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@dirtylittlefokker David leigh-smith

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Professional psychologist, father of four, musician, modeler, lecturer. Tired.

My defaults are 1/32 WW2 aircraft, reading, single malt scotch whisky (without the ‘e’), music, good food, and history.

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Friendships, tanks…and chocolates.

iModeler makes more than scale kits, scratchbuilt projects, and dioramas. It builds friendships. By nature I think we modelers can be an insular tribe (do we become more self-contained because we are modelers or find modeling because we tended to […]

iModeler store ‘Best Thing Ever’ says David from London!

I was just sitting working on my latest build when the postman dropped in this rather rakish hoodie and a yellow beer drinking thing (some would say it looks a bit like a mug) – couldn’t be more pleased. Bravo […]

iModeler random award July 2017

Well, the postman arrived with this lovely prize from everyone’s favourite modeling community, the sun is shining, the smell of pancakes is wafting from the kitchen, and the teenagers are sleeping in. And it’s Saturday. Thank you to Martin and […]

Peace at last for the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families.

In a world where it can be easy to succumb to cynicism through pessimistic images and events, there was some great news this week that after 72 years the Indianapolis was found at rest in the Philippine Sea. A civilian […]

Tank Museum part two; Tank Heaven in Devon!

Hard to believe, but I had to work hard to cut the photos down to 100 (maximum file size), and considering I didn’t get around the whole exhibition, I think it really shows the quaility of the museum’s subjects. There […]

Dorset Tank Museum, UK. Part One -Tiger Porn!

Really, who doesn’t feel something visceral and intimidating at the sight of a Tiger tank. There’s something about this vehicle that symbolises everything about the Wehrmacht. Her lines just radiate menace, poise, and brutality in a way that captures the […]

RAF Museum, Hendon, London (part two)

Friday started great (Rob, your briefing makes my day) and just got better. I did some modeling, went to see ‘Dunkirk’ with my son, found that I really underpaid for my Adolf Galland painting (and genuine signature), pre-ordered a new […]

RAF Museum, Hendon, LONDON – part one

Raining all day here in London so I paid a visit to the RAF Museum, which has something of a visit to an old friend about it. This post focuses on WW1 for those Wing nuts out there. I’ve highlighted […]

iModeler about to hit 2000!

I just noticed that our amazing band of brothers is about to hit 2000 strong. Only five more members to go (could we send a model to number 2000?). Anyway, after noting this, I really just wanted to send out […]

Leyte Gulf; the Orphans of the USS Princeton.

This is my first attempt at a diorama and it’s been a steep learning curve. I wanted to create a scene that captured something of the spirit of the carrier groups that fought so bravely such a long way from […]

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