Modelmaking

Work on progress on a Polish card model by ‘Shipyard’, of the French cutter “Le Coureur”.

I started making models when I was seven. My mum and dad came home from shopping around the corner to find that I had partly dismantled the radio under the B&O television that we had back then. It was still plugged in… So, they then decided, that it was time that I started MAKING things, instead of just dismantling to satisfy my curiosity about how things work. I was then presented with two ‘Frog’ models of airplanes (my dad was a pilot), a pea-green Sopwith Camel complete with pilot standing at the sharp end spinning the prop and a red metallic ME 109 (I seem to recall). Well, it was definitely metallic red!

And so my fascination with models began. First in plastic from ‘Revell’, Matchbox et al and mostly aircraft, then metal ‘Hubley’ Oldtimer cars followed by tanks, battleships, helicopters – even trains in all sorts of materials including Balsa, of course, especially for the aircraft.

I wasn’t flying radio control or anything like that, I was interested only in the construction of them.

Then I discovered motorcycles at the age of 13 – older ones were the cheapest to obtain to play with – and so my love of those was born, which flowered into a full-scale fascination of everything that went ‘suck-squeeze-bang-blow’ (4-stroke Engines etc). Bikes were followed by cars and those by aircraft…

However, I digress: At the age of about 19 I discovered a shop called Seagull Models by South Kensington Tube Station. They sold PAPER models. I was entranced and immediately hooked. Seagull is long gone, but the fascination is still going strong and my collection is still growing, as is the amount of detail attainable with advances in Digital design of the card and paper offerings, enhanceable with wire, brass etchings and all manner of castings and extras.