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.
Tamiya 1/48 again. Hard to beat for sheer enjoyment & my first build for 2017. In the course of building my previous model (Beaufighter TF X) I came across more history about the RAF Strike Wing stationed at Banff; this time about Mosquitos,[...]
Needing something simpler after my last build I opted for Tamiya's Beaufighter TF.X & discovered a wealth of detail on the web for Coastal Command squadrons based at RAF Dallachy in Scotland.
I was lucky to find Aviaeology decals for these [...]
An excellent kit which however needs care & adherence to the instructions! Parts fit is excellent as is surface detailing & all the little bits in the cockpit & undercarriage. I found the instructions a bit confusing at times but I a[...]
One of the RAAF's best known aces, Group Captain Clive R. Caldwell, flew the original in early 1945, with 452 squadron & due to his rank, was able to have his initials on the aircraft.
My references show her in Darwin preparing to depart for[...]
This is the new Airfix Mk.I. Light years better than their effort of a few years ago. Built absolutely out of the box, with the exception of Eduard seat belts. Everything fitted beautifully with just a little attention to the separate fuel tank [...]
According to my references, A77-157 was delivered to the RAAF in Korea in February, 1952 & survived the conflict to meet its fate as a target drone in Woomera, South Australia in September 1969. Late production Meteors were equipped with ful[...]
Finished at last! Not the easiest build I have ever done by a long shot & I can only recommend that any intending builder read the instructions very carefully & test fit everything as all is not what it seems & those instructions lea[...]
This kit has been in my stash since before I had a stash! At the time Otaki kits were state of the art but this one served to provide a better cowl ring for a Hasegawa build & so just stayed put for years. As I was about to start on an Eduar[...]
This is the first major 1/72nd kit I have built since around 1985: usually I do 1/48 & 1/32 scale, however the Shackleton has always been a favourite & at just over half a metre wingspan it's not small! Beautifully moulded & detailed[...]
This is my first completion for 2016 although I started it before Christmas. The kit is the Eduard Week end boxing & went together with no real problems. Admittedly there is only one set of decals included & no resin or etched bits. this[...]