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Phillip Ware

A Catalogue and history of modelling (of a plastic nature)

As a child I was drawn to the hobby by my father and uncle. I remember my father building an Airfix Dornier 217, painting it duck egg blue (the only colour we had) and not painting the interior. And a Super VC10, complete with wires going up the stand to a light inside the fuselage to cast light to the outside when the lights were turned off in the dining room. My Uncle made ships and aircraft by Airfix, and the large horror characters by Aurora.

I am sure that modelling in middle age has a direct psychological link to memories. Remembered fun of the purchase and then completion of a Series 1 Airfix kit in a plastic bag for 19 ½ Pence, the utter joy of the smell of the glue being pumped out of the tube in copious quantities, the assembly without painting in under twenty minutes, the opaqueness of the canopies that melted along with the plastic due to the over exuberant use of glue earlier in the hour, and then putting it on my grandmothers pelmet along with all the others.

The adults would try, and fail, to curb my over enthusiasm to complete quickly, imploring me to stir the paint, use a pin to apply the glue, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!!!, cut out the transfers carefully etc.

It was only when in the Cubs at school, and given a kit as part of a model making badge that the idea of impressing my piers by my skills that I had been taught but had not paid any attention to, up to that point, became sharply focused in my mind. At school I remember making the Airfix Savoya Machetti SM79 , Handley Page 0/400, before the whole hobby had a major (but very expensive) boost.

The arrival of Tamiya from Japan changed the hobby overnight at least in my child like mind. The expense of the kits was legendry, I made a S.A.S Jeep that costs many weeks worth of pocket money. And a 1/12 scale Tyrell Ford costing £4 (a fortune at the time). Modelling then disappeared from the mental radar as puberty, girls and drink hove into view.

Adulthood ,work and the loss of childhood innocence kept the hobby a pleasing memory for many years, but in my late thirties I returned to the hobby for a second time, making a Tri Master FW 190 D9 Dora, the idea of purchasing an airbrush and can of air, instilled in me the idea of producing a far better finished model , which would prove to be far superior to my teenage attempts. The continual loss of pressure in the can, the lack of knowledge to thin paint correctly lead to a poor result, again thinking the hobby conspired to thwart my artistic ambitions I again swapped the hobby of model making , for the big boys equivalent, concourse car restoration.

The one important thing that I took from this hobby, was, it is very important to read and learn from the more knowledgeable about how to do things safely and properly, patience is a virtue, and most importantly, you need a compressor to be able to do anything.

Recovering from being injured in the line of duty, I was given a white metal set of Napoleonic figures made by Post Militaire to pass the time and to give me some therapy with rehabilitation . With old Humbrol paints, some oil paints and a couple of paint brushes I set to work along with what I now call my bible, Verlindens book on How to paint figures.

Having started to understand the method of painting figures and realising that I would be able with luck to do those little figures in plastic tanks and aeroplanes some justice, and the possession of a compressor I  decided to return to the hobby for a third time .

The photo’s you see are the fruits of my labour over the last ten years

I am sorry to say I got the bug big time, and although a sign of personal weakness I am drawn to Model Competitions to satisfy my need for competing and to satisfy my ego ( a male trait I believe).

All the figures are painted the same way, blocking in with enamels, finishing with oils and acrylics to the Verlinden method. The aircraft are airbrushed in Xtra colour enamels, pastels for shading, panel lines picked out in Magic colour earth brown ink, completed with acrylic matt varnish, I always layer acrylic over enamel or vice-versa , I use a lot of the available after market detail sets, although I am beginning to be more confident in scratch building since becoming a member of the club three years ago.

My favourite type of modelling is creating dioramas from historical  photograph’s, these provide me with most of inspiration, but recently I have made a couple of vehicles, although enjoyable as a change, I personally don’t think that it compares with the fun of aircraft modelling. Ah Well, each to their own. 

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amazing diorama small Amazing Diorama model t small Ford Model T
mig welding Mig Welding fokker ev/dv vi Fokker EV/DV IV
don quixote Don Quixote soldier


A selection of figures build by Phillip.


Aircraft & Vehicles

A selection of aircraft and vehicles built by Phillip.


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