Welcome to my small scale military vehicle site,
which was last updated 18th October 2017.

Like most schoolboys I started making models by purchasing Airfix kits, from my local toy shop. This was back in the days when kits were sold in plastic bags with the instructions and artwork stapled to the top. At secondary school I met Robert Turner my form tutors husband. He was a very talented modeller, with his models appearing in Military Modelling on several occasions in show reports. The rest of my school days were spent using what I had learnt from him to produce a mixture of figure and vehicle models. In 1975 I took a break from military modelling to concentrate on a graphic design course at Art College. By 1979 I was modelling again, this time specialising in 1/76 scale modern British Army vehicles and 1/32 scale Airfix multipose figures. I also joined the Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicle Association (MAFVA) and was quickly contacted by Richard Hone an enthusiastic and knowledgeable branch leader, who invited me to my first model meeting. In the autumn of 1979 I entered my first modelling competition, the MAFVA Nationals held at Wimbledon. This competition opened my eyes to the superb modelling and painting skills that exists within the MAFVA membership. John Sandars, Edwin Adcock, John Wheeler, John Church, Kevin and Mac Dennigan have all played their part in shaping my modelling techniques and philosophy. In 1981 I met Paul Mitchell, a resourceful and persuasive member of Mendip Modellers, and since that time I have been a member of this friendly and diverse group of modellers. Paul also introduced to another great modelling influence, Vasco Barbic, who was producing very realistic models for the time with washes, chipped paint and bare metal. Around about this time I was approached by Airfix magazine to write my first modelling article and since then I have written over 50 articles for 6 different main stream magazines. I eventually stopped making 1/32 scale figures and focused on small scale military vehicles, although I continued to practise my figure modelling, albeit in a much smaller scale by adding crews to my vehicles. I made my first master for a kit production in 1986, working with Gordon Browns Cromwell models and more recently producing masters for the late Horst Kalinke of CMSC. My modelling interests have broadened over the years to include vehicles from other nations and different periods. Living on Salisbury Plain provides me with plenty of inspiration and ideas for modelling projects which I continue to make, but at a slower rate these days.

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