Hello fellow modellers!
My name is Manuel, I was born in 1968 in PortugaI and work in Information Technologies.
As a modeler, main focus are airplanes on the 1/72 and 1/48 scales and military vehicles and figures in 1/35.
I always try to tell a story through my models. A famous pilot aircraft, something I saw in a photograph, a book, or somewhere else. That’s why you will 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 hope you like my stories and ask you for constructive and sincere criticisms.
(For the last months I've been busy building long projects and I wanted a quick-build. When I found this old-Matchbox-now-Revell half built and without some parts wreck that some one had given to me years ago, I decided to give it a go.)
To know a little about the history of this plane and its famous pilot, see my previous article:
Following my build of Neil Armstrong's Panther in 1:72, and in which I showed a letter he wrote to his father during the Korean War, I was ki[...]
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The history of the Bf-109 is well documented and so I'm not going it into it today :-)
About a week ago, in the midle of some long-time buildings, I felt like a fast build.
Browsing through my stash, I found an old, simple (maybe too much) Air[...]
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The Supermarine Spitfire and it’s place in Battle of Britain needs no presentation 😊
I’ve always wanted to build a Spitfire in 1:48 and when Tamiya issue their last one I knew time has arrived.
The kit almost builds itself, with almost [...]