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@magrus Manuel Magrinho

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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.

Thank you,
Manuel

1953 F-84G Thunderbird – HobbyBoss 1/72

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[...]

SAAB Viggen – Airfix 1/72, 1971 kit + scratch

[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. Hi, Another vintage kit (1971)... The plane depicted h[...]

Swiss F-5F Tiger II – Italeri 1/72 + scratch

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[...]

P-47D Thunderbolt – Matchbox, 1/72

Rebuild from an old-beaten up Matchbox kit from the 80's. "Unpainted" it with some brake fluid, and painted it again, just to test some techniques. The last varnish coat produced a 'whitish' look :-/ [UPDATE] Later on, the antena cable was repl[...]

Mitsubishi A6M2 – Zero; Tamiya, 1/48

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[...]

Sukhoi Su-22; MasterCraft 1/72

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. 3 [...]

Spitfire MKI -1940; Airfix, 1/72

Returnig to this hobby after almost 30 years, I’ve heard that Airfix is doing OK. So, I built my favorit plane just straight from the box, just to check. Chosed the early Dunkirk color scheme (B/W underside), as it was fun to weathered. After al[...]

Sea Harrier FRS.1; Matchbox, 1/72

A very old kit, started back in the 80’s and kept unfinished until dec2017. It represents a pre Falklands war Sea Harrier from the Invencible (and that´s why it is in an almost new condition). This color scheme was repainted during the trip to [...]

De Havilland Mosquito FB VI; Airfix, 1/72

The RAF WWII 'wooden wonder' here in a 1970's kit. It depicts a plane from the 487th Squadron, in Operation Jericho, Amiens 18 Feb 1944. more in: Made from wood, this plane has litle panel lines and/or rivets but, based on some photos, I did so[...]

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G6; Revell, 1/32

I’ve done a lot of improvements (whell bay, landing gear, engine, engine compartment, panel lines, riveting…) The cockpit is almost completely an Eduard kit. Although it was for Revell, it wasn´t for this particulary kit, so I had to made extens[...]