am not surprised. He could not stand communists. His
were decidedly formed based on his family’s fate
affected by Communism. Before pandemic we used to meet at the
protests because besides our common interest in models and history we also shared the opinion on the current government bureacracy. There he was always in a good mood and demonstrated optimism and faith in the future. By the way, fighter pilot Otto Hruby
from Nova Paka belonged to the larger family on his mother’s side.
that triggered his interest in the aircraft of CzeMS Perhaps
choslovak pilots. He was doing a great job on building
a Wellington installing mind-boggling (and nerve-wrecking) Eduard’s photo etched bombay and also Perina’s Hawk 75 from the
Battle of France. At one point he was seeing Lubomir Ulehla from
whom he was trying to obtain the information how his Warhawk
had been painted. He has not succeeded. According to Mr.Ulehla
combat pilots had completely different focus than camouflage of
Oh yeah, Hawk... Peter made an extraordinary effort to
convince me to produce 1/48 Hawk kit. He even gifted me
a book for an inspiration. Unfortunately we did not manage it on
his time but we intend to finish the project and dedicate it to Peter’s legacy.
a part of his interest in Czechoslovak aviation history
MS Ashe was
also a great admirer of Ladislav Sitensky’s work.
He owned the original print of Sitensky’s book Squadron 312. In
1948, as ordered by communist censors, the whole printing of this
book had to be destroyed, only a few samples of the early printing
survived. In 2018 Peter took part in the 2nd edition of this book.
he was helping Sitensky’s grandaughter, Ms. Adela
Kandl, with preparation of the 2nd edition of Squadron 312.
She could borrow his 1948 copy. She was surprised by different
page numbering and photographs not featured in her copy.
they were working on re-printing the book
with Ms.Kandl at the time we were preparing our special
issue of a Liberator, „Riders in the Sky“. We met at one of the restaurants on Budejovicka street. After an agreement we used one
of the photographs as a base for the boxart and if I remember well
we bought some pictures for the book which was a part of the kit‘s
MS kely inheritance from his watchmaking ancestors, he was
In addition to his great skills in the fine mechanics, most li-
active in chemistry. Many are aware of his debonder and decal
setting solutions. He managed to tweak them to a great versatility.
He was able to create a strong version which made even the stiffest decals to settle. He promoted experimenting. If something did
not work for me he proved it can work and only lack of my skills is
to blame. I like to use his odorless thinner for Gunze. It will sadly
run out one day and there will be no one left to mix it again.
VS ague of professor Heyrovsky. The scientific work of HeyHe was simply scientifically oriented, like his father, colle-
rovsky’s team became a base for a family enterprise founded by
Peter’s father and taken over by Peter.
sure he inherited may skills from his father with whom
he manufactured a hydrogen generator and later molecular screens for chromatographers. At one time his father taught me a lesson when while accepting a new car he requested an
actual demonstration of a spare wheel removal which was mounted underneath the car. No one else has ever asked for this. Just a
family tradition of the precision.
AR neither proud nor arrogant about his knowledge and skills,
For some people he was a natural talent. And yet he was
he always behaved in a very civil manner. Any time he opened
anything on his model it has never been a hole with some wires
from nowhere to anywhere. He always knew what is what, why it’s
there and where it’s going to.
VS found a solution.
And when he did not know he investigated, researched and
He has always found a solution. Unfortunately there was no solution for a grave illness Peter was diagnozed with several weeks
before his passing.
We will miss you Dowseeno. We will miss your knowledge, views
and your advice. You left too early. It’s so difficult to say more and
not to repeat notorious cliches. But that we will not forget you is
not a cliche. Personality of you caliber cannot be forgotten.
*nickname based on Peter’s last name, Dousek.
INFO Eduard - June 2021