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I thought I'd give this Blog lark a try and to start with I'll take you for a short trip down memory lane.

I started modelling almost certainly in the late 50's or possibly 1960 (I'd have been 7 or 8) with the ubiquitous Airfix 1/72 Spitfire bought for 2 shillings from the local Woolworth's. Well the bug soon hit big time and very soon all my pocket money/paperround money was being handed over the counter at Woolworth's on a Saturday morning. In those days Airfix came out with 4 or 5 kits a month  :rolleyes:

After a while building series one kits I graduated to some of the larger stuff and for Christmas and birthdays I would get some of the even larger kits as presents. The Airfix Ju52 sticks in the memory for some reason. Probably the fun of getting the transfers to go on over the corrugations  :wacko:

Between 7 and 15 I must have built almost all the Airfix series one aircraft and armour models produced as well as a fair few of the ship models, dad being ex RN and that. I did build some others, mainly Revell but the ones that stand out are the old Monogram quarter scale kits. The Dauntless, Avenger and Helldiver with their working parts and the Fw 190 with it's multitude of armament options. I still use the old Monogram Me 109 box to keep my stock of RAF Squadron codes in.

I suppose my next big step was when the Airfix Magazine came out. In those days it was not only kits but railway layouts, model car racing, wargaming and various other bits and bobs. I started doing some of the more simple Alan W hall and Chris Ellis conversions. A P-36 from the Airfix P-40 and a Halifax cowling, a Pz III from the Stug III and a cut down Panther turret etc.

At this time I was sharing my interests in modelling with wargaming but in 1968 it all changed. Yup you've guessed - women came along. So apart from some occasional dabbling with the Matchbox armour range I didn't do much modelling at all for the next 30 years or so. I was still buying Airfix magazine but that was about all I was doing.

I can't really explain why I got back into modelling it just seemed to find me again. I think it was the Revell Ar 240 nightfighter in Modelzone at Holborn that caught my eye. Anyway I bought it and was bitten again. I started to buy the aircraft specific modelling magazines and was hooked for sure. I made a few mistakes in those early years. I assumed you needed all the resin and etched goodies to be a proper modeller and probably wasted money on stuff I will never use before I learnt the truth.

From a review in SAM I learnt of Lee's old Padded Cell and subscribed. The WIF bug bit deep. Then one night while pulling a 24 hour special at work (this would have been 1999 and the Millennium Bug farce) I found this site, then run out of New Zealand and I had a home. From there it was easy to find the UK Wif SIG and after a few tentative feelers at my first SMW I joined and made a lot of new friends who have stayed with me since then, along with a fair number of new ones since then. As an aside for anyone not sure of the UK SIG we do sometimes seem a bit insular, but that can be the nature of the hobby, we honestly don't bite (well Radish might  :wacko:) so just say hello at a show and you might be surprised at the reaction. At least it's a place to park your bags and bum  ;D

Over the last couple of years I've gradually come to realise what my main interests are - 1930 to 1950 approximately, mainly 1/72 aircraft - although I will and do sometimes dabble with other periods, scales and genres. Importantly I've also come to be comfortable with my own skill levels. I will never be of compatition standard but I enjoy what I do and that's the main thing. Another important thing about the SIG is that no one ever looks down on someones models and this acceptance that modelling is meant to be fun actually tends to raise your own skill levels because you relax.

I suppose I'm mainly a repaint man when it comes to wiffing (my builds are approximately 50/50 real world and wif) but I have been know to do the odd simple conversion and you never know I might one day go farther down that road when I feel comfortable with a subject, we shall see.

Well that's the introduction. I'll follow with what I'm working on at the moment

As promised I thought I'd list what I'm working on at the moment -all 1/72 unless stated

Airfix Me 110, out of the box real world, just needs some finishing touches.

Academy P-39. This is for the Aussierama build and is part inspired by Panther G profile on site. Hopefully will get it's transfers early next week.

Airfix Helldiver. Again inspired by a Panther G profile, this one will be Soviet.

Special Hobby Hawker Tempest Mk II destined for service with SEAC. Will be primed next week. Nice kit apart from the resin wheel wells which take eons to sand down to fit  :banghead:

Airfix Zero - will be real world. Parts pre-painted on sprue.

On the "been there a while shelf" and there's no real reason why any of them are there.

Freightdog P177N
Kora Miles M20 - Naval version
AZ Breda Ba 65
Trumpeter Wyvren
Anigrand Chain Lightning

Then there's those on the "lost interest for the moment shelf" which include a couple of 1/144 Anigrand kits.

That's it for now.

Comments are more then wellcome and hopefully I'll update this once a week or more if I make progress.


Chris, I'm SO pleased that someone else has grades of un-finished projects.

I like the different shelves idea, I may adopt that myself.  :thumbsup:

One important thing I forgot to note was that during my formative modelling years one of the big discoveries was BMW's in Wimbledon. This iconic modelling store introduced me to the world of alternative transfers. I'd spend ages going through the big binders they had in the shop on a Saturday after getting the train down from Croydon. I built a whole line up of Airfix Me 109 G's from virtually all the nations that used it from what I think were Almark sheets ? I also got that snake for the Airfix Stuka. I've still got and use some of the RAF squadron codes and roundel sets and they must be nigh on 45 years old !

BMW's also started bringing in some Japanese kits as well. A lot of these were 1/75th scale if I remember but were out of my reach as far as price went back then.


I'm amazed you and I didn't bump into each other back in those days at BMW Chris!

I also spent ages going through their GINORMOUS decal books. I loved the ABT and Hisairdec ranges, they all seemed so exotic to me at the time. I still have an ABT sheet for Closterman's 'Le Grand Charles'. One day I'll get a Tempest kit to use it on........  ;D


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