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Yuma Proving Ground
"Oscar Duece" Prints

Last US Military O-2s

The Cessna Skymaster series has a long history of US Military service. Many saw service in Vietnam as Forward Air Control platforms.

Grubby Fingers has now released a pair of new O-2 prints depicting the last two "Oscar Deuce"s in U.S. Military service, 67-21349 and 67-21414. As at January 2010 they were operated out of Yuma Proving Grounds in California. 21414 is one of the O-2s that did see service in SEA.

Cessna O-2 67-21349 from Yuma Proving Ground
Cessna O-2 67-21349

Cessna O-2 67-21414 from Yuma Proving Ground
Cessna O-2 67-213414

These prints, along with other Skymaster prints, are now available through the Grubby Fingers on-line shop

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Super King Airs

Beechcraft Super King Air B200
Profile Prints Now Available

One of aviation's great success stories, the Beech King Air series of aircraft has seen extensive use all over the world. Grubby Fingers has just released some profile prints of this significant commuter.

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VH-OYA is flown by Pearl Aviation on behalf of the RAAF on training and associated jobs.

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VH-HPX was flown by the Australian Army in the mid 2000s before all fixed-wing aviation was transferred to the RAAF.

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Back in the 1980s the NSCA flew a fleet of KingAirs, including this one, VH-NSF.

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VH-MWZ is owned and operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service out of Essendon Airport in Melbourne.

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Detail of the tail of VH-OYA.

These prints are now available through the Grubby Fingers on-line shop

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Upcoming Aeronautical and
Scale Modelling Happenings

Here is a by-no-means comprehensive calendar of aviation and modelling related events that will be happening in the near future (or immediate past, depending on how often I get to update it!) around Australia. If there is something you'd like to add to this list, drop me a line here and let me know.

Dates for upcoming events of interest:


RAAF Museum Pont Cook Interactive Flying Displays
On three days of every week, weather and aircraft availability permitting, the RAAF Museum, Point Cook, takes one of its airworthy aircraft up for a display. This means that three times a week you can have your own little air show! The display flights usually last 10-15 minutes and are preceded with an introduction on the ground presenting the aircraft and the pilot and ground crew. After each flight there is a Q&A session where you can get up quite close to the aircraft and ask any questions you might have. These are a terrific and casual way to see some famous aircraft up close and personal. The museum's airworthy fleet includes: CT-4 Airtrainer, Sopwith Pup replica, P-51 Mustang, Winjeel trainer, Tiger Moth and Harvard trainer. Often visiting aircraft are displayed as well. These might include DC3, Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, other Winjeels or even an RAAF PC-9 trainer. And it is completely free! How good is that!


February 2010

February 6-7
Tauranga City Air Show
Tauranga Airport, New Zealand.
The innaugural event with the full show on Sunday following Saturday practice. Family fun programs both days including balloon rides, music, skydivers, gliders, food and refreshmants, trade and other exhibits right through to heavy military iron and battle re-enactments.
Visit Australia)

February 7-8
Rotary Air Show, Bairnsdale
Bairnsdale, Victoria.

February 13
Queensland NNL Titles
Criterion Hotel, Quay Street, Rockhampton, Qld.

February 21
National Vietnam Veterans Museum Model Competition
Vietnam Veterans Museum, Veterans Drive, Newhaven, Vic.

February 28
Wings over Illawarra
Albion Park, NSW.

February 28
Point Cook Air Pageant 2010
RAAF Williams, Point Cook. Victoria
Always a great day without the huge crowds of Avalon. Gates open at 9:00 am, flying starts at 1:00 pm. Aircraft on dosplay will include: Mustangs, Kittyhawk, Sabre, Winjeel, Tiger Moths, DC3s, Vampire, Sea Fury,, Wirraway, Boomerang, Spitfire and many more! Looks like a big show!

March 2010

March 17
Houdini 100 Year Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony
Houdini Reserve, Diggers Rest, Victoria.

March 17 - April 20
The Great Australian Air Race
Parafield Airport, South Australia.

March 18
Houdini Flight Expo and Community Celebration
A commemorative celebration will be held on Thursday, 18th March 2010. Exactly 100 years to the day since the first powered controlled flight in Australia, Diggers Rest will commemorate the occasion with a Commemorative Ceremony. The ceremony will include speeches, the unveiling of a legacy project, flyovers and Houdini Magic displays. (from Diggers Rest Website)
Houdini Reserve, Diggers Rest, Victoria.

March 20
Melton Air Show
A Melton Air Show will celebrate the Houdini centenary of flight on Saturday, 20th March 2010.  Flying displays will showcase aircraft that have played a significant role in Australian skies over the last 100 years and will feature solo displays, formations flying and aerobatics. On the ground you will be able to walk around beautifully restored aircraft and meet the pilots who fly them, look at vintage and rally cars, while the kids will be entertained with aircraft making and other activities. (from Diggers Rest Website)

March 21
Australias Festival of Flight
Sunday, 21st March will be Australia’s first Festival of Flight. This day will mark the anniversary of Houdini's second Australian flight at Diggers Rest. Celebrations on the day will include:  historical memorabilia, air and static aircraft displays, aviation demonstrations, model and radio controlled aircraft, a car, motorbike and truck show, steam engines, tractor pull, automobile & aircraft swap meet, market stalls art displays, kids entertainment, magic and circus acts, performances by Daryl Braithwaite, master illusionist Cosentino, local band The Red Jane Show and more. (from Diggers Rest Website)

March 21
IPMS Wheels and Tracks Military Modelling Competition
Essex Heights Primary School (TBC), Vic.

March 28
Canberra Airport Open Day
Canberra, ACT.

APRIL 2010

April 2-4:
Warbirds over Wanaka
Wanaka, NZ. One of the world's best warbirds airshows.

April 4-5:
Mack Muster (Inc. model truck comp.)
Colac Showgrounds, Colac, Vic.

April 10-11
Temora Aviation Museum Flying Day
Temora, NSW. Always a great display of warbirds and classic aircraft!

April 11:
NSW NNL Titles
Venue: TBA.

April 18:
Modellers of Ballarat Annual Model Exhibition and Swap and Sell
The Caro Convention Centre, University Drive, Ballarat University, Mount Helen (via Ballarat), Vic.

May 2010

May 22-23
ScaleACT 2010
Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narabundah, Canberra, ACT. 

June 2010

June 5-6
Temora Aviation Museum Flying Day
Temora, NSW. Always a great display of warbirds and classic aircraft!

June 12, 13 & 14
Model Expo and Australian Open Plastic and Scale Modelling Championships
Sandown Entertainment Centre, Sandown Racecourse, Princes Highway, Springvale, Vic. Visit

August 2010

August 14-15
Temora Aviation Museum Flying Day
Temora, NSW. Always a great display of warbirds and classic aircraft!

November 2010

November 20-21
Temora Aviation Museum Flying Day
Temora, NSW. Always a great display of warbirds and classic aircraft!


March 2011

March 1-6
Avalon 2011
Avalon Airport, Avalon, Victoria.
Australia's premier air show.
Celebrating the RAAF's 90th anniversary as well as the the 10th Avalon airshow. Trade only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (1-3) and Friday 4th until 2pm. General Public access from 2pm on Friday and all through the weekend. Flying displays will include a night show on Friday.

Sources (among others):
AeroAustralia Magazine
ModelArt Magazine
Waverley Scale Modelling Club
Australian Society of Aviation Artists
Aviation Historical Society of Australia
AARG, Moorabbin Air Museum

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