Having gone looking for an 'inside' hobby for bad-weather days when the allotment and cricket pitch were off limits, Mike turned his hand back to a childhood hobby modelling in 2019 with a simple Airfix Typhoon starter kit. From there a Lancaster bomber bought at the RAF Museum in London followed and the hobby has snowballed ever since. His wife instilled 'limit' of 15 unstarted kits in the house at any time - not realising the loophole she had left until it was far far too late!
Mike's primary focus remains upon WWII Aircraft, preferring 1:48 scale for smaller planes and 1:72 for 3-4 Engined Bomber/Transport craft.
The Convair B-58 Hustler, designed and produced by American aircraft manufacturer Convair was the first operational bomber capable of Mach 2 flight.
1/72 Revell kit with added internal cabling and metal gun barrels.
The finish is unpainted aluminium with Olive drab fuselage camouflage, part of the US 8th. Army Air Force based in Boxted UK, cMay 1945.
The plane itself was Equipped with eight .50 Caliber machine guns (four in each wing) together with 10 "Holy Moses" HVAR's and range-extending fuel droptanks. Alternative armament included up to 5x 500lb bombs, or 1x 500lb bomb in addition to underwing bombs. The P-47 was the largest single engine fighter plane used during WW2, powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Dual Radial engine. Incidentally this is the same engine as was used in both the Corsair and also the Grumman Hellcat.
The model is painted with a mixture of Mig metallic Lacquers and AK Acrylics plus Enamel washes. "OOTB" but with the addition of internal detailing and wiring to the cockpit and metal gun barrels.
ICM 1:72 Tupolev TB-3, Built out of the box, finished in Mig Ammo acrylics with painted markings. Painted in VVS Bright Green with Russian Blue underside representing “Red 4” of the 8th Soviet Air Force.
Produced 1932-38, The Tupolev TB-3 was the world’s first all metal 4-engine bomber. It saw service throughout WW2.
Junkers JU-52 in Winter camo, residing on an airfield in Norway, October 1942 and being prepared for take-off from Sola airport, Stavanger.
The plane is a Junkers JU-52 in Winter camo, residing on an airfield in Norway, October 1942 and being prepared for take-off from Sola airport, Stavanger.
The overall scene depicts the de-icing process in preparation for take-off. The workmen on scaffold are pre-heating the first engine of the Ju-52 (Italeri 1:72) to clear the wings of ice. An officer has jusjust arrived via staff car with an urgent message for delivery, a repurposed Citroen UTV which has been resprayed in Panzer grey. (Airfix 1:72 RAF Bomber Re-Supply kit). Figurines courtesy of Zvezda (1:72 snap miniatures) and Revell (1:72 Luftwaffe ground crew).
Play a game of spot the dogs - there are 2 to find.
The markings are not decaled but rather airbrushed. the model is based on four photos of other planes, so is not 100% historically accurate..
This is Revell's 1:72 kit of the HE-177, modelled here without the fritz-X glide bombs.
Plane depicted is part of KG. 100 squadron operating from Ahlborg in late 1944 attacking convoys in the Northern and Arctic seas.
Eduard's "weekend edition" Messerschmitt BF-110g in 1/48th scale.
Modelled according to the kit produced spec, this is the plane of Lt. Felix Brandis, based in Malmi, Finland in January 1942 on the Eastern front.