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Al Gunthwaite

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I bit of an update is in order since in the last 6 months I have completed two kits (to go with the 2 in the previous 10 years!)

I've been 'modelling' since FW Woolworth days (apart from a couple of years in my late teens when wine, women and motor cars became my top priority - but not necessarily in that order). 'Modelling' in recent years has been more about buying kits than making them. And it's all true that unmade kits make excellent loft insulation - an aerial thermal image of my village showed that our house was the 'coolest' in the area.

I try to adopt the approach of never buying a kit which I don't intend to build. So, despite a kit buying habit which has serious implication for my wallet, the number of complete kits built in the last 10 years is now four:

- Provence Moulage 1/43 scale resin kit of a 1965 Triumph Spitfire rally car;
- an original Airfix Gloster Gladiator (old skool - original moulds);
- The officer figure from the Italeri 1/35 Vosper crew; and
- Revell 1/72 SE5a

Partial builds completed (ie deliberatley only building part of the kit), in the last 10 years... one (bridge of the Airfix Vosper). Diorama bases completed in the last 10 years... two. Longstanding ongoing projects... two - converstion of the Airfix Rescue Launch to a Motor Anti-Submarine Boat and a WW1 diorama involving SE5as.

My particular interests are mainly aviation related - in terms of aeroplanes; RAF between the wars. But I'm also interested in figure modelling. I'm presently working on a ranges of 1/72 and 1/144 scale figures and over the last 5 years or so teaching myself 3D computer design. Amongst my modelling activities I suppose I should also count the 63 1/72 scale figures I have painted in the last 10 years which comprise the Gunthwaite range (but I am not going to count the hundreds of Games Workshop figures and bits of stuff I have painted for my son). However, through my figure modelling, over the last few years I've become interested in 1/72 scale boats - Coastal Forces and suchlike (hence the Vosper bridge model and the BPB MA-SB converstion). But of course I only model Royal Navy vessels.

I don't have very much time to indulge: most of my whittling time (as my good lady wife calls my modelling activities) is whilst I'm away on holiday. More holidays I say!



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