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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.

The Flying Tank

This is the Tamiya 1/48th Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik It's built straight from the box. The only addition was the pilots seat harness. All the paints used were Tamiya acrylics. The wing joint was so good, I painted the fuselage and wings completely [...]

Avenger

Accurate Miniature TBM-3 Avenger 1/48th scale. The only addition is the harness. This kit is over 20 years old now. This version was released in 1996. It's painted in Aeromaster acrylic. Markings are from USS Intrepid.

Porco Rosso

This is the Savoia S21 Seaplane from the 1992 Japanese Animated Adventure Film Porco Rosso. The film was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The story is based on an Italian World War I ex-fighter ace, Porco Rosso, now living as a freelance [...]

F4U-1D Corsair & Moto Tug.

This is the Tamiya 1/48th F4U-1D Corsair which came with a motor tug. I used the kit decals, and painted the model with Aeromaster Acrylics. The base is made of Perspex, which I painted black from below. After engraving the base, I filled in th[...]

Tamiya Meteor and Doodlebug

This is the 1/48th scale Tamiya Gloster Meteor F1 & Fieseler Fi103 V-1 flying bomb mounted on a simple Perspex stand. Both models were built straight from the box. The only alteration is the pilot. His head was removed and turned to look to [...]

Corsair Mk.II

This is the Tamiya 1/72 scale Corsair with the wings clipped to represent a Fleet Air Arm machine. I used a Eduard etched zoom set for the cockpit. The paints are all Xtracylix, and the decals are by Techmod. Vought Corsair II (72014). The Air[...]

British 7 ton Armoured Car

Tamiya British 7ton Armoured Car Mk IV 1:48. Painted with Tamiya acrylic, and weathered with a Tamiya weathering set. The figure was painted the basic colours, then a black wash was applied. Markings are in the 1st Polish Armoured Division.

Mitsubishi F1M2 Observation Seaplane Type 11

Hasegawa 1/48th scale Mitsubishi F1M2 Zero Observation Seaplane type 11 "Pete" With this kit I used the separate Photo-Etched parts set from Hasegawa. The set included, bracing wires, instrument panels, gunsights and bomb fins. The seat belts ar[...]

FAA Skyraider Mk.1 & Tow Tractor.

This is a What-if I made a couple of years ago in the markings of a Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm Skyraider. The Royal Navy had in fact, operated the AD-4W early warning Skyraider, designated AEW.1 and flown by 849 Naval Air Squadron during the 195[...]

Mitsubishi A5M4 Claude.

This is the 1/48 scale Finemolds Mitsubishi A5M4 Claude. Imperial Japanese Navy, INJ Kaga, 1939. The kit contained 67 parts, and apart from the seat harness, was built straight out of the box. It was painted with Alclad II, Aeromaster & Ta[...]