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@raytheron Ray Theron

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Returned to the hobby about two years ago after an absence of more than two decades, and I find I love building models as much as I did when I was a youngster!

I was born in South Africa and lived there for fifty years before moving first to the Azores, then Japan and eventually Australia. Married to my third wife (she’s a Dutchie by birth) and am now retired. Had many jobs in my time: regular soldier (infantry and AA Artillery), apprentice miller, reporter, teacher (for 24 years at a wonderful boys’ school), art gallery curator, and eventually sales assistant in luxury European furniture and kitchens, and then mattresses and beds. I retired and now have the free time (but not always the money!) to practise the hobby.

I have three children from my first marriage: two sons, both in England, the eldest in the Royal Artillery and the other a landscaper, and a daughter in Cape Town who’s a lawyer.

My other hobbies include photography, reading, painting, cooking and travel (when we have the money!).

SAAF Saab JAS 39 Gripen C — 48th scale kit by Kitty Hawk (kit no. KH80117)

This was the third of my South African Air Force jet builds. The kit gave me virtually no issues, apart from the dive brakes not fitting too well in the closed position. Finish is good and the surface detail is fine. Paints used were Mr Color, t[...]

SAAF Dassault Mirage IIICZ in 48th scale by Hobby Boss. Kit no. 80315

My second South African Air Force build was the Mirage III CZ by Hobby Boss. Not a bad kit! The aircraft I modelled is no. 800, which is today the last airworthy Mirage IIIC and is operated by the SAAF Museum and stationed at Zwartkops airfield[...]

Atlas Impala Mk 2 of the South African Air Force (Italeri 48th scale)

This was the first of my SAAF builds and I was very happy with the result. It's pretty much OOB, apart from a after market ejection seat. South Africa obtained a license to produce the MB-326M (similar to the 'G' model), as the Impala Mk I in [...]