Hi and welcome to my little bit of the Internet. I first started tickling plastic when I was bought an Airfix Spitfire by my late father as a Christmas present, and from there I was hooked. I then got interested in Military vehicles, and from the age of 14 started building anything Military with treads or wheels. And then after losing my Dad 13 years ago this October I started dabbling in aviation again.
I'm 46. And after losing Mom am now unemployed (for the moment) I am also disabled, and suffer from Avoidant Personality Disorder. I also like Photography, Museums and Art Galleries. Military vehicles have always been of an interest to me, and I only got into aviation after my Father passed away twelve years ago.
This July marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk on the Eastern Front from July 5-August 23, 1943. Kursk was the greatest armoured battle of WW2. Kursk also saw the combat debut of the PzKpfw V Panther These themed builds will see a Panther, a Tiger, a T-34, KV-1 and KV-2 as well as an M3 Lee, which were supplied to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Agreement.
These are the first two builds of this themed build.
And the Panther was the first on the bench.
So that's how the Panther looks at the moment. The Schurzen comes from a kit, which I didn't use. So its easy to add damage to. This model is now ready for paint.
So next up is the Tiger.
The above image shows how significantly larger the Panther was compared to the more compact Tiger.
I've added some more internal features to the hull of the Rye Field Models Panther Ausf.G. These will now be painted along with the rest, and then we can continue our work in the hull/fighting compartment.
The first question was, why do I build models? Well for me its a therapy (a medicine if you like). It helps me concentrate and forget real life. It also stops me ripping people's heads off when they've upset me. And the second question was, why do I build, what I build? Well from the age of 14 I've had an interest in military vehicles, particularly Tanks, and those of the German army in WW2. For me I'm interested in the technical side of the armour, the armour itself and the armament. And just recently I've enjoyed researching the different colour schemes they wore. Another family of vehicles I'm interested in are the SdKfz.251 series of APC half tracks fielded by Germany in WW2. My final interest is anything used by Canada, as I have Canadian heritage.
So that's why I build models, and build what I build.