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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.

Thanks,
Manuel

Swiss De Havilland Vampire T-11 – Airfix, 1/72

This is a build I've completed some time ago, but was missing here. It was a very simple, yet fun, build a friend of mine asked me to do for him. Actualy, he gave me the kit already built, only for painting. It's the Airfix one, in 1/72, [...]

1967 Thunderbirds F-100D Super Sabre – Italeri 1/72

THE F-100D ERA on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The unit adopted the name “Thunderbirds,” influenced in part [...]

1/72 Horsa Glider. D-Day, Operation Deadstick – Part 3 of 3

Building the Diorama This post is part of a group of 3, the first being the construction of the glider and the second the painting of the figures. The scene represents the “Operation Deadstick", which occurred precisely on this same [...]

1/72 Horsa Glider. D-Day, Operation Deadstick – Part 2 of 3

Hi all! To go along (abord 🙂 ) my recently finished Horsa glider (posted last month), I've been painting some airborne troops. Not much to say about it, they are not very good, but there are not much on the market... And the 'artist'... [...]

1/72 Horsa Glider. D-Day, Operation Deadstick – Part 1 of 3

A bit of HISTORY For the commemorations of the 75 years of the D-Day landings I've chosen ‘Operation Deadstick’, better known as the capture of ‘Pegasus Bridge’. The mission was vital to the success of Operation Tonga, the overall [...]

Portuguese SIKORSKY UH-19A (Italeri +Scratchbuild) 1/72

In the early 1950's, the Portuguese Air Force received one Uh-19A to join three Grumman SA-16 “Albatross” and five B-17G. Togheter they will perform SAR missions on Azores Islands. For some time she formed a 'trio' with one pilot (Cap. [...]

Mig-29, Farnborough, 1988. Hasegawa 1/72

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, [...]

Swiss F/A-18C Hornet (NATO Tiger Meet, 2007, Norway) – Hasegawa, 1/72

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 [...]

Europe, 1939/40. Vintage JU-87 B – Stuka, Airfix 1/72

Hi all, 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 [...]

JU-87 D3 – StukaHobby Boss, 1/72

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 [...]