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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.

Gloster Javelin FAW 9 in 1/48 by Airfix

Having built the Airfix Canberra PR 9 & the Sea Vixen with a great deal of pleasure I was lucky enough to win this kit at our monthly IPMS raffle. I think the Javelin is Airfix's best yet. Fit of parts was perfect; no filler anywhere. Canopi[...]

Hasegawa’s Hurricane IIc in 1/48 scale by Tony Prince.

A very nice model kit; the second one I've built of Hasegawa's. Straight out of the box except for the canopy. The RAF in the CBI theatre seems to be largely forgotten & had to soldier on with outdated equipment long after more modern fighte[...]

Airfix Spitfire Mk XII in 1/48 scale

This is Airfix's recent kit release which I built shortly after it hit the shops. It's pretty much out of the box, but a couple of points made me a little reluctant to post images. I felt that the belly tank detracted from the profile image, so [...]

Hasegawa’s Kawanishi N1K2 Shiden-Kai in 1/48.

Before we get to George.....A big thank you to iModeller for my Random Draw prize kit. I chose an Eduard Spitfire (you can never have too many Spitfires!) which arrived the other day. Today's offering has a very long-winded name, so you may cal[...]

Royal Navy Corsair II Tamiya 1/48

Always a favourite with me & I know I'm not alone. Tamiya do a superb kit here & I really like this colour scheme for the Fleet Air Arm. This one has the clipped wing tips necessary to fit (folded) in the hangar deck & represents an[...]

Eduard’s 1/48 scale Hawker Tempest V. by Tony Prince

Doing my monthly dusting of my display shelves I picked up this Tempest. A long time favourite of mine which has repeatedly survived periodic culling This is the first release of the Tempest from Eduard & my build dates from around 2004 alth[...]

ICM Spitfire Mk. IX in 1/48 scale, by Tony Prince

OK, I accept that I'm a Spitfire enthusiast. That said, it follows that I have bought & made just about every brand of Spitfire kit in 1/48 almost as soon as they hit the hobby shop. This was my third ICM Spitfire & in this instance I at[...]

T-38A Talon in 1/48 scale by Wolfpack.

Finding this kit was sheer good fortune as my local IPMS Club (IPMS - NSW) is having a "Two Seat Trainer" competition later this year & I had thoughts of entering. I hadn't heard of Wolfpack before, but I liked the box image & the aircra[...]

Airfix 1/48 scale Canberra PR 9 by Tony Prince

This was one of the many Canberra variants produced by Airfix when they turned over a new leaf & started making their much improved kits. Not perfect but well worth building. I was lucky enough to pick it up at our local IPMS club for a mere[...]

Eduard’s Spitfire Mk.IXc (late) in 1/48 scale, by Tony Prince

The best Spitfire kit in this scale in my opinion. I've built most of them too, from the ancient Monogram Mk IX to Otaki, Tamiya Mk Vs, Airfix Mk IX, ICM & Hasegawa. They have all had their problems; some I could live with & others were [...]