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This UK company provides large scale model makers with 4 stroke petrol power. Their engine range includes single cylinder or V twin cylinders, air-cooled, petrol fuelled, in both a polished aero spec finish or black inboard spec finish.

This site sells desktop models, but it is also the sole UK distributor for Bob's Aircraft Documentation (formally Scale Model Research).

This on-line company supply a variety of leads, switches, tools etc.

This shop provides the wide selection of modelling equipment you would expect to find.

Belair are accredited Laser Kit cutters to Nick Ziroli, Jerry Bates, Hostetler, Don Smith, Brian Taylor.  Laser cut kits and parts from your own plans. We are dealers for Robart Mfg and Sierra Giant Scale retracts and accessories. Dedicated to large scale models.

Bespoke Model Design ( Web:- ) Description, Custom model aircraft design service for modellers.

BMD Graphics ( Web:- Email:- ) Description, Custom graphic design to include all the favourites. Also offer a custom graphic design service
( Basically if you need a logo for a model and not on website, Email it me and ill design it.

This show is a popular one in Amiens, France. well worth popping into whilst on holiday!

Manufacturers of many Large Models both ARTF and Kits including the Eurobat, Zlin526, Pitts 12, up to the 17ft Lancaster.  Laser-Cutting service from single parts to full kits as well as many specialist items of hardware and glues.  Probably the UK's only producer of Phenolic Wing Joining tubes in any size!"

Flair sell a wide variety of modelling products. Of particular interest to LMA members is the fact that they are the 3W engine distributor.

Home of the most detailed UK flying model Spitfire as endorsed by real Spitfire pilots

This Scottish company specialises in making err... foam wings. They have a large variety of aerofoils available or you can supply your own. 

We are Lincoln's Largest stockist of Plastic Kits, Model Railway and Model Accessories. We also Stock a vast range of remote control products, from helicopters through to tanks .

Rob Rowbotham's  site includes details of the increasingly popular gas turbine engines.

This company sells a wide range of engines including Moki (original) Glow engines, MVVS Petrol, Fuji petrol engines amongst other popular brands. They also sell a wide range of custom made in-cowl silencers. The site also has some interesting reviews.

This company specialises in laser cutting for modeller. Your own drawings/pkans can be re-sized as required.

A supplier of all your battery needs and all the commonly used packs.

Lite Pilots
This is a site in the US which sells a series of model pilots.

This shop in Hinckley is a major supplier of Multiplex equipment and many other goodies!
Here are available the most realistic range of 12” lightweight pilots suitable for use in flying Scale Aircraft.  They are ideal for use in 1/5th to 1/6th scale model aircraft. Available as standard display pilots, lightweight flying pilots, or for the ultimate in realism, flying lightweight pilots with radio controlled heads!

Home of the Large Model Stand and Modelling Accessories, from Flight Data units to Props.
A UK supplier of engines, other equipment and large aircraft.

The "little Black Box" supply source for all those specialist electronic bits.

 Vulcan Hobbies
Large North West based shop for all your modelling needs

Importers of Quality Hobby & Leisure Equipment
Clubs and Organisations

Waterplane Flyers


National Aero Club

Model County Flying Club

Large Model Association

Jet Modellers Association UK

Northern Ireland Jets

Northern Ireland Association of Aeromodellers

Wexford Model Flying Club


Letterkenny Model Flying Club

Irish Model Aircraft Aerobatic Association

Jet Modellers Association of Ireland

Useful Reference Sites

A useful airfoil drawing package that's free. You can define your own airfoils or download coordinate information from the next database link.

A comprehensive list of airfoil section coordinate information and some pictures of the airfoil section.

A very comprehensive collection of airfoil sections listed against aircraft types, listed in name of aircraft order; beware that sometimes the Company name precedes the aircraft name.

Comprehensive list of airfoil sections and their ordinates based on Dover Publications classic Theory of Airfoil Sections by Ira H. Abbott and Albert E. von Doenhoff. This book has three large appendices containing tables of coordinates of a selection of NACA profiles, mean lines and sections.

New site dedicated to making blue foam Scale pilots and cockpit interiors

Aircraft Resources

This section lists sites which contain detailed information which could be of use to the modeller. There are thousands of sites dedicated to full-size aircraft. The aim of this section is not to list everything, but to collect together the most useful ones. 

The images on these pages are original photographs, taken by Steve de Roeck. They are low resolution, web versions of the high quality images which are available for purchase directly from the photographer. Steve is a retired airline pilot with a keen interest in photography. Both his flying and photography have taken him all over the world on assignment.

There are probably more than 1000 photographs on this site. The nice thing about it is that it isn't full of the usual Spitfires etc, but includes underrepresented aircraft that may give you inspiration for your next project.

Interview of Captain Donald Macintosh - Royal Air Force bomber pilot of a Lancaster bomber in 1944. it's a spellbinder, all 14,300 words of it - written with revealing honesty, imagination, insight and candour; download as a PDF or an audio download of the actual interview by Alastair, editor of

Building a WWI plane? This site contains an excellent history of the aircraft of the era.

A large reference site on US aviation.

The website of this popular magazine. It has a lot of useful information and a good events calendar.

An incredible resource of information and photographs of airliners. In-fact many other aircraft are included as well.
This site is a massive general aircraft related resource list of links.

This site contains a set of illustrated of reports on current full-size activities in the UK. It covers news items and reports on displays.

This is a general site containing information and pictures for a wide range of aircraft. Worth a look if you are seeking inspiration for your next project.

A great resource providing substantial details of all the aircraft used by the Fleet Air Arm. 
This site contains many sketches of 'glamour girls' that can be used to develop nose art for aircraft of  WWII vintage. This is a large site containing several thousand pictures. One of the best areas to look in is the pin-up section. Here you will find the excellent pictures from the famous artist Alberto Vargas. Others in this section are also worth looking at!

This New Zealand site developed by Phillip Treweek provides a lot of detailed pictures of aircraft and including detailed "walk arounds".
This is a general USA military site. Of particular interest is the resources section which contains a comprehensive set of links to USA museums. 
This website is about err Mustangs. There is a good collection of photographs and a lot of information for those interested in this famous aircraft.

Planes and Pilots of World War II

This is an interesting US site on aircraft and pilot recounts.

RAF History

This is a real excellent resource. It contains a great amount of information including drawings, cockpit details and videos you can download. Also, includes details on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
This website shows some remarkable video clips of the Red Bull world series races.  It contains a lot of information for builders of aerobatic models. Watch out though, you must have a fast internet connection to view this site.


A Russian site that has an English version. It has a particularly good selection of detailed drawings of aircraft. These can be downloaded as zip files.

Stalag 13 Aviation Links

This site has approximately 10000 aircraft related links. It is a good resource to start with when searching the web.

Warbird Alley

This is another good site based in the US. The site is structured into reference pages containing details and pictures of warbirds. It also provide links to other sites on the aircraft being examined.

Warbirds Resource Group 

This is a collection of seven sites. The best section is the Luftwaffe Resource Group which contains many detailed pictures and specifications.   

Warbirds Restoration

This site has a collection of full-size drawings and documentation that may be of interest to modellers of WWII aircraft.

Rosebud's WWI Aviation Image Archive 

This is a fabulous resource for pictures of early and WWI aircraft. You could spend hours here! There are hundreds of pictures of aeroplanes, some showing horrific crash sites. The links from this site are also very interesting.

Zeno's Warbirds

This is an excellent resource for WWII aircraft. There are many scale detail drawings. See the 'more neat stuff' section for diagrams of cockpit interiors and instrument panels. The site also contains a lot of videos that can be downloaded for free. There are many good links worth exploring.


Museums in UK and Ireland

Baldonnel Irish Air Corp Museum

Ulster Aviation Museum

Collins Barracks

Aeroventure - South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum  

Located at Doncaster, this museum has a good collection of aircraft for the visitor.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight  

One of the most famous UK based display teams. It is based at RAF Coningsby. The web site has a good collection of photographs of their aircraft.

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

Dedicated to preserving operational examples of historic military jets. Located at Hangar 600, Bournemouth International Airport.

Brooklands Museum

The Birthplace of British Motorsport & Aviation.

Classic Wings

Your chance to fly in a Tiger Moth or Dragon Rapide from Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

East Kirkby Airfield

Worth the visit to just see the Lancaster in addition to the other attractions at this WWII airfield.

An independent site covering the latest at Duxford. Includes reviews, photographs and videos.

Fleet Air Arm Museum

This site provides museum information and services details and also lists the aircraft in the large collection. However, the site is not complete and collection details and photos are not yet available. Located at RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset.

Gatwick Aviation Museum  

This Aviation Museum has a unique collection of British Aircraft from the "golden age" of British aircraft manufacture, ie, from the end of WWII until the 1970's.

Helicopter Museum

This is the world's largest dedicated helicopter museum. It  is located in Weston-Super-Mare.  

Imperial War Museum: Duxford

One of, if not, Europe's top aviation museum has a superb collection of historic aircraft. Duxford is not only an excellent centre for historic aviation but also the site of world famous air shows.

Kent Battle of Britain Museum  

The Museum is based on one of the sites of Britain's epic struggle in 1940. The airfield was the nearest Royal Air Force station to enemy-occupied France.  Today's visitor can still savour the atmosphere of the airfield's past with the landmarks and buildings that remain.

Midland Air Museum  

This museum is in Coventry. It houses a good collection of interesting aircraft.

Museum of Army Flying  

This museum at Middle Wallop celebrates over one hundred years of army aviation. It is home to one of the country’s finest historical collections of military kites, the largest collection of military gliders in Europe, aeroplanes and helicopters.

Museum of Berkshire Aviation

A good collection of aircraft and photographs recalling Berkshire's Aviation Heritage. Located in Woodley, (near Reading) Berkshire.

Museum of Flight  

A good variety of aircraft can be found at this museum in Scotland at East Fortune Aerodrome.

Newark Air Museum  

Another good collection of aircraft at this museum in Nottinghamshire.

Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial - Manston

The site of the RAF Manston History Museum  presents some details of the museum, aircraft, exhibits, and displays that illustrate the history of a famous and historic airfield. Located adjacent to London-Manston Airport near Ramsgate, Kent.

RAF Museum- Cosford

The twenty-five-acre site in Shropshire is home to one of the best collections of aviation history in the world. It is also the site of the largest of the LMA shows.

Real Aeroplane Company

This museum is located at Breighton, near Selby, Yorkshire. It was some good displays and a collection of WWII aircraft.

Shuttleworth Collection

The site describes the Trust and illustrates some of the collection. One of the great aircraft and car collections of the world, which is famous for its regular flying displays. Located at Old Warden Park in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

Solway Aviation Museum

Operated by volunteers from the Solway Aviation Society. The society owns nine aeroplanes - the most prominent being an Avro Vulcan bomber. Located at Carlisle Airport, Carlisle, Cumbria.

Southampton Hall of Aviation  

This museum depicts the history of aviation in the Solent and Hampshire areas. The Museum tells the story of 26 aircraft companies, the largest flying boat operation in the world and the legendary Spitfire designed at Supermarine in the heart of the City of Southampton.

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

The Museum houses a unique collection of exhibits relating to this famous "Battle of Britain" airfield, and aviation in general. WW11 fighter aces, Douglas Bader, "Johnnie" Johnson and Neville Duke are celebrated here.

The Fighter Collection

Large collection of airworthy WWII aircraft based at Duxford, UK.

Yorkshire Air Museum

Popular for the Halifax restoration project. Located at Elvington, York.

Memorial Flight Association

French site that does restoration projects, has lots of interesting pictures and data.


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