So small that I am tempted to say :"Move along, there is nothing to see".
A small Piper Cub, former Piper L4, built in 1942 and used in Europe during WWII.
This particular aircraft remained in France after the war and was used by flying clubs.
The F-BFYL was very special to me, it was at the beginning of a lot of things in my life.
Sold to a British owner, it came back to France, it is now owned by the "Ham and Jam" association and received a warbird livery.
Happy to have this model in my cabinet alongside other bigger models.
The model is die cast, casting courtesy of Wojtek, cockpit decals from Wojtek and Martin with the possibility to make a Piper J3, the rest of the decals is home made.
As always with very small models (wing span 5 cm, 2 inches), the close up pictures are cruel because all the defects of the model are clearly visible.
I have to accept that even with no shaky hands, good eyes, a magnifying glass and very fine brushes, I am at the limit of what I can do, but pushing the limits has always been fun and rewarding.
Thanks for your indulgence.
A side note about "Ham and Jam" and its meaning even if it is a bit off topic.
In the early hours of 6 June 1944, soldiers of the Oxfordshire and Buckingham
light infantry regiment landed in Normandy at night with five gliders just a hundred meters from the bridges crossing the Orne river and its canal.
The two bridges were of strategic importance, Ham and Jam was the message sent by Major Howard, meaning that both bridges were captured intact just a few hours before the landing of the allied forces on the Normandy beaches.
The bridge over the canal was named Pegasus Bridge and the one crossing the river became the Horsa bridge (in English).
Why Pegasus Bridge ?
Because of the emblem of Pegasus which was worn on the sleeve of the British soldiers sent to capture it.
If one day you go to Normandy, pay a visit to the Pegasus Bridge Museum located near the bridge where the gliders landed.
This was the very first piece of French territory liberated from Nazi occupation.
The replica of an Horsa glider is displayed outside the museum
I have to agree with all the comments above Jean Pierre, including you are being to hard on yourself. Working on such a small model is not so easy as I have tried myself with a little AVRO 504K thanks very much to Wojtek for that little gem too. The decals applied so straight and neat JP. The history brief you always provide with your models I always appreciate, because I love to learn aviation history. As a mate of yours, I hope you don't mind, if you can share with this forum just how special this aircraft is for you
Beautiful model JP. Indeed rewarding to add a model that small to your collection. Last week I added my smallest model to date.
You also make me curious about what F-BFYL meant for you. Always special to own a model with a personal story attached to it. Your stories always add value to the pictures you post, so thanks for that.
I visited the Pegasus Bridge museum in Q3 of 2019. The history of the site is special to me as well. As you pointed out, here the liberation of France started. Months later a lot of these soldiers ended up in my hometown Arnhem, The Netherlands for Operation Market Garden, so the Pegasus emblem is well known here as well.
Thank you all for your kind words, I hesitated before writing this new thread, for most people there is nothing really interesting in a Piper Cub.
Just like all of you I am a collector and I also make my own models when they are not available from the retailers.
The Piper Cub is very important to me because I began flying lessons on this aircraft and I made my first solo flight on the F-BFYL, it was on 25 August 1960.
Later I joined AF and flew for the airline for 36 years, but this is another story.
Thank you for sharing Jean Pierre. Your first solo flight is something you will never forget. So you got your wings with Piper Cub F-BFYL. Now this has to be the most significant model in your collection. Congratulations on the build, and now to have pride of place in your collection.
It's a fantastic gem! Thank you for posting it. I do love this kind of tiny models with a big history. If the real aircraft only was able to tell tales... pure history. And the model itself is superb. Nice comparison to a 10 cent piece.
Here is an image of the real thing in 1972, taken from the much appreciated online archive of Herman Dekker (who had to stop his very relevant work due GDPR measures...)