PAUL 'CHANGA' MASON MEMORIAL PAGE


Paul Mason 1965 - 2006


by Andrew Doppel and others

 

Introduction

Paul ‘Changa’ Mason (Above) was an Aircraft Life Support Fitter in the Royal Australian Air Force. He was a very passionate admirer of the Mirage in Australian Air Force service which led to him and his best mate whom we all know and respect for his aircraft knowledge - Darren ‘Motty’ Mottram to write and publish one of the most popular and in-depth books on the Dassault Mirage IIIO/D in Australian Colours and Markings.

Many of us had either met or had communicated with ‘Changa’ about Mirage specifics which he would reply to with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, it was with deep regret that on 22 April 2006, not long after the release of his and Darren’s book that ‘Changa’ passed away playing rugby league - another of his passions.

On the first anniversary of Paul’s passing a memorial was suggested on the Aussie Modeller International website. Given Paul’s admiration for the Mirage I suggested to Graham and David that as a mark of respect to Paul’s love of the Mirage that Mirage-a-thon be conducted as a tribute to Paul. This tribute was given its blessing and approval by Darren Mottram who will be monitoring the submissions.

Australian Mirages

A3-1

Details
Model by
1/48 Hobby Boss Mirage IIIO(F), ARDU 1964
Andrew Doppel
 

 

A3-2

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO A3-2
Steven Kreusser
1/48 Hobby Boss Mirage IIIO(F), ARDU
Bruce Anders

1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F) A3-2, ARDU

Matt Woods
1/48 Italeri RAAF ARDUMirage IIIO
Andrew Doppel

High Planes Models 1/72 Dassault Mirage IIIO, A3-2 ARDU, RAAF Edinburgh SA

Antoney Wilkinson

 

A3-3

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 76 SQN, Williamstown
Andrew Doppel
 

 

A3-6

Details
Model by
Italeri 1/48 Mirage IIIO(F) A3-6, 75 SQN RAAF, Darwin
Karl Wilson
 

 

A3-7

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 76 SQN, Williamstown
David Soderstrom

Heller 1/72 Mirage IIIO(F) A3-7

David Soderstrom

1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), A3-7, 76 SQN, Williamstown

Dave Freeman

High Planes Models 1/72 Mirage IIIO, 2OCU Williamtown NSW

Antoney Wilkinson

 

A3-8

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 2 OCU, Williamstown
Dave Freeman
 

 

A3-9

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 76 SQN, Williamstown
Matt Wood
 

 

A3-10

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 3 SQN Butterworth Malaysia
Andrew Doppel
 

 

A3-11

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(A), 2 OCU Williamtown
Dale Smith
 

 

A3-12

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), ARDU
Matt Wood

 

A3-15

Details
Model by
1/48 Hobby Boss Mirage IIIO(A), 75 SQN Williamtown
Greg Long
 

 

A3-16

Details
Model by
1/32 Mirage IIIO A3-16, 76 SQN Darwin
Paul 'Changa' Mason
1/48 Hobbyboss Mirage IIIO(F) A3-16, 75 Sqn, Williamtown, NSW (circa 1966)
Ryan Hamilton

 

 

A3-17

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 77 SQN, Williamstown
Matt Wood

HPM 1/72 Mirage IIIO, 75 Sqn, Williamtown, NSW

Antoney Wilkinson

 

A3-19

Details
Model by
HPM 1/72 Mirage IIIO A3-19 79 Sqn, Butterworth, Malaysia
Antoney Wilkinson
 

 

A3-20

Details
Model by
1/32 Mirage IIIO, 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU), Williamtown, NSW circa 1977
Paul 'Changa' Mason
 



A3-21

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 3 SQN, Butterworth, Malaysia
Matt Wood
1/72 Heller Mirage IIIO(F), 77 Squadron, Willamtown (1980's)
Matt Wood
High Planes Models 1/72 Mirage IIIO(F) A3-21, 75 SQN RAAF Antoney Wilkinson

 

A3-23

Details
Model by
1/48 Heller Mirage IIIO, A3-23 75 SQN RAAF, Darwin NT
Andrew Perren
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), A3-23, 3 SQN RAAF, Butterworth
Matt Wood

 

A3-25

Details
Model by
Italeri 1/48 Mirage IIIO(F), 75 SQN RAAF, Butterworth
Matt Wood
1/48 Mirage IIIO(F)
Antoney Wilkinson

1/72 High Planes Models Mirage IIIO

Chris Doppel

 

A3-26

Details
Model by
1/32 Revell Mirage IIIO A3-26, 75 SQN Darwin
Paul 'Changa' Mason
 

 

A3-27

Details
Model by
Revell 1/32 Mirage IIIO A3-27, 75 Sqn RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia
Andrew Doppel
Italeri 1/48 Mirage IIIO (F), 75 SQN Butterworth
Matt Wood

 

A3-29

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 77 SQN, Williamtown, NSW
Matt Wood
 

 

A3-31

Details
Model by
I1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO A3-31, 3 SQN RAAF
Matt Wood
 

 

A3-33

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO, 75 SQN RAAF
Matt Wood
Mirage IIIO, 76 SQN Williamtown
Wally Civitico
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 76 SQN Williamtown
Chris Doppel

 

A3-36

Details
Model by
1/72 Heller Mirage IIIO, 75 SQN RAAF
Robert Hagger
 

 

A3-38

Details
Model by
ESCI 1/48 Mirage IIIO, 75 SQN Butterworth
Anthony 'Pappy' Papadis
 

 

A3-39

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO, 77 SQN WIlliamtown
Andrew Perren
Heller 1/72 Mirage IIIO(F), 2 OCU Williamtown
David Soderstrom
1/48 Heller Mirage IIIO(F), 3 SQN RAAF
J.D. King
1/48 Hobbyboss Mirage IIIO(A), 76 SQN Williamtown
Ryan Hamilton

 

A3-40

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 77 SQN, RAAF Base Williamstown, 1980's
David Freeman

Italeri 1/48 Mirage IIIO(F) A3-40 76 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown

Matt Wood

 

A3-41

Details
Model by

HPM 1/72 Mirage IIIO(F) 77 SQN RAAF, Williamtown NSW

Antoney Wilkinson

 

 

A3-42

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO, 2 OCU Williamtown
Matt Wood
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIE, 77 SQN, RAAF Williamstown 1969 - 70
Matt Wood

 

A3-44

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F) A3-44, 77 SQN Williamtown
Matt Wood
Esci 1/48 Mirage IIIO A3-44, 76 Squadron, Williamtown, NSW (circa 1969)
Andrew Doppel

 

A3-45

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F), 2OCU, Williamtown NSW
Michel Givord
 

 

A3-47

Details
Model by
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO (F), 76 SQN, Williamtown
Matt Wood

 

A3-48

Details
Model by
1/72 Revell Mirage IIIO(F) A3-48, 2OCU Williamstown 1973
Peter Jarvis
Hobbyboss 1/48 Mirage IIIO A3-48, 2OCU RAAF Williamtown
Tom Gardiner
Mirage IIIO(F) A3-48 77 SQN
Matt Wood

 

A3-49

Details
Model by
1/72 HighPlanes Models Mirage IIIO, A3-49, 77 SQN
Graeme Harris
Mirage IIIO(F) A3-49, 2 OCU, RAAF Williamtown
Matt Wood
Mirage IIIO(F) A3-49, 2 OCU Williamtown
Andrew Doppel

 

A3-51

Details
Model by
1/32 Mirage III
Paul Mason
1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(A) A3-51
Andrew Doppel

 

A3-56

Details
Model by
Mirage IIIO(A) A3-56
Andrew Doppel
 

 

A3-58

Details
Model by
1/48 Esci Mirage IIIO(A) A3-58
Matt Wood
 

 

A3-60

Details
Model by

Mirage IIIO(A) A3-60 75 Squadron-Butterworth, Malaysia (circa 1988)

David Fredericks

Italeri/Esci 1/48 Mirage IIIE/O, A3-60 3 SQN RAAF by

Andrew Doppel

 

 

A3-61

Details
Model by

High Planes Models 1/72 Mirage IIIO(F), A3-61, 77 SQN Williamtown

Antoney Wilkinson

 

 

A3-65

Details
Model by

1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO A3-65

Matt Wood

 

 

A3-66

Details
Model by

1/48 Heller Mirage IIIO(A)

Dale Smith

 

 

A3-68

Details
Model by

1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO(F/A)

Matt Wood

 

 

A3-69

Details
Model by

1/72 Revell RAAF Mirage IIIO

Steven Allsopp

1/48 Esci Mirage IIIO(A) A3-69

Matt Wood

     

 

A3-70

Details
Model by
1/48 Hobbyboss Mirage IIIO(A), 3 SQN
Ken Kahl
 

 

A3-71

Details
Model by
1/72 Revell Mirage IIIO(F)
Ray Seppala

1/48 Italeri Mirage IIIO

Matt Wood

 

A3-72

Details
Model by
Italeri 1/48 Mirage IIIO(F) A3-72
Andrew Doppel
 

 

A3-84

Details
Model by

High Planes Models 1/72 Mirage IIIO(F), A3-84, 3 SQN Williamtown NSW

Antoney Wilkinson

 

 

A3-86

Details
Model by
Italeri 1/48 3 Squadron Mirage IIIO, Butterworth, Malaysia
Ben O'Dowd
Mirage IIIO(A) A3-86, Butterworth 1975
Mark Thoroughgood
     

 

A3-88

Details
Model by

High Planes Models 1/72 Mirage IIIO(F) A3-88, 77 SQN Williamtown NSW

Antoney Wilkinson

 

 

A3-89

Details
Model by

Heller 1/48 Mirage IIIO(A), A3-89, 3 SQN RAAF

Troy Henderson

 

 

A3-104

Details
Model by
Heller 1/72 Mirage IIID, A3-104,76 Sqn RAAF, Williamtown, N.S.W (circa 1969)
Antoney Wilkinson
 

 

A3-108

Details
Model by
Heller 1/48 Mirage IIID A3-108 - 75 Sqn, Darwin, N.T.
Andrew Doppel
 

 

A3-111

Details
Model by
Heller 1/72 Mirage IIID 2OCU 1980's.
Antoney Wilkinson
 

 

A3-75
A3-76
by D Freeman
A3-80
By Haydn F. Neal

A3-81
by Thomas Ng

A3-82
A3-83
A3-87
A3-88
by Matt Wood
A3-89
A3-90
A3-91
A3-92
by Andrew and Christopher Doppel
A3-93
by Andrew Doppel
A3-94
A3-95
by Wally Civitico
A3-99
by Andrew Doppel
A3-99
by Aidem Lemay
A3-99
by Matt Wood
   
A3-99
by David Edwards
A3-100
by David Edwards
A3-100
by Damien Powell
A3-100
by Mick Alderson
A3-100
by Greg Long
A3-101
by David Thompson
A3-102
by Jim Dick
A3-102 'Daphne'
by David Edwards
A3-102
by Ryan Hamilton
A3-103
by Ryan Hamilton
A3-105
by Andrew and Christopher Doppel
A3-105
by Andrew Doppel
A3-106
by David Soderstrom
A3-114
A3-115
by Graeme Harris
A3-116

 

Foreign Mirage's

Mirage type: Argentinian Navy Super Etendard S/N 0751, 3-A-201
by David Fredericks

Israeli Mirage IIIC S/N 159
by Paul 'Changa' Mason
Israeli Mirage IIIC S/N 745
by Paul 'Changa' Mason
Armee de l’Air Mirage F1-CT
Serial No.; No. 260 – 30-SO

by David Fredericks

Mirage 2000 S/N 2-EI
by Tony Mollica
Colombian Kfir C7 s/n FAC3046
by David Fredericks
Mirage IVA s/n AC-04
by David Fredericks
Mirage 5B s/n BA08
by David Fredericks
Aeronavale Super Etenard - BA052
by David Fredericks
Mirage 2000C S/N 2LH23
by David Fredericks
Mirage 2000N S/N 4BB321
by David Fredericks
Rafale M
by David Fredericks
Swiss Mirage IIIB S/N U-2001
by David Fredericks
French Mirage F1 CR s/n 649
by Michel Givord
IAF Kfir C7 S/N 534
by David Fredericks
Mirage 2000C s/n KF135
By Michel Givord
Mirage 2000B s/n 2-ER
By Michel Givord
Mirage 2000C s/n 2-LI
by Michel Givord
Swiss Mirage IIIS
by Dave Freeman
Swiss Mirage IIIRS
by Dave Freeman
French Mirage IIIR
by Dave Freeman

 

Contributions

If you would like to contribute to this memorial contact Andrew at doppels@bigpond.com.

--SPECIFICATIONS OF ENTRY TO THE TRIBUTE--

Paul and Darren’s book covers the many aspects of the Mirage in RAAF service from the initial order, the Avon powered ‘City of Hobart’ Mirage III, natural metal aircraft, lizard schemes, anniversary schemes, grey schemes, special operation schemes, test schemes, zapped aircraft etc, etc, etc, etc. As a fitting tribute to ‘Changa’ a never-ending Mirage-a-thon will commence when the AMI site is re-launched at the end of May 2007, however, submissions can be made now.

As there are so many variations that can be made of Australian Mirages and the many more international models (including Kafirs, Entards etc, etc) the conditions of the Mirage tribute are as follows;

1. As many models of any Mirage variants can be submitted.
2. Any brand, size scale, variant can be submitted.
3. The quality of the finished model is not of importance so long as it resembles accurately the true look of the genuine aircraft i.e. No ‘what if’ markings or made up/wrong colours (as has been previously posted in the discussion group for the grey 76 Squadron Mirage with red scalloping).
4. The age of the build is not important.
5. Each model must be submitted individually and not in a grouping.
6. There is no maximum to the number of images of each individual Mirage submitted.
7. Mirage model images already posted on the site can either be re-posted for the tribute or drawn from those previously posted in Reader’s Models or the Gallery with the permission of the submitter.
8. Each aircraft submitted has to have a kit brand name and scale and brief details of any conversion kit used in construction or if OOB (Out of Box).
9. Of any variant we don't want two aircraft submitted that are the same serial number unless the colour scheme is different in some way i.e. A3-3 in silver, lizard, grey or 2OCU, 3, 75, 76, 77, 79 Squadrons, zapped etc. An exception to this is if another model submitted is of an equal or better quality to the one already submitted.
10. Each aircraft submitted has to have a short story to it of the reason for its existence in the scheme considered and any reference against a book, picture, photo, brochure etc must go with the model i.e.

Serial No.; A3-105
Mirage type; RAAF Mirage IIID
Based at; 2OCU Williamtown N.S.W. (Circa 1984)
Scheme; Temporary green and tan lizard livery for Exercise Pitch Black ’84 – crashed 26/4/84 after undercarriage failure at Darwin.
Reference; Mirage III0 Colours and Markings/Personal Photographs
Kit: 1/48 Heller Mirage IIIC/B with Redroo IIID conversion and scratch
building
Construction by; Andrew Doppel
Email address; doppels@bigpond.com

11. All models will be posted on the AMI site so any further entrants can view which aircraft have already been submitted so duplication does not occur if they want to produce a different aircraft.
12. The submitters email address is to be provided so that any other person wishing to make that particular aircraft can contact the constructor for references.

--AIM--

We want to achieve the greatest number of RAAF Mirage models and any other International Mirage variants as can possibly be modelled to match those that existed. This way we could possibly achieve in excess of the 116 RAAF Mirages as models in multiple variations as well as the numerous Mirages of other nations. There will be two categories-RAAF Mirages and International Mirages.

--NOTES--

The most important note is that this Mirage-a-thon is a tribute. It is not a competition and is open to everybody to pay respect to Paul ‘Changa’ Mason and his love for the Mirage/Miracle/French Lady!

It is requested that all participants entering the tribute submit their Mirage images in a format that does not exceed 500KB an image as this increases download time for those members who cannot access the site using ADSL/Broadband (including myself).

These images are to be submitted to AMI via myself C/O- doppels@bigpond.com.

By no way feel obligated to enter this Mirage-a-thon tribute or feel compelled to do a Mirage scheme different to any of those posted if you particularly want to do a specific aircraft that has already posted. All I am asking is that we get as many different variations as possible.

If you want to express an opinion about improving this tribute please do not hesitate to respond.