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Hello fellow modelers!
My name is Manuel, I was born in 1968 in Portugal and I work in Information Technologies.
As a model maker, my main focus is 1/72 and 1/48 scale airplanes and 1/35 military vehicles and figures.
I always try to tell a story through my models. A famous pilot's aircraft, something I've seen in a photograph, a book or elsewhere. That's why you'll find a '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 worn out models, but I also understand that this is not always the reality and therefore these techniques are not always suitable.
In fact, making a model look like 'normal' wear and tear can also be a challenge.
In conclusion, I hope you enjoy my stories and I ask for constructive and sincere criticism.


1980’s F-16A Thunderbird; Hasegawa 1/72

The USAF Air Demonstration Squadron ("Thunderbirds") is the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force (USAF. The Thunderbirds are assigned to the 57th Wing, and are based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Created [...]

Portuguese FIAT G-91 R3 (NATO Tiger Meet, 1987, Portugal)Revell, 1:72

Esquadra 301 - Portuguese Air Force The heritage and history of this Squadron began in November 1968 with the creation of the Portuguese Air Force 502 Squadron 'Jaguares', located in Nacala, Mozambique at Air Base 5 (BA5), flying the FIAT [...]

The Hawker Hurricane in Portuguese service; Arma Hobby, 1:72

The first six Portuguese Hawker Hurricane, of the Mk IIc model, came from British bases in Libya and flew to Portugal making a stopover in Gibraltar, where they exchanged British identification for rudimentary Portuguese crosses. They [...]

McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II

McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II Hi all! This is my F-4J from Zoukei Mura in 1:48. It's completely OOB with just some seat belts from Eduard as the kit has none. The kit is amazing, and turn into a nice model with a little effort, I [...]

Restoring an old Westland Lysander kit: Matchbox, 1973, 1:72.

THE CHALLENGE Lysander has always been a plane that I really liked, mainly because of the mission mystique associated with the French resistance and in the transport of agents, which it played. When a friend showed me an old Matchbox from [...]

Portuguese SB-17G; (Conversion from B-17G)

History The B-17G was the final version of the Flying Fortress, incorporating all changes made to its predecessor, the B-17F. Many B-17Gs were converted for other missions such as cargo hauling, engine testing and reconnaissance. Initially [...]

Red Arrows Bae Hawk T.MkI; Revell 1/72

Red Arrows Bae Hawk T.MkI (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 [...]

Neil Armstrong’s F9F-2 Panther – Trumpeter 1/48

HISTORY To know a little about the history of this plane and its famous pilot, see my previous article: (link) THE KIT Following my build of Neil Armstrong's Panther in 1:72, and in which I showed a letter he wrote to his father during [...]

Portuguese T-37C ; Hasegawa 1/72

HISTORY In order to replace the T-33 as a jet trainer, the Portuguese Air Force (FAP) received the first 12 Cessna T-37C Tweety Bird, in December 1962, supplied by the United States. They were transported by sea and assembled at the [...]

Saab JAS39 Gripen; 1:48

ORIGINS /History In the late 1970s, Sweden sought to replace its ageing Saab 35 Draken and Saab 37 Viggen. An affordable Mach 2 aircraft with good short-field performance for a defensive dispersed basing plan in the event of invasion was [...]