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@rbungay Richard Bungay

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I was born in 1967 in Nova Scotia and I my first model building experiences were building balsa wood kits with my dad. I joined the model club at school and started building plastic kits, mostly planes but sometimes other subjects. I didn’t build much in my teens but my girlfriend in University bought me a Monogram A-10 because every time we went to the mall, I would go into the hobby store but not buy anything. I built that A-10 in my dorm room – it came out pretty well considering. Once I finished University I started building more but I wasn’t satisfied with the results – decals were my main source of dissatisfaction. Then I found a Fine Scale Modeler Magazine with an article on how to correctly apply decals. I didn’t have an airbrush so I painted clear gloss with a brush to get the decals to look better. Still not satisfied, I bought books to learn more skills (this was before the internet.) I now live in Ottawa and over the years I have gotten better and better and faster and faster. 20 years ago it would take me 6 weeks to build a Tamiya Spitfire. Now I can build some kits in a few days or take on complex projects and which take longer but I am usually pretty happy with the results. I was exclusively a plane guy for a long time. I built one aircraft carrier in 2003 but that was it until 2014 when my kids bought me a tank for Fathers’ day. I did mostly armour for about two years then I started with cars. I built about 24 straight cars before getting up the courage to try an F1 car. Well, now that’s what I’m building most. The nice thing is, as a result of building F1 cars, I’m now a rabid F1 fan which gives me another hobby to keep my interest. Along my modelling journey, I wanted to be able to take nice pictures of my finished projects so in 2007 I bought a Nikon D50 camera and a photo booth. That started a love a photography as another hobby. So yeah, I love modelling various types of subjects and I also love that the hobby has introduced me to other hobbies and passions. My non-model related passions are playing hockey, ball hockey and golf. That girlfriend I mentioned, well, we’re married (29th anniversary this Sunday, Sept 15, 2019) and we have two wonderful daughters 20 and 16. I have this weird sympathy for anyone who doesn’t build models – I guess because I get so much enjoyment out of it I can’t imagine why everyone doesn’t do it. It’s fun, satisfying and therapeutic when the pressures of life create challenges. My wife is a knitter, crocheter and cross stitcher and we love working on our hobbies together while watching movies, old sitcoms or true-crime shows on TV. I consider myself a descent model builder but I don’t enter competitions. I like to do it for me and for the satisfaction it gives me. I don’t want to build for anyone else. I like to take shortcuts when I feel like it and not be a slave to accuracy. That said, I love looking at others’ contest models and the amazing work people do – they are inspiring and they make me want to keep developing my skills. So, that’s me. I’m a proper nerd I guess but I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. If you are interested in looking at my models, I have photos of every model completed since 1997 on flicker:[email protected]/albums/72157603606379755

1/48 Hobbyboss F-105G Thunderchief (80333)

This kit is overall very nice but there are a lot of very fiddly bits that test the patience. In particular, the flap assembly and the exhaust assembly are a bit challenging since there are so many parts with little or not mating surfaces. T[...]

Hobby Boss 1/48 Yak-28P Firebar

Accessories: Eduard PE seatbelts (EDUFE841) and Barracudacast resin wheels (BARBR48439) Paint: Various shades of Alclad and AK real metals. The principle color is Alclad Aluminum. The build: Great kit. Fit is excellent in most places espec[...]

Monogram/Pro Modeler P-38E Lightning, 1/48

Subject: P-38E Lightning, USAAF 27th Fighter Squadron 1st Fighter Group Tunisia, August, 1943 Kit: Monogram/Pro Modeler (Hasegawa rebox) Accessories: Air Res resin and PE cockpit set (4223) Master Models brass guns (AM-48-114) Ultracast resi[...]

Hobby Boss 1/48 MV-22 Osprey

Subject: MV-22 Osprey, USMC Kit: Hobby Boss 1/48 (81769) Accessories: Caracal (48164) Album: All my models: Photo Editing: Adobe Lightroom Helicon Focus (focus stacking) I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this kit. It is fai[...]

Manshu Ki-79B – RS Models 1/48

Subject: Manshu Ki-79B, Otsu training unit, Mukden, China, August 1945 Kit: RS Models1/48 - 48006 Accessories: Eduard IJN Seatbelts (49004) Album: All my models: Photo Editing: Adobe Lightroom Helicon Focus (focus stacking) This is a [...]

Lindberg 1/48 Brostol Bulldog

I built this kit when I was a kid and a always wanted a new tool version but since that hasn't happened, I decided to search for the old Lindberg kit on Ebay and I found one for $15. I wanted a quick build after spending the last 3-½ months bui[...]

Dragon 1/350 USS Independence CVL-22

Accessories: Trumpeter – Grumman F6F Hellcat 1 x Trumpeter – Grumman TBF-3 Avenger Eduard PE (53070) North Star Models USN Bofors Quad mount crew (NSA350522) North Star Models Life Buoys (NSA350505) Shapeways USN Combat Set (201), KAPOK Officers[...]

My 2020 Builds…

Finished 15 this year - pleased with that. Happy Holidays, Richard All my models:

1/144 HMCS Snowberry, the Battle of the Atlantic

Buzzer beater for 2020 - finished on New Years Eve. Great kit (Revell 051322) with very nice details out of the box. I added Shapeways figures. Album: All my models: Photo Editing: Adobe Lightroom Helicon Focus (focus stacking)

Studio 27 1/20 Super Aguri Honda SA006 – 2006 Grand Prix of Japan

Kit: Studio27 1/20 (FK20180) Paint: - Eastwood 2K Primer (ZP-3014) - Zero Paint Pure Brilliant White (ZP-1026) - Zero Paint Red (ZP-1074) - Zero Paint Diamond 2K Clear (ZP-3006) Decals: - kit markings - Tamiya and Scale Motorsport carbon de[...]