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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.

Trumpeter’s F-100C Super Sabre in 1/48.

this is the Trumpeter F-100C kit which I built some 3 years ago. I had absolutely no trouble with it apart from a little bit of fettling around the air intake. Finish is Alclad & decals by Xtra Decals. The weathering is very conservative but[...]

Spitfire Mk.I in 1/48 by Tamiya.

This was going to be a double build along with the new Airfix Mk.I, but when I got started I just kept going. This kit just falls together & the only modification was to reduce the windscreen side panels to improve the proportions. Eduard se[...]

Airfix 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk.22

Back in 1997 Airfix came out with a brace of Spitfire/Seafire kits to knock your socks off. For me, the magic still works & the result is here. This will not be the last of these kits for me as I have another Mk.22 plus the Seafire 47 versio[...]

Airfix Seafire 17 in 1/48 scale

When Airfix announced their new Spitfire XII & Seafire 17 kits I bought two of each. The first pair were out of the box & I was very happy with the results. Looking at the remaining pair I tried a match-up of XII & 17 parts to produc[...]

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I in 1/48 from Italeri.

This model represents a Hurricane Mk.I in October 1940. Along with the Sea Hurricane this kit is a new release from Italeri. I found it a fairly straight forward build although the fit of the leading edge of the wing roots required a bit of fil[...]

Tamiya’s 1/48 Bristol Beaufighter Mk VII

This is the later version of the several night fighter variants with the thimble nose. The model represents an aircraft from 604 Squadron, RAF, based at Church Fenton in 1943. Built straight out of the box except for a little scratch building to[...]

Gloster Meteor III by Tamiya (1/48 scale)

My Meteor represents the first of this type to fly in Australia. Serial was originally EE427 but changed to A77-1 by the RAAF Intended for familiarisation & trials, it survived from June 1946 to February 1947 when it was somewhat 'bent' from[...]

Hasegawa’s F/A 18A Hornet – 77 Sqn. RAAF (1/48 scale)

The Hornet is wearing a special commemorative set of markings for 77 Sqn when based near Darwin in late 1942 where the C.O, Flt Lt R.C.Cresswell recorded the squadron's first victory. The nose marking is a set of four flags; RAAF, Australian, Br[...]

Pro Modeller’s 1/48 scale Me 410 Hornisse

Built back in 2004 or thereabouts, this was 'state of the art' then & remains a superlative kit in 2015. I recall a trouble-free build for the most part & my Hornisse has been on display ever since. I needed a break from my current build[...]

Hasegawa 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vc from a bit of kit bashing.

The aerial defence of Malta is a saga by itself; no less is the story of the many & varied camouflage schemes applied during the conflict. Having already built the Vb, I wanted to do a Vc. This Vc represents BR246 which was delivered during [...]