The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre

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The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) is a community oriented, non-profit organization. It is the only one of its kind in Quebec, combining civil and military aircraft, artifacts and memorabilia, and has the full support of many established cultural and educational organizations, including the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and McGill University.

Founded by Godfrey Pasmore in 1998, the CAHC is situated in the historical "Old Stone Barn" on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue (Montreal), Quebec.

Two workshops have been created for the construction and preservation of historically significant aircraft. Other wings of the building have been transformed into an art gallery, machine shop, administration offices, conference room, library and artifact preservation area.

Our collection of vintage aircraft includes a Fairchild Bolingbroke Mk.IV (manufactured at the Longueuil plant in 1942) under restoration, a flying full-size replica of a Blériot XI, a Curtiss-Reid Rambler replica under construction, a Fairchild FC-2, a half-scale replica Silver Dart, a Fleet Canuck, and many more. Consult our web site:

The Art Gallery is home to an extensive collection of paintings by renowned Canadian aviation artists. It also houses an impressive collection of models of historically significant aircraft.

Our library contains over 6000 books, technical manuals and aviation magazines.

A special emphasis is placed on inspiring the next generation of aerospace innovators through programs adapted to their age group and level of interest.

The CAHC has successfully launched a one-of-a-kind program: WE BUILD HERITAGE. A dedicated team of volunteer craftsmen create models in 1/48 or 1/72 scale of aircraft of personal significance to individuals and families who wish to acquire a unique heirloom. These models are displayed in a beautiful case, and come with two options as a base: a mirror or a discreet diorama depicting a realistic “historical” environment.

Each commission is exhaustingly researched (both pilot and aircraft), and an accompanying booklet contains all the relevant information (full history, photographs, war records, technical data, …).

As researcher and model builder, I (Gilles Pepin) recently submitted two reviews to Modeling Madness:

CF-100 (1/72):

Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib:

Photographs of the following completed commissioned models are available on request:

·        Hawker Hunter (Academy 1/48 with after-market 1/48 cockpit

·        P-51/Mustang I (Accurate Miniatures 1/48)

·        CF-100 (Hobbycraft 1/72)

·        CF-105 '205' (Hobbycraft 1/72)

·        Bristol Blenheim Mk.IVF (Airfix 1/72)

·        Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib (late) 'TP-X' (Italeri 1/48)

·        Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib (late) 'SA-Q' (Italeri 1/48)

·        CF-105 '206' (Hobbycraft 1/48)

The following models are currently commissioned:

1) 1/72  Airfix (A08001) Lancaster B.II and RAF Bomber Re-supply set (A05330); 426 Squadron, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, OW-L, DS687; S/L Leader Malcolm Dalton Loucks; 3 dioramas will be built: one for S/L Loucks' son Ronald C. Loucks, one for the CAHC (to be displayed in our Art Gallery), and one to be donated by Ronald C. Loucks to the RAF Museum, Linton-on-Ouse (England)

2) 1/48 Tamiya (61062) DH Mosquito Mk.VI; fictional '633 Squadron', 'HT-L'

3) 1/24 Airfix (A19002) Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib (late); 197 Squadron, 'SA-Q' MN125; F/L Peter Roper; will be displayed at the Tilly-sur-Seulles Museum (France)

4) 1/72 Azur FRROM (FR19) Vickers Vincent Mk.I; 8 Squadron, RAF Khormaksar (Aden, Yemen), HV-L, K4712; F/L Peter Roper

5) 1/72 Airfix (A08014) Douglas C-47 Skytrain; AETE; Lt/Col (ret) John Lawson, the president of CAHC

6) 1/72 Airfix (A01054) Chipmunk T.10, modified to RCAF DHC1-B with bubble canopy; Lt/Col (ret) John Lawson

7) 1/48 Tamiya (61085) Vought Corsair F4U-1D; Pappy Boyington Lulubelle '86'

8) 1/48 Tamiya (61090) Republic P-47D Thunderbolt; Gabby Gabreski, 61st Fighter Group 'HV-A'

9) 1/48 Eduard (8282) Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX (early); Gabby Gabreski, 315 Squadron,  'PK-E'

10) 1/24 Airfix (A12005A) Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb; George Beurling, 249 Squadron,  'T-L' EP706; commissioned by the City of Verdun, 375th anniversary

A Tale of Two Typhoons
A comparative review of two Italeri 2734 builds
by Gilles Pepin

For ALL models (whenever possible), I use CanMilAir decals; if CanMilAir decals for a specific aircraft are not available, then other aftermarket decals are de rigueur; last (but possibly not least, depending on who the decal sub-contractor of the kit manufacturer is), kit-supplied decals may have to do, if you are not modelling a specific aircraft. Some modelers may be tempted to go the home-made decal route (blank sheets available at some hobby shops, Staples, …); I have yet to try this method; thus I cannot comment.

Our new and improved web site at CAHC is still a WIP, and will eventually have a page dedicated to “We build heritage”, complete with photographs, links, modelling tips, …

If you have any enquiries, please contact Gilles Pepin at