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June 24, 2017
   
  1. * * * Status Update * * * 
      
    All decal orders up to, and including, 4531 have been processed and shipped.
       
    I am currently printing decal orders from 4532 to 4555 inclusive (plus 4559 and 4566).  
    These orders will ship on Monday June 26.
      
    The remaining decal orders in the queue up to and including 4568 will be 
    processed beginning next week. 
      
    With my bilateral knee replacement surgery now only 2 weeks away, and right on track to clear out the queue of decal orders,  I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their patience,  their thoughts and their well wishes. 
    With luck I should be back in about 8 weeks (mid September).
       
    All other items from my online store - books, aircraft prints, etc., will continue to be available during this period.

      
      
June 13, 2017
  
  1. The "Scale Model Decals" category has been disabled. 
       
    I had orthopaedic surgery scheduled for November but a cancellation has moved it up to less than 4 weeks from now.  With a recovery period measured in months and over 50 decal orders on the books, I cannot allow further orders to arrive since it is doubtful I will be able to complete the orders that have already been received.  However I will try.  Those orders that remain open by the surgery date will be offered full refunds. 
      
      
April 10, 2017
  
Processing the backlog of orders from the last shutdown has depleted my stock of consumables. The "Decals" category has been temporarily disabled until I have been restocked. 
  
  
April 1, 2017
   
  1. Air Force Day 2017 - In 1924, the air services of the Canadian government were reorganized, and on 1 April 1924, the prefix "royal" was offically adopted and the RCAF became a permanent component in Canada's defence force. 
     
  2. "Canadian Cold Warriors, Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck 1950-1982, A visual study of squadron-level markings" is now available for purchase in the online store. Look for it in the Reference Books category. 
      
March 27, 2017
  
  1. ALL decal orders placed (as of 4:00 p.m. EST) have been printed and shipped. 
      
    During the month of March, I was able to process just over 100 orders, totalling almost 300 sets of decals!!  I would like to express my gratitude to all my customers for their continuing support and their patience during this time as I worked though that huge process AND completed a couple of 1:1 scale vinyl orders for 2 different Canadian aviation museums AND got my CF-100 book through the final proofing stages and then delivered to the printer! Pick up from the printer is scheduled for 30 March. 
      
    And speaking of my new book . . . . 
      
  2. On 1 April, watch for a notice to be posted here on this "What's New" page as well as on the CanMilAir facebook page (@CanMilAir) announcing the official launch of my new book - "Canadian Cold Warriors, The Avro CF-100 Canuck, 1950-82, A visual study of the squadron-level markings".  
        
    It will be available for purchase in my Reference Books category HERE starting on 1 April. 

    (no, it's not "prank" date - it is the 92nd Anniversary of the 
    creation of the Royal Canadian Air Force on 1 April, 1924)
       

      
      
March 6, 2017
  
  1. Things have been pretty wild around here for the past couple of months, but most things are falling into place nicely now.  I do appreciate everyone's patience during this period!!
      
  2. I think I have learned that shutting down the store is not the best way to ease up on the workflow around here. After re-opening the decals category in the middle of January I was flooded with over 100 decal orders. I am a one-person business and I am still working through the pile and hope to be caught up in a couple of weeks. In fact I want to be as completely caught up as I can possibly be by the last day  of March, because . . . .
      
  3. On 1 April I will launch my first book!! 
       

      This year (2017) marks the 65th anniversary of the operational introduction into service of the Avro CF-100 Canuck with the arrival of the first examples to No.3 AW(F) OTU at RCAF Station North Bay on 22 July 1952.  It has also been over 30 years since a book has been published about the CF-100 Canuck! 
        
      Titled "Canadian Cold Warriors" this volume examines the markings at the unit and squadron level that were applied to all Marks of the CF-100 from the Mk.1 prototypes in 1950 until the final Mk.5D flights in 1982. 
        
      All units and squadrons are examined as their markings evolved over time.  The book contains over 300 full colour illustrations including more than 15 plan views and over 100 profile views. About 75 of these profiles are approx 1:72 scale with most of the remainder at approx 1:144 scale.  Over 130 photographs round out the 100 page book which is 8.5" x 11" in landscape format with a soft cover binding. Forewords are by Patrick Martin and Col Jon Ambler (Retd), former Commanding Officer of 19 Wing CFB Comox and now a Director at the Comox Air Force Museum. An Afterword has been provided by Capt Doug Newman, the Wing Heritage Officer at 22 Wing CFB North Bay - where the Canuck story begins and ends, at least in an operational sense. 
        
      Price is CAN $44.95 with GST and shipping additional.  Check it out in my "Reference Books" category!  
        
        
February 16, 2017
  
  1. Over 90 decal orders have been submitted since re-opening just 4 weeks ago.  It is going to take me some time to work through them all, so I ask for your patience once again. 
      
  2. Very Exciting - New book coming soon!!
         
                  Canadian Cold Warriors  
                Avro CF-100 Canuck 1950-1982 
         A visual study of squadron-level markings
      
    Planned release is 1 April, 2017

      Watch for news here and on the CanMilAir Decals Facebook page:   @CanMilAir
      
January 15, 2017
  
  1. Decals category is now back online!!
     
  2. One new set added to the catalogue:

    # 668   Lockheed P-3A Orion - US Navy Introductory Scheme 1962-65

January 10, 2017
  
  1. I would like to thank all my customers for their patience as I had the Decals category shut down for a 10 week period. 
         
  2. The draft of my forthcoming book showing the squadron-specific markings applied to the Avro CF-100 "Canuck" from 1950 through 1982 is about 95% complete. I only have a few things left to do and they should be done by this weekend. Next week I am turning the draft over to my Proofing Team for their input. This will give me the time required to resume the decal printing side of my business. I have planned for this proofing and editing procedure to be completed by the end of February and then the printing process can begin. Not sure how long that takes, but I am budgeting the month of March for that. Hoping to have it ready for release on 1 April, 2017.
       
  3. As mentioned above, watch for the "Decals" category to go back online on Sunday January 15.
      
  4. FAIR WARNING - if order volumes grow to a point where I feel I can not process them in a reasonable amount of time, I will pull the Decals category back offline until I can get caught up. FYI, I use 6 weeks as a tripline with 8 weeks being a hard limit. Since CanMilAIr Decals is a one-person operation, this procedure is the only way I know of to manage order volumes. 

November 23, 2016
  
  1. The "Decals" category remains off-line while I work through the orders previously received. Orders placed prior to September 27 have all been processed and shipped. Orders placed between September 28 and October 13 should be shipped this week.  Those orders that were placed between October 14 and November 2 will be processed starting next week. 
        
  2. Once I am completely caught-up, it is my intention to keep the Decals category temporarily closed to give me a chance to work on my forthcoming book about the squadron-specific markings used on the Avro CF-100 Canuck. 
      
  3. Providing #2 is accomplished, I intend to reopen the Decals category during the first week of January, 2017.
  4. I thank you all for your concerns and your patience.  Bill
      
      
November 4, 2016
  1. I am closing the "Decals" category until I can get caught up from a backlog of orders. I am currently working through orders that were placed in the last week of September. 

October 3, 2016
  
  1. Since reopening the store after my vacation in August, I have been literally swamped with orders. I currently have over 3 dozen orders of varying sizes waiting to be processed with orders coming in faster than I get them completed.
      
    Please be patient as I work through the backlog. 
      
    Thank you.
      
September 22, 2016
  
  1. Ten new sets uploaded today:

    # 657   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5C - 414 (EW) Sqn 1967-68
    # 658   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - 425 Sqn 1959-61
    # 659   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4A- 425 Sqn 1955-57
    # 660   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5- 413 Sqn 1957-59
    # 661   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5- 413 Sqn 1959-61 
    # 662   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.3- 440 Sqn 1953-55 
    # 663   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5- 440 Sqn 1955-57 
    # 664   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - 432 Sqn 1959-61 
    # 665   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.3 - 423 Sqn 1953-55
    # 666   Not Used - Any suggestions for a suitable set?
    # 667   Beechcraft CT-156 Harvard II - BCATP - Magee   
      
September 6, 2016
The Decals category is now available. 

August 1, 2016
  
  1. Decal category is closed for the month of August for vacation. 
    See you in September!!
      
      
July 16, 2016
  
  1. New US Navy Color Schemes and Markings reference book now available!!

    You can find it in the Reference Book category or look HERE


      


    Save $5 when you purchase Bill Kilgrain's Royal Flying Corps Markings 1917-1918 book at the same time! 
      
  2. Canada Post Update - With the threat of a lockout removed, orders are shipping as they are completed. Order numbers up to and including 4161 have already shipped with orders 4162 to 4174 shipping on Monday July 18. I am currently processing orders 4175 through 4192.
        
June 29, 2016
  1. With the possibility of a strike by the postal workers at Canada Post this weekend, effective immediately I will be holding all completed orders and will ship them all out when the labour dispute is over. This will only affect order numbers 4141 and higher. You will still get a "Ready to Ship" notice as I complete the orders, but it will remain at that status level until the dispute is over and they are shipped. 

May 30, 2016
  1. Uploaded two new sets to the online catalogue today:
       
    # 655   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4 - 409 Sqn 1955-56
    # 656   BAE CT-155 Hawk - 419 Sqn  - 75th Anniversary 2016
      
      
May 8, 2016
    
  1. Uploaded eight new sets today:
      
    # 647   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4A - 419 Sqn 1954-55
    # 648   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4A/B - 419 Sqn 1955-57
    # 649   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4B- 419 Sqn 1957-62
    # 650   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4B - 440 Sqn 1959-62
    # 651   Avro Lancaster B Mk.1 - 467 Sqn, 1945
    # 652   Vought F4U Corsair - USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), 1945
    # 653   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - 414 Sqn 1957-59
    # 654   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - 414 Sqn 1959-62
      
    This brings the total number of CF-100 sets available to 37, with about a dozen more in progress.
      
May 6, 2016
    
  1. IMPORTANT ! ! !
      
    A MAJOR upgrade to the website and shopping cart software occurred today and hopefully, most users will not even notice the change. The software upgrade was brought about because of the new heightened security measures PayPal is rolling out in the next few weeks. At the same time I have had the entire site migrated from a "Windows" server to a "Linux" server and this should speed up the navigation of the site substantially. 
       
    If you experience ANY problems using the web site or the shopping cart, please email me and I will have it looked into.  
      
      
April 14, 2016
  
  1. For all those CF-100 Canuck fans out there - TEN new CF-100 sets added to the catalogue today! They are:
      
    # 637   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - 410 Sqn 1957-59
    # 638   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - 409 Sqn 1959-62
    # 639   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4 - 3(F)OTU 1957-58
    # 640   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4/5 - 3(F)OTU 1959-61
    # 641   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - 410 Sqn 1959-61
    # 642   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - 432 Sqn, 1956-59
    # 643   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - 428 Sqn 1959-61
    # 644   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4B - 423 Sqn 1955-56
    # 645   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4B - 423 Sqn 1957-59
    # 646   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.4B - 423 Sqn 1959-62
      
    Also, the CF-100 445 "Wolverine" Sqn sets have been upgraded. See # 063, # 064 and # 065
      
    That brings the total number of CF-100 Canuck sets available to 31! More sets are under development with the aim to cover EVERY squadron and EVERY markings scheme used.
      
      
March 19, 2016
  
  1. Supplies have arrived and testing is completed. The Decals category is now back on-line!
        
  2. I have not been idle these past 3 weeks. The following 11 new sets have been added to the catalogue:
        
    # 626   Douglas Dakota - Late Search and Rescue (optional set for # 484 or 485)
    # 627   Douglas Dakota - Early Search and Rescue
    # 628   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.1 - Prototypes
    # 629   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.3 - 440 Sqn Calgary
    # 630   Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - Retirement scheme
    # 631   Sikorsky H-34A "Choctaw" - Introductory Scheme
    # 632   Sikorsky H-34A "Choctaw" - Final Scheme
    # 633   DH Mosquito B.35 - Spartan Air Services
    # 634   Douglas Dakota - Canadian Joint Staff London, 1963
    # 635   Douglas Dakota TT - Target Tugs
    # 636   North American T-28 Trojan - US Navy (OA Gloss Sea Blue)
      
      
March 13, 2016
  
  1. Supplies are inbound and expected to arrive sometime within the next week. 
      
      
February 26, 2016
  
  1. Due to technical difficulties with the printer I use to print decals, I have disabled the Decals category until I can resolve the issue. I will post futher details here when I know more. All orders received have been printed successfully.
      
December 18, 2015
  
  1. Three more CF-100 Canuck sets added today:
      
    # 623  Avro CF-100 Canuck - 416 Sqn, 1957-58
    # 624  Avro CF-100 Canuck - 416 Sqn, 1958-61
    # 625  Avro CF-100 Canuck - EWU, 1959-67
  2. I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!!
     
December 14, 2015
  
  1. New book launch!!!

    "History of the Towplanes with the Air Cadet Gliding Program"
    Volume 1 - Pacific Region
    Written and Published by Murray E. Balzer
       
    The "History of the Towplanes with the Air Cadet Gliding Program" is a comprehensive five volume set of books containing the complete history of the towplanes operated by the five Regional Gliding Schools in Canada:

    Volume 1 - Pacific Region & Grob G 109A Motor-Glider
    Volume 2 - Northwest Region
    Volume 3 - Central Region
    Volume 4 - Eastern Region
    Volume 5 - Atlantic Region & No. 800 "Black Forest" Squadron

    Each volume covers:

    Service with the Canadian military (where applicable)
    Aircraft's type development
    Aircraft's history with the Regional Gliding School
    History of glider towing operations with the Regional Gliding School
    Colour & Markings of the Regional Gliding School's towplanes

    Each volume is full of historic facts & photos and are a "must have" for anyone who has served with, or is interested in, the Air Cadet Gliding Program in Canada.

    Volume 1 – Pacific Region covers the towplanes owned and operated by the British Columbia Provincial Committee as well as No. 396 and 747 Squadrons. It also includes the history of the one and only Grob G 109A Motor-Glider to be operated by the Air Cadet Gliding Program.
    This “Special Edition” has 190 pages, filled with 180 colour photos and full colour drawings of the paint schemes worn by Pacific Region’s Cessna L-19 Birddog towplanes. There are many details included about flying the L-19 Birddog towplane with the Air Cadet Gliding Program.

    Published in 2015, Coil Bound (Black) – 8 1/2 “ x 11"
    All prices include taxes and shipping.

    Only available through CanMilAir!! Look for it in the "Reference Books" category or use this link:  HERE
      
      

  2. I think I have FINALLY gottten rid of the annoying "Log In" feature. It involved a lot of coding changes but tests have shown everything still works as it should. If anybody spots a remnant of that Log-In feature, please report it to me so I can eradicate it for good!
      
      
  3. A few of you may have noticed a change with the CanMilAir Decals Facebook page.
      
    I have decided to dedicate the top Cover Photo space to my talented customers. Every two weeks or so, I will change the cover photo to show a submission sent in by one of my customers highlighting the model they have built using CanMilAir Decals. In the  comments section I will relate the name and city of the model builder, what it is a model of, what scale it was built in and what decal set they used to complete the model. 
      
    Note that not all photo layouts are suitable for this space as it is a long narrow area with a area in the bottom left corner that is occupied by my Profile Picture. 
      
    From time-to-time I will include some "Full-Sized" projects from the other half of the CanMilAir business just to remind everyone that CanMilAir Decals is not just all about scale models - the same artwork I use for the models is used for actual warbirds! 
      
    I invite all my customers to send me back a photo or two showing their build using my decals. From your submissions, I always select one photo to be included in my very popular "Customer's Gallery" hosted on the Flickr site. There are currently over 330 photos in the Flickr site!!
      
      
  4. I case I don't get a chance between now and Christmas, I will take a minute now to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!!


     

December 1, 2015
  
  1. After taking two weeks off to do some home renovations, I am quite a bit behind in my decal order processing. I ask for your patience as I work to get caught back up again. 
      
  2. Just in time for Christmas!!
    Patrick Martin's newest book is now available for purchase and the only place you can get it is right here at CanMilAir!
      
    Canadian Starfighters - The CF-104 and CF-104D in Canadian Service 1961 - 1986
      

    Written by Patrick Martin
    Published by AirDOC
    Foreword by General Tom Lawson, CDS
      
    This is the complete story of the CF-104 and CF-104D in Canadian service.  All is covered from the development of the type with Lockheed to the phase-out in 1986. The Starfighter began its use with the RCAF as a nuclear strike aircraft, later changing to the conventional role. 
      

    Chapters include: Development, The Canadian Requirement, Canadair Production, Cold Lake, Europe – 1 Air Division, Europe – 1 CAG, Finish & Markings, Weapons, Appendices (Bases, Wings, Units, Aircraft Histories and Canadair F-104G production) 
      

    Softcover 8.25" x 11.75", 153 pages, 70,000 words, 280 photos (212 in colour), 15 full colour profiles.
      

    Navigate your way to my "Reference Books" category and look for the "Canadian Starfighters" link.

November 13, 2015
  
  1. I am happy to report that the software issuse seem to have all been resolved. If anyone encounters a problem, please message me so I can attend to the problem.
      
  2. I have just uploaded four new sets into the online store catalogue, all for 433 AW(F) Sqn Avro CF-100 Canucks from the squadron's reformation in 1955 to disbandment in 1961.

    # 619  Avro CF-100 Canuck - 433 Sqn, 1955-57
    # 620  Avro CF-100 Canuck - 433 Sqn ADC Rocket Meet, 1958
    # 621  Avro CF-100 Canuck - 433 Sqn "Golden Gigolos", 1959
    # 622  Avro CF-100 Canuck - 433 Sqn, 1959-61
       
       
November 12, 2015
   
  1. On October 25, I had the sofware that runs the online store updated by the vendor to their newest version. You will notice a positive change in how the store looks and processes orders. However, ever since they updated the software, I have encountered errors in the coding. The latest error occured last evening and after they fixed it, another different error poped up this afternoon. 
      
    They have gone back in to the files and corrected each error as they pop up in a very timley manner but I wanted to ask that if anyone encounters a problem using the online store and shopping cart, to please email me to let me know as otherwise I am totally unaware of a problem. 

    Thank you for your patience during this transition period.  Bill
       
October 13, 2015
    
  1. Marc-Andre Valiquette's newest book on the Avro CF-105 Arrow "Canada's Supersonic Sentinel" is now available for purchase HERE 
       
    This 96 page pictorial colour and B/W photo album, which includes many never-before seen photos, presents the history of the Arrow, from its beginning as RCAF's Specification AIR 7-3 up to "Black Friday" and final destruction. 
       
    This is a perfect book for those who are looking for something a little less than the in-depth 4-volume "Destruction of a Dream" set.
      
      
  2. Marc-Andre has also publised two comprehensive squadron histories - 425 Sqn  and 439 Sqn

    The 425 Squadron history, is titled:  "Je te Plumerai, 425 Alouette Squadron Defending Freedom since 1942" 

    tells the story of 425 Squadron defending freedom since its creation in 1942. The book has 248 pages, is fully bilingual and filled with photos and document illustrations. The book has been divided in four main chapters:    

    WW II - 1942 to 1945  
    CF-100 - 1954 to 1961
    CF-101 - 1961 to 1984  
    CF-18 - 1984 to 2012

    Note: Squadron was not active from 1945 to 1954.

    Additionally, the book contains sections concerning 425 Demonstration aircraft and teams, VIP flights, Commanding Officer photos and contains illustrations of squadron logos, crests and badges. It is complete with a glossary, bibliography and full index.

    Forewords have been provided from 425 Squadron Commanding Officer Lt. Colonel Ménard and RCAF 2nd in command Major General Yvan Blondin.

    This book measures 12 x 9 inches in landscape format, is hard cover, is individually shrink-wrapped and has been printed and bound in Canada.
      
      

  3. The 439 Squadron history, is titled:  "Fangs of Death - 439 Sabre-Toothed Tiger Squadron"

    and is a unique 264-page bilingual book including never-before published photos and documents recounting the history of 439 Sabre-Toothed Tiger Squadron. This book describes:

    The squadron's beginning in Canada during World War II as the School of Army Co-operation and later No. 123 Army Co-operation Training Squadron to its operational fighter-bomber missions flying the Hawker Typhoon out of England and mainland Europe.

    The 1950s and early ‘60s period in its day fighter role flying the F-86 Sabre in Canada, England and France.

     The conversion to a Strike/Reconnaissance, Attack and Tactical Fighter Squadron with the CF-104 Starfighter in France and Germany from 1964 to 1984.

      The CF-18 Hornet frontline multi-role fighter era in Germany from 1985 to 1993.

    The unit’s mission at CFB Bagotville (QC) as a Combat Support Squadron since 1994 flying the CT-133 Silver Star, the CH-118 Iroquois and the CH-146 Griffon.

    Forewords by General Tom Lawson, Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff; Colonel Joël Roy, 17 Wing Commander; and Major Jean-François Gauvin, 439 CS Sqn Commanding Officer.


October 9, 2015
   
  1. Ten new sets uploaded today:

    # 609  Cessna T-50 Crane - BCATP
    # 610  Beech C-90B - Allied Wings - 2005+
    # 611  Supermarine Spitfire - Luftwaffe Spitfires
    # 612  Canadair CT-133 "Mako Shark" - VU32
    # 613  Cessna L-19 Bird Dog - Camp Borden 1959 - 1960
    # 614  Canadair CF-5D - Natural Metal CAF 1968 - 1973
    # 615  Canadair CF-5D - Natural Metal SYM 1973 - 1983
    # 616  Canadair CF-5D - Natural Metal FIP 1983 to end
    # 617  Alenia C-27J Spartan - FWSAR
    # 618  Bell CH-146 Griffon - "Griffon Outlaws"

 

April 24, 2015
   
  1. Five new sets uploaded today:
      
    # 604  Avro Lancaster B.Mk.III - 405 (P) Sqn, Nov 1943
    # 605  Canadair CL-84 Dynavert Prototype - 1965-67
    # 606  Canadair CL-84-1 Dynavert - 1970-74 
    # 607  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - "Black Knight" 1991
    # 608  Vought F4U-1A Corsair - VMF 214 - 1943-44
      
      
April 10, 2015
   
  1. One new set uploaded today:
      
    # 603  Canadair North Star - Rockcliffe Ice Wagon
       
       
After being away for three weeks, I now have a sizeable backlog of orders to work through. Please be patient as the turn-around times will be greatly extended.

VACATION ALERT - I will be away from my office for the last two weeks of February and the first week of March.  All orders placed during this period will be acknowledged and printed upon my return.    
   
  
February 16, 2015
  
  1. Seven new sets uploaded today:
     
    # 596  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - Black Knight 1999
    # 597  Hawker Typhoon IB - 143 W/Cdr FG Grant - 1944
    # 598  Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk.5 - CEPE 1968 
    # 599  North American P-51D Mustang - 424 Sqn
    # 600  Bell CH-146 Griffon - 400 Sqn 75th Anniv 2007
    # 601  Bell CH-146 Griffon - 439 Sqn TMOTA 2003
    # 602  Douglas C-47 Dakota Mk.III - CEPE 1953
      
      
January 24, 2015
   
  1. CanMilAir.com has passed the ONE MILLION VISITORS mark!!!
       
  2. Set # 384 "Boeing Stearman - BCATP 1942" has been updated with additional details and serial numbers.
       
       
January 8, 2015
  
  1. Set # 415 "Boeing CH-147D Chinook - 2009"  has been updated to include nose art found on each of the six examples used in Afghanistan.
      
      
January 4, 2015
   
  1. One new set uploaded today:
      
    # 595  Fleet Finch - EFTS 1940-44
          
  2. Set # 035  "NA B-25 Mitchell - AB+3 Era" (1951 to 1957), has been updated with choices of five squadrons and eight serial numbers.
       
December 20, 2014
  
  1. Six new sets uploaded today:
     
    # 589  Canadair CC-144 Challenger - Windows & Doors
    # 590  Canadair VC-143A Challenger 604 - USCG
    # 591  Bell Boeing CSR-220 Osprey - 440 "Vampire" Sqn 
    # 592  Supermarine Spitfire - 411 Sqn Audet & McNair
    # 593  Westland Augusta Bell 47 AH Mk.I Sioux -1964-78
    # 594  Curtis JN-4(Can) "Jenny" - Victory Bonds 1917
      
    As well, CC-144 Challenger sets # 027, 029, 307 and 308  have been updated to reflect the addition of the new doors, windows and details set.
      
  2. I would like take a moment to thank all my customers for their support in 2014 
    and to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & a safe and prosperous New Year ! !

      
      
November 23, 2014
  
  1. I have installed and tested the new ALPS MD-5500 printer and can report that is works flawlessly! 

November 20, 2014
  
  1. I am experiencing serious problems with the print head on my last ALPS MD5000 printer. This is causing a 1 pixel wide void across the page during printing, repeated every 0.5" vertically as the print head traverses the page.  It I can't find a solution to the problem, this will be my third ALPS MD5000 printer to have died. 
      
    I have one last printer to use but it will take me some time to switch it over and get it up to speed with the business. It is a brand new in the box ALPS MD5500 and has all new drivers but runs from a different operating system than the earlier models.

October 30, 2014
   
  1. Warbirds page updated with new photos of full-size projects completed. 
       
       
July 11, 2014
   
  1. VACATION ALERT - I will be away from July 19 through August 3 and will not be able to process orders or acknowledge incoming orders. Regular business will resume upon my return.
      
      
June 1, 2014
  
  1. Six new sets uploaded today . . . 

# 583   Boeing CH-147F Chinook 2013+
# 584   Supermarine Spitfire Mk22 - RauxAF 1946-1951
# 585   Vought FG-1D Corsair - USN Reserve - 1947-57 
# 586   Boeing B-29A Superfortress - "Bockscar" 1945-46 
# 587   Boeing B-29 Superfortress - Bell X-1 Mothership 
# 588   Canadair Sabre Mk 2/5 - 416 "Lynx" Sqn, France 1952-55 
 
  

February 23, 2014
  
  1. One of the most frequent requests I receive is for decals for the Royal Canadian Air Cadets L-19 Bird Dog tow planes. My standard reply was that the schemes were too inconsistent and I lacked in-depth knowledge of the gliding program as it pertained to the aircraft. That all changed with Murray Balzer from Hudson, Quebec. Murray is currently writing a series of books dealing with the Air Cadet gliding program (watch for his books in the CanMilAir web store!!)

    Quite simply without Murray's guidance and patience these sixteen sets would never have been possible. Each decal set contains ALL the registrations applicable to the scheme it represents. Each brochure has a full-colour four-view drawing for each variation. These same colour drawings will be found embedded in Murray's books!

    The following sixteen decal sets for the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Gliding Program are now available for purchase:

    # 567   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Initial Delivery 1972-1974 
    # 568   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP NS and NB 1974-1988 
    # 569   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Atlantic Region 1988-2011 
    # 570   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Atlantic Region C-GBBD 2005-13 
    # 571   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Atlantic Region 2011-2013 
    # 572   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Eastern Region 1974-1988 
    # 573   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Eastern Region 1983-2003 
    # 574   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Eastern Region 2003-2012 
    # 575   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Atlantic/Eastern & Central 
    # 576   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Prairie Region 1975-1979 
    # 577   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Pacific Region 1974-1978 
    # 578   Cessna L-19A/E - Vancouver Soaring Association 1979 + 
    # 579   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Pacific Region 1978-2000 
    # 580   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Pacific Region 2000-2012 
    # 581   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP Pacific Region "Specials" 
    # 582   Cessna L-19A/E - ACGP 800 Sqn Baden 1972-1981


December 22, 2013
   
  1. The following seven new sets have been uploaded to the catalogue:
      
    # 553   Fairey Swordfish Mk.I/II - 815 Sqn, Egypt 1942-43
    # 554   Canadair Yukon - Window and Door set
    # 562   Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III - 2013+ (newest Black markings)
    # 563   Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III - Detail Set 2013+ (to be used with # 562)
    # 564   NA B-25D Mitchell II - 5 OTU, Boundary Bay 1944-45
    # 565   Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - 10000 Hours
    # 566   Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - 1CAD OA Green
      
  2. I would like to wish a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my customers and visitors!!!
      
  3. Please note that the online store may be unavailable for short periods of time over the holidays as I will be doing some maintenance and upgrading during this period.
      
     
December 1, 2013
  
  1. The six Canadair CC-109 Cosmpolitan sets have been upgraded to include cabin and cockpit windows as well as door outlines. 
      
  2. The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V - Buzz Beurling in Malta, 1942 set has been updated to include a total of three Spitfires flon by Beurling while with 249 Sqn. 
      
      
November 24, 2013
   
  1. Four new sets featuring the Auster have been uploaded to the catalogue:
      
    # 558   Taylorcraft Auster AOP Mk.IV / V - 1944-45
    # 559   Taylorcraft Auster AOP 6 - early 1948
    # 560   Taylorcraft Auster AOP 6 - 1948-1951
    # 561   Taylorcraft Auster AOP 6 - 1952-1958
      
      
November 17, 2013
  
  1. I have uploaded the following new sets to the online catalogue:

         # 547   Vickers Wellington Mk.III - 115 Sqn
         # 548   Piasecki HUP-3 - RCN 1954-64
      
      
October 16, 2013
  
  1. I am back from my vacation and have resumed printing. Please note that I now have almost 30 orders to process and it will take me a while to get caught back up again, so I ask for your patience. 

      
September 14, 2013
   
  1. VACATION  ALERT 
      
    During the last two weeks of September, the CanMilAir website may be down for regular maintenance from time to time. I will be upgrading the shopping cart software as well as making a few changes on various pages.
      
    I will be away from my office and unable to process incoming orders beginning September 29 through to October 15, 2013. 
       
       
September 12, 2013
   
  1. New "Finish and Markings" book now available ! ! ! !
       
    Royal Flying Corps / Royal Air Force Training Squadrons in Canada
    Aircraft Markings, Squadrons and Stations
    1917 to 1918

        
    Written by Bill C. Kilgrain, Published by MartinSlides
         
    This book completely details the background to the Royal Flying Corps (later Royal Air Force) training plan in Canada, describes the formation and location of the individual units in Canada and the United States and illustrates the colour schemes and markings used for each unit.
       
    Contents include: 
    full colour detailed 3-view 1:72 scale drawings of the Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" with specifications
    individual squadron histories
    74 colour aircraft profiles drawings in 1:72 scale
    45 miscellaneous colour detail drawings
    43 individual unit marking drawings in colour
    extensively illustrated with over 110 black & white and 2 colour photographs
       
    Individual aircraft listing with unit and marking information.
       
    This is the most comprehensive book dealing with this colourful, and sadly often neglected, period in Canada's aviation history.
       
    Published 2013. 96 pages, Coil Bound - 8½" x 11"
       
    $37.00 when shipped to Canada
       
    $41.00 when shipped to USA
    $45.00 when shipped to all other countries via "Surface Shipping"
    $65.00 when shipped to all other countries via "Expedited Shipping"
       
    This book is only available through the CanMilAir web store. CanMilAir passes the customer's order, shipping details and payment directly to the author/publisher who then ships the book(s) to the customer directly. Orders originating from Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the United States will be shipped by CanMilAir if stock is sufficient.   

    Click HERE to see more details about this and the other MartinSlides reference books

    Click HERE to purchase this book

        
       

September 7, 2013
  
  1. I have uploaded the following sets to the online catalogue:

         # 545   Bristol Beaufighter TF.X - 404 Sqn (Jan to Mar 1945)
         # 546   Supermarine Spitfire Vb - W/C Johnny Kent
         # 549   Eurocopter BK-117 - "STARS" Air Ambulance
         # 550   Supermarine Stranraer - RCAF 1938-44
         # 551   Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 - 32 Sqn RAF
         # 552   Canadair Sabre Mk.2 - 3(F) Wing "Fireballs" 1954
         # 555   Avro Lancaster B Mk.VII - "Just Jane"
         # 556   NA B-25B Mitchell - Doolittle Raid, April 1942
         # 557   Canadair Sabre Mk.V - OTU

    Note that there are some gaps in the above list as sets # 547, 548, 553, 554 are not yet ready to upload. 



June 23, 2013
  
  1. Due to the large number of orders submitted during my vacation, I find I am working much farther behind than is normally the case, so I ask for your patience while I work through the backlog of orders received. I am currently processing orders submitted 4 to 5 weeks ago, so it will take a few weeks for me to get caught back up again. Thank you. 
      
      
May 5, 2013
  
  1. ! ! ! VACATION ALERT ! ! ! - I will be away from May 23 until June 11 - All orders submitted immediately prior to and during this period, will be processed after my return. I will only be able to check my email occasionaly during my absence, so please be patient if you do not receive a reply to messages sent during this time.  Thank you, WB

     
September 28, 2012
   
CanMilAir Decals 2000th order was sent in by Liu Man Cheong, currently from Hong Kong.  To celebrate this milestone, Cheong's payment was fully refunded making his order absolutely free!! 
   
Cheong (aka "Bill") lived, studied and worked in Winnipeg, MB for five years and fondly remembers the natural beauty of province.
  
  
September 3, 2012
   
  1. In May, 2009, a lucky customer from British Columbia placed the 1000th order with CMAD. In recognition of that milestone, I returned the customers payment with his order - he received the decals he ordered absolutely FREE
       
    The 2000th order is fast approaching (just 25 orders away as I write this) and the person who submits that 2000th order willl receive his (or her) order at no charge. If they mail their payment, I will return it with their order, if they use PayPal, their payment will be refunded in full.
       
    Now spread the word!
        
  2. CanMilAir Decals will be at the 2012 London IPMS Model Show on Saturday September 29 - be sure to stop by and say Hello!
        
       
July 11, 2012
  1. I have uploaded the following 7 sets today:

         # 538   DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk.1 - Prototypes and 444 (AOP) Sqn -1946-48
         # 539   DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk.2 - RFTP 1950-58
         # 540   DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk.2 - Hybrid "VC Era" markings - 1 FTS Centralia - 1952-53
         # 541   DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk.2 - "AB+3 Era" markings - 1951-58
         # 542   DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk.2 - "RCAF+3 Era" markings - 1958-68
         # 543   DHC-1 Chipmunk Mk.2 - "CAF Era" markings - 1968-71
         # 544   Boeing B-17F - 347 BS, 99 BG - Algeria, July 1943


July 1, 2012
   
  1. Happy Canada Day ! ! !  We are 145 years old today ! ! !
       
  2. ATTENTION RC (RADIO CONTROL) MODELLERS - When browsing though my catalogue of decal sets, you may be dismayed to see that the "Select Scale" drop-down menu only goes up to 1:18 scale on the set you may be thinking of for your large scale RC model.  For scales larger than about 1:12 scale, most sets can be cut in self-adhesive, high-performance solid-colour cast vinyl or removable self-adhesive paint mask vinyl. This would be a much less expensive solution than ALPS printed decals for those larger projects.  In some cases a combination of methods may be the answer - the larger elements could be cut from self-adhesive vinyl material and the smaller elements could be printed as more traditional water-slide decals. 
      
    Each order would be a custom order, since there is no method of purchasing this sort of set using the online store. Contact me directly with the set number you are considering and thge scale of your model and I will put together a quote for your large scale project. 
        
  3. This web site can now be accessed by using  www.canmilair.ca  instead of ".com". Not matter which extension you use, you will always land on the right page!
      
  4. A quick reminder - Orange cartridges are no longer available for purchase so I have had to remove all decal sets from my catalogue that contain any Orange markings. These will show as "Out of Stock" in the catalogue. Some sets will eventually be re-configured without Orange - the Lancaster set # 033, for example. Other sets that must use Orange will remain "Out of Stock" until a solution comes to light.
      
  5. I have uploaded the following five new decal sets today:

         # 533   Beech 200 Super King Air - CT-145 2010
         # 534   Beech 200 Super King Air - PAL-DFO 2005
         # 535   Beech 200 Super King Air - PAL Ice Recon 2010
         # 536   Beech 200 Super King Air - DFO/CCG 2004
         # 537   Beech 200 Super King Air - Ornge Ambulance 2007

June 21, 2012
  
  1. Today marks the 7th Anniversary of CanMilAir Decals!  When I started this business I never dreamed it would be so successful!
      
    CMAD has now touched the lives of 1,100 customers in 35 countries! These discriminating customers have submitted 1,900 orders for 6,175 decal sets in an amazing 35 different modelling scales ranging from 1:5 to 1:700 scale, as well as 37 orders for 1:1 scale "full-size" pojects.
      
    It is often said, "Businesses are born with a product, but die without customers".  My sincere thanks go out to each and every one of my customers for having faith in my product !!!
      
      
March 13, 2012
  
  1. Life does have its embarassing moments - I suddenly found myself running dangerously low on some of my ALPS inks. So I placed an order from my supplier and sat back and waited for it all to arrive. The decal orders kept coming in, and I still waited. I wasn't too concerned as I can get caught up in a hurry when I need to, but this was dragging on a bit too long. By the time the inks arrived, I had 40 orders to print dating back 6 weeks! I booked a week's vacation from my day job and after two long days of about 14 to 16 hours each I got them all printed and packaged! All curent orders are now complete!
      
  2. I have started what I hope will be a popular feature here at CanMilAir Decals. It is my intention to give away a free set of decals once a month to one lucky person selected from my fans on Facebook. Just go to www.facebook.com/CanMilAirDecals and click "Like". I will randomly pick one name (supervised by SWMBO) and that person will receive a free set of decals. This month's draw will be on March 31. This month the decals will be a 1:72 scale CT-133 Silver Star from 434 Sqn a.k.a. "Schooner 50".

February 20, 2012
  1. Well, the vacation is over, time to get back to work. I have uploaded the following five new sets:

         # 528   Westland Lysander - Target Tug
         # 529   Canadair CT-133 - 434 Sqn "Schooner 50"
         # 530   Bell CH-136 Kiowa - 400 Sqn 60th Anniversary
         # 531   Boeing Vertol CH-113A Voyageur - Rescue
         # 532   Canadair CF-104 Starfighter - TWM 1976


February 2, 2012
  1. VACATION ALERT - I will be away between February 4 and February 13. All emails will be responded to and new orders acknowledged after my return.

January 1, 2012
  
  1. I want to wish everyone a most Happy and prosperous New Year for 2012!
      
  2. Business here at CanMilAir is going well, my lower back is much improved so I think 2012 will be a much better year for me "health-wise" than 2011 was. Thanks to all my customers for their understanding, well wishes and most importantly, their patience during the past 6 months.
      
  3. Speaking of customers, CanMilAir had its 1,000th customer just before Christmas and that customer was sent a $50.00 coupon to be redeemed on his next purchase! Thank you to all my customers for making CanMilAir Decals such a success!
       
  4. I have given the main web page an overhaul and a somewhat new, cleaner look. If there is a problem with how you see the page in your browser, let me know so I can make any corrections or changes to the structure. Your feedback is always appreciated.
      
  5. Many new entries in the Squadron Histories page. 
      
  6. Added 19 new photos to the Customers Gallery
      
      
November 27, 2011
  
  1. Of the 65 orders that were submitted in the five weeks the store was open, all but a few have now been printed, processed and shipped. All remaining orders should be processed and shipped by week's end. Therefore, I have now reopened the store to accept new orders.
      
  2. Should it become necessary, I may rotate the store "on" and "off" for short periods to regulate the number of orders on hand at any given time.
      
  3. Please keep in mind this is the only way I know of to reduce the time spent sitting at my PC while dealing with a sore lower back.  

       
November 6, 2011
  
  1. As I feared would happen, instead of a slow steady trickle of orders, a virtual tidal wave of orders have arrived at CanMilAir. In the 5 weeks since reopening, I have received just over double the number of orders I would typically receive in what I would otherwise consider a "busy" month. 
     
  2. To allow me the time to catch up and not fall further behind, I am closing the store to orders temporarily. Depending on how much time I can devote to printing, this should last only a few weeks. I have always been uncomfortable when I accept funds for orders placed and then make the customer wait more than several weeks to receive their decals. 
       
  3. I apologize for the delays and appreciate your patience. 
      
  4. The Orange cartridge I use to create Rescue markings has broken its ribbon. This was the last Orange cartridge I had. These special carts are no longer available for purchase so I have had to remove all decal sets from my catalogue that contain any Orange markings. These will show as "Out of Stock" in the catalogue.
      
  5. With Remembrance Day coming, I ask that we all take a few minutes to reflect on the sacrifices made on our behalf by our men and women in uniform, past and present. Freedom is never free.

    Lest We Forget.
         
      
      
October 1, 2011
    
  1. I have now re-opened the decal category and will start taking orders. 
      
  2. If order volumes increase to the point where I can not keep ahead, I will try alternating weeks where the store will be open one week and closed the next.
      
  3. Once again, I thank all those who sent their best wishes for my recovery. They were much appreciated.
      
      
September 17, 2011
     
  1. Well, I must say, this has been a summer I do NOT want to repeat! 
       
  2. As many of you are now aware, I have had a severely herniated disc in my lower back pressing against the sciatic nerve in my spine and this caused an incredible amount of pain to radiate from my lower back all the way down my right leg. For several weeks, it was impossible to walk, sit or stand for more than a few minutes at a time. During this period, I was essentially "horizontal" most of the time. Obviously, sitting at my PC to print decals was impossible, so temporarily shutting down the store was the best option available to me. I could not, in good conscience, accept pre-paid orders while not knowing when I would be able to process those orders.  
       
  3. I have been told that  the sciatic pain will continue for a long time and could get worse if I do not take better care of my back, which would then likely require back surgery. While I am not "pain-free", I have returned to my full-time job and will reopen the CanMilAir Decals category to accept orders before the end of this month. To help avoid a relapse with my sciatica, I will be spending fewer hours per day at this than before, so I ask for your patience should I get behind with processing incoming orders.
       
  4. Lastly, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those customers who took the time to send in email, guestbook and snail-mail messages while I was "off-line". They were much appreciated!
      
      
June 20, 2011
  
  1. Due to an acute health issue, I have been forced to close down my decal operation for a short time while I recuperate. This is only temporary and I hope to be back to normal in a few weeks.  The sole purpose of the shut-down is to prevent the number of current orders from growing, which will allow me to concentrate on those orders already submitted as quickly as I am able. 
      
    I apologize for any inconvenience this shut down may cause, but I must put my health first.
      
      
June 6, 2011
  
  1. My printer troubles have been circumvented by the addition of a new Epson inkjet printer. Those who have received orders in the past few weeks will see the nice colour I am getting with this printer. 
      
    I still have not received a replacement fuser for my colour laser printer, so printing odd things like business sized envelopes has to be done the old fashioned way - by hand!
      
  2. Ten new sets were uploaded this afternoon and one set needs to be mentioned that was missed in the last announcement:
     
         # 517   HMCS Magnificent Air Wing 1955 - 30 aircraft (1:400 scale)
         # 518   DHC-3 Otter - United Nations in Yemen 1963
         # 519   Canadair T-33 Silver Star - 4 AFS 1957
         # 520   NA B-25J Mitchell Mk. III - CWHM "Hot Gen"
         # 521   Canadair CT-133 - VU-33 Disbandment 1992
         # 522   DH Comet Mk.1A - 1953
         # 523   DH Comet Mk.1A - 1953-54
         # 524   DH Comet Mk.1A - 1954-56
         # 525   DH Comet Mk.1XB - 1958-65
         # 526   DH Comet Mk.1A & Mk.1XB - Windows / Door Outlines
         # 527   DH Comet Mk.1A - Canadian Pacific Air Lines
      
  3. When you are browsing the various sub-categories looking for decals, you will notice I have added some information to the headings. These headings now contain the number of sets contained in the category. These numbers will include those sets that contain multiple parts.
      
  4. I wish one and all a very pleasurable summer!!

      
March 20, 2011
  
  1. I am currently experiencing technical difficulties with the HP Colour Laser printer that I use to print customer receipts, double-sided decal brochures and mailing envelopes. 
      
    About 20 printed pages after spending almost $500 on replacement toner cartridges, the high voltage fuser unit failed. I ordered a remanufactured fuser unit for $150 and once it arrived, spent several hours dismantling the printer, installing the new part and reassembling the printer. 
      
    Then Murphy's Law struck again - the replacement fuser ended up being faulty, but at least it works. So with the print quality being marginal at best, I am faced with a decision to either go through the process all over again or purchase a brand new printer. After buying all new toner cartridges for $500 and a fuser for $150, with a $600 price tag for a new replacement printer, replacing the printer is not a decision I want to make lightly.
      
    Until I resolve the problem, I am continuing to print customer receipts, double-sided decal brochures and mailing envelopes, but of a marginal quality. 
      
    If you find the quality of the brochures unacceptable, please email me with your CMAD order number and the decal set number(s) and I will be glad send PDF copies of the brochures and/or the receipt via return email. 

    Thank you
      
      
March 7, 2011
 
  1. New Format Customers Photo Gallery

The "Customers Gallery" continues to be a very popular feature among users here at CanMilAir. Unfortunately, the more pages I add,  the more work is required to create new pages, since all existing pages have to be modified to reflect the new pages being added. After 20 full pages (containing 200 photos) the task of generating new pages has finally become too much. I needed to find an easier way.
    
I tried out several "website" based photo galleries, and I found a few of them exciting. However, except for the more complicated types that use server-side databases, they all need to be re-created and re-uploaded every time a photo is added. A frustrating solution when one considers all the settings that can be changed to personalize them. Making multiple static galleries would essentially take me back to where I was with the static HTML pages. 
  
So I settled on a web-based photo hosting service called Flickr, which was originally a Canadian venture created in Vancouver in 2004, then purchased by Yahoo in 2005. Flickr now contains over FIVE BILLION photos. I have created a Flickr account under the name CanMilAir and have uploaded 200 photos. 
  
Go to:   www.flicker.com/photos/canmilair  
  
One feature of their free account, is that it allows only 200 photos (premium "paid" accounts are unlimited) and any new photos coming in will drop older photos off. This will have the effect of keeping the content "fresh". I have added "tags" to each photo so you can now filter and search for groups of images.
 
Please take a look at the new Gallery and all feedback or suggestions for improvement would be appreciated.
 
 

January 30
    
  1. VACATION ALERT

I will be away from the office for some much needed R&R from February 4 until the 20th. Every attempt will be made to process all orders received prior to today before I leave. Upon my return I will acknowledge all orders submitted while I was away. Naturally, it will take me a bit longer to get caught back up again and I ask for your patience during the next month or so as I work through the backlog and mountain of email messages.  Thank you. 
  
  

January 16
  
  1. Three new sets uploaded today:
        
         # 514  RCN "Flower Class" Corvette (HMCS Chicoutimi or Sackville)
         # 515  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - GTTF (SYM Camo)
         # 516  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - GTTF (FIP Camo)

January 9, 2011
     
  1. Three new sets uploaded today:
        
         # 511  Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII - 417 Sqn (1943-45)
         # 512  Mil Mi-17-V5 CH-178 "Hip" - Afghanistan (2010)
         # 513  Boeing B-29 Superfortress - RCAF (fictitious)
        
            
December 8
    
  1. The new 2011 CanMilAir calendar is now available for purchase or download. HERE
    Get your copy while supplies last!!!

       
       
December 5, 2010
  
  1. I see it has been quite some time since I've last updated this page. It must be alright as I've not been bombarded with hundreds of requests from anxious customers to update the "What's New" page! ( . . . just kidding! - no news is good news, they say!) 
       
    It has been a very busy fall here at CMAD and now Christmas (and year-end) is just a few weeks away!
        
  2. Today, I have added several photos of completed builds to the Customers Gallery 19 which filled it and I added the remaining photos submitted to Customers Gallery 20. Be sure to check these out as there are a lot of incredible models in the galleries!
        
  3. When talking to people about my business, some say I must have a real passion for what I do. While yes, this is undoubtedly true, I have always been inspired by my father, to whom I have dedicated my hobby and my business. To learn a bit about him, please read through the L.W. Burns page. The link is located in the upper right hand sidebar on the main page.
        
  4. New product development has been agonizingly slow. I find I must devote my time to processing incoming orders which leaves little time to develop new sets. However, I have managed to upload 4 new sets today:
        
         # 507  Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.4 - 414 Sqn 1953        
         # 508  Handley Page Halifax B Mk III - 434 Sqn 1944
         # 509  Dornier Alpha Jet A - Top Aces Aggressors 2010
         # 510  Dassault Mirage 2000P/DP - Peruvian Air Force   
        
  5. Before you read the next entry, I thought I would mention that I have flipped the content around on the 1:1 scale Warbird Gallery page. The newest entries are now at the top with the oldest down at the bottom. This way you don't have to scroll through all those images to see the latest and greatest from CanMilAir!
        
  6. I've added a "before" and "after" photo of the latest completed CanMilAir full-size project to the 1:1 scale Warbird page. Some of you may remember the ex-Luftwaffe yellow and black Sabre used by "Air Spray Ltd" for target towing on the ranges of CFB Cold Lake between 1998 and 2005. Now owned by the Classic Aviation Aircraft Museum of Hillsboro, Oregon, it is now painted overall silver and CanMilAir has supplied all new vinyl markings turning it into a Sabre from 410 "Cougar" Squadron of the early 1950's at North Luffenham in the UK. 
       
    At last count there were only 13 airworthy Sabres left flying today. One was built by CAC in Australia, five were built by North American in the USA and seven were built by Canadair in Montreal. 
    Of the seven Sabres from Canadair, two are now wearing CanMilAir markings!
     
    (the first one is the Sabre 5 owned by Vintage Wings - aka "Hawk One")
         
  7. In the event I don't get a chance to update this page again before the holiday's, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
        
September 7, 2010
  
  1.   I've uploaded 3 new sets today:
      
    # 504  North American Harvard Mk.II - 1948-49 VC Era for 417, 420, 424 Sqns        
    # 505  Grumman Avenger - BPF 1945 - HMS Formidable
    # 506  Canadair CF-104 Starfighter - 417 Sqn Special 1983 or 1993  

July 18
  
  1. Customer's Gallery # 18 has been filled, as well as the first half of Gallery # 19.

July 2, 2010
    
  1. The online shopping functionality has now been restored. With the new HST rules in Ontario, several aspects have changed.
      
  2. Taxes will be charged at different rates depending on the Canadian province.
     
    1. British Columbia: 12% tax (previously 5% GST)
    2. Ontario 13% tax (no change as it was 8% PST + 5% GST before)
    3. The provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland/Labrador will be charged 13% tax (up from 5% GST)
    4.  The province of Nova Scotia will be charged 15% (previously 5% GST)
    5. All other provinces and territories remain at 5% GST
    6. International and USA orders will not change.
       
  3. Shipping fees added to purchases are now taxable. 


June 30, 2010
  1. Our web store has been shut down temporarily to allow us to make the necessary changes for the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) laws that come into effect on July 1. 

June 20, 2010
  1. I've uploaded 5 new sets today:
      
    # 499  Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.2 - 410 Sqn St. Hubert, 1951. VC Era markings       
    # 500  Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.6 - 422 Sqn 4(F) Wing, Baden Soellingen, 1955 -63
    # 501  Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.2 - 439 Sqn 1(F) Wing, North Luffenham, 1952      
    # 502  Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation - Trans Canada Air Lines (Part 1)
    # 503  Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation - TCA (Part 2) Both sets required.     
      
    CanMilAir Decals has certainly grown a lot in the five short years since our Grand Opening on June 21, 2005. At that time there were just 59 decal sets available.
      
    With the sets uploaded into the catalogue today, CMAD now offers the modeller a choice from over 500 individual decal sets for 116 aircraft types, dating from the mid-1920's to the present. All but about a half dozen of those sets are for Canadian aircraft, aircraft that were flown by Canadians, or aircraft that have a connection in some way to Canada.
      
    Even with this huge number of available decal sets, work never stops in the development department. There are currently over 100 sets in progress and there never seems to be a shortage of new ideas to add to the list. 
      
    My regular customers will have noted that the number of new sets brought forward has diminished greatly over the past couple of years. What used to be more than a dozen every month has dwindled to only a few sets every couple of months. This is due entirely to the volume of decal sales, and for that, I must thank my loyal customers. 
       

April 25
  
  1. Two new Sword sets uploaded today:
        
    # 497  Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.5 - 427 Sqn, 3(F) Wing Zweibrucken, 1954       
    # 498  Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.5 - 413 Sqn, 3(F) Wing Zweibrucken, 1954


    This brings the number of RCAF F-86 Sabre sets to 31 (30 if you're a purist and don't count the egg scale set), with at least another half dozen planned!
      
      
April 24
  
  1. Two new sets uploaded today:
      
    # 495  Canadian Coast Guard 47' "Cape Class" Motor Life Boat    
    # 496  Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.2 - 410 Sqn, 1(F) Wing North Luffenham, 1952   

    The first is due to a request intended for a 5/8" = 1' (~1:20 scale) RC kit by Midwest of the new SAR boats used by the CCG. It can be found in the new "Surface Ships" category as well as in the "Canadian Coast Guard" category.

    The second set, for the 410 Sqn Sabre, is a direct spin-off from a full size vinyl request for an airworthy F-86 Sabre. I am really excited about this one, as there are only 13 airworthy Swords left in the entire world and if this order proceeds past the quote stage, that means two of the 13 will be wearing CanMilAir artwork! 
     
     
April 16
  1. Three new sets uploaded today:

    # 492  Avro Lancaster X - 434 Sqn "Lady Orchid"  WL*O
    # 493  Gloster Javelin F(AW).4 - CEPE 1957/58  
    # 494  Canadair Argus - Window set 
      
April 2, 2010
    
  1. Spent the entire day completely stripping down my HP 2605dn colour laser printer and cleaning the mirrors and optics deep inside. This is the printer I use for the colour brochures that accompany the decals. MAN, WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT!!!!! Amazing what a difference removing a thin layer of fine dust can make!  The reds are now as vibrant as when the printer was new and the photos and drawings are back to being crisp and clear!! 
      
      
March 29
  1. 15 new sets added to the catalogue today:
      
    # 477  Short Sunderland - 422 Sqn 1943 
    # 478  Short Sunderland - 423 Sqn 1943 
    # 479  Fleet 60K Fort - 1943 
    # 480  Boeing CH-47SD Chinook - RSAF 
    # 481  Spitfire Mk. IX - 126 Sqn - 1944 
    # 482  Lockheed CC-130J-30 Hercules - 2010  
    # 483  Boeing CH-47C/D Chinook - RNAF  
    # 484  Douglas C-47 Dakota - RCAF  
    # 485  Douglas C-47 Dakota - CAF/SYM 
    # 486  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Service Markings (1:32 & 1:48 only)
    # 487  Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.5 - Lancers 1955 
    # 488  Canadair T-33 Silver Star - 2(F) Wing Inst. Flt.  
    # 489  Canadair T-33 Silver Star - 4(F) Wing Inst. Flt.  
    # 490  Canadair F-86 Sabre - Golden Hawks "Egg Scale"  
    # 491  Douglas DC-3 - Department of Transport 
        
      
  2. Only a few sets away from my goal of having 500 decal sets available for Canadian military aircraft before CanMilAir Decals 5th Anniversary on  June 21! 
      
      
  3. The second volume of Mar-Andre Valiquette's three volume series examining the Avro Arrow is now available for purchase. These excellent books contain never before seen photos, documents and personal recollections that put the CF-105 Arrow project in an entirely new light. Most definitely a "must read' for Arrow fans!

March 24, 2010
 
  1. I hadn't realized its been two months since I've posted any news here! Nothing earth-shattering has been happening, just plugging away at orders as they come in and working to wrap up the new material.
     
  2. Customers Gallery 15, 16 and 17 are now full. 
      
  3. The 1:1 scale Warbird Photos page has a new before/after project added to it for CT-133 serial 133577.
     
     
January 23, 2010
    
  1. Searching for a particular aircraft type should now be a lot easier as I have organized the types alphabetically within each category. I still need to do some "tweaking" with the aircraft names, now that they are being used to control their order in the list. 
      
    The down-side to this is that the new types will no longer be found at the bottom of the list. Always remember to look on this page for the newest sets listed by item number.
       
      
  2. I have removed all the aircraft found in my "Other" category and placed them into the main sections like all the Canadian aircraft. I was getting a lot of feedback that these "non-Canadian" types were being overlooked. All non aircraft specific decals are still to be found in the "Other" category.
       
     
  3. I have added two new categories for "naval aviation" and "army aviation". These are simply shortcuts to groupings of similar subjects, just like the "Canadian Coast Guard",   "Victoria Cross", "The Canadians" and "Aviation Museum" categories are. I will be going through my product list, item by item, to get the appropriate sets to show in these two new categories.
     
     
  4. Eight new sets added to the catalogue today:
      
    # 469  Lockheed L-10A Electra - Trans Canada Airlines
    # 470  Lockheed L-10A Electra - RCAF 1939
    # 471  Cessna L-182 Skylane - Canadian Army 1962
    # 472  Cessna L-182 Skylane - Cdn Army 1967
    # 473  Cessna L-182 Skylane - CAF 1970
    # 474  Lockheed Hudson Mk.I - 11(BR) Sqn 1939-40
    # 475  Lockheed Hudson Mk.V - 407 Sqn 15/16 May 1942
    # 476  Beechcraft T-6A CT-156 Harvard II


January 10, 2010
ANNOUNCING A BRAND NEW OFFERING ! !

More than 50 years after its demise, the CF-105 Arrow still evokes mixed emotions. Not only the Arrow, but all of Avro Canada’s postwar projects were significant undertakings for this country’s aircraft industry. Avro Canada and Orenda Engines were really “the” places to work during the period of 1945 to 1959. Unfortunately, a few of these projects would never be fulfilled.
 
Marc-André Valiquette, an Avro passionate, has decided to share his passion of the Arrow. He has written the first book of a three volume series about the Avro Canada company. The series is bilingual (a first) and tells the story of the Malton plant, from its birth in 1938 to its demolition in 2003 (also a first). The series is entitled: "Destruction of a Dream, the Tragedy of Avro Canada and the CF-105 Arrow".
 
In details, the series consists of three 96-pages volumes:
 
The first volume, A. V. Roe Canada’s “Per Ardua Ad Astra” is presently available. It recounts the rise of the company, from its birth as National Steel Car up to the manufacturing of the CF-105 Arrow. Second World War achievements, post-war adaptation, the C-102 Jetliner, the CF-100 Canuck and the start of the CF-105 Arrow project are some of the subjects covered.
 
The second volume is dedicated to the Arrow itself, from its rollout up to the RCAF Boeing Bomarc acquisition. Launch February 2010 in Toronto.
 
The third and final volume of the series deals with the last few weeks of the Arrow project, its cancellation, post-cancellation projects, “Avroites” reunions and work at the Malton plant up to its demolition in 2003. Launch October 2010 in Montreal.
 
The goal of this series is to bring to the reader new information, documents and pictures about the Avro and Arrow story. Marc-André has a large collection of documents and pictures , and fortunately has been able to meet over the last 30 years with many interesting people who have worked on this project.

Each volume is in profusely illustrated with B&W and colour images and fully bilingual.
96 pages, soft cover, 9 x 12 inch landscape format. 

Go HERE to see these books
  

December 28
  
  1. Uploaded the following new sets:
      
    # 465   DH Mosquito B.35 - "F for Freddie" - Calgary 1945
    # 466   DHC-4 CC-108 Caribou - RCAF-CAF 1960-71
    # 467   DHC-4 Caribou - RCAF-UN 1960-65
    # 468   DHC-4 Caribou - United Nations 1965-71
      
  2. Next releases should be: a set for Trans Canada Airlines Lockheed L-10A Electra; three sets for the Cessna L-182 Skylane; two or three sets for the Lockheed Hudson in the RCAF.
      
      
December 26
  
  1. The CanMilAir Decals 2010 Calendar is now available for free download HERE for those wanting to print their own. Alternately, a commercially printed and coil bound version is available for purchase.

      
December 4, 2009
  
  1. Uploaded the following new sets:
      
    # 459   DHC Dash 8 CC-142 - Wraparound Camo - 1987 to 1993
    # 460   DHC Dash 8 CC-142 - Overall Grey - 1993 to 2000
    # 461   DHC Dash 8 CT-142 - Converse Greys - 1989 to 1993
    # 462   DHC Dash 8 CT-142 - Overall Grey 1993 to 2003
    # 463   DHC Dash 8 CT-142 - Overall Blue 2003 +
    # 464   Douglas B-18A Digby Mk. I - Eastern Air Command 1940-41
      
      
November 24
  
  1. Several new additions to the Squadron Histories page, thanks to Darryl Pajot.  This page now contains almost 60 illustrations with descriptions of published works. There are still over a dozen entries that lack only a cover photo. To be sure, there are still a great many more that can be added. 
    To view the collection, please click HERE
      
      
October 17
  
  1. Added two further sets of nose art to the Chinook set # 415 for the CH-147D models currently in Afghanistan. Now included is nose art for 147206 ("Jack'D up") and 147203 (red winged female demons).
     
      
October 9
  
  1. Uploaded the following new sets:
      
    # 451   Canadair CF-104 Starfighter - 441 Sqn pedestal mounted at CFB Cold Lake
    # 452   Canadair CF-104 Starfighter - Tactical Air Meet 1978
    # 453   Canadair CF-104 Starfighter - 441 Sqn Checker 30th Anniv of CFB Baden-Soellingen
    # 454   Grumman GE-23 Goblin - 118(F) Sqn 1941-42
    # 455   Piaggio 180 Avanti - AVMAX Leasing
    # 456   Boeing-Vertrol CH-113 Labrador 10401 1964 (Lab with non-white fuselage flash)
    # 457   Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk 4 - 444 Sqn 1953
    # 458   Avro Vulcan B.2 - Goose Bay, Labrador
       
       
  2. Work is nearing completion on five sets for the DHC Dash 8 in Canadian military service. Included will be two sets for the CC-142 in Camo with black markings and OA Grey with darker grey markings. Three sets will be for the CT-142 "Gonzo" - two-tone grey with converse markings, overall grey with black markings and overall blue with white and yellow markings.
      
      
October 4
  
  1. Well here it is October and August and September were just a blur! I hope everyone had a great summer!

    Okay, to bring everyone up to speed with the goings on here at CanMilAir, let me start by thanking everyone for their patience these past six weeks. Even though I had asked for a bit of a lull, I still received about 30 orders in the last 6 weeks! I was able to nibble away at the oldest orders and a few of the smaller ones, but now that everything is more-or-less back to normal, I am still about 5 weeks behind with processing orders. I will continue to plug away and hopefully I won't get any further behind!

    I have received most of my consumables order, but what I didn't get won't have an negative impact for a month or so. By then I should have received the balance of my order and will be back to having fully stocked shelves.

    I was not idle during the past month or so as I have several new sets ready to upload. Watch here for a list of the new sets in a few days.
      
     
August 20, 2009
  1. In the last month or so I have received more than a few orders containing significantly more than the usual number of decal sets. This has had the effect of putting me somewhat behind schedule. Currently, I am working through orders submitted in the first week of August, so I am running about 3 weeks behind. This is not usually a problem as I can get caught up fairly quickly provided I get a lull in the incoming orders. When the backlog reaches 8 weeks I book a few days of vacation time from work to devote more of my time to printing decals.

    Unfortunately three things are conspiring to put me even further behind schedule. 

    One, I am running low on decal paper and ink. I will be ordering more supplies in the next day or two, but I fear I will exhaust my current stock before the new supplies are received.  Those larger-than-normal orders can quickly affect the stock levels of my consumables!

    Second, the next four weekends are 100% booked with personal and family commitments. Since the weekends are when I am able to get most of my printing done, I will fall even further behind. 

    Third . . . I'm tired. I desperately need to take a break from the constant demands of having two full-time jobs, so I am taking a few days off.  Since January 1, 2009 I have custom printed 621 decal sets from 220 orders received. That averages out to receiving about one order of three decal sets a day, every day, for 8 months. 

    I ask for everyone's patience during the next 60 days as I work through the inevitable backlog these events will create. 

    Thank you.
      
July 20
  1. Added the following new sets to the catalogue:

    # 447   Cessna L-19 Bird Dog Cdn Army 1956 - Natural Metal or Wraparound Camo
    # 448   Cessna L-19 Bird Dog Cdn Army 1962 - Natural Metal or Wraparound Camo
    # 449   Cessna L-19 Bird Dog Cdn Army 1967 - Overall Dark Green with White lettering
    # 450   Cessna L-19 Bird Dog CAF 1970 - Overall Dark Green with Black lettering

July 18
 
  1. Added the following new sets to the catalogue:

    # 438   Dassault Falcon 20 - National Research Council of Canada
    # 439   Grumman Wildcat/Martlet V - 852 Sqn HMS Nabob 1944
    # 440   Grumman Wildcat/Martlet VI - 881 Sqn HMS Puncher 1945
    # 441   NA Harvard II 1941- John Gillespie Magee Jr., VWoC
    # 442   Curtis P-40N Kittyhawk - 260 Sqn WC "Stocky" Edwards, VWoC
    # 443   Consolidated Canso - Province of Nfld  water bomber
    # 444   Consolidated Canso - Prov of Nfld "Forest Service" water bomber
    # 445   Consolidated Canso - Buffalo Air NWT water bomber
    # 446   Consolidated Canso - Nfld + NWT water bomber (Optional White Striping Only)
      

  2.  Added more content to the "Salute to Canada" page.
      
  3. Made several cosmetic and organizational changes to the CanMilAir "home" page
      
  4. Work is progressing rapidly on several sets for the Canadian Army Cessna L-19 "Bird Dog" and L-182 Skylane.
     
June 28
 
  1. Things were very busy around here once I got back to it, but all is in good shape now. 
      
  2. I finally had the chance to update portions of the website this weekend. Photo Gallery #13 has been filled with seven new photos as well as half of # 14. The 1:1 scale Photos page has a new entry that is not my usual type of work and I have recently shipped a few new projects, so stay tuned for the pictures!
     
  3. New sets coming soon include the Vintage Wings of Canada Kittyhawk and newly painted Harvard. Also look for a new Silver Star set for the National Research Council of Canada's T-33. I have re-worked the B-17 Flying Fortress set # 059 and it will now include markings for the later natural metal birds. But the big surprise will be the Newfoundland Forest Service Canso's in "peas and carrots" scheme of Orange, Green and White striping.
     
      
May 19
  
  1. It is home improvement time again. 
      
    Effective immediately, I will be working on other high priority tasks around the house for the next couple of weeks, consequently, I will be unable to answer emails or print orders until the home projects are completed. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and I will be returning to my desk and getting CanMilAir back to normal on June 7th.  
       
May 18, 2009
  
  1. A significant milestone has just occurred at CanMilAir Decals - our 1000th order! With our 4th anniversary just a couple of weeks away (June 21st), this means we have processed an average of one order every 1.5 days continuously for four years!
      
    William Lawlor of Penticton, British Columbia, placed the 1000th order on May 12th, and in appreciation, he received his decals absolutely FREE! 

    My heartfelt thanks go out to all of my 627 customers in 26 countries who have made CanMilAir Decals a success! 
      
27 April
 
  1. Finally got a chance to update a few misc pages - Gallery # 12 is now full so I have created Gallery # 13 and added three models to it. I have added two squadron books to the Squadron Histories page. Finally, I have added a couple of pics of the 1:144 scale FE Resin CF-105 Avro Arrow to the 144(R)CAF page.
     
     
25 April
  1. My PC came back yesterday and is once again purring like a kitten so normal operations have resumed. Thanks to all for their patience.
     
       
20 April
 
  1. Over the past few days, there have been intermittent connection problems with the shopping portion of my website. While working to try and track down the elusive problem, I have caused my computer to crash. So my PC is off to be repaired and I am sure that when I get it back, there will be a ton of work getting everything back in order again. I apologize for the inconvenience, and I ask for you to be patient until I get everything straightened out again.
      
      
12 April
 
  1. Happy Easter!
     
  2. Four new sets uploaded this weekend:
     
    # 434   Dassault Falcon 20 - CC-117 1972 with 412 Sqn in CAF Era markings
    # 435   Dassault Falcon 20 - CC-117 1982 with 412 Sqn in SYM Era markings
    # 436   Dassault Falcon 20 - CC-117 1984 with 414 (EW) Sqn
    # 437   Bristol Bolingbroke Mk. IVT - Target Tug 1943

4 April, 2009
 
  1. Nothing much to report lately, it has been business as usual and things have been moving along fairly steadily. I was able to clear a large backlog of orders and am now working pretty much on current orders.
     
  2. A couple of new sets were added since the last update and I will be adding several more in the next day or two. These are:
     
    # 426   Canadair CF-104 Starfighter - 421 Sqn 1983 
    # 427   NA Harvard Mk.4 - 1956 
    # 428   Canadair Tutor - Golden Centennaires 
    # 429   Douglas Boston III - 418 Sqn Intruders 1942-43 
    # 430   Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III A - 1926 
    # 431   Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III A - "Alcock + Brown "
    # 432   Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III A - 1931 
    # 433   Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III DC - 1931 
     
1 February, 2009
 
  1. The following new sets have been uploaded today:
      
    # 422  Canadair CT-133 - NRC
    # 423  Spitfire Mk. IX - 442 Sqn 1944 "Y2K"
    # 424  Boeing 727-200 - Cargojet
    # 425  DH Vampire FB.5 - 421 Sqn 1951

      
10 January 2009
 
  1. The following new sets have been uploaded today:
     
    # 411  Canadair Dash 7 - CC-132 1979-87  
    # 412  Boeing B-29 Superfortress - "Enola Gay" 1945  
    # 413  Vought F4U Corsair II - Don Sheppard - Jan 1945  
    # 414  Vought F4U Corsair II - Don Sheppard - May 1945  
    # 415  Boeing CH-147D Chinook - 2009  
    # 416  Avro CF-100 Canuck - 414 Sqn - 1976  
    # 417  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - 417 Sqn Special  
    # 418  Consolidated Canso - 162(BR) Sqn - 1944   
    # 419  Consolidated Catalina - 413 Sqn 1941 
    # 420  Consolidated Catalina - 209 Sqn 1941/42 Bismarck 
    # 421  Fairchild PT-26A Cornell - 1943-45 
     
     
26 December
  1. I have added the following sets to the catalogue:
     
    # 404  Canadair North Star - National Aeronautical Establishment
    # 405  MBB BK-117 (aka CH-143) - AETE
    # 406  Douglas Dakota DC-3 - Trans Canada Air Lines
    # 407  Fairey Swordfish - Vintage Wings & Canada Aviation Museum
    # 408  DH-82C Tiger Moth - Vintage Wings & Canadian Museum of Flight
    # 409  HMCS Bonaventure Deck Markings - 1:400 scale
    # 410  HMCS Bonaventure Air Wing 1965 - 1:400 scale


     

20 December, 2008
 
  1. Nothing much to report around here that would be considered "news". Predictably, incoming orders have slowed down after the flurry caused by the release of Pat Martin's latest book. This will enable me to produce and ship the current orders. 
     
  2. From everyone here at CanMilAir, I would like to wish one-and-all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

     
30 November
 
  1. Patrick Martin's newest book is now available for purchase! 
     
    Royal Canadian Air Force Aircraft Finish and Markings 1947 - 1968  Volume 2

    This is a companion to the original RCAF work published in 2003 and illustrates RCAF aircraft finish and markings features used between 1947 and 1968

    All aspects of fleet-wide features are detailed. Each of the 46 aircraft types are detailed with a history, drawings and photos of all known schemes. 


    Text runs 198 pages, with over 830 photos. A further 75 colour photos are used in the colour section. 

    Published 2008. 
    Coil Bound - 8½" x 11"
     
  2. This book can be purchased HERE

  
13 November
 
  1. The good news: The "decals" section is now back on line. I would like to thank everyone for being patient with me while I was away enjoying some surf, sun and golf in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
      
  2. The not-so-good news: Due to record sales levels in 2008, I was forced to register CanMilAir with the Canada Revenue Agency and apply for a GST account. Consequently, all Canadian orders will be charged 5% GST.
      
  3. I was not completely idle during the 2 week down-time, as I have added the following new sets:

    # 396 BOAC VC-10 or Super VC-10 1963 - Part 1
    # 397 BOAC VC-10 or Super VC-10 1963 - Part 2
    # 398 BOAC VC-10 or Super VC-10 1963 - Part 3
    # 399 BOAC VC-10 or Super VC-10 1963 - Part 4
    # 400 BOAC VC-10 or Super VC-10 1963 - Part 5
    # 401 Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk5/6 - Hawk One 2009
    # 402 BAe Hawk T1 - RAF Red Arrows - 2008
    # 403 Canadian Vickers (Northrop) Delta - 1936-39
      
  4. I have also added another photo to the Customers Gallery # 10.

     
27 October
 
  1. I have temporarily removed the "decals" area of the catalogue. This portion will be off-line for a period of approximately 3 weeks to allow me to go on a small vacation and not have to worry about orders coming in during my absence. Watch for this section to be back on-line around November 15.
     
20 October
 
  1. FREE DOWNLOADS !  I have made the annual CanMilAir 12 month calendar available as a free PDF download. 
    Go HERE to download your copy! 
     
  2. Next up for a free download will be the CanMilAir catalogue. With the current 34 page size, printing it was just too expensive. 
    Go HERE to download your copy! 
     
13 October
 
  1. A rare event here at CanMilAir is that ALL orders received have been printed and will be mailed out tomorrow. This is for all 30 orders received from Sept 7 to Oct 11 inclusive. 
    I am finally completely "caught up" !  
     
  2. Customer Gallery # 10 is now about half full with a couple more photos to be added and I have placed two new "before" photos to the 1:1 scale photo gallery for full size aircraft. Check back in the summer 2009 to see the "after" photos!
     
  3. I will be adding the multi-part decal set for the BOAC VC-10 as delivered in 1963 in the next day or two as well as the 2009 F-86 "Hawk One" from VWoC. 
     
  4. I have turned OFF 18 sets that contain "Orange" RESCUE titles and SAR bands. I am having a lot of trouble with the Orange cartridges and until I can get this problem sorted out, I would prefer not to have a ton of them awaiting to be printed. 
     
  5. Now that I'm caught up, maybe I can spend some time working on some of those sets that I have under development!
       
25 September
  1. New sets uploaded:

    # 389 Canadair T-33 Silver Star - RCN VT40 1956
    # 390 Canadair T-33 Silver Star - RCN VU32 1961
    # 391 Canadair T-33 Silver Star - RCN "Red Herring" 1966
    # 392 HMCS Bonaventure Markings - Primary Set
    # 393 HMCS Bonaventure Deck Markings - Accessory Set #1
    # 394 HMCS Bonaventure Deck markings - Accessory Set #2
    # 395 HMCS Bonaventure Deck Markings - Accessory Set #3
  2. Gallery # 9 has been filled and # 10 has been created and I will add a few photos to it in the next few days.
      
  3. Upcoming sets will include a multi-part set for a BOAC VC-10 and the F-86 Sabre "Hawk One" celebrating the centennial of powered flight in Canada in 2009.
      
20 August 
  1. One new set uploaded:

    # 388  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - Golden Centennaires 1967
     
  2. Two more finished models added to Gallery # 9 - both from modellers in Victoria BC.
     
3 August, 2008
   
  1. Four new sets uploaded today:
     
    # 384  Boeing PT-27 Stearman - Canadian Warplane Heritage
    # 385  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - "Black Knight" 1993
    # 386  Dassault Falcon 20 - CC-117 1967 - As delivered
    # 387  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - AETE 30th Anniversary
      
    As well, set # 010  Canadair T-33 Silver Star - 1960 in RCAF+3 markings has been updated with additional details and the Gimli diamond.
      
  2. In the last couple of weeks, I have been able to reduce the turn-around time for processing decal printing orders from 5 weeks to less than two weeks.  I will be having some vacation time in August, so hopefully I will be able to get it back down to about 1 week. Please remember that the processing time is totally dependant on the volume of orders as I have only so much time to spend at it.
      
  3. A rather unique event happened at Oshkosh last week when two Canadian Forces CT-133 Silver Stars made an appearance.  SEE PHOTO  What made it so different was they were both in FIP era Canadian Forces markings and there are no longer any Silver Stars in service with the Canadian Air Force! Both of these privately owned aircraft have had their CF markings supplied by CanMilAir Decals. One in 2-mil black self adhesive vinyl and the other was spray painted using self adhesive vinyl spray masks. See  HERE  for more details on these and other full size aircraft CanMilAir has supplied markings for.
        
11 July
   
  1. I've uploaded 4 new customers model photos to the Gallery # 8 page so this page is now full. Hard to believe these gallery pages now contain 80 photos of finished models!
      
  2. Four new sets have been uploaded:
      
    # 380  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 414 Sqn - Overall NM in SYM or FIP era markings
    # 381  Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 1FTS Gimli - Overall NM in CAF era markings
    # 382  Consolidated Canso Early SAR - AB+3 era with full wrap-around SAR band
    # 383  Consolidated Canso Late SAR - RCAF+3 era with interrupted SAR band
       
2 July, 2008
  1. I finally got around to uploading some new sets.

    # 375  Avro Lancaster Mk. X from 428 "Ghost" Sqn (16 Mar 1945)
    # 376  RCN Tribal Class Destroyers (1944-45)
    # 377  Gloster Meteor F Mk.3/4 (1945-48)
    # 378  Gloster Meteor T Mk7 (421 Sqn 1951)
    # 379  Bede BD-5B/J - CT-175 - 431 Sqn Snowbirds (circa 2015)*

    * The Bede is a "tongue-in-cheek" look at a potential Tutor replacement on a DND fiscal shoestring. A six plane formation of the world's smallest jet aircraft. They'd probably all fit into the back of one Hercules for transport from city to city! 
    You'll find it in the "Other" category.

  

30 June, 2008
  1. Nothing much to report on lately. I have been busy filling orders and getting them mailed out to the customers with as little delay as possible. I seem to be working on a 2 week turn-around that slowly creeps up to about 3 weeks, then I take a couple days vacation from my day job and get myself caught up. This cycle seems to be repeating about every 4 to 6 weeks.
     
  2. One of my Alps printers died last week leaving me with one machine that is showing its age and one brand new machine.
      
19 May 

The major issue I have faced this past couple of weeks has been the skyrocketing cost of ink cartridges for my three Alps printers. I assume this is due to a diminishing supply of cartridges. With the ending of all support and production from Alps and the closing down of the supplies and servicing networks in Japan, these carts are now coming from Oki-Data in Europe. When their stocks are gone - it is all over. 
 
So, a different supplier with a different distribution network translates into different retail prices for the consumer. 
 
In just the past few months . . .
  
The price of white and silver carts have risen from $8.75 to $18.75 each.  (+114%)
The three main colour carts have risen from $6.00 to $14.00 each.  (+134%)
A black cart that was $6.00 now costs $12.00 each.  (+100%) 
 
This means the material cost to print decals has more than doubled
 
This has forced me to choose between a graduated price increase or to discontinue printing the larger scales. In the end, I opted for the least drastic option - a price increase. 
  
However, if this increase fails to have the desired effect, I will be forced to discontinue printing ALL decals in scales larger than 1:144. After all, the only reason I started CanMilAir Decals was so I could provide Canadian military aircraft markings in 1:144 scale. Period. Whether they like to hear it or not, all the other scales are just along for the ride.
 
The price increases I have implemented range from a low of 17% for a "small" 1:144 set, all the way up to 50% for an "extra large" 1:18 set. Please refer to the Decals FAQ section HERE for further details and a complete breakdown of prices in various scales. 
 
I genuinely regret having to do this, but like any business, I must pass my costs on to the customer. 
 
     
14 May
  1. All background changes have been made, and the decals category is ready to go back on-line. Not all of the changes will be welcome ones, but I will explain the reasoning fully when the category goes back on-line. 
    Because of the coming long weekend and the list of things around the house requiring my attention, I will defer the re-opening until Monday evening or Tuesday evening at the latest.
      
5 May
  1. I have temporarily disabled the "Decals" category while I work on making some changes. These changes require that I clear out all current orders so they won't be affected. Sorry for the inconvenience. More details will follow in a few days.
      
2 May
  1. Added 3 new finished models to Gallery # 7
      
1 May, 2008
  1. I have recently updated the following sets:
  2. # 040 - Canadian Army Voyageur - added window outlines, walkways, "cut-here" dashed door and window outlines, corrected font issues.
  3. # 204 - Transport Canada DHC Dash-8 "Surveillance" - added flag and NASP crest.
  4. # 288 - Vickers Wellington 407 Sqn - changed code letters to Brick Red.
  5. # 029 - Canadair Challenger OA Blue - minor colour changes.
      
25 April
  1. Say Hello to the newest member of our family - JAKE   
      
21 April
  1. Six new sets have been uploaded with a little something for everybody this time! 
      
    # 369 - A CF-188A with a twist - for the Hasegawa "Egg Scale" Hornet! Choice of squadron.
    # 370 - From the movie "Transformers" - Barricade (a.k.a.  a Saleen S281 in a police package).
    # 371 - Bristol Freighter Mk.31C - 1952-53 in VC Era markings.
    # 372 - Bristol Freighter Mk.31C - 1953-55 in AB+3 Era markings with choice of codes.
    # 373 - Bristol Freighter Mk.31 / 31C - 1955-67 "camouflaged" in AB or RCAF +3 Era markings.
    # 374 - Bristol Freighter Mk.31M - 1966-67 in RCAF+3 Era markings with white upper cabin and zigzag.
      
20 April
  1. I have recently been in contact with Radek Skoumal of FE Resin in the Czech Republic regarding the possibility of their producing a resin kit of the CF-105 Avro Arrow in 1:144 scale. I have also asked that he consider doing an Avro CF-100 Canuck and a Canadair CT-114 Tutor. Radek has agreed to seriously consider the Arrow as a new project for FE Resin. Many years ago Paul Gold of Starr Miniatures started work on a resin Arrow and Canuck, but the projects were never completed.

    To the best of my knowledge, Radek and his partner Erik Faustus split the operation of FE Resin with Erik doing the 1:72 scale projects and Radek the 1:144 scale stuff. I am sure that, like all new design ventures, he would be very interested to know how popular such a kit would be and if it would sell in enough quantities to justify his design and production expenses.

    I ask that if you would seriously be interested in purchasing a resin kit of the Arrow in 1:144 scale to email Radek at: feresin AT volny.cz and let him know about your interest. If you would also be interested in a Canuck or a Tutor, please make your wishes known to him as he may be swayed by popular opinion. I have sent him what photos and drawings I have on hand for the Arrow, but I am sure he could use as much information/photos/drawings as he can get.

    I would not attempt to guess at the price of this kit if, and when it becomes available, but I can offer the fact that FE Resin currently offer about 50 resin kits in 1:144 scale and their prices range from $15.00 to $25.00 US dollars, with most falling in the $18.00 to $21.00 range. FWIW, I just purchased two 1:144 scale kits directly from their web site using PayPal (Sikorsky H-19 and L-19 Bird Dog) and the shipping was $9.50 USD from the Czech Republic to Canada.

    The FE Resin web site is at: http://fe-resin.net/eng/

      
11 April, 2008
  1. I have uploaded a new set  
      
    # 368 - Lockheed WV-2 "Warning Star" - US Navy VW-11 Sqn, Argentia, Nfld. from 1956 to 1961.
       
  2. I've added a new sub-category to the main decals section called "Aviation Museums".  As the name implies, this is a collection of sets that will allow the modeller to build an aircraft found at a Canadian aviation museum.
     
  3. To try and be as "green" as I can and avoid unnecessary use of paper, when ordering multiple copies of a single decal, only one brochure and "zip-lock" poly envelope will be included. If you require as many brochures and poly envelopes as decals, let me know so I can include them.

     
29 March
  1. As it turns out, I was entirely responsible for the email disaster I am still working through. Maybe my lesson can be of benefit to others, so I will explain how it happened, and how to prevent it for others out there using MS Outlook.
      
  2. The problem: With MS Outlook 2000 all email messages, folder structure and address book entries are contained in a compressed file with "pst" as the extension. Little did I know that there is a MAXIMUM allowable size for this file! The file can not be larger than 2 GB. After that size is reached, Outlook refuses to even open. The solution is to run a couple of an apps, one of which chops 25-50 MB (or more) out of the file and sets it aside in a new "pst" file. The trouble is wherever the cut takes place, data is lost. I eventually had to hack my main pst file into three separate pieces and then only one of these pieces would open (and it wasn't the biggest piece!). Huge amounts of data was lost. 
      
  3. The solution: Use the Auto Archive feature ruthlessly! I had only set just a couple of my larger email folders to auto archive (one was after 4 months and the other 8 months) but I left all the other folders intact so I could refer to the messages easily. The problem is that over time, because of all the saved messages in those folders the pst file grows larger and larger until that 2 GB size limit is reached. I had messages that were 4 or 5 years old! What was I thinking?!
    Now, each and every one of my email folders is set to archive contents that are older than 4 to 18 months (depending on the importance of the folder).
      
28 March
  1. My email program (MS Outlook) died on me tonight.  I have recovered a large amount of saved messages, but I do not know which or even how many messages were lost forever. This has also affected my "contacts list" and I have lost almost the entire contents of my address book. It will take a long time to build it back up to the size it was! Before the crash, I had something over 500 contacts listed in my address book - now I have 75!
      
27 March
  1. I've added a few new photos to the Gallery page #7. 
  2. I have uploaded a new set (yes, just one set!)
      
    # 367 - Boeing Stearman NS2-2 1941 (this is in US Navy markings but is owned and operated by the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association (CH2A) in Windsor, Ontario.
      
12 March
  1. The following 6 new sets have been added to the catalogue:
     
    # 361 - Sikorsky S-76A - Ornge Air Ambulance (located in "Other")
    # 362 - Fairey Firefly FR.1 - HMS Puncher 1945
    # 363 - Fairey Firefly FR.1 - HMCS Warrior 1947
    # 364 - Fairey Firefly FR.1 - HMCS Magnificent 1949
    # 365 - Fairey Firefly T.1 - RCN 1948-50
    # 366 - Fairey Firefly AS.5 - 825 Sqn 1950

     
  2. All orders received prior to March 11 have been printed and shipped.
1 March 2008
  1. Now that my supplies are all back in stock and the model show is over, I can get back to clearing up the backlog of orders received since the end of January. Please be patient as I am currently processing orders placed 2.5 to 3 weeks ago. 
      
24 February
  1. For the first time, CanMilAir Decals was out in public at the Hertitagecon2 show held by IPMS Hamilton at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting many future and current customers!
      
18 February
  1. After a 3-week layoff, my decal paper and ink carts have arrived and I have resumed printing. As you can see in the entries below, I used the time to upload 15 new decal sets bringing the total to 360!
      
13 February
  1. The following 7 new sets have been uploaded into the catalogue:
     
    # 354 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 413 Sqn 1954
    # 355 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 427 Sqn 1953
    # 356 - Republic P-47D - USAAF Col Neel Kearby 1943-44  (located in "Other")
    # 357 - Spitfire Mk IX - F/L Wilson 441 Sqn 1944
    # 358 - Spitfire Mk IX - S/L McLeod 443 Sqn 1944
    # 359 - Spitfire Mk XVI - W/C "Stocky" Edwards 1945
    # 360 - Lockheed F-104C Starfighter - Star Trek TOS  (located in "Other")
     
9 February
  1. The following 2 new sets have been uploaded into the catalogue:
     
    # 352 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 434 Sqn 1953
    # 353 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 434 Sqn 1954
       
7 February
  1. The following 6 new sets have been uploaded into the catalogue:
     
    # 346 - Canadair Tutor - Red Knight 1968-69
    # 347 - Bombardier Global Express BD-700 - Michael Lee-Chin / AIC Ltd
    # 348 - Canadair Sabre Mk 6 - 427 Sqn, 3 Wing Zweibrucken, circa 1958
    # 349 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 430 Sqn - W/C James "Stocky" Edwards
    # 350 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 430 Sqn - VC Era markings 1951
    # 351 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 427 Sqn 1954
      
3 February 2008
  1. I've added a brand new page to the Main Menu called "restoration" showing how CanMilAir Decals can be used for 1:1 scale Canadian warbird restorations with photos of completed projects.
      
27 January
  1. Due to a record number of orders in December and my sixth highest number in January, I have exhausted my printing supplies far sooner than I had anticipated. Additional decal paper and ink cartridges have been ordered, but until that shipment arrives all decal printing has ceased and I ask that if you plan on placing an order for decals, that you wait until I am able to resume printing. 
      
    This supply shortage does not affect any other section of my catalogue - so I am still taking orders for reference books, roundel prints and aircraft profiles.
     
    All current decal orders up to and including #1105 have been printed and will be shipped early next week. I'll post a notice on this page as soon as the new supplies arrive and normal production has resumed.
     
    I apologize for any inconvenience this delay will cause. 
      
15 January
  1. Updated Customers Gallery # 6
      
1 January 2008
  1. Happy New Year !  Best wishes to everyone for the year!
      
31 December
  1. I have created a new web page intended to be a comprehensive listing of published official and un-official Canadian squadron histories. A link to the Squadron Histories page is included in the sidebar at the top right of the main page. For a direct link to the page go HERE 
      
29 December
  1. Added two more sets:
     
    # 344 - Spitfire Mk XVI - ACM Sir James Robb
    # 345 - NA Harvard Mk IV - Vintage Wings of Canada
23 December 2007  
  1. I've added 16 new sets tonight. They are: 

    # 328 - Dakota IV - 435 Sqn CBI - "X" June 21, 1945
    # 329 - Dakota III - 435 Sqn ETO - "P" April 1, 1946
    # 330 - Dakota III - 436 Sqn CBI - "P" RCAF Memorial Museum
    # 331 - Dakota III - 436 Sqn ETO - CFB Petawawa
    # 332 - Dakota IV - 435/436 Sqn CBI - CWHM
    # 333 - Dakota III - 437 Sqn ETO - Operation Market Garden, Arnhem 1944
    # 334 - Dakota IV - United Nations Middle East 1958
    # 335 - Dakota III/IV - No. 1 Air Division NATO 1955 
    # 336 - Dakota III - Canadian Coast Guard 1976-95
    # 337 - Dakota DC-3 - Spirit of Harbour Grace (civil)
    # 338 - Canadair Silver Star CT-133 - Camo SYM Lo-Viz markings
    # 339 - Canadair Silver Star CT-133 - Camo FIP Black markings
    # 340 - Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk IV - 440 Sqn NATO 1958
    # 341 - Hawker Hurricane Mk IV - Vintage Wings of Canada
    # 342 - NA P-51D Mustang IV - Vintage Wings of Canada
    # 343 - Spitfire Mk XVI - Vintage Wings of Canada
      
  2. I've added a new Customers Gallery page - #6
      
  3. May you all have a very Merry Christmas and a safe & Happy New Year ! !
      
24 November
  1. I spent the day putting the finishing touches on the eight Twin Huey sets. They are now uploaded into the catalogue. They are:
      
    # 320 - Bell CH-135 Twin Huey - OA Green CAF Era 1971-73
    # 321 - Bell CH-135 Twin Huey - OA Green SYM Era 1973-83
    # 322 - Bell CH-135 Twin Huey - Camo SYM & FIP Era 1974-98
    # 323 - Bell CH-135 Twin Huey - 427 Sqn MEDEVAC
    # 324 - Bell CH-135 Twin Huey - MFO Sinai 1986-90
    # 325 - Bell CH-135 Twin Huey - UN Honduras 1990
    # 326 - Bell CH-135 Twin Huey - UN Haiti 427 Sqn
    # 327 - Bell CH-135 Twin Huey - OA Yellow SAR 444 Sqn
     
  2. My next task is to print this weeks decal orders and get the Dakota sets up and available.
          
23 November
  1. I got a jump start on this months new releases and uploaded 11 new sets. They are:
     
    # 309 - Canadair CL-44 Yukon Proposal - 1957
    # 310 - Canadair CL-44 Yukon 15501 - 1959
    # 311 - Canadair CL-44 Yukon 15502 - 1960
    # 312 - Canadair CL-44 Yukon 15555 - 1962
    # 313 - Canadair CL-44 Yukon 15926 - 1964-65
    # 314 - Canadair CL-44 Yukon 15932 - 1966
    # 315 - Canadair CL-44 Yukon Unification - 1967
    # 316 - Canadair CL-44 Yukon 15930 - 1968
    # 317 - Canadair CC-106 Yukon 15932 - 1969
    # 318 - Lockheed Ventura GR. Mk. V - 1 AAS Trenton
    # 319 - Kamov Ka-32 - DART Pakistan 2005
      
  2. Next uploaded batch will include eight sets for the CH-135 Twin Huey and at least eight Dakota sets. 
     
11 November
  1. Lest We Forget . . . . 
  2. Well, I am finally caught up! All orders received (up to and including # 1018) are printed and packaged. Paid up orders will be mailed Tuesday and the remainder upon receipt of payment.
  3. I have finished creating nine new sets for the Canadair CL-44 (CC-106) Yukon. These will be made available at the end of the month.
  4. Work is continuing on the Dakota and Twin Huey sets.
3 November 2007
  1. Added 11 new sets to the catalogue today consisting of the following: 

    # 298 - Slingsby T67C Firefly CT-111 - No 3 CFFTS
    # 299 - Ford 6-AT Tri-Motor - 1929-37
    # 300 - Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk 6 - 414 Sqn
    # 301 - Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk 6 - 439 Sqn
    # 302 - Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk 6 - 421 Sqn
    # 303 - Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk 5/6 - 430 Sqn
    # 304 - Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk 5/6 - 416 Sqn
    # 305 - Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk 5 - 438 (Aux) Sqn
    # 306 - Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk 5 - 401 (Aux) Sqn
    # 307 - CE-144 Challenger 600 - 2 Greys
    # 308 - CE-144 Challenger 600 - OA Grey
  2. Work is continuing on several sets each for the following: Douglas Dakota, Canadair Yukon and Bell Twin Huey.
      
20 October
  1. I have completed the design of the 2008 edition of my CanMilAir 12-month calendar. This planner-style calendar features photos of 12 models submitted by customers using CMA decals.  See  the Calendar Page for pics and to order. 

    PLEASE NOTE: I will be holding calendar orders so they can be batch printed and will ship all calendars in the first week of December.
     
17 October
  1. I have added the final two completed model photos to Customers Gallery 4 and created the next gallery page, #5. With 10 models per page, there are now photos of 40 models completed with CanMilAir decals on these gallery pages. 
  2. Besides the Slingsby I mentioned in the last message, I have completed work on seven new Canadair Sabre sets and a set for the Ford Tri-Motor acquired by the RCAF in 1929. Nearing completion are a half dozen sets for the Douglas Dakota. These sets concentrate on the period from 1944 to 1946 with 435, 436 and 437 Sqns in ETO and CBI/SEAC. Included will be a few museum examples (CFB Petawawa, CFB Comox, RCAFMM at CFB Trenton and the CWHM in Hamilton). Also completed is a set for the Canadian Coast Guard Dakota C-FTDH.
      
6 October
  1. As requested by a customer, I have finished a decal set for the Slingsby T67C Firefly (CT-111) intended for the Dujin T67M 1:72 scale resin kit. For a review of this kit, go HERE. All 12 registrations are included allowing any CT-111 to be built. This will be CanMilAir set # 298 and will be uploaded at the end of the month.
     
4 October 2007
  1. A new optional shipping feature has been added. 
    Canada Post Xpresspost is a premium shipping service that provides fast, guaranteed delivery and is trackable. 
    The service provides next day to 2 days regional (Ontario and Quebec), and 2 to 3 days national delivery, between most major Canadian urban centres.
    It is also available for my USA and International customers at slightly higher rates.
    Further details are provided in the catalogue under "Decals".
  2. I have started a new sidebar on the web site. It is called "Did You Know . . ." and is located on the left side, below the Hit Counter. In this space, I will share some general statistical information about CanMilAir Decals. I hope you find it interesting.
  3. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving !!
      
29 September
  
  1. Seven new sets have been added to the catalogue:

    # 291 - Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk 6 - 444 Sqn
    # 292 - Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet A - Top Aces
    # 293 - Hawker Hunter F.58 - Northern Lights
    # 294 - Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk IV - 432 Sqn
    # 295 - Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk IV/V - 409 Sqn
    # 296 - Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk IV - 428 Sqn
    # 297 - Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk V - 425 Sqn
      
13 September 2007
  1. Since re-opening the web store, orders have been pouring in. While I am very thankful for everyone's patronage, it does have its drawbacks. This surge in orders has increased my turn-around time from a typical 7 to 10 days to about 3 weeks. I ask for your patience as I am only able to work at this during my spare time in the evenings and on the weekends. As it should be, my full-time job of 30+ years and my family must take priority. Thank you.
      
26 August
  1. Well, the vacation is finally over and the store is back on-line!
  2. The shopping cart software has been upgraded to the current 4.5.2 version with many changes to the web site - some of which will be obvious while others you may not notice. 
  3. The Customers Gallery #4 page has been updated.
  4. 20 new decal sets have been added including sets for two new a/c types - the Vickers Wellington and the Bristol Blenheim (which depicts the aircraft flown by Sgt Andrew Prince who was the fist Canadian military casualty of WW II on September 4, 1939).
  5. I have finally added 250 profile prints by Canadian artist Richard Banigan. These prints will be shipped directly to the customer by the artist. 
    I am really excited about these prints as a large number depict the same aircraft or aircraft type/scheme as my decals! Now you can have a full colour profile print to match your model!
    At present only the "C Series" of Canadian profiles (and a few "B Series" RAF) have been added. I intend to add over 350 more profile prints in the coming weeks for the other countries listed, so stay tuned! 
      
9 August
  1. Well, the first week of my three week "Summer Shutdown" is almost over. I have not been idle these past few days. All current orders have been completed and shipped providing payment has been received. This now gives me a clean order book for when I make the software changes after returning from my holiday trip. 
  2. A new feature - I have added images to many of the category headers giving the catalogue pages a brighter look and a more visual guide to navigation.
      
5 August 2007

I will be temporarily removing the "Buy" buttons from the entire web store sometime through the day on Monday August 6 for a period of three weeks.

The first week (Aug 6 to 12) will be spent wrapping up current orders. I will not be accepting new orders during this time but will be available to answer messages.

For a portion of the second week (Aug 13 to 19) I will be away for a few days vacation and I feel that because I will not be around to process orders and answer emails, it would be best to close up shop for a short time. 

The last week (Aug 20 to 26) will be spent adding over 200 aircraft profiles, over a dozen new decal sets, updating several key pages on the web site, and most importantly - upgrading the software built in to the web site and the database that runs behind it. I will be available to answer questions during this week, but I will not accept orders since I will be changing things in the background.

I plan to turn everything back on and resume operations on, or before, Sunday August 26.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  

29 July
  1. Created a new gallery page "Gallery #4" with two new submissions from past customers.
      
21 July
  1. Updated Customers Gallery #3.
  2. Eight new sets have been completed and will be uploaded during my planned "summer shut-down" in August. Details and dates of the "shut down" will be announced after the beginning of the month.
      
17 July
  1. Upgraded and made a major correction to CC-144 Blue Challenger set #029.
  2. Marking sizes for the new CC-177 Globemaster III have been confirmed. I have adjusted set # 248 accordingly and it now contains accurate sized elements. It turns out my photo-interpretation skills weren't half-bad. Half of the elements were bang-on, and half were off by only a few inches.
      
13 July 2007
  1. This afternoon I have received official permission to release the 2007 and 2005 Demo Hornet sets. My thanks go out to Jim Belliveau who made this possible!
  2. Work continues on several other sets including: AETE 30th Anniversary Hornet, the 1991 Tiger Hornet, the 2004 D-Day Hornet, the 439 Sqn Tiger Starfighter on display at CWHM, Top Aces Consulting Alpha Jets and the 75th Anniversary Griffons from 400 Sqn.
      
28 June
  1. Updated VC Era Avro Lancaster set # 031.
  2. Updated CC-177 Globemaster III set # 248.
  3. Added seven new sets (# 264 to # 270): 1984 Voodoo "Lynx One",  three Lancaster sets and three CF-18 Hornet sets. Note that two of these Hornet sets are unavailable until permission is granted by DND.
3 June 2007
  1. Added a new product from Patrick Martin. Pat has put together a pair of prints containing over 60 full colour profiles of the Aircraft of the Royal Canadian Navy. Images of these can be found on the "Books" page immediately below his RCN Finish and Markings book.
  2. Updated the Customers Gallery # 3 page.
     
29 May
  1. Added a Guest Book to the site. 
  2. Please take a few moments to let me know you were here.
28 May
  1. Uploaded a total of 14 new sets today!
  2. Ten sets (#250 to #259) for the Avro Anson Mk I, II, V and VI.
  3. Four sets for early SAR Lancaster Mk X (#260 to #263)
  4. This brings the total number of new sets introduced this month to 21.
27 May
  1. Uploaded set # 249 Avro Lancaster Mk X - 407 Sqn circa 1953
25 May
  1. Answers are now posted on the Quiz page for questions 4, 5 and 6. 
  2. Three new questions have been added - good luck to one and all!!
23 May
  1. Uploaded five new sets tonight for the Noorduyn Norseman (# 243 to # 247) spanning the years 1942 to 1953, including the example at the Canada Aviation Museum. 
  2. Uploaded the CC-177 Globemaster set (# 248). Notice that until confirmation is received either through channels at DND or by photographs, this is a "best guess" as to the final look. See PHOTO 1 and PHOTO 2 taken recently in the paint shop.
  3. Work is almost finished on the last of the Avro Anson sets. These should be uploaded in the next few days.
  4. In development are two or three sets for early RCAF Lancaster Mk X with special attention to the early SAR schemes.
14 May
  1. Once again I am fully caught up with all orders completed for which payments have been received. As well, all the supplies I ordered last December have finally arrived, so I am now fully stocked.
  2. Several changes have been made to the appearance of the web page, some of which will be more obvious than others. For example, I replaced the roundel image found in the top left corner of every page. Previously, I used about a half dozen examples but now have assembled over 40 different roundel images so each and every page will feature a different roundel. 
  3. Design work for new decal sets continues in my spare time. I have completed a set for the new Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III. The first two of the four examples are expected to arrive in CFB Trenton in August. 
    This set is not yet available to purchase as I am waiting for confirmation on the sizes of a few of the elements. 
    Also completed, but not as yet uploaded, are several sets for the Avro Anson with two or three more in the final stages of design. These will include Mk I, II, V and the single Mk VI and include RCN examples. Except for the Mk I sets, these will require various amounts of modifications to existing kits. 
    Lastly, I am working on a few sets for the Noorduyn Norseman - one of which is a sharp looking overall yellow RCAF air ambulance from 1943 or 1944.
  4. My next major task is incorporating the profile prints mentioned below, into my on-line catalogue. As there are literally hundreds of them, this may take some time!
5 May 
  1. Please note there are a few changes on the "contact us" page.
       
1 May 2007
  1. Introducing a brand new feature here at CanMilAir . . . . a Canadian military aviation quiz by Patrick Martin. Go to Pat's CMA Quiz page and give it a try!!
  2. Also added a new product - full colour aircraft profiles by Canadian artist Richard Banigan! I still have a few things to iron out, but these profiles will be added to the catalogue in the coming days, so watch for them!
      
30 April
  1. Added photo of a completed DHC-3 Otter by MCpl Larry Wilson to Gallery 3.
      
28 April
  1. Uploaded three new Avenger sets. TBF-1 HMS Nabob 1944 (# 240), AS 3 circa 1951 (# 241) and AS 3 circa 1953 (# 242).
      
27 April
  1. Uploaded four new sets. 
  2. Two new sets for RCN Banshee (# 236 and # 237) cover the later period with 24" and 18" fuselage roundels and the larger 24" underwing markings to complement the two original sets with earlier markings.
  3. A set for the CH-149 Cormorant (# 238). This set is intended to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, the Italeri/Testors kit decals which have some items missing and others that are inaccurate. All serial numbers are available.
  4. Another Hornet set (# 239), this one covers the 1997 Maple Flag Hornets used as Aggressors and flown by 441 Sqn . All serial/Bort numbers used are available.
     
26 April
  1. Uploaded two new sets for the CF-18 Hornet (# 234 and # 235). These are for standard service Hornets in both FIP and SYM Era markings with choices for all squadrons. In the next few days watch for two new Banshee sets, a Cormorant set, another Hornet set, three Grumman Avenger sets, and some Avro Anson sets.
     
21 April
  1. All decal orders, for which payment has been received, have been printed, packaged and will be shipped out later this morning.
  2. Now that my back log of orders has been taken care of, I will resume uploading several new sets that have been created in the past few weeks.
     
15 April
  1. Orders received up to March 31 are being printed and will be shipped out Monday afternoon.
     
6 April
  1. Out of a total of 40 outstanding orders, 25 have now been completed. These consist of all orders received up to and including March 16.
  2. I have been advised that the remainder of my ink order will ship early next week. 
  3. I want to thank everyone for their patience in what has been, for me, a very stressful period, what with the uncertainty of my ink delivery.
     
5 April
  1. Orders up to and including # 767 have been printed and either shipped, or will be shipped next time I am at the post office. I am currently working through orders received in the first half of March. 
     
3 April
  1. I have received most of the ink cartridges I had ordered. Not included in this shipment were a large number of White cartridges that I had ordered. Since I had a few White cartridges on hand, I have resumed printing and will get as many orders completed and shipped as possible. I expect to receive a few White carts from an alternate supplier later this week, so I am hopeful I can get most of my backlog of orders cleared up.
     
1 April 2007
  1. Completed CF-188 Hornet FIP set with select option for any one of 8 squadrons and will wait until the matching SYM set (with 9 squadrons) is finished before uploading both sets.
  2. Work continues on an accurate set for the CH-149 Cormorant to replace inaccurate kit decals.
     
31 March
  1. Upgraded RCN Banshee sets # 077 and # 078 by adding extra details and optional fuselage roundels in preparation for two new Banshee sets which will cover the later 1958-62 marking scheme. These two new Banshee sets are finished and will be uploaded when the two new Hornet sets are finished.  
  2. I have been advised that my ink shipment should be in my hands by mid week. 
       
27 March
  1. Corrected # 213 Voodoo Hawk One set by adding yellow Last 3 numbers for nose gear doors used only on the second (1984) and Gate Guard versions.
      
25 March
  1. Uploaded eight new sets for Canadair CP-107 Argus (# 224 to # 231) covering 1957 to retirement in 1981.
  2. Uploaded set # 232 for Snowbirds support CT-133 Silver Star and # 233 for CF-188A 409 Sqn Activation.
      
24 March
  1. Uploaded five new sets for 431 Sqn Snowbirds (# 219 to # 223) covering 1971 to the present.
  2. Upgraded CF-188 Hornet sets #069 and #199. 
  3. Work is 95% finished on CF-188 188761 409 Sqn Activation special 2006.
      
22 March
  1. Uploaded four new sets for the Canadair CT-114 Tutor (# 215 to # 218) covering the years 1963 to present.
  2. Finished work on eight Canadair Argus sets and the Snowbird's Silver Star.
      
18 March 2007
  1. Uploaded two CF-101 Voodoo sets - 409 Sqn Hawk One (# 213) and 414 Sqn EF-101B Electric Voodoo (# 214).
  2. The Hawk One covers 101012 in 1977, 101057 in 1984, and the Comox Gate Guard 101057. 
  3. The Electric Voodoo set covers 101067 as delivered in 1982, all-black "Bat One" 1982-87, and the CFB North Bay Gate Guard.
      
 
   

 

 

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