Hello fellow modellers!
My name is Manuel, was born in 1968 in PortugaI and work in Information Technologies.
I started building models as a child and stopped around my 19/20 years.
I returned to the hobby around December of 2017, that is, after an almost 30 years break.
Since I still have many boxes from the ’80s, I’m essentially building very old kits.
I like mainly airplanes on the 1/72 and 1/48 scales and military vehicles and figures in 1/35.
I always try to reproduce a model that I saw in a photograph, which is why you will sometimes find one ‘real’ photo among the others in the post. For this same reason, my models have different levels of weathering, depending on the reality they are representing.
Personally I like (and this hobby is to give us some pleasure) dirty and worned models, but I also understand that this is not always the reality and therefore these techniques are not always adequate.
In fact, making a model with a ‘normal’ wear aspect can also be challenging.
To conclude, I ask you for constructive and sincere criticisms, not just courteous ‘congratulations’.
(Update) Don’t get me wrong on this, please. I liked (a lot) all your kind words about the articles that I’ve posted as well as the questions.
As usual, I like to build planes with a story. This model represents the first Mig presented in an AirShow: Farnborough in 1988. It was the first time the Ocident saw the Fulcrum, so it was a big event :-) I leave on photo from it, too.
Hi iModeler friends,
Another kit that had been given to me almost completely assembled, just to paint.
The kit is from Hasegawa and the decals are aftermarket (can't remember). None of them impressive...
The kit was already assembled out of the[...]
This is a 1973/6 rebox Airfix kit (altough the box is from the 70’s, acording to ScaleMates the tool is from 1957) which I had started back in 1980's and putted aside due to its lack of detail for the past 30 years.
The kit had 25(!) pi[...]
This is a plane I built to a friend.
It represents one of Hans-Ulrich Rudel planes, ence the chevrons, yellow stripes on the wings and the green nose (as he describes in his book).
The kit is from Hoby-boss, on 1/72 scale, and seems quite nice. [...]
Hello fellow modellers,
This is the first of a theme that I plan to build: aerobatic teams.
Being one of the most emblematics, I had to begin with the Tunderbirds and their first plane.
The kit is from HobbyBoss at 1:72 scale and it's almost OO[...]
[21Nov2018] Build update: As the 1971 decals weren't tip-top shape, I had to make my own. The tail ones were missing and I put them yesterday. Now she seems like the depicted prototype.
Another vintage kit (1971)...
The plane depicted h[...]
I made this kit as an offer to my good friend Peter. His parents are from Switzerland and he keeps a strong bond to the country so, as I knew he likes planes in swiss colors...
The Kit is from Italeri and it's not very impressive... The instruct[...]
Rebuild from an old-beaten up Matchbox kit from the 80's. Unpainted it, and did it again, just to test some techniques.
The last varnish coat produced a 'whitish' look :-/
This plane represents one of the 2nd wave that stroke Pearl Harbour, from the Akagi.
I scribed lots of panel lines and rivets so, at the end, did a heavy weathering to made those work pop.
After a break of almost 30 years, I have lots of old box[...]
As this year is the 50th aniversary of the invasion of Checoslovaquia, I built this model with their colors.
This plane is quite special to me, for some reasons:
1- It was a gift from my friend Jorge.
2 - It was my first Russian fighter ever.