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@dirtylittlefokker david leigh-smith

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

My modeling defaults are building dioramas and WWII aircraft. Enjoy WW2 history, reading, single malt scotch whisky (without the ‘e’), music, good food, philosophy, and general history.

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 […]

USS Enterprise CV6

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.

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 […]