA’
HANSA-BRANDENBURG W.20Work in Progress
Sopwith Snipe(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No:32020)Sopwith Snipe of ‘B’ Flight, No.4 Squadron AFC, 1918, as flown by Thomas C.R. Baker (12 victories).
SE5a(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No:32003)The SE5a ‘Hisso’ Serial No.D3540 ‘K’ of No.40 Squadron, RAF early 1918, as flown by Capt. G.H.Lewis.
Pfalz D.IIIa(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No:32006)Pfalz D.IIIa of Jasta 18 during 1918, as flown by Hans Muller (12 victories).
Roland C.IIa(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No:32041)Roland C.IIa (Li) “Black III” of Schusta 13 during early 1917, as flown by Vfw Hesse.
Fokker E.V(‘MicroMir Models’ - Model No:32-001)Fokker E.V ‘Razor Wing’ of Marine Feld Jasta III (MJF III) during 1918, as flown by Vfm Hans Goerth (7 victories).
Fokker DR.1(‘Roden Models’ - Model No:601)Fokker DR.1, Serial No: 214/17 of Jasta 2 during 1918, as flown by Lt Wilhelm Papenmayer (4 victories).
Nieuport 11 ‘Bebe’(‘Special Hobby’ - Model No:SH32015)Nieuport 11 ‘Bebe’, Serial No:N576 of Escadrille N67 during 1915-1916,as flown by Jean M.D. Navarre (12 victories).
Sopwith Triplane(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No:32008)Sopwith Triplane, Serial No:N6301 ‘Dusty II’of No.8 (N) Squadron during May 1917, as flown by R. McDonald (8 victories).
Pfalz D.XII(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No:32019)Pfalz D.XII, Serial No:2454 ‘KI’, flown by Jasta 32b during 1918.
Morane-Saulnier Type N(‘Special Hobby’ - Model No:SH32006)Morane-Saulnier Type ‘N’ of No.1 Squadron, RFC, as flown on the 9th of March, 1916.by 2/Lt R.P. Taylor
DFW T.28 ‘Floh’ (Flea)(‘Planet Models’ - Model No:PL24432)DFW T.28 ‘Floh’ (Flea) second fighter prototype 1915, designed by Dr. Hermann Dorner.
Fokker Eindecker E.1(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No:32021)Fokker Eindecker E.1, Serial No:1/15 as flown by Otto Parschau between June and July 1915 (8 victories).
Sopwith Pup (RFC)(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No:32013)Sopwith Pup, Serial No: A6156 “OS” of No.54 Squadron, RFC, based at Flez, France during April - May of 1917, as flown by Capt. Oliver M Stewart during 1917 (5 victories).
‘SPAD XIII C.1 (USAS)’(‘Hobby Craft’ - Model No:HC1688)Spad XIII C.1, Number 26 of ‘C’ flight, 27th Aero Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, based at Rembercourt,near Verdun, France during September 1918. Flown by Francis ‘Frank’ Joseph Anthony Luke Jnr,who was known as the ‘Arizona Balloon Buster'. (14 victories).
‘HANSA-BRANDENBURG W.29’(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No.32801)Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 (CM3G version), No.2512 as flown by Oberleutnant FriedrichChristian Christiansen of ’Seeflugstation 1’, Zeebrugge, Belgium during July 1918.
SOPWITH ‘SWALLOW’Sopwith ‘Swallow’ prototype mono-plane fighter of 1918,created from donor model ‘Wingnut Wings’ Model No:32074and parts from ‘Kiwi Resin’ conversion kit.
‘SOPWITH F1 CAMEL’(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Model No.32074)Sopwith F1 ‘Camel’, Serial No:B6313 as flown by the Canadian ace, William George "Billy" Barker,VC, DSO and Bar, MC and Two Bars.
‘FOKKER D.VII’(Wingnut Wings Kit No.32027)Dutch designer Anthony Fokker poses with Fokker D.VII (Albatros built) ‘Nickchen IV’, Serial No.817/18 operating with Jasta 53 during August 1918 and flown by Offizierstellvertreter Fritz Blumenthal.
‘SKELETAL’ FOKKER D.VII’‘Skeletal’ Fokker D.VII (OAW built) - created from donor model ‘Wingnut Wings’Model No:32030 and from 3D printed components by ‘Aviattic’and ‘Bob Monroe’ at ‘Shapeways’
AVIATIK ‘BERG’ D.I(‘HPH Models’ - Model No:32042R)Austro-Hungarian Aviatik ‘Berg’ D.I fighter - Serial No:138.120 of Flik 63J,flown by the unit commander, Fp.Oblt. Rupert Terk (4 victories).
MACCHI M.5(‘HPH Models’ - Model No:32035R)Italian Macchi M.5 sea plane fighter, Serial No.7288 as flown by Tenente Vascello Alberto Bartolozzo, Officer CommandingNo.260a Squadriglia, operating from Saint Andrea Seaplane Station near Venice during 1918.
PORT VICTORIA PV.7 ‘GRAIN KITTEN’(‘Planet Models’ - Model No:PLT250)Port Victoria P.V.7 ‘Grain Kitten’ prototype airship interceptor of 1917. The ‘disposable’ aircraftwas to be launched from towed pontoons or from ship mounted platforms, in the English Channel,intercept Zeppelins before they reached the English coast, then ditch in the sea, the pilot to be rescued.
SIEMENS-SCHUCKERT D.III(‘Roden Models’ - Model No:610)Siemens Schuckert D.III early version, (Serial No. 834 to 8359/17), as flown by Ltn. Joachim von Ziegesar when serving with Jasta 15 during May, 1918.
SOPWITH (ANSALDO) ‘BABY’(‘Lukgraph Models’ - Model No:610)Italian Sopwith ‘Baby’ (Ser No. So.5005), license built by SA Aeronautica Gio Ansaldo of Turin.
BRISTOL M.1c ‘BULLET’(‘Special Hobby’ - Model No:HS 32057)Bristol M.1c ‘Bullet’, Ser No. C4907 of No.150 Squadron, RAF,operating in Mesopotamia, 1918. Flown by Lt. K.B. Moseley.
NIEUPORT 28C.1(‘Roden’ - Model No:RO606)Nieuport N.28C1, Serial No.6177, of the 95th Aero Squadron,1st Pursuit Group, France, 1918 as flown by 1st Lt. Quentin Roosevelt.
ANSALDO A.1 ‘BALILLA’(‘Aviattic’ - Model No:ATTKIT006)Ansaldo A.1 ‘Balilla’, Serial No:16538 of pilot Tenente Leopoldo Eleuteri of No:70a Squadriglia, operating from Caccia, Padovano, during the October of 1918.
Roland D.VIa’(‘Wingnut Wings’ - Kit No:32022)German Roland D.VIa, Ser No: 3615/18, during July 1918 (pilot and Jasta not known).
Fokker D.II(‘Special Hobby’ - Kit No:SH32064)Fokker D.II, serial number not known, attached to ‘Kampfeinsitzer Stafflen’ (Kesta) 4b sometime between April 1917 - October 1918 at Royal Bavarian AF, Freiburg.
Hansa-Brandenburg W.20(‘Omega Models’ - Kit No:32001) Hansa-Brandenburg W.20, Ser No:1552, on the 14th of March 1918, at the seaplane experimental centre (SVK) at Warnemunde before being accepted for naval use (by the SAK).
WORK IN PROGRESS
French Carabiniers of the Imperial Guard chase the colours of the Royal North British 2nd Dragoons (Scots Greys)- Battle of Waterloo 1815 (modified ‘Historex’ 54 mm figures)
Colonel-in-Chief of allied forces, Lord Marlborough, saved from the French Royal Guard by his Heavy Dragoons - Battle of Ramilles (Belgium) 1708 (modified ‘Historex’ 54 mm figures)