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Chris Royle
I am a retired Biomedical Scientist (40+ years in the NHS clinical laboratory service) with a life long passion for aviation. This passion was started when my father took me to the 1953 SBAC show at Farnborough.

I was hooked by the sights, sounds and smells of the day, and I remember us attending just about every year's show up until about 1963, which was when I took up playing bass guitar in a Shadows type group. This continued until 1976, causing my aviation interests to take a bit of a back seat. What fun those days were! I remember my first modelling forays with Airfix 2/- bagged kits from Woolworth's. The Spitfire and Whirlwind helicopter were early models that I can recall building. I can still recall the excitement of going in to Woolies and seeing a new kit hung on the rack.

Frog models were also attractive, in sturdy boxes with very evocative box art. Such models as the English Electric P1A (predecessor of the Lightning) and the N113 (prototype Supermarine Scimitar) were to die for, but were relatively expensive (5/11 if my memory serves me). Imported American kits (Linbergh and Aurora I can remember) were completely out of the range of my pocket. I also built Veron and Keil Kraft balsa and tissue flying models, but these were generally less than successful, but good fun to build nonetheless.

Relatively late in life I achieved an ambition of getting a PPL, and I now have a 1/12th share in a Piper Cherokee based at White Waltham. I have nearly 1000 hours with instrument and instructor ratings, and fly as often as time, weather and funds permit. One way or another, aviation has been a fairly dominant feature in my life! However, I also have a great liking for steam locomotives. Having been born and bred in Devon, I have a particular liking for those of the GWR.

I never lost my interest in modelling, and although the basics are the same as they were 50 or so years ago, the range and detail of after market items available is bewildering. I am looking forward to spending time "torturing plastic" again after all these years.
Biggin Hill
Biggin Hill
Dans la Mer(de)
Dans la Mer(de)
2-6-2T 61xx class loco
2-6-2T 61xx class loco
Evening Star
Evening Star
RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch
RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch
Stanier Corridor
Stanier Corridor
Sea Hawk F1
Sea Hawk F1
Hunter FGA9
Hunter FGA9
Scimitar
Scimitar
De Havilland Heron
De Havilland Heron
Mogul 2-6-0
Mogul 2-6-0
Type VIIC U-boat
Type VIIC U-boat
City of Truro
City of Truro
Hunter F.4
Hunter F.4
Bristol Mk.32 Superfreighter
Bristol Mk.32 Superfreighter
Percival Provost
Percival Provost
Mosquito
Mosquito
1930 Bentley
1930 Bentley
Supermarine Swift
Supermarine Swift
Douglas DC-3
Douglas DC-3
Spitfire TR9
Spitfire TR9
Fiat Mephistopheles
Fiat Mephistopheles
AEC Routemaster
AEC Routemaster
Bugatti 100P
Bugatti 100P
RMS Mauretania
RMS Mauretania
Red Arrows Hawk
Red Arrows Hawk
Fairey Gannet
Fairey Gannet
Gloster Javelin FAW9
Gloster Javelin FAW9
Avro Shackleton
Avro Shackleton
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
Lightning T5
Lightning T5
Hunter FGA9
Hunter FGA9
Hawker Sea Fury
Hawker Sea Fury
Hawker Hunter T66A
Hawker Hunter T66A
HS Buccaneer S2
HS Buccaneer S2
Piper Super Cub
Piper Super Cub
Ferrari 312B
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