Andy Firth’s models have caught my eye for all the right reasons, over quite a period of time and their quality, tied to Andy’s quite forthright manner, have endeared me to both ever since. It’s a privilege to feature Andy’s ‘Bug’ here. The base is via Coastal Kits.
To quote Andy…
“This is Academy’s 1/72 F/A -18A+ built for a feature on the Kitmaker Network website. Built straight from the box as I’d burnt myself out superdetailing other projects and needed something simple to play with.
I have to say, it single handedly saved my modelling hobby as it was a dream to build. The best modelling experience I’ve had in quite some time.”
Mask-meister Mal Mayfield joins the guest list today with his diminutive Spitfire Mk.I from the Airfix revised tooling. Mal has championed the cause of masks over decals for many years and can be rightly considered the hobby’s number one choice for custom masks.
His top drawer skills are married to his preferred choice of masking material, a closely guarded secret for its ability to be cut in fine, intricate patterns, without shrinkage (a common problem with other vinyl options). Mal has created many bespoke masking sets for modellers that appreciate being able to apply the finishing markings just as they were created on the full size originals. Of course, it’s one thing to have the mask creation aspect sorted, you also need instructions…and Mal’s must be among the most explicitly clear and comprehensive you’ll find anywhere.
I’ve used home spun masks myself in 1/72 and am long since sold on the inherent superiority of paint over decals. With several of Mal’s sets in the bunker, I can’t wait to re-visit the pleasure they provide, when you sit back and enjoy the results.
In Mal’s own words.
“Spitfire Mk I, K9998 QJ-K, the 211th Spitfire built out of the first order for 212. Pilot was Geoffrey Wellum, the youngest pilot to fly spitfires during the Battle of Britain and this was the first Spitfire that he flew. All markings are painted on (of course).
Geoffrey Wellum lives just up the road from me and I have had a conversation with him about this spitfire and I am currently building a 1/32 scale version which will incorporate the details that he has told me about. Actually it will be the second one that I have built as the first one is wrong; that one resides in the Mullion heritage centre.
This aircraft still had the pole type antenna, so this model is wrong in that respect, it also still retained the pump up undercarriage mechanism. Geoffrey Wellum mentions this in his book, “First Light” which is a great read and I have a signed copy.”
When I conceived the notion of a ‘Guest Models’ slot in the blog there was no manner of means that would see Paolo Portuesi left out, short of his declining to participate. Happily, he willingly consented and I’m extraordinarily pleased to share five images with you of his exquisite 1/48 Tamiya P-47D ‘Razorback’.
The kit is a perfect foil for Paolo’s comprehensive skill set which, coupled to his refined style, just drips with Italian flair.
Chris is a fellow Airfix Model World (AMW) contributor and as you can see, a great modeller! ‘Crisp, controlled and characterful’ define builds from CJ’s stable and his delicious Phantom is a prime example of that.
It’s a privilege to call him friend and I recommend you look out for him in future editions of AMW!
Jon is a great friend and a wonderful guy. He’s also a very accomplished modeller with a wide clientele of loyal commission purchasers and this, coupled to his amazing output, means he’s also very practiced.
Given a predilection towards experimentation, Jon has given himself huge opportunity to explore what he likes and to push the boundaries with commission subjects he might not otherwise have covered. It’s been a sincere joy to see his abilities and the quality he produces just go skywards and that looks set to continue, as he incorporates aspects of the ‘Spanish School’ of finishing into his models. Here’s one I really love from his current crop – a quarter scale Tiffie in the European scheme.
The other thing I particularly enjoy about this build, is that it was underpinned by the human element and involved (during the commission process), research into the pilot, Squadron Leader Patrick Glynn Thornton-Brown of 609 Squadron and his ultimate fate.
Here’s the link to Jon’s page and the other images – 609 Squadron
I do hope you enjoy this and Jon’s other lovely models.
Welcome to the home of what will be an increasing number of images from other modellers around the world, whose output I particularly admire and enjoy.
I guess it’ll prove to be a fairly eclectic mix of kit bashers, covering aircraft, armour, figures, science fiction, dinosaurs and more.