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 being sent over. I got into the mechanical side of things, cars, trucks and then the spare parts industry and finally parts 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 constantly blown away by peoples work and it’s nice to combine these and your own methods to come up with ones own little rendition of a machine.
First off, thanks to Michael Turner, @michaelt , for kindly sending me the Red13 jv44 decals. This Revell (repackaged Eduard) kit does not include paint instructions or decals for the aircraft i needed to do and i could not find a 1/48 red 13 on[...]
The plan for this was to do a really quick build Me262 after spending a lot more time than i planned on my Skyraider. But upon opening the kit i noticed one of the schemes was a JV44 job and i thought...this a great excuse to add a JV 44 D9 and [...]
This was one of those builds where she ended up spending a few weeks in near solitary, staring at me from the workbench with worrying eyes as i left her unfinished and slowly gathering dust. A few days ago i looked at her sternly, flipped the sw[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]