Down the rabbit hole – Scale modelling

I’ve always been a fan of watching people making “stuff” on the internet, scale models, tech items, 3d prints anything creative and have always been interested in Military/WW2 history. Up until recently my experience with scale models have been 2/3 kits purchased for me 3 Christmas’ ago that were painted assembled with gaps and painted with un-thinned paint.

My Stash

Back in 2020 my colleague mentioned how his dad was an avid scale model maker and had amassed a collection of around 300 scale models mostly in 1/72 scale, these were all kept in a shed at his Ex’s house so he had been unable to retrieve them in the 10 years since his dad passed.

Skip to 2021 May/June and I’ve finally made plans to help him move them all from the shed to his current home and in exchange he offered me some of the duplicate kits and those that weren’t of interest to him.
Over the course of one afternoon my stash has now risen from 2/3 models to over 80 kits. Needless to say I don’t think I will be buying any new model kits for a while (except a B-17 which is a notable missing kit I must have)

Box of goodies number 1
Load number 2 of goodies

Quite a few of the boxes have been damaged due to a flood they had one year as well as obviously sitting in a shed for 10 years but I went through all the boxes, wiped them down and checked the contents were still inside. The majority of the kits were still in their plastic.

Notable kits

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  • Italeri Gigant
  • Airfix TSR-2
  • Revell Blohm & Voss BV 222 V-2
  • Italeri XB-70 Valkyrie

I’m looking forward to building some of the rarer kits but only once I’m more confident in my building and airbrushing so it’ll be a while yet before we see those out of the boxes. For a current up to date list of models please have a look at my stash here

In the meantime I’ve been researching everything from paints, to airbrushes, compressors and techniques which has led me to a few new groups.

  • britmodeller.com/forums/
  • https://www.scalemates.com
  • Facebook Scale Modellers https://www.facebook.com/groups/crumblebuilders
  • ” I Love Scale Models ” https://www.facebook.com/groups/812442282225658

I highly recommend these groups for newbies and pro’s alike they are a great group of people just don’t mention RAF Interior Green to any of them.