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@shipwreck71 Julian Shawyer

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Hello, I’ve been making models since the mid 1960s. It was mainly Airfix 1/72nd aircraft then. I have fond memories of the Airfix Spitfire, Hudson & B-17 to name but a few. I started work in 1971 and modelling took a back seat for a while. When I got married in the mid 1970s, I drifted back into making models. While still making Airfix kits, I also built some of the then new Matchbox kits. I thought Matchbox made some very unusual subjects, which I enjoyed building. When the kids came along, modelling was put aside one more time. But not for long, I soon started making models once again. This time I progressed to an airbrush and compressor. I mainly make 1/48th scale aircraft with an occasional armoured vehicle. Regards, Julian.

27th September 1918 100 years ago today.

It was while making this model, back when it was first released by in 2014, that I learnt a relation of mine, Charles Edward Shawyer had been killed in 1918 whilst serving with the 11th Tank Battalion. After a search on the internet I came acro[...]

On The Bench Podcast.

I don't know if anyone on iModeler has heard of On The Bench Podcasts before. I discovered them on Hyperscale. It's a fortnightly Podcast which last for approximately an hour. So far there have been 28 Episodes all dedicated to the scale mode[...]

Tamiya, 1/72nd scale, Spitfire,

Hello gentlemen, I'm sorry that I've not contributed to iModeler recently. This is a Tamiya Spitfire I made a while back. Apart from the rigging (for which I used knitting elastane), It was made straight from the box. I finished the model with[...]

Tiger Tank Collection & Fury Exhibit

I took these photos of The Tiger Tank Collection, and the Fury Exhibit during the TANKMOD Model Show at the Tank Museum in Bovington last October. In a worlds first, the museum has brought together every member of the Tiger Tank family in one d[...]

Me262A-1a on tow with Kettenkraftrad.

1/48th scale Tamiya Me262A-1a & Kettenkraftrad Red 13, 111/EJG 2 flown by Oberstleutnant Heinz Bar. The only addition was etched seat belts. Painted with Aeromaster & Tamiya Acrylics, & weathered with artist gouache.

Bomber Command Mosquito B.IV

This is the second Tamiya 1/48th scale Mosquito I built when they were first released. The first one I built was the FB Mk VI version. This is the Tamiya Mosquito B Mk.IV released in 1999. Painted with Aeromaster acrylic paint. The decals were s[...]

Banff Strike Wing Mosquito.

This is the Tamiya 1/48th scale FB Mk.VI Mosquito. I made both the FB Mk VI, and the B Mk IV when they were first released. The FB Mk VI was released way back in 1998. It is painted with Aeromaster acrylic. The decals are from Aeromaster Set 48-[...]

Craft Tool Rack.

After seeing the DSPIAE Craft Tool Rack on the Internet a few weeks ago I thought I would treat myself, so I ordered one from Breveco Modelling. It arrived very well packaged in a nice strong box. On opening, I found a bag of biscuits. Nice tou[...]

A look at the new Tamiya 1/35th Archer

This is the new Tamiya 1/35th scale British Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun. The Archer was based on the Valentine Mk II/IV. (which Tamiya released earlier this year). The kit includes, link and length tracks, a detailed fighting compartment, 3 fi[...]

iModeler random award October.

In October, I was very fortunate to win the iModeler random award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Martin and all the team for the Airfix 1/48th Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.II I received. I've not yet posted a WIP on iModeler, but would l[...]