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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.

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

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

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

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…

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 […]