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@tony-prince Tony Prince

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I have been modelling since ‘Before Plastic’ when balsa was the popular material. Thank heavens for modern technology!
My interest is aircraft; preferably 1/48 & 1/32 scale & mostly WWII ,1950’s & ’60’s. I like a challenge & while a perfect kit is always welcome, some are just plain scary with all the intricately engineered parts’ provided. It’s a relief to get hold of something that requires some ingenuity but is cheap enough so that a mistake is unlikely to cause a financial disaster.

Aero L-39 ZO Albatros in 1/48.

This pretty little bird has been sitting in my stash ever since I bought it at a 'bring & buy' day at our IPMS meeting a couple of years ago. The kit included a swag of after-market bits, most of which I didn't use as my eyesight is not good[...]

Airfix P-51D Mustang “Short Fuse” in 1/48.

Having built a number of Mustangs in the past I was convinced that nothing could hold a candle to the Tamiya kit. While I'm still of that opinion this offering from Airfix has come a long way towards shaking my convictions. The surface detailing[...]

RAAF Tomahawk Mk.IIb by Airfix

This is my second Airfix 1/48 scale P-40; this time in the guise of a Tomahawk IIb as flown by Wing Commander Peter Jeffrey, 3 Squadron RAAF, in the western desert in 1941. Our IPMS-NSW club has a group build coming up later this year & has [...]

Hawk’s F2H-2 Banshee….. Reworked!

Firstly, a confession. This is a re-post of one of my favourite aircraft & like many others (I think) I was hoping that the new Kitty hawk kit would bring me the satisfaction I have been waiting so many years for. Didn't happen! There have [...]

P-51K Mustang Mk.IVa, 3 Squadron RAAF, Italy, 1944/45.

This was originally intended to be the Tamiya 1/32 kit, but I got distracted when I just opened it's 1/48 cousin & at the same time came across a wealth of reference material for this squadron on the internet. Pretty much straightforward bui[...]

FM-1 Wildcat in 1/48

This is the Hobby Boss kit which I picked from the stash as something easy....... You've probably done that: Parts fit was excellent, detail sharp & restrained but the undercarriage; that's another story; very fiddly & the prop needed so[...]

Tamiya Beaufighter Mk. VI

This kit was built originally as a RAAF Mk.21 shortly after the kit was released. I later felt that the foliage green overall finish didn't do it justice & decided to re-do it as a Mk. VI from 30 Squadron RAAF. This gave me a lot more opport[...]

Airfix P-40B in 1/48

Being a veteran of two Monogram P-40s, one by Trumpeter & another by Academy, I really looked forward to the Airfix offering. There were few issues & none that couldn't be corrected easily, although the spinner nearly defeated me - I don[...]

Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat in 1/48.

Long a favourite of mine, I waited for a better kit than the Academy offering but have not found one. Unfortunately the HB kit seems to suffer from a number of issues which made me stick to what I had in the stash. This one has a resin cowling o[...]

Wildcat revisited… Tamiya 1/48

This would be one of my earliest Tamiya kits; built, I think, around 1995. I recently read a magazine article by a fellow modeller about his problems with using the right colour for the topsides & the more I looked at mine , the more dissati[...]