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  1. I lay claim to getting Al Murray back into model making when he was in Edinburgh for the festival a few years ago. Totally not bitter he now buys from the Bovington Tank Museum... Only joking of course. The museum benefits from every penny they can get to keep their amazing collection of military vehicles for all of us armour nuts to enjoy. If only it wasn't 400 miles away from here.
  2. Nice build. Unless you are trying to accurately represent a specific veihcle from a specific point in time don't worry about the camo pattern. They were all painted by the crew and there wasn't any specific pattern they had to follow.
  3. Nice and clean for your first build. It can be really tempting to try and do every technique on your first model and get frustrated with it. Starting simple and addine more techniques as you build up experience is deffinitely the way to go.
  4. In the latest of our Meet the Team articles, get to know Roderick. One of our model kit experts he is the man to see when you need to know exactly what the colour is on obscure aircraft. Name: Roderick When did you start? In 1975 I got a job at Wonderland Models for the summer between school and University. Somehow, I ended up working Saturdays and holidays for the next 7 years until my career took me away from Edinburgh. Returning to Edinburgh many years later, I became a customer at Wonderland. In December 2009 I was asked if I could help them out for a month during the Christmas rush. Over 12 years later, I am still here. Role/Department: As an assistant manager my duties take me to every department. Specialist Subject: Aircraft, particularly UK Air Arms. Hobbies: Model making and photography. Initially naval subjects, in fact, the bulk of my job application in 1975 was to build a wooden model kit of the Golden Hind. This went into the shop window for a few weeks before one of the then owners decided he wanted it and took it home. Working in the model railway department back in the 1970s sucked me into that area of model making but my real interest is in aircraft and aviation which developed in the 1980s when I lived in Cambridge. At the time the area was home to many airbases such as Bentwaters, Lakenheath, Mildenhall, Coltishall, Marham and Wattisham and I went to dozens of Air Shows at these and other bases in the region and there are about 40,000 photographs to prove it.
  5. Really nice build. Did you have the issue with the suspension alignment on one side? I am a little obsessed with the Tortoise. I've built the Accurate Armour resin kit and two of the Meng kits, and I have another two of the Meng ones to build.
  6. See, that's why I really like the Amusing Hobby kits with their tracks that clip together.
  7. Get to know us though our Meet the Team articles. Meet Dan, our resident pilot. Name: Dan How long have you been with Wonderland Models? My first shift at Wonderland Models was 18th December 2020, so not too long ago. I joined after previously working as a commercial pilot for the regional airline Flybe, with over 1500 hours experience. Unfortunately, something called COVID (whatever that is) meant that Flybe went bankrupt. Thankfully working at Wonderland was the next best thing, although the aircraft are quite a bit smaller! Role/Department: Sales assistant and web order processor. Specialist Subject: With my background in aviation, with this starting from a very young age, I’ve always had a big interest in the plastic aircraft kits. However, I also have a huge interest in cars and motorsport, so anything from plastic car kits to Scalextric also works for me. Favourite Food: Cannot beat a wood-fired four cheese pizza with a sourdough crust! Favourite Biscuit: Custard creams, every time. Favourite Film: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Favourite Character: Bane – The Dark Knight Rises Favourite sport, who’s your team? Formula 1 (although any form of motorsport is fine with me). McLaren would be my favourite team. Hobbies: As an extension of being interested in aviation, visiting military airfields and going to airshows has always been something I have enjoyed. If I’m not found at an airfield then I tend to head to race circuits. My passion for amateur photography has tied in with both of these activities quite nicely as well! For more articles check out the blog on our website - https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/
  8. Really nice work on this Adam. I've built a ton of Warhammer stuff myself so 1/56 is a familiar scale for me. Whose kit is this? It looks much nicer than most of the Warlord Games kits I've seen, but that could just be because your paint job is so well done. I have a few of the lovely resin kits from Die Waffenkammer to build.
  9. At Wonderland Models we have created a Buyer's Guide to Tools For Model Making. I'm sure most of you will already be familiar with most of the tools on offer, but it can't hurt to take a peek. This article is a big help to anyone just starting out in model making, someone looking to get a model kit as a gift and unsure what tools they will need, or someone just getting back into model making and finding everything available these days a bit overwhelming. Feel free to share this with anyone you think will benefit from giving it a read. We also have a numbe of other useful buyer's guides to read, and plan to add more.
  10. Hi guys. thought I'd chime in to help clear up the details with the spray paints. Where we have stated both water-based and solvent-based in our descriptions, we had taken this from the descriptions from Humbrol when they came out, but it doesn't make it really clear (I'll start going through and changing the descriptions). The acrylic paint itself is non-toxic and solvent free, so once it has been painted onto something you don't have to worry about children playing with something that contains toxic chemicals. However, when put into a spray can there needs to be a load of extra chemicals added to stop it drying in the can and in the propellant, and these are different for enamel and acrylic paint sprays. What's causing the issue with the acrylic spray varnish damaging the enamel is that the acrylic spray paints contain acetone. It is best to use enamels with enamels and acrylics with acrylics, especially when it comes to spray paints. While all of the coloured spray paints in their range are now acrylic, Humbrol do still produce enamel spray varnishes to be used with their enamel paints.
  11. Albion Alloys are out of stock and waiting for a delivery from the main European importer in Germany. Albion Alloys hope to have their re-stocks at the end of March.
  12. Important Customer Notice 04/01/21

    Following on from the Scottish Government announcement today regarding Level Four restrictions Wonderland Models is not allowed to welcome visitors into the store at the moment although a "Click and Collect" service is available. However the government is encouraging mailorder firms to stay open so our site in Edinburgh is still processing internet orders every day. We will let you know if and when this changes.

    We have seen an increase in the number of orders we are receiving but nothing we can't handle and a lot of express orders still go out the same day. Please be aware though that the guaranteed delivery dates eg 24 hour are are all suspended. No delivery date guarantees are in force from any carrier at this time. Our hard working staff are working extremely most days to try to keep up with demand and appreciate your patience at the moment.

    Model paints orders take much longer to get ready so there are 2-3 day delays on these orders. Please be patient. We are going as fast as we can!


    Please note that we do NOT accept any orders over the telephone. All orders must be placed online. Make sure you give us your email address and mobile phone number so you can receive courier notifications regarding the date and time of your delivery.

    When placing your order please double check that your delivery address is correct bearing in mind you will probably be getting the parcel sent to your home rather than your work.

    Currently we are providing only a very limited telephone service. This is because we have so many orders to process and fewer staff to do them. Best contact is by email.

    At this time we are not sending parcels outside Europe until further notice.

    Thank you again for all your patience and understanding and we hope you all stay safe.

  13. Wonderland Models will now be open on Sundays until the New Year. We look forward to welcoming you all and hope to be able to fulfil all your modelling needs for Christmas. Scotland's leading modelling superstore with all your needs under one roof. Shop Opening Hours Monday 10am - 5pm Tuesday 10am - 5pm Wednesday 10am - 5pm Thursday 10am - 5pm Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 12pm - 5pm
  14. Keep Calm, Stay Safe and Build Models this Easter Holiday Weekend. Thanks to all our wonderful customers for their patience while we tried to get all the orders out before the weekend. It has been an incredibly busy two weeks and we would like to thank you all very much for your custom. Please remember that our couriers are not delivering or picking up today and Monday for the Easter Bank Holiday although Royal Mail did collect today there are no scheduled deliveries for Monday 13th April. Hope you all don’t over indulge on your Easter eggs while you are making your models! Visit our Wonderland Models Website for all the latest models and toys this weekend.
  15. A message to our customers The COVID-19 global crisis is affecting us all. At Wonderland Models our first priority is to maintain public health in-line with Government advice, while aiming to continue serving our customers both online and in store. Where it is safe to do so, we are keeping our store in Edinburgh open - colleagues and customers should follow government guidelines and not come in to store if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Please visit NHS 111 for more information. We may have to vary store opening times due to staff availability or if the Government gives guidance to do so. We recommend where possible to use our online store, this way you can browse safely on your own device, order online and reduce contact with others. Royal Mail and our couriers DPD and Fedex are continuing to collect and deliver orders daily. Most of our suppliers are continuing to provide a fast, efficient service which is enabling us to hold good stocks of important lines but unfortunately delays may occur due to circumstances beyond our control. In order to keep you updated with your delivery progress, please ensure we have your mobile number and email address when placing an order so you can be updated by SMS and email. In summary: All internet orders will continue as normal. All telephone lines will be open from 9.30am until 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am until 6pm on Saturday. The shop will be open as normal. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further detail in due course. We would like to thank you all for your understanding. The Wonderland Models Team
  16. Eduard's new 1/48 Panavia Tornado GR.1 Desert Babe Limited Edition Model Kit based on the 1/48 Revell kit is supplied with Eduard's 8 incredible marking options, photo-etch accessories, seat and wheel parts. This stunning kit is now available to order. We also have Eduard's 1/48 P-51D Mustang Profipack Model Kit available.
  17. Kinetic Models' new 1/48 Grumman E-2C Hawkeye VAW-115 'Liberty Bells' model kit has just been added to the range of 1/48 scale aircraft models, available to order now, there's also an excellent 1/48 Lockheed F-104J Starfighter: https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/blog/article/new-kinetic-grumman-e-2c-hawkeye-jan-2020/
  18. 50% Off in our Revell plastic model kit sale at the moment. Half price on a huge range of kits while stocks last.

    https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/sale/revell/

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  19. The amazing new Airfix 1/48 Hawker Hunter F.4 kit is now available at Wonderland online and in store. Get yours while stocks last. 10% off at the moment.
  20. The Rye Field Models M1240A1 M-ATV is now in stock and ready to dispatch, featuring a wealth of photo-etched parts, crisp details and a full interior. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/rye-field-135-m1240a1-m-atv/
  21. Arriving tommorow is the Platinum Edition Queen Mary II. Featuring a host of photo-etch parts and wooden decks this is the ultimate version of Revell's enormous ocean liner. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/revell-1400-queen-mary-platinum/
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