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@richardmcstay48gmail-com Richard Mcstay

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Hi folks, I’m in my early thirties and live in Newcastle upon Tyne. I work as a cook offshore in the oil and gas industry. I’m fairly new to the rigs but previously worked as a chef in hotels and restaurants. I’m more than happy to trade cooking secrets for modelling tips!
I like to build most modelling genres although I’m more interested in modern engineering.
I have many other hobbies also. I play guitar and piano and love a bit of heavy metal. I’m keen on motor sports and enjoy driving and riding myself. On the quiet days I like a spot of fishing or a bit of quality time with the Playstation!

Ferrari V12

Hi folks! This is the 6.3l V12 engine from the Tamiya LaFerrari. It generates a whopping 800 bhp and is combined with an electric motor, giving the car a total of 950 bhp. Not bad for a road car... It's the first time I've posted an article of [...]

The Northern Model Show Competition.

And now for the part you have all been waiting for, the best in classes. The award for best in show went to the 1/32 Grumman A-6 Intruder. As soon as I saw it, I turned to my mate and said I thought that it was going to win. It stood out above e[...]

The Northern Model Show. Part 4

And the final section before the competition winners... There were a large amount of sci-fi builds at the show, as well as figures and busts. It isn't normally a subject that I'm interested in, but on close inspection, some of the work was real[...]

The Northern Model Show. Part 3

Here is a selection of automotive, civilian and maritime subjects from the show.

The Northern Model Show. Part 2

Part 2, Military vehicles and dioramas. In this section I'll include everything from MBT's to armoured trains. There were also a few really impressive dioramas on display. As before, all questions welcome. I'll upload the final two parts tomorro[...]

The Northern Model Show. Part 1

Hi folks, over the weekend I attended the North of England and Scotland model exhibition on Sunday the 3rd of June. The event took place at North Shields sports centre and attracted modellers from John o`Groats down to Sheffield. I did my best [...]

Sukhoi Su-27 UB

Hello again! This is the Eduard limited edition kit in 1/48 scale. The mouldings are originaly from the Academy Flanker C, but Eduard have worked their magic and included various photo etch and resin aftermarket parts, plus a correct nose cone.[...]

Porsche 918 Spyder

Hello again! First of all may I just say this new website is looking snazzy! Thanks for all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes! In recent years the term 'super car' has become all to common. The performance and specifications of mo[...]

Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Merry Xmas everyone. This is my last build of 2017, the Tamiya 1/12 H2R. To label the bike a Ninja is somewhat misleading... One would just assume another Ninja would be an evolution of Kawasaki's flagship sports bike... The H2R is a non street [...]

Jaguar XJ220

Hello again! This is my entry for the 'year of the cat' group build, my childhood favourite, the XJ220. About the car... There was originally never any intention of making the car. It was designed as a concept by Jim Randle and unveiled at the [...]