Aircraft & Build Articles


Martindale's Marauders(11.6mb)

In the 1970s the Scotland West Aircraft Investigation Group researched and found many aircraft wreck sites on the hillsides of Scotland. The main activities of SWAIG are charted here, including their involvement in the recovery of several aircraft engines. Particular emphasis has been paid to John Martindale, who led the band of Marauders through rain and cloud to many such crash sites. Included are ten aircraft models and the paint colours and markings of the 36 aircraft crashes covered in this booklet.



Penknife Models from the 1940s (2.4mb)

This article focuses on the wooden models carved by Dougie’s grandfather J. H. Martindale in the 1940s. The models include a unique scratchbuilt 1/24th scale Spitfire Mk.Vb. Built from several hand carved wooden sections, this model has wires within the fuselage and wings that allow the control surfaces to be moved via controls in the cockpit.



How To Become A Submarine Commander(2.9mb)

Covering the construction of an OTW 1/96th scale Vanguard class submarine and subsequent mishaps at the pond, this not entirely serious article charts what is surely not the best way to build a dynamic diving submarine model. Appendices continue in the same manner with the building and sailing of a radio-controlled duck and a crocodile head.



How To Become A Wing Commander(2.9mb)

In the sequel to How To Become A Submarine Commander, Dougie builds and rides a Lancaster tricycle bomber around the local streets.



Viking Down!(2.5mb)

Written in 2011 by James T. M. Towill and Dougie Martindale, Viking Down! is a tale of the dramatic night an airliner crashed on the Scottish hills. As there are no copies left of this book it is now available for download below. On the evening of 21 April 1948, a Vickers Viking airliner carrying four crew and sixteen passengers crashes into a windswept Scottish hillside. The blazing aircraft bounces over the hillside before finally coming to rest. Remarkably all twenty occupants manage to scramble clear with only burned hands and other minor injuries. They then watch helplessly as a raging inferno consumes the fuselage of the aircraft. Yet their ordeal has only just begun. Having braved the fire, they must next survive the elements. Dressed only in frocks and suits, they are forced to shelter from the winds that sweep mercilessly over the hillside. The Captain and one passenger leave the scene to alert the authorities. Several hours later the two men succeed in reaching civilisation. The Captain then leads the first of several search parties that scour the moorlands in search of the crashed airliner. But a complete lack of visibility and terrible conditions underfoot prevents any of the rescue parties from finding the survivors. By dawn the remaining passengers and crew have spent the entire night huddling together for warmth in a shelter built from the wreckage. Fearing the rescuers will not find them before the elements take their toll, a decision is made by the crew. They must make their own move, trekking out over desolate moorland in a bid to survive. Viking Down! tells the full story of events on that fateful night. Illustrated with numerous maps, drawings and period photos, the authors reveal how and why the airliner crashed into a Scottish hillside. The fascinating story of how the twenty men and women coped with such dreadful adversity is also covered. These personal, technical and historical elements knit together to form a remarkable tale of human survival.







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