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SATURDAY HOUSEKEEPING: BOOKS, BUILDS AND FUTURE PLANS…

After a busy week, it's great to kick back, look back and then look forward to future plans and exciting projects!

It’s been a very hot and very busy week in my studio, so I thought I’d best wrap up what I’ve completed and maybe give you all a hint as to what’s likely to be completed over the coming months. Grab a cup of tea, take a seat and we’ll begin!

Morning everyone!

I hope that you are well today and that you have a relaxing weekend ahead.

MODELLING AN ICON #1: SPITFIRE

Well, it’s been a very busy week, with plenty of modelling and writing now behind me. Of course the most important aspect of this week’s work has been the preparation for the release and sale today, of my new Spitfire book, details of which can be found here:

Modelling An Icon: Spitfire

Many of you reading this have already reserved a copy of the book, so if you have and would like to confirm your order, I’m really looking forward to hearing from you. Design of the book is now almost complete, with only a few details for the remaining model (Eduard’s Spitfire Mk.I) now needing to be completed. Having already released two books on this iconic aircraft, I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what you think of my latest title!

THE ‘ONE OH WONDER

Alongside the Spitfire book, I’ve also completed the latest in my collection of ‘Century Series’ jets from monogram.

Having already completed the F-104 and F-106, I turned my attention to the enormous F-101 Voodoo, completing my ancient kit with some equally ancient Leading Edge decals, that allowed me to replicate a CF-101B from 416 ‘Lynx’ Squadron, RCAF. As with most of these kits, it wasn’t the easiest build in the world, but the detail and accuracy of the model more than made up for the frustrations that I felt along the path to completion. And now that it is finished, I really like the model! The brutish lines of this classic Cold War jet have been captured perfectly I feel, to create a model that I am more than happy to display.

THE TURN OF THE TIGER…

Next week will see the completion of the book, but it will also see me begin the next tranche of builds for work, the first of which will be the latest 1/48 Tiger kit from Tamiya.

Offering an early production vehicles, this reworked kit now includes a plastic lower hull that replaces the metal tub that featured in the original kits when this range was first launched. This is a step in the right direction I feel, the metal tub adding little to the model other than weight, heft that is now provided thanks to a separate metal strip that finds its way into the belly of the model. I like the additional weight, I’m just not that keen on the use of a metal lower hull, when the rest of the model is moulded in plastic!

THE WOODEN WONDER

My next model after that will be the superb Tamiya Mosquito in 1/32. This is likely to form – at least – the basis of a detailed feature for the Tamiya Model Magazine, offering modellers an in-depth look at the kit, its construction and painting.

Having not built this kit before, I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes together and what I can do with it in terms of finish. I may even use some details from the aftermarket to embellish it a little further, though I’m pretty sure that there will not be too much in the way of scope for improvement!

THUD!!!

And finally, I’m looking forward to the next in my series of Century Series jets, this time around focussing on the Vietnam-era F-105G Thunderchief. This one is likely to cross my desk in September, and as such, will be the fourth addition to the collection. A kit that I’ve wanted to build since I first saw what François Verlinden had done with his in ‘On Plastic Wings’, it will give me the opportunity to finish it in camouflage, rather than the neater, single-colour schemes applied to the Voodoo, Delta Dart and Starfighter. I may even ape François’s ideas and build a diorama around it! Who knows…

So those projects are my plans for the next few weeks and months. Thanks once again for reading this and supporting this page. Thanks also to everyone who has bought my new Spitfire book and taken the time to download copies of my older titles. Your support with both of those things really help to keep this page alive and allows me to continue with my work both online and in print.

Have a great weekend everyone and I will see you all again soon!

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I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!

10 comments on “SATURDAY HOUSEKEEPING: BOOKS, BUILDS AND FUTURE PLANS…

  1. Andy King

    That Mossie will be fantastic when you finish it, I’m looking forward to seeing it especially after the finish you achieved on that Lancaster.

  2. Simon Slater

    Yes, really look forward to seeing the Mosquito build. I have it tucked away on a shelf ready for when i can truly dedicate sone time to it, seeing other builds shoukd give me some inspiration 👍

    • I hope so! I’ve had mine for years (it’s actually a Tamiya ‘white Box’ sample) so I’m really looking forward to getting to grips with it!

  3. The DH 98 Mosquito holds a special place in aviation history, and I look forward to seeing what you can do with the Tamiya 1/32 kit of the Mk VI…..and it would go so well with all my 1/32 Spitfires…..:-)

  4. Lawrence D Clark Lt Col USAF(Ret)

    Thrilled to see that you will be giving the F-105G a little love. I was an RF-4C driver during our SEA debacle and eventually became personal friends with Leo Thorsness (MOH Award) and Harry Johnson, his WSO GIB in the Weasel. They were both POWs in the “Hilton.” Harry and I served together during 1973-77. Leo passed away a few months ago, but Harry I assume is still kicking. Your model would be a great tribute to Leo and his “Bear,” a couple of real patriots.

    • What a great message! Yeah, I’m looking forward to building this one as it’s an aircraft that I’ve never modelled. Having watched a number of TV shows and been inspired as are result of seeing the footage, I hope my model will bear testament to the machine and the pilots that flew it in combat…

  5. Spence, you are costing me real,money – your mention of the 1/32 Tamiya Mosquito FB Mk VI led me to ordering this kit plus the Eduard Zoom details for the cockpit and the masks….. Thank God I already have a swatch of 1/32 Spitfires…..

  6. Hi Spence , Love the retro builds but bear in mind the availability of those old Monogram kits compared with the Tamiya ones . Ultimately your work inspires us to try emulate it and if the kit can’t be got ….

    • That’s always an issue, but the ones that I’m building are very easy to find, either from secondhand retailers such as King Kit in the UK, or via eBay. But also, I’m sure that many modellers, like me, will have these kits in their collections, so I’m trying to show that if you do, they are worth building rather than ignoring in the face of newer kits… Thanks for the comment!

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