Republic P-47M Thunderbolt
1996 Chevrolet Blazer
The year started with the completion of this aircraft, Hasegawa's 1/32nd scale P-47M in the scheme of one of the US 56th Fighter Groups aircraft. The second largest aircraft I have built so far and a joy to build. I even got "Commended" in class in the IPMS(UK) Nationals this November with her which was great once you saw the other great models it was up against.
1996 Chevrolet Blazer
This was the second one of the year completed. A project that was started well over a year before and sat on the sideline for a while until I decided to get the Blazer back out and complete it. It upset a friend of mine that I decided to cover the car with mud, but I wanted to build a 4X4 that was being used and not the usual "Chelsea Tractor" that is the normal use of them over here in the UK.
EE Canberra PR9 XH135
Not exactly a new build, but the conclusion of a long journey of XH135. This model was completed a couple of years before, but I was never happy with the finished model then, so in my eyes it was not completed to my vision of what she was meant to be. With the two sister aircraft being built, I saw how this model was meant to be and some alterations were done to her. These were to open up the canopy, add an engineer inside, add an access ladder with ground-crew standing on it, replace the aerial and ad the POV covers. Now she was truly finished!
"Filler and sanding" This was the story behind this model and the reason it sat in my "On-hold" pile for eighteen months. The model was the re-released old Airfix kit from back in the late 60's from what I remember, so basic in its detail, etc. Plenty of filler was required along the fuselage and the folding wings option did not pan out as I hoped. But it was decided to get the model back out after sitting packed away for a while and get it finished off. In the end, the outcome was not too bad and resulted in a pleasing model from such an old and outdated kit.
Jaguar XJ-R8 LM
This was the Hasegawa Silk Cut kit, which was originally going to be built was as one the the Le Man cars, but the decals were very brittle and kept breaking up. So it was decided to repaint the body and finish it as a car privately owned and raced. I salvaged what I could from the two sets of Hasegawa "Silk Cut" decals sheets I had and with the addition of left-over sheets from various automotive and aircraft models to come up with this colour scheme.
2007 Nissan R35 GT-R
One of my dream cars, the Nissan R35 GT-R. I just had to get one for my model collection and this will be the first of many I think. The kit is from Aoshima and comes with the full engine in the kit. A great model to build and it sits with pride in my cabinet for everyone to see.
EE Canberra PR9 XH134 & XH131
Unfortunately, I have not taken any decent photos of these two completed models yet, that is going to happen very soon as I catch up with all of the models needing photography. So here is an photo that was taken on my phone earlier this year. The aircraft at the front is XH131 and the middle aircraft is XH134 in the retirement scheme she ended her RAF career in. XH135 can be seen in the rear of this line-up.
Iron Man War Machine
This is really not my model, it was Kyran's what he chose to buy at Duxford and handed it to me to build for him. This is not my usual area of modelling, but it was fun to do and was something different to do. This is a 1/9th scale figure from Morbeus.
1935 Mercedes Benz G4
This 1/24th scale model of the Mercedes Benz G4 from ICM was a magazine review build for Scale Military Modelling International which appeared in the November 2013 issue of SMMI. A large model once built and a pleasing result at the end.
Supermarine Spitfire FR. Mk.XIVe
This Academy 1/48th scale model of this Spitfire was a club competition project and also a means to try out a new method of masking for the camouflage for me. This is a great kit to build and I would like to get another one to build sometime. I strongly recommend anyone to buy this kit.
M561 Gama Goat
Another review build for SMMI, this time Tamiya's 1/35th scale model of the M561 "Gama Goat" prior to the release of the kit. A strange but interesting choice of vehicle for Tamiya to release, yet it builds up as a very good model with plenty of scope to modify it into the various different versions they went through in their service. This is due to be out in the February 2014 issue of SMMI.
Monty's Humber Snipe
This is the final one of the year (unless I get the Gannet finished)and it is another review build for SMMI. This is the re-release of Airfix's 1/32nd scale kit of Monty's Humber which dates back from the 70's. In general, not a bad kit and it builds up okay, but it is the figures that come with the kit that lets it down. I hope this will be in a future issue of SMMI in the new year.
When you look back at what you have done over the last twelve months, that is when you realise that is has been a productive year on the modelling side. There are some projects that I would have liked to have got finished this year, but this did not happen. So now is the time to start going through what on-going projects there are and make a list of what needs to be finished first!
A Happy Modelling 2014 To You All