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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.

RAF 143 Sqn. Coastal Command Mosquito FB VI,

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,[...]

Beaufighter TF.X by Tamiya in 1/48 scale

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 [...]

Hawker’s Tempest V from Special Hobby in 1/32nd.

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[...]

Spitfire Mk.VIII by Tamiya in 1/32 scale

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[...]

Airfix Spitfire Mk.I in 1/48th.

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 [...]

RAAF Gloster Meteor F.8, 1/48 by Airfix

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[...]

Revell’s Eurofighter Typhoon in 1/48

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[...]

Otaki’s Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat in 1/48 scale

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[...]

Avro Shackleton MR.2 in 1/72 by Airfix

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[...]

Eduard Bf109E-1 in 1/32

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[...]