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Modeling by David leigh-smith

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 […]

USS Enterprise CV6

by David leigh-smith on July 9, 2017 in Ships -- 14 Comments

What can you say about the Enterprise? To me, she represents the spirit, the bravery and courage, the hope, and the good that humanity is capable of. I think it’s impossible to overstate the influence this ship had on the […]

Franz Stigler and Charlie Brown; a story for the generations.

by David leigh-smith on May 29, 2017 in Aviation -- 26 Comments

I think most people on iModeler will know of the story of Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler. On the return journey home from a bombing raid on Germany in December 1943, 20 year old pilot Charlie Brown nursed his critically […]

Idea for Group Build ‘Scene or Subject from your Favourite War Movie’

Just think about the possibilities; a Group Build that crosses every genre; aircraft, armour, figures, ships, sci-fi, diorama. The creative license is almost endless and bound only by our love of modeling, passion for movies (I am pretty sure every […]

Tribute to the Princeton and the men and Hellcats of VF 27

by David leigh-smith on May 15, 2017 in Aviation -- 24 Comments

The USS Princeton (CVL-23) was lost on October 24th, 1944 at the battle of Leyte Gulf, after a single bomb hit the aft elevator and several ‘locked and loaded’ Avengers. Eight F6F’s from Fighting 27 were on patrol and engaged […]

Lightning in June

by David leigh-smith on May 13, 2017 in Aviation -- 34 Comments

We have all been there. A model just fights and fights every inch of the way and sometimes just seems to say, “you aren’t really much good at this hobby, why not try golf, or knitting? Something less… skillful”. This […]

Tamiya’s Mosquito masterpiece

by David leigh-smith on May 10, 2017 in Aviation -- 40 Comments

I’m not sure that there’s anything left unsaid about Tamiya’s 1/32 Mossie. She is big, beautiful, and generous to a fault. Having coveted this kit for some time (and not being shy about sharing this fact), I received the Mossie […]

Galland’s flying circus

I have always thought of the ‘Dora’ as a wonderfully elegant aircraft which was great counterpoint to it’s brutal parentage, the pugnacious and acutely aggressive ‘Butcher Bird’ (which has it’s own terrible beauty). This is the 1/32 Hasegawa kit which […]

2017 build plan

So, taking a leaf from Greg’s book – I have decided to commit to a model plan. I think it’s an interesting idea to set out what you hope to do and see where you get to at the end […]

Farewell comfort zone…

by David leigh-smith on July 23, 2016 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

Introduction. My first post here on iModeler and I’ve really enjoyed the relaxed and supportive attitude (and amazing skills) on show from the members. I’ve a real thing for 1/32 scale WW2 planes, and thought I’d share my latest attempt […]