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I’ve made plastic models since I was five, my first kit being a 1/72 Spitfire in 1983 that my mum bought in a jumble-sale. Since then, more plastic has passed through my fingers than I care to imagine. Early favourites were the Matchbox series of aircraft kits in 1/72 that I could just about afford if I saved up three weeks’ pocket money (they cost £1.10). Those kits were great because they were moulded in several bright colours which were very pleasing to an 8-year old when stuck together with good old tube cement — no paint necessary; that would merely delay the point at which the ‘plane could be flown around the house. Unlike many others, I never had a break from modelling and kept it up through my teenage years. A big leap in the quality of my models occurred when I was twelve and I discovered Hasegawa 1/72 kits. These were lovely kits and at the time very reasonably priced (Hasegawa’s Tomcat, including photo-etch, was about £12). This phase was marked by building exclusively US Navy planes. A couple of years later I obtained my first airbrush, a Badger 200, and discovered that the finished article looked a lot better if I made the effort to sand and remove the plastic seams and paint the airframe as a finished assembly rather than in its component parts.
The aircraft shown on this website is my current collection of aircraft in 1/48. I build only military aircraft post-World War II, and only one of each type, or subtype. The oldest model in the collection is from 1994. The aircraft are organised in reverse order in which they were built — the newer, and thus (hopefully) better, models are towards the top of the list. You can see the progress in my model building by the use of new tools and techniques in the kits I’ve made more recently.