Leslie Quagraine's Aerodrome Blog

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Artist, designer, illustrator with an insatiable interest in all aspects of aviation.

2017.03.19 Sunday

I bought this book during the winter, Aeronautics in the Backyard,  by artist Xiaoxia Xu showing that the urge to fly, will not be, can not be denied.

She has photographed Chinese amateur builders of various kinds of aeroplanes, gyrocopters and helicopters. Documenting both failure and remakable success. The BBC have discovered this book and you can read about it and see sample imges here.

Some build with scrap metal, a 75 year old trying to make progress despite his illiteracy, the death of contempories, paralysys after crashes, nothing seems to daunt these 'aeomaniacs'. At the other end of the spectrum are do-it-yourself builders who have had commercial success.

Dornier Do-17. An illustration of mine for a limited edition book about the history of Finnish Air Force bombers. It sold like 'hot cakes' despite a very high price.

Spitfire Mk.I.  Snow is disappearing, spring is on its way and the air display season will start again. No need to dive into an aviation book when faces can be turned up to the real thing.