|May 5, 2013|
- ! ! ! 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
|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|
- 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
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!
- CanMilAir Decals will be at the 2012
London IPMS Model Show on Saturday
September 29 - be sure to stop by and say
|July 11, 2012|
- 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|
- Happy Canada Day ! ! !
We are 145 years old today ! ! !
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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|
- 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
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|
- 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!
- 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
|February 20, 2012|
- Well, the vacation is over, time to get back to
work. I have uploaded the following five new
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|
- VACATION ALERT - I will be away between
February 4 and February 13. All emails will be
responded to and new orders acknowledged after my
|January 1, 2012|
- I want to wish everyone a most Happy and prosperous
New Year for 2012!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Many new entries in the Squadron
- Added 19 new photos to the Customers
|November 27, 2011|
- 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
- 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
- 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|
- 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.
- 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.
- I apologize for the delays and appreciate your patience.
- 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.
- 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|
- I have now re-opened the decal category and will
start taking orders.
- 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.
- Once again, I thank all those who sent their best
wishes for my recovery. They were much appreciated.
|September 17, 2011|
- Well, I must say, this has been a summer I do NOT
want to repeat!
- 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
- 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
- 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|
- 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|
- 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!
- Ten new sets were uploaded this afternoon and one
set needs to be mentioned that was missed in the last
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
520 NA B-25J Mitchell Mk. III - CWHM
# 521 Canadair CT-133 - VU-33
# 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
- 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
- I wish one and all a very pleasurable summer!!
|March 20, 2011|
- I am currently experiencing technical difficulties
with the HP Colour Laser printer that I use to print
customer receipts, double-sided decal brochures and
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
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.
|March 7, 2011|
- New Format Customers Photo
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
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
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
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
Please take a look at the new Gallery and all feedback or
suggestions for improvement would be appreciated.
- 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.
- 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|
- Three new sets uploaded today:
511 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII - 417 Sqn
512 Mil Mi-17-V5 CH-178 "Hip" - Afghanistan
513 Boeing B-29 Superfortress - RCAF
- The new 2011 CanMilAir calendar is now available for
purchase or download. HERE
Get your copy while supplies last!!!
|December 5, 2010|
- 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
It has been a very busy fall here at CMAD and now
Christmas (and year-end) is just a few weeks away!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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:
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
- 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
- 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
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
(the first one is the Sabre 5 owned by Vintage Wings -
aka "Hawk One")
- 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|
- 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
- Customer's Gallery # 18 has been filled, as well as
the first half of Gallery # 19.
|July 2, 2010|
- The online shopping functionality has now been
restored. With the new HST rules in Ontario, several
aspects have changed.
- Taxes will be charged at different rates depending
on the Canadian province.
- British Columbia: 12% tax (previously 5% GST)
- Ontario 13% tax (no change as it was 8% PST + 5%
- The provinces of New
Brunswick and Newfoundland/Labrador will be
charged 13% tax (up from 5% GST)
- The province of Nova Scotia will be
charged 15% (previously 5% GST)
- All other provinces and territories remain at 5%
- International and USA orders will not change.
- Shipping fees added to purchases are now taxable.
|June 30, 2010|
- Our web store has been shut down temporarily
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|
- 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,
# 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
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
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.
- Two new Sword sets uploaded today:
# 497 Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.5 - 427 Sqn, 3(F) Wing
# 498 Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.5 - 413 Sqn, 3(F) Wing
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!
- 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
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
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!
- 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|
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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|
- 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.
- Customers Gallery 15, 16 and 17 are now full.
- The 1:1 scale Warbird Photos page has a new
before/after project added to it for CT-133 serial
|January 23, 2010|
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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|
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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|
- 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
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
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
- 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
- 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
# 444 Consolidated Canso - Prov of Nfld
"Forest Service" water bomber
# 445 Consolidated Canso - Buffalo Air NWT
# 446 Consolidated Canso - Nfld + NWT
water bomber (Optional White Striping Only)
- Added more content to the "Salute
to Canada" page.
- Made several cosmetic and organizational changes to
the CanMilAir "home" page
- Work is progressing rapidly on several sets for the
Canadian Army Cessna L-19 "Bird Dog" and
- Things were very busy around here once I got back to
it, but all is in good shape now.
- 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!
- 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.
- It is home improvement time
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
|May 18, 2009|
- 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
- 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
- My PC came back yesterday and is once again purring
like a kitten so normal operations have resumed.
Thanks to all for their patience.
- 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.
- Happy Easter!
- 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
|4 April, 2009|
- 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
- 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|
- The following new sets have been uploaded today:
# 422 Canadair CT-133 - NRC
# 423 Spitfire Mk. IX - 442 Sqn 1944
# 424 Boeing 727-200 - Cargojet
# 425 DH Vampire FB.5 - 421 Sqn 1951
|10 January 2009|
- 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
# 421 Fairchild PT-26A Cornell - 1943-45
- I have added the following sets to the catalogue:
# 404 Canadair North Star - National
# 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|
- 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.
- From everyone here at CanMilAir, I would like to
wish one-and-all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy
- Patrick Martin's newest book is now available for
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
Coil Bound - 8˝" x 11"
- This book can be purchased HERE
- 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.
- 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%
- 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
- I have also added another photo to the Customers
Gallery # 10.
- 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.
- FREE DOWNLOADS !
I have made the annual CanMilAir 12 month calendar available as a free
Go HERE to download your copy!
- 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!
- 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"
- 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!
- 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
- 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
- Now that I'm caught up, maybe I can spend some time
working on some of those sets that I have under
- 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
- Gallery # 9 has been filled and # 10 has been
created and I will add a few photos to it in the next
- 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
|20 August |
- One new set uploaded:
# 388 Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - Golden
- Two more finished models added to Gallery # 9 - both
from modellers in Victoria BC.
|3 August, 2008|
- Four new sets uploaded today:
# 384 Boeing PT-27 Stearman - Canadian Warplane
# 385 Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - "Black Knight" 1993
# 386 Dassault Falcon 20 - CC-117 1967 - As
# 387 Canadair CT-133 Silver Star - AETE 30th
As well, set # 010 Canadair T-33 Silver Star - 1960
in RCAF+3 markings has been updated with additional
details and the Gimli diamond.
- 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.
- A rather unique event happened at Oshkosh last week
when two Canadian Forces CT-133 Silver Stars made an appearance.
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.
- 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
- 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|
- 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
* 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
You'll find it in the "Other" category.
|30 June, 2008|
- 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
- One of my Alps printers died last week leaving me
with one machine that is showing its age and one brand
|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
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
A black cart that was $6.00 now costs $12.00 each.
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
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
further details and a complete breakdown of prices in
I genuinely regret having to do this, but like any
business, I must pass my costs on to the customer.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Added 3 new finished models to Gallery # 7
|1 May, 2008
- I have recently updated the following sets:
- # 040 - Canadian Army Voyageur - added window
outlines, walkways, "cut-here" dashed door
and window outlines, corrected font issues.
- # 204 - Transport Canada DHC Dash-8
"Surveillance" - added flag and NASP crest.
- # 288 - Vickers Wellington 407 Sqn - changed code
letters to Brick Red.
- # 029 - Canadair Challenger OA Blue - minor colour changes.
- Say Hello to the newest member of our family -
- 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
# 371 - Bristol Freighter Mk.31C - 1952-53 in VC Era
# 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.
- 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
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
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
- I have uploaded a new set
# 368 - Lockheed WV-2 "Warning Star" - US
Navy VW-11 Sqn, Argentia, Nfld. from 1956 to 1961.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
- I've added a few new photos to the Gallery page
- 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,
- The following 6 new sets have been added to the
# 361 - Sikorsky S-76A - Ornge Air Ambulance (located
# 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
- All orders received prior to March 11 have been
printed and shipped.
|1 March 2008
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- The following 7 new sets have been uploaded into the
# 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")
- The following 2 new sets have been uploaded into the
# 352 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 434 Sqn 1953
# 353 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 434 Sqn 1954
- The following 6 new sets have been uploaded into the
# 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
# 350 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 430 Sqn - VC Era
# 351 - Canadair Sabre Mk 2 - 427 Sqn 1954
|3 February 2008
- 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.
- 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.
- Updated Customers Gallery # 6
|1 January 2008
- Happy New Year ! Best wishes to everyone for
- 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
- Added two more sets:
# 344 - Spitfire Mk XVI - ACM Sir James Robb
# 345 - NA Harvard Mk IV - Vintage Wings of Canada
|23 December 2007
- 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,
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
339 - Canadair Silver Star CT-133 - Camo FIP Black
# 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
- I've added a new Customers Gallery page - #6
you all have a very Merry Christmas and a safe &
Happy New Year ! !
- 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
# 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
- My next task is to print this weeks decal orders and
get the Dakota sets up and available.
- 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
- Next uploaded batch will include eight sets for the
CH-135 Twin Huey and at least eight Dakota sets.
- Lest We Forget . . . .
- 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.
- 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.
- Work is continuing on the Dakota and Twin Huey sets.
|3 November 2007
- 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
- Work is continuing on several sets each for the
following: Douglas Dakota, Canadair Yukon and Bell Twin
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A new optional shipping feature has been
Canada Post Xpresspost is a premium shipping service
that provides fast, guaranteed delivery and is
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
- 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
- I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable
- 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
- 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.
- Well, the vacation is finally over and the store is
- 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.
- The Customers Gallery #4 page has been updated.
- 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).
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
I plan to turn everything back on and resume operations
on, or before, Sunday August 26.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
- Created a new gallery page "Gallery #4"
with two new submissions from past customers.
- Updated Customers Gallery #3.
- 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.
- Upgraded and made a major correction to CC-144 Blue
Challenger set #029.
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- Updated VC Era Avro Lancaster set # 031.
- Updated CC-177 Globemaster III set # 248.
- 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
|3 June 2007
- 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.
- Updated the Customers Gallery # 3 page.
- Added a Guest Book to the site.
- Please take a few moments to let me know you were
- Uploaded a total of 14 new sets today!
- Ten sets (#250 to #259) for the Avro Anson Mk I, II,
V and VI.
- Four sets for early SAR Lancaster Mk X (#260 to
- This brings the total number of new sets introduced
this month to 21.
- Uploaded set # 249 Avro Lancaster Mk X - 407 Sqn
- Answers are now posted on the Quiz page for
questions 4, 5 and 6.
- Three new questions have been added - good luck to
one and all!!
- 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.
- 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.
- Work is almost finished on the last of the Avro
Anson sets. These should be uploaded in the next few
- In development are two or three sets for early RCAF
Lancaster Mk X with special attention to the early SAR
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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
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.
- 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
- Please note there are a few changes on the "contact us"
|1 May 2007
- 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!!
- 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
- Added photo of a completed DHC-3 Otter by MCpl Larry
Wilson to Gallery 3.
- Uploaded three new Avenger sets. TBF-1 HMS Nabob
1944 (# 240), AS 3 circa 1951 (# 241) and AS 3 circa
1953 (# 242).
- Uploaded four new sets.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- All decal orders, for which payment has been
received, have been printed, packaged and will be
shipped out later this morning.
- 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.
- Orders received up to March 31 are being printed and
will be shipped out Monday afternoon.
- 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.
- I have been advised that the remainder of my ink
order will ship early next week.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
|1 April 2007
- 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.
- Work continues on an accurate set for the CH-149
Cormorant to replace inaccurate kit decals.
- 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.
- I have been advised that my ink shipment should be in my hands by mid week.
- 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.
- Uploaded eight new sets for Canadair CP-107 Argus (#
224 to # 231)
covering 1957 to retirement in 1981.
- Uploaded set # 232 for Snowbirds support CT-133
Silver Star and # 233 for CF-188A 409 Sqn Activation.
- Uploaded five new sets for 431 Sqn Snowbirds (# 219
to # 223) covering 1971 to the present.
- Upgraded CF-188 Hornet sets #069 and #199.
- Work is 95% finished on CF-188 188761 409 Sqn
Activation special 2006.
- Uploaded four new sets for the Canadair CT-114 Tutor
(# 215 to # 218)
covering the years 1963 to present.
- Finished work on eight Canadair Argus sets and the
Snowbird's Silver Star.
|18 March 2007
- Uploaded two CF-101 Voodoo sets - 409 Sqn Hawk One
(# 213) and 414 Sqn EF-101B Electric Voodoo (# 214).
- The Hawk One covers 101012 in 1977, 101057 in 1984,
and the Comox Gate Guard 101057.
- The Electric Voodoo set covers 101067 as delivered
in 1982, all-black "Bat One" 1982-87, and
the CFB North Bay Gate Guard.