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@scalerambush Harvey R.

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Greetings all.

Like most people I started modelling when I was a kid, though admittedly it was more my Grandad building the kits whilst I watched, or him helping me greatly when I got a bit older and able to use a knife safely. Most of these kits took an accidental crash landing whilst playing with them. Growing up I tried a couple of times to get back into the hobby I loved as a kid but each time I gave up due to issues, mostly due to lack of knowledge.

After my Grandad passed I found a framed box art in his loft of a Hasegawa F4U-4, Corsair’s were his favourite plane and I have many memories of things to do with Corsairs growing up. This lead to me buying the same kit and trying to build it as a memoriam of sorts, despite the mistakes and issues I had an absolute blast and with the ability to find so much online I had a miles better attempt than anything I tried as a teenager. I then immediately bought a second kit, a Revell F-105 which very nearly made me quit the hobby out of frustration as I had both bought a fairly poor kit and also bit off more than I could chew, but over the span of the year I had an on-off attempt at finishing it and when I eventually did I decided that I should try again with something a bit easier and got an Airfix Spitfire. I really enjoyed this kit, so much so I bought an airbrush halfway through and never finished it because I wasn’t sure whether to airbrush finish it or continue brush painting it.

Since then I’ve fell in love with the hobby, I started an Instagram account @scalerambush where I got more and more confident in my builds and sharing them, and nowadays modelmaking is my main hobby with lockdown providing a huge amount of time to sink into it. Since getting the airbrush in 2019 I’ve built 21 out of my 23 models, 13 of which being built in 2020 alone due to amount of free time I had, all of them being in 1/48 scale. I’ve also dabbled in miniature painting and built a couple 1/144 kits as side projects.

I mostly build WWII aviation, my main goal is to build a 1/48 representatation of every Corsair variant but this is a very long term goal. I generally prefer building aircraft wheels up which often requires modifications to the kit, aircraft were designed to fly so I just think they look better that way.

A few things:

I prefer building in pairs as it let’s me bounce between projects when stuck in a bad point. Often times even building the same kit, but at different points, can eliminate some of the frustrations. After all this is a hobby not a job and as such pushing against a brick wall of troubles is required at times, but sometimes moving onto another kit and having a break for a day or two prevents the struggle from being as bad.

My to-do list is mostly Corsairs, but my stash is growing a bit larger than I’d like so I’m clearing through it slowly before I add a few more Corsairs to it.

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Tamiya F-14B, 1/48. The Jolly Rogers.

The need for speed finally hit me and I decided to work on jet subject, today its the Tamiya F-14A kit modified into an F-14B of sorts. As far as I'm concerned this is among the best kits out there in the world of modelling, great details, gr[...]

Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair, 1/48. The Big Hog.

I thought I'd finally get around to posting this Corsair I built last year, making it so all my Corsairs are uploaded here in one form or another. This model in particular taught me a lot and I am planning on basically remaking it (but as a di[...]

Finemolds Savoia S.21F & Curtiss R3C-0, 1/48. The Porco Rosso Pair.

The Savoia S.21F and Curtiss R3C-0 were two models I completed at the end of the first UK lockdown last year and shine brightly against the normal camouflaged warbird I make, both aircraft come from the brilliant animated movie 'Porco Rosso' [...]

Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair, 1/48. A Folded Bird.

Afternoon folks, here's another older build and another Corsair, this time it was my first attempt at trying to handle the ANA 623 Sea Blue. This Corsair was built alongside my previous post, the Birdcage F4U-1, and was started early April [...]

Eduard Spitfire Mk.Ia, 1/48. A Pair of Kiwis over Dunkirk.

'the airspeed indicator read 240 mph, and I thought "this is bloody marvellous!", but then the Spitfire began to shudder and seemed as if it was going to stall. - I realised what had happened, my pitot head had been shot away, and the needle d[...]

Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair, 1/48.

The first of many Tamiya Corsairs I did was this one, built alongside an F4U-1D. I started this back in April last year and completed in just 3 weeks, which is a record for me but that is largely due to having plenty of time off due to lockdow[...]

Tamiya A6M5, 1/48. The Eternal Zero.

The most iconic Japanese aircraft is easily the Mitsubishi A6M, and Tamiya's most recent tooling from 2008 absolutely does justice to such a plane. Before going any further this kit can be summed up as 'absolutely recommended', or 'one of the [...]

Hasegawa N1K2-J ‘George’, 1/48. The Violet Lightning.

Seeing certain aircraft sometimes brings back a memory, for me the N1K2 reminds me of playing Combat Flight Simulator 2 when I was 8 years old, I always thought of it as the 'fat Japanese plane with the big guns and the cool cockpit'. Several[...]

Eduard Fokker D.VII, 1/48. ‘Du Doch Nicht! ’

My first build of 2021 was this brightly coloured Fokker D.VII, this was also my first and so far only subject from the First World War. This particular one was based on Fantasy of Flight's D.VII and was a Christmas gift from my other half wh[...]

Eduard Tempest Mk.V Dual Combo, 1/48.

Recently I've decided to improve my photography and buy a lightbox, today it arrived! So as I showcase my previous builds this is the first one with some shiny now photos. Eduard's Tempest Mk.V... An interesting kit to say the least, this c[...]
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