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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.


Portuguese DH-88 Comet ‘Salazar’. Kovozavody Prostejov, 1/72

History The de Havilland DH.88 Comet is a British two-seat, twin-engined aircraft built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It was developed specifically to participate in the 1934 England-Australia MacRobertson Air Race from the United [...]

‘Jolly Rogers’ Grumman F-14A; Hasegawa 1/72

History The F-14 first flew on 21 December 1970 and made its first deployment in 1974 with the U.S. Navy aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), replacing the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy's primary maritime [...]

1/72 Swiss Bf-109G-6

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 [...]

Airbus A380 Revell 1:144

History The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner today. The full-length double-deck aircraft has a typical seating capacity of 525, though it is certified for up to 853 passengers. It is powered by four Engine Alliance [...]

30+ year old kit restoration (F-19; 1:72)

One of these days, when storing kits built as a teenager, I found an old Italeri F-19, built more than 30 years ago. Although I don't like what-ifs and the like, this kit was important in my youth for the years spent playing the simulator [...]

Spitfire MK.Ia. Tamiya 1:48

History The Supermarine Spitfire and it’s place in Battle of Britain needs no presentation ? THE KIT & BUILD NOTES: I’ve always wanted to build a Spitfire in 1:48 and when Tamiya issue their last one I knew time has arrived. The [...]

Avro LancasterHasegawa, 1/72 + scratch

History The Lancaster history deserves some reading and the internet is full of articles on that. Even the ever present Wikipedia has a nice one: (link) Now preserved in the Museum at RAF Hendon, PO-S/R5868 or S for Sugar as it became [...]

Neil Armstrong’s F9F-2 Panther – Hobby-Boss 1/72

HISTORY The Grumman F9F-2 Panther was the primary US Navy and USMC jet fighter and ground-attack aircraft in the Korean War. The Panther was the most widely used U.S. Navy jet fighter of the Korean War, flying 78,000 sorties and scoring [...]

Sikorsky UH-19A

Hi all! This article is actually the conclusion of a previous one, posted in March 2019. And, most of all, a big thanks to iModeler. The space created by iModeler to expose our work, hear some criticism and etc., makes us try to be better [...]

”Out Of Africa” DH 60 – Gipsy Moth

That Little Yellow Plane The Oscar-winning movie Out of Africa conjures images of the quintessential African setting: breathtaking savannah plains, bountiful wildlife and glimpses of Kenya’s rich tribal cultures. At the centre of all of [...]