Graeme, a local aviation enthusiast, spent 3 months in total recreating the tornado GR4 models to present to RAF Lossiemouth. He made a XV (Reserve) Squadron aircraft, the 617 Squadron tornado with the new tail art design and the aircraft that the Station Commander, Group Captain Ian Gale, flew during operations in Libya. The models will be displayed in the Station history room, Officers’ Mess and the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess.
Graeme has no links to the military other than his time in the Air Training Corps from the age of 13 – 17, with his last annual camp being in 1996. He became interested in building models because it was something his Father did, Graeme’s first model was of an airfix harrier when he was 7.
Graeme had a brief spell during college where he didn’t build models, but regained interest in 2009. He entered the 2010 IPMS Nationals in Perth, coming 2nd with his model of the spotty Jaguar GR3 in the 1/72 scale category. Graeme also builds models of tanks and cars with his 2 children.
Graeme said: “I created the aircraft as they are the personal jets to the Station Commander and the OC’s of XV (Reserve) and 617 Squadrons and have ties to the station.”
Editor: Flt Lt Baxter
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