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@rob-cookson Robert Joseph Cookson

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Getting on a bit.
Started modelling as a kid, never really stopped, although I tailed off quiet a bit when my kids were little, and got back into it properly a few years ago, when my daughter bought me an old, re-boxed Revell 1/32 Mosquito. (The Mossie was always my favourite kit - I was talking to a guy the other night whose Dad used to build them !).
I started back on mainly 1/32 aircraft, and then gravitated towards WWI models. Just recently have had a couple of less-than-successful attempts at armour and figures.

I keep getting asked why I bother, and the honest answer is that I don't know, I don't really care, and if it really needs to be explained, then I don't think that the questioner would understand the answer anyway. I like building models. That's it.

(BTW - the avatar is my English Bull Terrier, Red, who died suddenly a few years ago when he was only 5 - still very much missed)

Airfix 1/72 Bristol Beaufort.

Another gem of a kit from Airfix. Flawless fit from start to finish. Built from the box, apart from an Eduard harness I added to the pilot seat. Finished in MRP paints, with some oils for final weathering. A highly enjoyable build, it took [...]

Eduard 1/72 HF Mk VIII Spitfire

Just finished the Eduard 1/72 HF Mk VIII Spitfire. It won't escape your notice that this one doesn't have any HF wingtips, but I just couldn't bring myself to do away with the elliptical wings, so strictly speaking I don't think this one [...]

Arma Hobby 1/72 Mk IIc Hurricane

A gem of a kit. Not that many parts (around 70 or so, I think). Took me about three weeks to finish, done in MRP colours, with some oils and some weathering powders. I understand that they are about to release the same thing in 1/48, which [...]

Kinetic 1/48 Pucará

Just finished the Kinetic 1/48 Pucará. Beautifully engineered kit - I made a couple of schoolboy errors along the way, like leaving out some of the internal cockpit parts, and only realised after the canopy was in place (there was NO way [...]

Eduard 1/32 Bf ME109 E-4

All this lockdown time and I've barely done a tap. I started this one nearly a year ago, and finally got it finished after a long bout of modeller's block. Really nice kit (that I won as a prize at the Bolton show about 8 years ago !) Goes [...]

Eduard Me Bf 109G-6

W. Nr 165350, flown by Lt Anton Hafner, the C/O of 8./JG 51, Tilsit-Ost, August 1944. Nothing to say about the kit, other than it's close to perfection. No flash or sink marks worth commenting on, and there was not one instance of my [...]

Wingnut Wings Albatros B.II

No drama with building this kit - very little to do in order to make things fit, except where I'd probably made a previous error. Finished in Aviattic Austro-Hungarian CDL, with MRP paints, Gaspatch turnbuckles and Uschi wood effect [...]


I decided to take a break from attempting to create replica models of actual subjects, and ended up with with a Great War 'what if?'. I only intended to spend a few days on this little piece of nonsense, but as usual it dragged on and on. [...]

ICM Model T US Ambulance

A departure of sorts, as I tend to stick to aviation, although the WWI theme is also my main interest. I had a good time with this one - no problems at all with the kit itself (the painting instructions were a bit vague at times), but it [...]

Great Wall Hobby FW189 Eagle Owl

Another great kit. Flawless fit, beautifully detailed. I think I overdid the paintwork - I should have scaled down the colours, as I was planning to. I'll probably add a few more details with weathering powders, once the top coat of matt [...]