Martin Humphrey - What do I build? Anything - as long as it is ugly, dangerous, weird and makes me laugh! Aside from that, I also build Home Front diaramas, usually scratch-built in 1/35th scale.
I'm an ardent stock car racing supporter following Bisca F1 Stock Cars and I also play around with classic cars. I own a 21 year old Mazda Roadster and I'm helping my nephew restore an old Mini. I'm an engineer by trade and currnetly work building wiring systems for utility vans, etc.
"Shock Troops" - MiniArt figures and motorcycles. Scratch built electricity sub-station. 1/35th scale.
"Beirut Apprenticeship". MiniArt figures, 1/35th scale, built straight out of the box.
"Thingummy Bob". Scratch built mill, Prieser figure. 1/35th scale.
"Girls Night Out" - Bronco Figures, 1/35th scale. Built out of the box, except for the Wren who used to be a US Navy "wave".
"Girls Night Out"
Bachem Natter. Dragon kit, 1/48th scale, built straight out of the box.
"How do you get to own a Starfighter?" - Buy a farm and wait for one to crash into it (old joke by Luftwaffe F-104 pilots)! Scratch-built crater. Cauliflowers and wreckage are modified MiniArt / Tamiya kits respectively together with various odds and ends from the spares box.
"How to you get to own a Starfighter?"
Dig for Victory - Scratch built Anderson shelter made from litho plate. Milliput vegetation. Modified Priesner and Miniart figures.
Airfix Four Stroke Engine - Museum series model approx 1/3 scale. Built out of the box, a real good fun build
Four Stroke Engine
"Highlanders" - Based on the division's landing on D-Day. Italeri Landing Craft with Masterbox and Dragon Figures.
Airfix Triumph TR4A. Out-of-the box build with MiniArt and Prieser figures. The palm tree is made from lithoplate, copper wire and masking tape. Street items from the spares box.
Ruth's Beach Hut - 1/25th scale scratch built from Evergreen card and strip. Based on a Seaton beach hut in Devon.
Ruth's Beach Hut
Sramble! - Airfix England Footballer Nicky Butt, 1/9th scale. Extensively modified (obviously!) including the use of nearly two boxes of Milliput. Probably still just as good at foootball?
Entry in the 2014 6 Month Challenge - KIS-5 as a 1930s Southern Railway Model A Ford
SR Model A Ford
"Call the Midwife". Figures from Masterbox - "Frau Muller" with bicycle and 1940s / WW2 woman, 1/35th scale.
OOB, painted with Vallejo acryclics. Based on the TV series "Call the Midwife".
Call the Midwife
"Who's the Pretty Boy Then?", MasterBox.
US Sailor converted to Royal Navy sailor. The base is plastic with resin boolard / cannon. Painted with Vallejo acrylics.
Who's the Pretty Boy then?
Built as a birthday present to my wife, Ruth, who wanted an illuminated model for the mantelpiece! Totally scratch built apart from the figures from MiniArt and Master Box. It has 18 12 volt LEDs in various back-lighting positions. The film showing was released the week my wife was born.
"Lady in Purple Dress".
Figure from Masterbox WW2 Women set. OOB. Brush painted with Vallejo acrylics.
Lady in Purple Dress
Figure from MiniArt Hitler Juegen converted into 1940's boy scout. Painted with Vallejo acrylics.
Unamed replacement for the Nimrod sub-hunter!
"I do like to be beside the seaside"
The base was built from 1mm plastic card which was then given a thin coating of Das modelling clay on the top and for the sand. The water was also sculpted from Das then painted, given a coat of canopy pva to add depth and finally clear coated. The railings are Miniart (street accessories set). The figures are a mixture of Miniart French civilians and Masterbox pin up, WW2 women and western civilians. The herring gull was scratchbuilt from plastic card and Milliput. Painted with Vallejo acrylics. Simples!
"I do like to be beside the seaside"
"Blodwyn", Prieser figures.
Look by yer - modified Prieser figure with Milliput leeks (tasty!) and daffodils made from litho plate. Lambs are from Britains - the model manufacturer - and not a description of the citizenship of the farmers.
Cutty Sark, MB Toys.
MB Toys kit found by Chris at a car boot sale and passed to me. Built and detailed with a sea made from DAS modelling clay.
"There's a Guy Who Works Down the Chip Shop", 1/35th scale, scratch build.
Scratch-built quayside and chip shop interior. The shop building is modified from MiniArts' "French Cafe" vacform. The figures are a mixture of MiniArt, Tamiya, Master Box and Prieser. Street furniture is from MiniArt plus a 3D-printed phone box. The water is made from Das Putty coated with PVA white glue and then varnished. LED lighting completes the set.
The fish was caught off Cornwall and landed at Port Isaac. You can guess who works in the chip shop?
"Chain Gang", 1/35th scale.
MiniArts US Army Bulldozer demilitarised and weathered (kit is over 750 parts plus photo-etch). The figures are master box POWs and Repair Crew, all heavily modified.
"Down on the farm". 1/35th scale.
The Tractor is a Thunder models 943 Case VAI built as the civilian option. The two figures are Masterbox (Western European civilians farmer and the gamekeeper from the Paratrooper set). The dog is from Reich, the cat from Tamiya and the fence is from McDonald's (coffee stirrers !!). All painted with Vallejo acrylics
"Down on the Farm"
"Fast and Loud". 1/35th scale.
Based on the popular Discovery channel series of the same name. The car is a 1939 Chevrolet coupe street rod (Monogram) given a patina'd finish by spraying the body flat earth, then a coat of grey and finally aircraft blue. It was then sanded using worn out wet and dry paper. It was then given a light spray of Johnson's Klear. The two figures (Aaron and Richard) have been heavily modified from Tamiya's rally mechanics set. The garage front is built from plastic card and Evergreen strip.
"Fast and Loud"
"Fix It Again Tony", 1/35th scale.
Bronco Fiat Topolino with Masterbox mechanic. Base made from polystyrene block covered in Polyfilla. The blanket under the Dalmation is painted with Vallejo "Tartan" paint :-) alongside other Vallejo acrylics.
"Fix It Again Tony"
Narrow Boat diorama 1/35
Scratch built in plasticard with Masterbox and Prieser figures. The water is Realistic water from Woodland Scenics. The boat name is "My Lovely" in Welsh
Narrow Boat My Lovely
A 1/35 bathing hut scene, scratchbuilt using a picture frame as a base.
P-51D Mustang in RAF markings, 1/72 kit by Airfix
A 1/1 skeletal hand.
Punk figure 1/35 scale
Ford Model T 1911 Touring by ICM 1/24
Model T 1911
Land Rover ice cream van on the beach 1/35 diorama