Models

I have been making model kits since I was four years old. I started with the Airfix WWI tank and then the Leander Class Frigate. Back then Airfix Series 1 kits came in plastic bags and cost just 18p each!

Stopped modelling once I started drinking, driving and having other kinds of teenage fun. Then work, kids and the rest of life took over.
Back to modelling now that I am older and wiser (yeah, right!), as I knew I always would.

I focus on British WWII and post WWII aircraft although I have built the occasional AFV.
Spitfires and Seafires get most of my attention.
Typically it takes me about 3 months to complete a 1/48 Spitfire. I like to spend hours researching and collecting photos – thank goodness for the internet – and most of my build-focus is on final painting. I’m particularly obsessed with replicating (or trying to replicate) the apparent worn and faded condition of operational airframes – although I have a long way to go with this. The last couple of models I built I counted around 26 different paint layers!

Martin B-57 1/72nd scale Airfix kit from the 1980s

Airfix B-57

Supermarine Seafire Mk XV 1/48th scale Special Hobby kit

Seafire Mk XV

Supermarine Seafire Mk XVII 1/48th scale Airfix kit

Seafire Mk XVII

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk 22 1/32nd old Matchbox kit from the 1970s.

Spitfire Mk 22

Grumman Hellcat Mk II 1//48th scale Eduard kit

Hellcat Mk II

Bristol F.2B Fighter 1/48 scale Eduard kit

Bristol F.2B Fighter

Supermarine Spitfire Vb 1/48 Airfix kit

B-25H 1/72 scale Hasegawa kit

Supermarine Spitfire F Mk 21 Airfix kit bash

Spitfire Mk 21