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10th Apr 2010, 11:20
David Boddington 1943-2010

Sad news to report. David Boddington, leading flying scale model builder, author, magazine editor and designer of the Biggles Biplane BE-2c replica, passed away this morning after a brave battle against cancer.

David is probably best known to aeromodellers who have used his many plans. He was also a pioneer in operating large-scale models for film work including WW1 types for the BBC series Wings and Ruskin Airways DC-3s for the ITV drama series Airline.

More recently a large-scale multi-engined jet airliner was produced for an airline TV commercial to show the airliner ‘flying’ ahead of a new aircraft’s delivery. David was also a keen pilot, flying Provosts and Vampires in RAF service and later flying with the Barnstormers display team, taking over the leadership of the team following the death of his brother Charles.

(Modellers may be interested to note that a mass rally of David’s DB Sport and scale designs is planned at the Old Warden May Fly model event on 8/9th May. More information at http://www.modelair.info/ (http://www.modelair.info/) )

Perhaps typically David chose a blue sky, CAVOK, morning for his final departure. Happy landings DB.

PPRuNe Pop
10th Apr 2010, 11:37
I am sorry to hear of David's passing. I knew him when we worked on Wings and have fond memories of the flying we did in the films. Nick Jones ('Captain Triggers'), Timothy Woodward and Sarah Porter will be sad to know I am sure.

11th Apr 2010, 15:11
Shame; I've been out twice this weekend flying the model aircraft. Nowhere near (and I mean nowhere near) DB's skill but watched someone else flying a scale Sopwith Camel with style. "Wings" was a great series.

John Farley
12th Apr 2010, 12:09

RIP David


John Farley
12th Apr 2010, 12:12
And another from happy times


12th Apr 2010, 19:12
How strange! I was at Sywell Aircraft Museum on Saturday and mentioned to the staff about David Boddington. I recalled the Barnstormers displays there and the radio control shows with his big Spitfire model . I believe he ran a model shop in nearby Irchester. It was a beautiful day at Sywell how nice that he is remembered.