Why build models?


Building scale model aircraft was my Zen activity for many years, teaching me to slow down, focus and let my creative juices flow. Family and work got in the way for nearly 10 years, and I realised I needed to do a little something for myself.

As a full time saber instructor, I realised that I was forever telling my students that they sucked as they learn new skills and I realised that I needed to suck at something as well; the best way to be a good teacher is to be an eternal student.

All of our sabers are named after aircraft, primarily from WWII and I wanted a display in the temple that would show our students the namesakes for their sabers. I have set myself a challenge to build one of each of the aircraft the sabers were named for and that I would use at least 3 new techniques for each build. Here are the build logs of my sucking journey.

Higgins LVCP landing craft.

I have always wanted to build a Higgins boat inspired by Saving Private Ryan. I also really suck at painting figures. What’s the best way to learn? Paint 28 of them! This is going to be a challenging build!

The Hawker Typhoon

My first build in 10 years. I just wanted to get one build under my belt to knock out the cobwebs! Quite a few new techniques tried for first time including using an airbrush to lay down free-hand camouflage and my first oil wash! Diorama build log to come!

De Havilland Mosquito - “and then he was on my 6”.

The Mosquito is the blanket term for all of our wood hilts as it was one of the only all wood constructed aircraft of World War II. We have currently produced wooden Hurricanes and some custom designed hilts. This will be a PRU Blue Mk IV reconnaissance model from 540 Squadron, No 1 Photo Reconnaissance Unit based at RAF Luchars in Scotland.

de havilland Vampire “Welcome to W ong”.

This Vampire was the very first model I attempted to do and it was violated by bench gremlins from the start. I was trying my hand at airbrushing for the first time, I tried a new type of paint that reacted badly with others, it was a complete mess. So I decided to do a heavily weathered gate guard style diorama. Whilst the basic diorama and model are done I will be extensively adding to this over time as I add more items to make it look like a grubby park in the Western Suburbs of my youth. There will be trash, a firepit and loads of detritus coming as time goes on!!