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@hetstaine Jimmy Zed

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Started modelling again in June 2018 after many decades away, talk about a learning curve! The game has changed so much since i last made an average resemblance of the BoB aircraft in the early ’80’s that inevitably died outside in aerial yard combat with a group of friends.

Northern Territorian living in sunny Queensland with my three kids, my iwata hates the humidity! but we struggle on working away in the cooler night hours when possible.

My Pop flew for Qantas back in the ’60’s and Dad was a private pilot after just missing his call for Vietnam when troops were stopped from bring sent over. I got into the mechanical side of things, cars, trucks and then the spare parts industry and finally managing a 110 car a week paint shop but have always had a passion for aircraft and flight. Mainly WWII but i will delve into the odd more modern bird, armour or ships.

The net is such a great resource for modellers, i’m constsantly blown away by peoples work and it’s nice to combine methods to come up with ones own little rendition of a machine.

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Two models, one base

This was an idea to space save in my cabinet, the trusty Detolf, but still have some bases to add interest. My previous Spitfire build with base takes up a shelf all by it's lonesome, which makes only four planes per cabinet. It looks cool, but[...]

Stretching a weekend build, Academys 1/48 Griffon powered Spit

Plenty has been written about the failings of this kit and i won't go into detail here beside dropping a Jon Bius quote that i think is fitting for most of us modellers... 'But I believe most modelers just want to enjoy a build. They don’t joi[...]

Last build of last year…first build of this year. Mengs 1/48 Me-410 heavy fighter.

This was meant to be the last build of the year but she stretched into the first week of the new as it got away from me. I kept her very simple and just tried to concentrate on my paintwork more than anything. I'm still debating if i should have[...]

1972 Tamiya 1/48 Ki84. Attempted stressed metal build.

Another cheap as chips kit! I grabbed this when i picked up the previous Tamiya Raiden which was also a '70's vintage kit. Being so cheap i thought i would continue my exploration of techniques and stumbled across the stressed metal look. This [...]

Hairspray chipping Tamiyas 1973 Raiden

Enamel wash, oil wash, salt chipping and now hairspray. I've tried to do something different with each of my four last builds, firstly to learn, secondly to keep my modelling interesting and thirdly to keep challenging myself. I looked at a fe[...]

Assaulted Douglas Dauntless

This finished build relates back to the Salty Modeller bit i posted a week ago where i was delving into the salt weathering technique. I won't go back over the process i used here but suffice to say it has been one of the most fun things i have[...]

One salty modeller!

My last post concerned my first oil and enamel washes as i am wanting to have a crack at different techniques and effects, this one concerns chipping, something that i think looks great but have been too scared to attempt. Well, time to get on t[...]

BF109F Eduard 1/48 – enamel washes.

Ok, so this my first step into a proper full wash subject and what better subject than Eduards Royal Class 109F dual kit, i mean if i'm going to muck it up, i might as well ruin the best. I've wanted to do a 109 for a while now and couldn't pas[...]

1/35 Tamiya Tiger I. The beginning of the learning curve.

For years i had wanted to get back into modelling, so finally, in June 2018 and 30 years after finishing a very rushed Victor K2 at the age of about 13 that ended up in the cracker pit i decided i would try my hand again. I had little idea where[...]

1/35 Tamiya Königstiger (1993 kit)

I was three models into this hobby and ready to tackle something more challenging. I had the Tiger II, also known as the King Tiger, Royal Tiger or Königstiger, kit that i had picked up second hand sitting and waiting for me. The kit i had foun[...]
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