By:  Larry Lorance

May 5, 2011

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University of Oklahoma Medi Flight N2070Z
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II

Fort Worth Police Department N911FW
1996 Bell 206B


Lockheed C-130H firefighter with MAFFS System Installed

Lockheed C-130H serving with the 115th Airlift Squadron in California, know as the Hollywood Guard.  Flying from the Channel Islands reserve base, this C-130 is equipped with the MAFFS, Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System for dropping fire retardant material on wildfires in California. The model has a 16" wingspan and has the 115th patch on the base. The model also features the Channel Island markings with the large red numbers that designate it a firefighting aircraft. 


Sikorsky S-64 Erickson Skycrane Firefighter

Erickson Skycrane used for fighting fires.  This aircraft can carry 2800 gallons of water and put it on a dime sized fire.  The aircraft can then hover over any body of water and refill its tank using the snorkel.  It can also skim the surface of the lake and refill using the sea snorkel. This model is 20" long, and has the Erickson logo on the base. 


Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City

BELL 206

Pacific Helicopters
Flown by Fred Griffin, Owner of Griffin Aerospace Models


The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team

Los Angeles County Fire Department
Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk Model

Los Angeles County Fire Department
Sikorsky  S-70 Firehawk Model

Medi-Flight Modesto, CA
Eurocopter EC 135 P2

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If you collect high quality aircraft models, this is the place to visit.  If you would like to add a EMS, Fire, Police, Rescue model aircraft to your collection this is the place to purchase it from.  I have seen Fred's product on Ebay and have been meaning to visit his store. 

I had the chance to set down with Fred Griffin, owner of Griffin Aerospace Models and former Air Force Pilot,  and talk to him about these great models. 

When I entered his store, I knew I was in a very special place.  This was an aviation buff's dream.   Fred had just returned from a helicopter convention had had a number of helicopters on display.  To my luck, the majority of these were EMS, Fire and Police related. 

The very first model that caught my eye was the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Bell 412.

Code 3 Collectibles 1:64 Scale model compared to Los Angeles County Bell 412 from Griffin Aerospace Models
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I was partially amazed by the size.   I was ready to lay down my $150.00 right then!  But wait there were more, lots more.  I was like a kid at the toy store, I wanted everything. 

Here in the Dallas / Fort Worth area there are two air ambulances services, Careflite and Critical Air.  He had models of both.  I have been looking for a Careflite model for years.  Unfortunely, this model had already been promised.  Maybe next time Fred!

Careflite and Critical Air Models
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I asked Fred about his models and what they carry.  His answer was pretty short "If it has been flown or currently is flying, we can build it", I'm impressed. 

Fred's factory is located in the Philippine Islands, not far from Clark Air Force Base.   It employs 31 craftsmen, mostly family.  It takes about 90 days to produce a model.  Every model is hand crafted to the customer's specifications.  

It begins with dried mahogany then hand carved by craftsmen.  Eventually, the model begins to take shape. 

Putty is applied and the model is sanded.  The model is then painted using DuPont automotive paint then clear coated.  They use NO decals on these models.  All the lettering, graphics, and painting is done by hand.  NO DECALS here!  Fred directed me to some military aircraft with the names of the pilots just below the canopy.  All done by hand using a small hyperemic needle as the brush.  The helicopter blades are made of sanded bamboo. 

O' back to the models....

Here are some photographs of the EMS, Fire, Police helicopters on display:

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I felt like saying, "Wrap them up, I'll everyone of them".  However, I did decide on one from the Travis County, TX (Austin) government.  A Starfilight Eurocopter EC 145 EMS, Fire, Rescue model.

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In the Hanger

Fred did not leave out the fixed wing fire buffs.  He has on display a number of fire bombers.  I also purchased a C119 "Flying Boxcar" fire bomber (better photos will be posted soon).

C119 "Flying Boxcar" Fire Bomber
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Folks, this is one of those models you have to see to believe.  I find myself stopping to look at it every time I pass by and think "WOW" every time.

I would encourage everyone that visits the Dallas / Fort Worth  to drop by and take a look at what Griffin Aerospace Models has to offer.  Additionally, keep up on his Ebay auctions.   Finally, if you have ANYTHING you want produced please give him a call.  I am 100% positive you will be happy with the results!

Finally, most you you will not remember Sky King and the Flying Crown Ranch.  Here are two models of the "Songbird". 

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