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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.

RAAF Spitfire Vc. 452 Sqn. Northern Territory, Australia, 1943

Having made what seems to be a career out of Spitfires & particularly Vc versions of late, I'm happy to have finished my first Eduard 1/48 Vc kit. All my other efforts for this mark have been mostly kit bashed, with the exception of [...]

Mustang IV. 19 Sqn. RAF. Late 1944.

Being a birthday present, this kit just had to be made carefully & not rushed. Well that certainly was the case here, as it's been on the bench for over twelve months, while I did extensive research. I was put off by the need to do a [...]

de Havilland Venom FB.1 from Classic Airframes.

Classic Airframes' range of 1/48 scale models will be well known to those of us who have a few years "seniority" under their belts. and that includes me... I bought this kit around 20 years ago for the huge sum (then) of $77.95 [...]

Hawker Tempest Mk.V Srs.2 by Eduard.

Having built Special Hobby's big 1/32 Tempest, I thought I'd build its little brother from Eduard in the more manageable 1/48 size. This is the weekend edition & I've chosen the markings for W2oX from 80 Squadron, RAF, 2nd TAF, mainly [...]

RAAF Spitfire Mk.Vc, 54 Squadron, Darwin, Australia.

Special Hobby's 1/48 kit was the only one of this mark available until very recently, when Eduard announced their forthcoming kit. I had already ordered the SH one & since all my previous efforts at a Vc had been kitbashed by various [...]

Bf109F from Eduard in quarter scale.

Very much delayed, this kit; since I was distracted a few weeks ago, by a Spitfire conversion that I just couldn't put aside! Finished now, a little late for the group build held by my local IPMS (NSW) club, but it's the enjoyment that [...]

R.A.A.F Spitfire Vc. 79 Sqn. Momote, New Guinea, 1944.

I'd actually started a Bf109F for our club group build (which of course didn't happen) when I became distracted by the prospect of building another 1/48 Spitfire using two kits to get the universal wing necessary for the Vc. I had a spare [...]

Super Etendard Modernise by Kinetic in 1/48.

One of my all-time jet favourites, it somehow just looks so right to me that I couldn't put off building one any longer. Kinetic looked good although the instructions were a bit short on detail. The 'net more than made up for it though, [...]

P-51D-5 Mustang by Eduard in 1/48.

My first model for 2021. Very happy with the result although it took me much longer to complete than usual. I have a good many Mustangs in this scale & was looking forward to a trouble free build on this one, which is my first [...]

Mustang III by Tamiya in 1/48

Built quite a few years ago. I've always had a liking for Mustangs with a Malcolm hood; this build always bothered me somewhat as the kit only offered a closed canopy. Fast forward to 2020 and a period of 'what shall I do next', it [...]