Archive for ‘Model’

March 3, 2020

Due Kinder

German modeling

Teutonic ad for the classic 70’s Matchbox model kits.

October 15, 2019

Moto Block

LEGO – a couple of building brick models, one a Triumph Scrambler and the other a beefy Triumph Rocket Three. Both nicely done.

September 30, 2019

Le Chat Noir

Blacksad | A hardboiled feline PI in the vein of Philip Marlow has the gritty underworld of 50’s America as seen from the perspective of a grizzled black cat gumshoe. Created by Spanish writer Juan Díaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarnido its vision is stark and fresh.

September 29, 2019

Dinosaur Racer

Prehistoric Pratt | Toy bike from Matchbox of the Triumph Scrambler ridden by Chris Pratt’s character velociraptor handler Owen Grady. I need to elbow room in my wall display…

November 26, 2017

Irish Hog

Bottle Cap Bike – headed home back through Dublin.

November 15, 2017


Kit – simple plastic model of a BSA C15. Grey molding still fresh on the sprue ready for removal and assembly. This looks like a typical 1:32 scale kit. I’d keep it as-is and frame it.

June 13, 2017

Roundel Clad

Aces High – the little fighter is complete. Though I  rushed and mucked up the tissue a bit, it is presentable and probably decent enough to wind up and fly.  

June 9, 2017

Drum Roll

A Skin Game – delicate less than paper thin tissue  sheets glued over the spars, ribs and stringers; then a spray down with water and the covering becomes drum tight. Need to find a cellulose dope alternative to give the paper added strength.

June 9, 2017

Merlin Rubber Band

Supermarine – the balsa Spitfire is taking great shape. Indeed the classic elliptical wing designed by Canadian aerodynamicist Beverley Shenstone is obvious. RJ Mitchell’s overall layout is pure in form and elegant in execution. Tissue paper covering next!

January 2, 2017


Please don’t make me angry; you won’t like me when I’m angry. The latest iteration of the green behemoth via The Avengers movie sees the diminutive physicist Dr Bruce Banner being played by as bespectacled Mark Ruffalo. His mode of transport? A dusty patina’d Triumph looking like it’s seen plenty of lonely miles. This model kit at sixth scale certainly lost is the part for any comic book fan.

July 7, 2016

Diorama #3

Oil Thumbed Haynes manual, packet of Players No6 fags, and a well used pein hammer. Yes, it’s another scratchbuilt diorama fabricated from base plastic and wire. Scaled reality.

Based around the sublime BSA Goldstar it’s a watchmakers motorcycle restoration. Love the daylight beaming in from a roof light.

July 6, 2016

Diorama #2

The model maker is Anders Malmberg from Sweden and I am astounded by the level of 1:35 detail. Everything has a patina, it looks like it’s been worked in for years by the same elf mechanic. Paint spills, old tubs on shelves, 

There is even a junkyard out back… Pinup gal on the wall… It keeps going!

July 6, 2016


Amazing Intricacy – a well used motorcycle workshop in miniature. As well as moto’s being worked on there are shelves of parts, walls of tools, machinery, posters and a cursing mechanic.

So much detail to explore, you can smell the oily workings or metallic contrivances. Even a corrugated roofing. I bet the Whitworth set is articulated too!

December 22, 2015

RGS to Scale

A neat looking plastic model kit: which includes two bikes. One in red, the other chrome. These are the superlative early sixties Rocket Gold Star from BSA. 

Each comes on its own molded set. You can see frame, wheels, engine, tank, pipes, bars…

Box back assembly instructions are fairly basic and no decals.


5’6d from your local hobbyist shop. 

August 13, 2015

Free Wheelin’

Sixties Fab Fun: The Kandy Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby Trike. Rebellious model kit for aspiring custom bike builders. An honorable mention to author Tom Wolfe and his new journalism writing style which evoked a vivid reality in a world of hallucinations.