Why is this website here?
Confession time, I am a model maker and have the scars to prove it. Yes plastic, and a lot of plasters have graced these aged hands of 50+ years but I still have a lot to learn and still look in awe at fellow model makers work.
Been building plastic scale models while it was still fashionable way back in 70’s with Airfix kits from my local shop just a few miles from where I lived (Closed down ages ago).
I have drifted in & out of various scales starting with small 1/25 & 1/72 scales, but now tend to be larger scale projects to test my skills, and also my wife’s patience.
One class of model I love doing are the Gundam and Anime kits which are hard to find in the UK and expensive to ship from Japan and other countries outside the UK. They are designed to be unpainted and snap-fix so can be built within hours, but I like to sand, fill, sand, fill and then paint either back to the original colour or just go freestyle with an airbrush with whatever theme takes my fancy. All the build blogs for this genre of models is on my sister website “Gundammodels.net”, and so I do not bore you all with repeats of these blogs, and to just concentrate on my other models I’ll only post the finished kit posts on here.
I used to make a lot of aircraft, but now my other kit stash consists mainly of Sci-Fi, ships, the larger 1/12 scale cars and a couple of 1/16 armour kits.
Sadly my hobby is not a small one and have taken over our so called spare bedroom with unbuilt kit boxes stacked erratically like a chaos version of Jenga. Apologies to my wife here for nicking her ironing board, dining table, pegs, cloths & anything else I need when making them.
I try using my electronic skills by seeing where I can enhance a model by fitting lights etc., I have also do airbrushing of my kits so can do better finishes, mess with metallic shades and add weathering to the models. Luckily with one of my previous roles I helped set up an airbrush & paints division called “Airbrushheaven” where we used to sell airbrushes, spray booths and tools, so all I have to buy were the paints. Would like to have a go at doing some detailed stencil work, but will be trying on sample pieces before venturing onto actual kits.
As well as my models I will be putting up reference guides for paint, unboxings of kits I have, and an area for instructions of kits I have made, or been given by fellow model makers over the years. I will try to do build blogs for as many models I did “In build” pictures for, but some may just be the finished kits.
Well thanks for reading and time to start modelling…