I’m not the most prolific of modellers, and considering how many I actually get around to making they seem to occupy an awful lot of my thinking time. This isn’t very healthy, or productive, and procrastination is probably my worst fault. So writing this blog is a form of commitment to my hobby, and a means to getting myself organised.
One of my favourites from 2014 was Airfix’s beautiful little 1/72 scale Tiger Moth, finished here in the markings of 18 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, RAF, 1937. I used the Xtradecal set from Hannants (X72190). It’s a beautiful little kit, and although I often think ‘I’d like to build another’ I very rarely do.
Models produced in 2015
Airfix 1/48 Folland Gnat
A nice kit, but I must admit I got more enjoyment from their reissued 1/72 kit the year before.
Special Hobby 1/32 Bristol M.1c
Great kit, and fun to weather. Yes, the real thing did look like this! Really pleased to see the model win a gold medal for the Branch Champions Award and the IPMS Swindnica trophy at last year’s the IPMS Scale ModelWorld 2015
Eduard 1/48 Siemens Schuckert D.III
The Siemens Schuckert D.III was Eduard’s very first release back in the early 1990’s and they’ve come a very long way since. They re-released the kit last year as a new tooling and I was eager to make it, being one of my favourite German biplanes. A pretty good kit but it was a bit disappointing in a number of areas, given the excellent reputation the company deservedly has. Heavy rib detail had to be sanded off and the inaccurate decals replaced. Aviattic and Pheon with their superb decal sets came to the rescue.
Azur/FRROM 1/72 Stampe
Originally planned as the making of two models from the four models released of the Stampe, time and patience ran out when the cursed Belgian aerobatic version, after a number of problems throughout the build, finally came to grief when it fell to the floor. I was left with this colourful model, most of the markings being hand painted after the originals fell apart. The base surface is from Uschi van der Rosten’s printed range.