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My history with Airfix Models began on april 1971, when I bought a Panther (bagged kit) and a blue box of Japanese Infantry. I still have them, although I don´t have the cardboard box. I was 11 years old and I bought them as toys, for playing. The Panther was a very tricky one, with all those torsion bars and flexible caterpillar. I constructed it by myself, anyway: my older brother didn´t want to help.
Although, I must be grateful to him: before I discover the Airfix models I played with his toy soldiers (some Britain, others were Timpo, anothers were made in Argentina and Uruguay). I liked these toys and played often with them. Today I know that playing with little soldiers is an excellent way to develop mind and imagination.
Furthermore, in my childhood my parents bought me Matchbox cars and a little blocks construction kit named Cittaplast (of italian origin). When I began to play with Airfix soldiers and tanks, I could combine the three things: the models as main characters, the Matchbox cars as their transports (I remember a Mercedes Scaffolding truck that was excellent for this!); my forts, ships and planes were made with the Cittaplast blocks. I also built some paper tanks and planes using cheap drawing sheets. Maybe they were crude, but I learned how to measure, and I learned to imagine the blueprints of tridimensional objects. I still enjoy this a lot.
Of course, my first Airfix models were not painted: I just glued the parts and put them in battle! In the beginning of my youth I discovered I even use the models sprues for making some crude guns, using plastic wheels for the rolling ones.

When I was a teenager I also discovered girls, of course. It was a trouble season, you know: studying, dancing, flirting, even poetry... Some years later I discovered my second love: teaching Physics. I've been a high school teacher for 38 years, although I´m thinking in my retirement.
However I found some time for my plastic kits and discovered new brand: Esci (later Esci/Ertl, then Italaeri and now Italeri) was the first, then the multicolored Matchbox kits and Hasegawa (mainly).
When I was a kid plastic models were expensive in my country (I think US$5 to US$10 a Serie 1 tank or blue box), so I only bought them in my birthday or when my father could give me some bucks. In 1979 I began working and could manage my own money: I was single, so I bought a lot of kits and Humbrol enamels, and began painting some of them. Although, I was never a good painter, neither I am today...

When I married in 1982, I had a lot of kits and soldiers in my collection. My wife didn´t like much my kits ("they're toys" she says when she´s angry), but she didn´t get much angry if I used the dining table for constructing them. You know: after 35 years of marriage she´s still holding well with these tanks, guns, soldiers, books, and so on.
After 1982-83 I began to hand paint my models more carefully, because I could buy better paints and better paintbrushes. I also had better patience and better information books. In this period I can say I truly began to learn how to build good plastic models, not only toys.
I also discovered the various brands don´t always make the kits I wanted, so I slowly began to scratchbuilt some kits with plastic sheets, old sprues, and so on. My first attempts were very, very bad, of course. My last ones are regular, but I felt very good when I finished building some of these. I also began making conversions of existing kits: a Sturmtiger on an Airfix Tiger I; Churchill AVRE on Esci's Churchill III, a KV2 on Esci KV1, and son on.

In 1983-85 all Airfix plastic kits dissapeard in Uruguay. Later I knew the old brand fall into bankruptcy. The same happened to Matchbox cars and kits. Luckily, other companies bought Airfix and the moulds and today we have again our loved kits.

In 1999 I began writing a book on Uruguayan Uniforms, from 1830 to the Present. This works has almost 2500 pages today: it covers not only uniforms but vehicles, planes, ships, guns and light weapons of the Armed Forces and Police of my country. It's in spanish language. of course. I also wrote some articles on Military History, one of them on Military Transport in Uruguay. I wrote (and still am writing) some articles and books on Physics, too.

Some years ago I read Mike Smith's articles on making Scenery for Wargames, and I returned to the paper models, you know. Although I'm not an arquitect neither a good painter, I began developing my own paper buildings, including churches, bridges and bunkers. Even, I built an amphibian LVT on cardboard and painted paper: it looks pretty good.

Today I still build and paint my kits in 1/72 and 1/76. I prefer tanks and AFV, but also built some helicopters and planes, and even Airfix's Vosper MTB and Lindberg's LST (I nomore have them today). I also paint my older brother´s soldiers: he has a good collection too.
But over all these kits I always remember my old Airfix models: they were the first and I still have some kind of love for them. When I was a kid I only dreamed to see the old Airfix Factory on Haldane Place- Garratt Lane.

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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jul 2017 04:55 am 
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Here´s my first picture: it's Italeri 1/32 Waterloo's Allied General Staff (6873): Wellington, Blucher, aides and prussian infantry soldiers.
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I painted the figures with Humbrol gloss paint. They´re for my brothers collection.
I watched Serguei Bondarchuck's impressive movie "Waterloo" (1970) some months ago -for N time- and it showed Wellington with a medal on his coat. However, in some paints of the Duke he has no decorations at all. I decided to paint him this way. Unluckly, Italeri doesn't includes Blucher pipe neither Wellington's field glass (although Blucher has his pipe in the right hand in the illustration on the box and Wellington has his glass in the backside of the box).

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What a brilliant introduction Danny :clapping: I'm sure many here (I'm certainly one) who share similar experiences :Hug: And a nice set of figures too :nod:

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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jul 2017 16:00 pm 
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Thank you very much, Ratch.
You know, in my country they would say: "Airfix is not a brand; it's a feeling!" :)

And other thing I forgot to say: maybe my models are not great made or great painted, but I like to share with others the little I did.

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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jul 2017 23:18 pm 
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I send some more pictures:
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Here's a Mark II "female" tank of WWI. It's a modification of Airfix WWI Tank (013 15).
The grenade protection net is simply a mosquito net, painted gun metal and attached to a plastic frame.
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I added the Kit Number.

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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jul 2017 23:20 pm 
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Another one of WWI. The Mark I, male. Also Airfix model. No markings at all.
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Another WWI tank, a Mark IV female, I think, named "Jericho". The model is from Emhar (EM 5001), I think (I don't remember this one).
I saw the red and white stripes painted in the front in a magazine.
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Very interesting read Danny. I think most people on this Forum, have "cut there teeth", (so to speak), on Airfix models. Your figures look superb, and cannot see anything wrong with your painting. Mind you besides Pilots and crew figures, figure painting is not my forte.
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Great start to your portfolio Danny :clapping:
I'll echo Wingnut, nothing wrong with your finishing, as long as you're happy with 'em, no problems :thumb:

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Thanks for your kindness, Wingnutmike and Faaman! :)

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The "Funnies" of Hobart

This is my tribute to the special vehicles of the 79th Armoured Division of General Percy Hobart and the Royal Engineers.

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Churchill AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers), armed with the Spigot Mortar, a weapon that could fire great demolition charges, known as "Flyind Dustbins". One of this vehicles destroyed the Casino of Ouistreham, although "The Longest Day" shows a simple Sherman DD (and a false Casino, I must say).
The kit is Matchbox's Churchill AVRE SBG (PK 177, then Revell 03221), armed straight from the box.

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This is the Churchill AVRE named "Jones Onion", one of the first "Funnies".
It had a frontal structure that had some satchel charges attached. The AVRE come to the wall, drop the frontal structure, went back and blow up the explosives. In Omaha Beach, the Americans had to put the satchel charges by hand, and it cost a lot of men.
Although there was only a project of this vehicle, it was so spectacular that I built one of them.
The kits is Esci's AMRCR (Esci 8049) with some modifications. The structure is made of plastic sprue. The satchels are Italaeri backpacks (from Accesories, Box 047 in 1/35).

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Churchill AVRE "Bobbin Carpet".
The vehicle was thought to pu the carpet over soft terrain, permitting the pass of other vehicles. I saw this tank in other section of the AF.
The kits is Esci's AMRCR (Esci 8049 again), modified. I made the metal structure for the bobbin with plastic sprues, sanding and carving it. The bobbin is a paper.

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Sherman Duplex Drive (DD), with its curtains down. The model is Esci's 1/72 Sherman M4A1 (8028) built right from the box. I made the boatshaped structure from plasticard and the curtain of some epoxy.
Then I added the propellers in the back. I didn´t put the deep fording intakes as the model represents a DD after the landings of D- Day.

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Armoured Bulldozer. The engineers used this vehicle for opening paths through the beach obstacles, fill trenches and making mass graves (in Omaha beach).
This model is scratchbuilt, excepting the wheels and the caterpillars. It's out of scale, too long, and a little crude, but it was one of my first scratchbuilts.

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Churchill "Bullshorns", with two frontal shovels to put apart mines.
Also based on one of Esci's Churchills (8332 or 8049, I don't remember which one).

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Churchill AVRE with faxine and Porpoise sled.
Also built on one of Esci's Churchills; its superstructure made of plastic sprue. The faxine, thought to fill up trenches, was made of branches and trunks, but I didn't have balsa wood or something like that, so I made it with a green cleaning sponge... I added some metal wires to pretend the cables that hold the faxine. It's a little cheap, but works very well!

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Sherman "Crab", with mine clearing dispositive.
This one is based in Esci's Sherman M4A3 (8064), as you see by the name "Classy Peg". All the rest is scratchbuilt, including the chains (strechted plastic sprue, on a flame).
I know that today Airfix makes the Sherman Crab, but this model I made it some 20 years ago. Too late! :D

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Sherman Beach Armoured Recovey Vehicle (BARV). It was thougt to push landing crafts after they landed: for this purpose it a had a wood plank (reinforced with steel) to push. The "naval" superstructure avoided that the vehicle drowned down in deep waters.
This model is also based on Esci's Sherman M4A1 (8028), but I think it could be made also with Airfix's Sherman.
I put a diver and a soldier with floating vest on this vehicle (they're not glued). I don't know if the diver on D- Day look like this... :cry:
The diver begins to the Airfix SH3-D Sea King (3010) model from 1980.

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Sherman M32 Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV).
This is not a "Funnie, but a special puropse tank, thought to tow or repair damaged tanks in the field. It had two capstans (front and rear) and an "A"arm for lifting motors and so on.
The real vehicle had a fake turret and was armed with a M2 0,50" MG and a frontal mortar.
The model is based on one of Esci's Sherman M4A3 (8064), but the turret and "A" arm is scratchbuilt.

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