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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.

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[...]

Grumman F3F-3

This is the Accurate Miniature F3F-1 biplane. I made it back in 2000 when it was first released. I made the kit straight out of the box, which included the etched rigging. If memory serves me right, any of the F3F-1 squadrons could be made with [...]

Big Beautiful Doll

This is the aircraft of Lt. Col. John. D. Landers, P-51D, Big Beautiful Doll. This is the Tamiya North American P-51D Mustang in 1/48th scale which came with Cartograph decals. The model is painted with various shades of Alclad 11 & Aeromast[...]

F9F-2P Panther

Trumpeter 1/48 scale F9F-2 built straight out of the box just adding etched seat belts. Aeromaster sea blue was used to paint the model using the decals supplied. The base is resin PSP planking painted with humbrol metalcote with markings appl[...]

Submarine Aircraft Carrier.

This is the Tamiya 1/350th scale Japanese Navy Submarine I-400 with Tamiya Detail up etched parts set. Painted with Tamiya acrylics and white ensign enamels. The I-400 was constructed as a submergible aircraft carrier able to launch 3 Aichi M6M1[...]

F84G Thunderjet

Tamiya 1/48th F84G Thunderjet. Eagle strike decal set number 48143 The aircraft was a F84G of the 310th fighter bomber squadron, 58th fighter bomber wing, Korea 1952. I painted the model with various shades of Alclad 11 & Aeromaster acrylics[...]

Tiran 5

Tamiya Israeli Tank Tiran 5 1:35th scale What first attracted me to the Tamiya Tiran 5 was the box art. Going across the desert in a cloud of dust, the IDF Tiran looked all tank. The Tiran 5 was adapted from T55s captured during the six day war [...]