I’m Steve Budd, a London based modeller and contributor with Airfix Model World magazine.
Like many of my generation, the bulk of my formative years were steeped in plastic kits: Airfix for the most part and my fondness for the brand remains undiminished.
Memories still linger of running to the shop on the green. pocket money tightly in hand, to exchange the coins for a bagged Airfix kit with the card header, hanging from a revolving stand and the excitement of wondering what I’d find as I spun it gently round.
I’d trot home with my latest prize and in sharp contrast to today, translate it quickly into a Beaufighter that did sterling service over The Channel or a MkIX Spitfire that invariably knocked lumps off the Me109G-6 it encountered and shot down innumerable times over Northern France or any one of more models that memory can now recall. Happy days, halted with the advent of girls and later resumed after that hiatus, with a 1/5 Horizon vinyl Velociraptor from that now defunct manufacturer’s Jurassic Park series.
Way back when, modelling was a tray based undertaking. Nowadays I’m blessed with a modelling bunker, where projects can be started or resumed within moments.
As an adult modeller and as time unfolded, I found myself becoming a serial kit starter. Few models were finished and when I hit 100+ ‘in progress’ I knew I was actually attempting to build my entire stash simultaneously. I also knew it had to stop. The cure I chased down was to contact the (then) assistant editor of Airfix Model World magazine, Chris Clifford and ask to be considered for a place on the contributor team. I nominated four kits from the loft insulation, among them Eduard’s 1/48 ‘Weekend’ kit of the iconic ‘Yellow 10’, a Focke Wulf 190D-13. As an airbrush exercise it was by far the most complex project of the four choices, its field applied camouflage covered in detail in the excellent Eagle Editions book by Jerry Crandall and illustrated by Tom Tullis. Chris said if I could pull it off he’d give me a job.
It was an odd feeling, lifting the lid on that kit, knowing I had to finish it, so I knuckled down, got it through the paint stage and completed the write up. Happily, Chris gave it the green light and seeing the build in print for the first time was a special moment indeed.
I couldn’t have known it at that point but a door to unexpected modelling adventures had silently opened…