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@popeofchillitown Ben Walmsley

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I live in country NSW, Australia. I grew up with model planes that my dad built hanging from my bedroom ceiling. Mostly WWII fighters. They captured my imagination from my earliest days. As a young boy I began to build my own models and did so until my teenage years. Like a lot of folks, I stopped when I discovered cars and girls!

Now I'm in my mid forties and I'm rediscovering the joy of the hobby. It's all the more enjoyable now as I can share it with my 8 year old son, who is also mad about WWII aviation, and whose ceiling is also filled with the kits I built years ago.

Eduard Butcher Bird

Hello all, here’s my Eduard Fw 190 A-3 in 1/48. It’s from the Royal Class release so it came with some nice resin wheels. It also came with 14 decal options which is obviously not enough so I went with some aftermarket jobbies from [...]

Spitfire Mk V – Operation Starkey

This project was a long time coming as work and family commitments must trump modelling time. Nevertheless, here is my 1/48 Mk V spit from Tamiya, finished at last! Operation Starkey was a ruse, and part of a larger deception plan carried [...]

2 Messerschmitts in original wartime paint

G’day all, it’s been an age since I posted here as life has been in the way of modelling recently. Unfortunately I still don’t have a project to share but I thought some of you might be interested in this. I recently took my son to [...]

Heinkel He 280 in 1/48

This is my Eduard 1/48 He 280 prototype jet fighter. The Heinkel He 280 was the first aircraft designed solely as a fighter to make a jet powered flight. It also has the dubious distinction of being responsible for the first pilot ejection [...]

FW190 D9 Tamiya 1/48

Hello all. Firstly thank you very much for the warm welcome to the site and for your encouraging comments on my first post. This is my second build and also my favourite WWII fighter. It is the first time I have added antenna wire to a [...]

Mustang (after many years out of the saddle)

Here is my 1/48 Tamiya mustang. This is my first effort after a long time away from the hobby. This kit had been sitting half completed in the back of my cupboard so I decided it was a good place to start. The decals had not aged well and [...]