Other Models

F16 Fighting Falcon Cockpit

The cockpit of a modern fighter aircraft always arouses curiosity and fascination in aviation enthusiasts. The F16 Fighting Falcon has ts ejection seat located to ensure peak comfort for the pilot in spite of the F-16's top level acceleration and maneuvering capabilities, its instrument panel has large LQ screens instead of the traditional analogic variants.

Scale 1/12
Kit Manufacturer
Year 1979
Date Completed December 2005


Yamaha R1
This was a commissioned build for a friend who owns a Yamaha R1 and wanted a scale replica of both his bike and helmet. To do this I have bought the Tamiya R1 1/12 kit as well as a Maisto Diecast version of the bike and will set about combining the two in order to try and replicate the 2009 variant of the R1. The helmet was handpainted.
Scale 1/12
Kit Manufacturer
Year 1979
Date Completed December 2005





De Havilland Mosquito
This project is my first venture into model aircraft. The model was built with added after market photo etch details and subtle weathering. I created the display case base to simulate a Aerodrome's runway/taxiway.
Scale 1/48
Kit Manufacturer
Year 1946
Date Completed May 2018



Yamaha Virago

The Virago Bikes from Yamaha began back in 1981 when the XV750 Virago was born. It was very different to any other Japanese mass produced bike and was the first to use a single shock rear suspension. Other unique features were a low maintenance shaft drive, air-adjustable forks and cast aluminium wheels. The engine was hung from the stamped-steel backbone frame in stressed-member fashion. The unusual frame also doubled as an air box, housing the air filter. It was an immediate sales hit, one that continues today. And it was the start of an importer's phenomenon - the V-twin cruiser - that had all the other manufacturers following suit.

Since the early days there have been several changes to the bike, In 1982, Yamaha introduced a larger version, the XV920 Virago. This offered extra features such as dual front discs, adjustable handlebars, and liquid-crystal display gauges. In 1983, a XV500 Virago was born - the small of the family. The 750 and 920 Viragos each came in a Midnight version for 1983, replete with high-gloss black paint, and blacked-out engines with gold accents. The troublesome liquid-crystal display on the 920 was replaced with more traditional analogue gauges.

1984 saw a mjor re-design for both the 750 and 920 Viragos. Riders wanted the bikes to have even more custom styling features - like more chrome and even more of a "chopper-like" appearance. So the air filters were moved outboard of the engine and chrome air cleaner covers were mounted over top. The mono-shock rear suspension was scrapped in favour of exposed, dual shocks with bright chrome springs and bodies that actually worked much better than the mono-shock ever did. The gauges were enlarged for improved readability, and a "teardrop" gas tank completed the styling make-over. The bikes then remained the same until 1986, when the 1000 was increased in displacement to 1,063cc and renamed the XV1100 Virago. The secondary fuel tank was eliminated and the main tank enlarged to 4.4 gallons.

Other than the introduction of new paint schemes every couple of years, Yamaha hasn't changed the Virago since. The bike has a cult following these days so much so that there is now Virago Owners Club. The bike has been built essentially 'out of the box' with one or two little details added!

Scale 1/12
Kit Manufacturer
Year 1986
Date Completed October 2006




Super Puma Helicopter

Scale 1/72
Kit Manufacturer
Date Completed

October 2015



Built for a relative who was a Pilot who worked for the UK company Bond Aviation Services. The model was based on the military version of the Helicopter, I ordered aftermarket decals for the 'Bond' logos and scratchbuilt the interior to crate the a civilian transport aircraft.
The base was custom made and depicts a Helicopter landing pad.

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