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 Post subject: Gerry's Portfolio
PostPosted: Fri 04 Jan 2008 12:51 pm 
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Mine is a sad tale of addiction that began when I was a young lad, probably aged about 8 or 9. Of course in those days, it was fairly common. My mates were doing it and even my older brother was doing it. So I suppose it was inevitable that I was tempted to give it a try. It wasn’t easy at first. There was glue everywhere and some of it must have got up my nose. But once hooked, I was bitten.

In the early days, I tried a variety of things including using dope. But as my teenage years rolled on, I settled for the straight injection variety. It seemed the most satisfying and permanent way to get a fix, or as it was then known, an Airfix. The problem was that my addiction seemed to become worse, not better. It turned into an obsession. If there was something new on the market, I just had to have it. Before I knew it, I was no longer satisfied with the occasional quick fix. I also had to buy the equipment that went with it, the knives, the silver foil, the literature and all the rest. By my late teens, I had turned into a full blown addict with a collection that was becoming clinically obese if shelf space is any index.  

By the time I started work and pay a mortgage, I felt I needed to continue with my addiction, even if only to reduce the stress. By then, I had more money to spend on my addiction. When I was married, I had to be fairly secretive about it. I was not allowed do it in the front room because it messed up the furniture, apart from the smell it created and to be fair, the combination of turpentine and glue can be quite overwhelming. I was banned from letting the children see me do it in case it was contagious. There was only space in the family home for one addict. It was never talked about in public with friends. My wife regarded it as a matter of social embarrassment that she would rather I kept to myself. Even now, only a close group of friends know that I do it.  

Eventually, the simple injection method proved to be too limiting so I branched out. At first, I tried some specials that seemed more aimed at the hard core addict. I had to go to special shops or use mail order that arrived in plain brown padded envelopes. I convinced my wife that Contrail was the name of a political party magazine. They were more work, but the satisfaction made it worth the effort. I still enjoyed the occasional straight fix from time to time, but my addiction had changed. It had become more sophisticated, no longer just something to do for relaxation. It had got into my every waking moment. I had to read about it, even on occasions, go to watch others doing it at under cover exhibitions. I experimented with grass and other additives. I started to make my own, starting in a simple way, but soon recognised my limitations and returned to the commercial brands. I have looked for alternatives, the closest being Hobby Boss as a poor man’s patch, but I still find that there is nothing like the real thing to lift my spirits.    

Now in the 21st century as I approach a half century of addiction, I am able to share my foible with a world of others.  I feel privileged that I can now see what others are doing and to share something of my own pleasure in this harmless activity. Of course, it is still a socially unacceptable thing to do, though at least the magazines have become more numerous and they are no longer on the top shelf. I do have some scars, mostly on my fingers, but overall, I can safely say that it has not done any lasting damage. True, I am sent out of doors when I have a can in my hand, but I suppose one must have consideration for others as well as for my own health. I have a few more years to go and with any luck, I will potter on until both me and my addiction go up in smoke.

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All models are handpainted in 1/72  (any exceptions will be noted). I tend to build in themes, but I have a lot of different themes.


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PostPosted: Fri 04 Jan 2008 12:56 pm 
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I will start with a few of my favourites, all previously posted. Then I will add others.

Contrail Stranraer - to complete my set
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The Contrail Iris
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Contrail Perth
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Contrail Scapa
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Contrail London
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PostPosted: Fri 04 Jan 2008 13:48 pm 
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I am also partial to the US 100 series and other metal bits.

F100
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F84
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F101
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Dagger
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Scorpion
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F104
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Starfire
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Sabre
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A few more of my areas of interest.
BF110 , for the painting
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Albacore, for the vacform and to fill a gap
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Beaufort for general interest in a Frog classic
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Buckingham, since I live in Bristol
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Lincoln, for something different
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All great builds gerry, and your introduction did give me a good chuckle!

I think of all of them, either the Scorpion or Starfighter are my favourites - very striking schemes and more in line with my own interests.

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A few US Navy fly boys in ghostly grey are always a pleasing sight.
Cutlass
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Cougar
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Neptune
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Phantom
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Tracker
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Hawkeye
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Prowler
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Demon
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DC3
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A few RN jets are also quite eye catching.
Phantom
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Sea Vixen
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Scimitar
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PostPosted: Fri 04 Jan 2008 20:10 pm 
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I have occasionally dallied into some scratch building.
Wright Flyer
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Boxkite
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Bristol Scout
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Blackburn Monoplane
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PostPosted: Fri 04 Jan 2008 20:21 pm 
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I like biplanes. I even enjoy rigging them.
Strutter
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Snipe
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Roland (and Camel)
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Avro 504
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RE8
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Salamander
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Very nice!  Outstanding photography!

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Here are some boys in navy blue.
Bearcat
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Hornet
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Ventura
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Skyknight
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Panther
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Such high quality modelling and such a cross section of aircraft subjects modelled. 10/10 Gerry!

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Some collection you have there Gerry!

I like the seaplanes.

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A great introduction and a great set of models!

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PostPosted: Mon 07 Jan 2008 07:53 am 
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Gentlemen, many thanks for the compliments. Your own contributions continue to inspire me to do better.  

PS I have heard people being told off for saying 'seaplanes' when they mean 'flying boats', but I'm not a purist - just appreciative of the comment.


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Super collection gerry  :thumb:

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Nothing new in these, but I may as well add them to the rest. All three are 'Bristol fashion'. The Blenheim is a Frog clone. The Beaufighter is a modified and 'scrap heap' model and the Brigand is pure vacform. Beaufort and Buckingham are in an earlier part of the portfolio. Perhaps I will get round to rearranging them.
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wow top collection gerry...ace photos!!!! :clap:


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A few bits of wood and wire I have previously posted. In ordewr:
Sopwith Baby, converted from Airfix Pup.
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Revell Moraine Saulnier.

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A few from the fifties.

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