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 not only a brief of the pilot and the particular aircraft, but also include full details, in text and photographs, 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.I am also involved with the World War One flight simulator ‘Wings Over Flanders Fields’, created by Old Brown Dog (OBD). In addition I created and 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
Mike ‘Sandbagger’ Norris
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 or working on my two PC’s, on which I create my model build logs as well as working on the World War One flight simulator ‘Wings Over Flanders Fields’, created by Old Brown Dog (OBD). The top photo is me with two of the OBD team 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. Manufactures such as Wingnut Wings, Roden, Special Hobby, Planet Models, Academy, Aviattic, Hobby Craft, Omega and HPH Models. 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
Sopwith Snipe(Wingnut Wings kit No:32020)Sopwith Snipe of ‘B’ Flight, No.4 Squadron AFC, 1918, as flown by Thomas C.R. Baker (12 victories).
SE5a(Wingnut Wings kit 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 kit No:32006)Pfalz D.IIIa of Jasta 18 during 1918, as flown by Hans Muller (12 victories).
Roland C.IIa(Wingnut Wings kit No:32041)Roland C.IIa (Li) “Black III” of Schusta 13 during early 1917, as flown by Vfw Hesse.
Fokker E.V(MicroMir kit 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 kit No:601)Fokker DR.1, Serial No: 214/17 of Jasta 2 during 1918, as flown by Lt Wilhelm Papenmayer (4 victories).
Sopwith Triplane(Wingnut Wings kit No:32008)Sopwith Triplane, Serial No:N6301 ‘Dusty II’of No.8 (N) Squadron during May 1917, as flown by R. McDonald (8 victories).
Nieuport 11 ‘Bebe’(Special Hobby kit No:SH32015)Nieuport 11 ‘Bebe’, Serial No:N576 of Escadrille N67 during 1915-1916,as flown by Jean M.D. Navarre (12 victories).
Pfalz D.XII(Wingnut Wings kit No:32019)Pfalz D.XII, Serial No:2454 ‘KI’, flown by Jasta 32b during 1918.
Morane-Saulnier Type N(Special Hobby kit 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 kit No:PL24432)DFW T.28 ‘Floh’ (Flea) second fighter prototype 1915, designed by Dr. Hermann Dorner.
Fokker Eindecker E.1(Wingnut Wings kit 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 kit 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 kit 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 Kit 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 F1 CAMEL’(Wingnut Wings Kit 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’ kit 32030and from 3D printed components by ‘Aviattic’ and ‘Bob Monroe’ at ‘Shapeways’
‘Historic Battles’ (Historex 54 mm models)
Waterloo 1815 - French Carabiniers of the Imperial Guard chase the colours of the Royal North British 2nd Dragoons (Scots Greys) - Battle of Waterloo 1815
Colonel-in-Chief of allied forces, Lord Marlborough, saved from the French Royal Guard by his Heavy Dragoons - Battle of Ramilles (Belgium) 1708