Aircraft Recognition Models & RAF Stafford......a short introduction


RAF Stafford was a non-flying Royal Air Force station in Stafford, Staffordshire, England. Built in 1938, it was operational until 2006, as the home of no.16 Maintenance Unit, and also No 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron from 1958.

In April 2004 it was announced that units from RAF Stafford would be moved to RAF Wittering, effectively closing the station, and it officially ceased to be an RAF Station on 31 March 2006 and became Beacon Barracks operated by the Ministry of Defence.

16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment moved there in 2015, although the RAF still maintain a presence in the form of the Royal Air Force Tactical Supply Wing. 

One of the most interesting (to enthusiasts) functions of RAF Stafford, was to act as the back up storage facility for both the RAF Museums at RAF Hendon and RAF Cosford. Some photos taken inside the 60,000 sq. ft. warehousing are shown below. It was estimated that some 80,000 plus items were held. At the time of the RAF moving out in 2004/6, it was decided to dispose of some of the excess items that had not been recorded onto the new data base. Something that fell into this category, was a number of original Wooden Aircraft Recognition models ! They were acquired locally and stored once more for about the last 10 years. Until being offered for sale by a leading Specialist Military Surplus supplier. We have managed to “Capture” a quantity of these.

Some will remain in my collection ! Others will be available over a period of months. They are ALL mint or very near mint, they have been stored in dry boxes for over half a century. Very few have labels (but most have swing tags) they were all “approval” models and there is only one of each aircraft. They include aircraft I have never seen as ID models, and some are very early. This forms the description of everything you will see on the following pages............


Blackburn B-2 - V.Rare RAF Recognition model – Wooden 1:72 scale - RAF Stafford

The Blackburn B-2 was a British biplane side-by-side trainer aircraft of the 1930s. Designed and built by Blackburn Aircraft at Brough.

The B-2 was aimed mainly at the military trainer market, and the prototype was shipped to Lisbon for evaluation, where it performed well in trials, although the Portuguese preferred a tandem layout and ordered the Tiger Moth instead.

Although not successful in competing for major military orders, the B-2 continued in production to equip civilian flying schools in the United Kingdom that were busy training pilots for the RA F under the RAF expansion scheme.with the B-2 equipping flying schools owned by Blackburn at Brough Aerodrome and London Air Park at Hanworth.

A total of 42 B.2's were built, including the prototype, with production continuing until 1937.

The last 3 built were sold to the Air Ministry and issued to the Brough Flying School where they were operated in RAF colours.

At the outbreak of WW2 the Hanworth aircraft were moved to Brough, where the 2 training schools merged becoming No.4 Elementary Flying Training School. The civilian aircraft retained their civil registrations, but had wartime camouflage, yellow undersides and RAF roundels added. All surving aircraft were handed over to the Air Training Corps as instructional airframes.


At the standard British Recognition scale of 1:72, the wingspan is around 5 inches (13cms)The Airframe is wooden, good and undamaged,


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Messerschmitt Bf 108 (RAF Aldon) - RAF Recognition model – Wooden 1:72 scale - RAF Stafford – VERY rare

The Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun was a German single-engine sport and touring aircraft, developed by Bayerische Flugzeugwerke in the 1930s. The Bf 108 was of all-metal construction.

It was designed as a four-seat sports/recreation aircraft for competition in the 4 th Challenge International de Tourisme (1934)

Although it was outperformed by several other aircraft in the competition, the M 37's overall performance marked it as a popular choice for record flights. Particular among these traits was its low fuel consumption rate, good handling, and superb take off and landing characteristics.

The Bf 108A first flew in 1934, followed by the Bf 108B in 1935. The Bf 108B used the substantially larger, 12.67 litre displacement Argus As 10 air-cooled inverted V8 engine. The name Taifun (German for "typhoon") was given to her own aircraft by Elly Beinhorn, a well-known German pilot, and was generally adopted.

The RAF impressed four Bf 108s on the outbreak of World War II and put them into service, and designated them "Messerschmitt Aldon". It was the fastest light communications aircraft the RAF had ! . Postwar, 15 more captured Bf 108s flew in RAF colours.


At the standard British Recognition scale of 1:72, the wingspan is around 6 inches (15 cms) The Airframe is wooden, good and undamaged,


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Curtiss C-46 Commando - RAF Recognition model – Wooden 1:72 scale - RAF Stafford

The Curtiss C-46 Commando is a low-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear originally derived from a commercial high-altitude airliner design. It was ultimately used as a military transport during World War II by the United States Army Air Forces as well as the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps. 

Usage continued for decades after its introduction.At the time of its production, the C-46 was the largest twin-engine aircraft in the world, and the largest and heaviest twin-engine aircraft to see service in World War II. The first C-46 flight took place on March 26, 1940, and by the time of first delivery to the Army Air Force in 1942, it had been named the "Commando".

Although 17 different variants of the airplane were produced, the C-46A and C-46F made up the bulk of the production run. A total of 3,140 Commandos were made before production ended in 1946.Initially, the C-46 was used to ferry cargo across the South Atlantic. The Army Air Force, Navy and Marines ultimately flew Commandos on all fronts in World War II, but they attained their fame flying material and supplies from India over the Himalayan Mountains, or "Hump" into China.They also towed gliders on raids behind enemy lines. In Europe, its first usage occurred late in the war when C-46s dropped paratroops during the crossing of the Rhine River in 1945.


At the standard British Recognition scale of 1:72, the wingspan is around 18 inches (47cms)The Airframe is wooden, good and undamaged, and, unusually from this collection, has its stores stamps visible on the underside.


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Boeing 377 Stratocruiser - V.Rare RAF Recognition model – Wooden 1:72 scale - RAF Stafford - 2ft wingspan !

The Boeing 377 Stratocruiser was a large long-range airliner developed from the C-97 Stratofreighter military transport, itself a derivative of the B-29 Superfortress. The Stratocruiser's first flight was on July 8, 1947.

Its design was advanced for its day; its innovative features included two passenger decks and a pressurized cabin, a relatively new feature on transport aircraft. It could carry up to 100 passengers on the main deck plus 14 in the lower deck lounge; typical seating was for 63 or 84 passengers or 28 berthed and five seated passengers.

 Its reliability was poor, chiefly due to problems with the four 28-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-4360 radial engines and structural and control problems with their propellers. Only 55 Model 377s were built for airlines, along with the single prototype.


At the standard British Recognition scale of 1:72, the wingspan is a little over 24 inches (61 cms)The Airframe is wooden, good and undamaged, and, unusually folr theses Stafford models, has the manufacturers label & Stores Reference – E.B.B 52/891



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RAF STAFFORD MODELS ALREADY SOLD ARCHIVE