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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Saturday, 18 December 2021

Season's greetings


Saturday, 18th December 2021

Compliments of the season to my readers

Here he is delivering my Christmas present

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Army Land Rover and Katie's cat

Weather and other happenings have conspired against walking recently but modelling progresses steadily. Here are some illustrations for the Army Land Rover I am making..

Instructions for basic chassis assembly

Now assembled - colour original plastic of kit

More chassis detail assembly and engine installation

Now primed and painted. Quite a lot of intricate work here

Engine assembly


I keep my eyes and my ears on the alert for endless thoughtless and sometimes meaningless use of our English language. For a long time now I have been aware of almost everybody "going forward", but yesterday I was taken aback by someone "coming forward."



Katie's cat

I'm not sure about the odd eye. However it reminded me of a powerful but sad short story by Damon Runyon which I think was called Johnny One Eye and I believe later made into a film noir.


Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Hunting Percival Jet Provost T 4

 Monday 29th November 2021

A while ago I made a model of the RAF Chipmunk trainer. I say I "made" but it was such an abysmal mess it has been put back in the box it came in. However, I have put that behind me and continuing with the theme of RAF trainers I have since made a Jet Provost, see photos below. It is a brave modeller who shows such photos which much enlarge reality showing all the imperfections. To illustrate how dramatic that can be see the the second photo and particularly if you click to enlarge you will see an overrun of black paint on the nose which in real life is almost imperceptible. I will be doing a little touch-up

I had discovered that Aldi were selling some of the Airfix 1/72 kits at £4.99 (Amazon current price £14.95) and that is how the Provost was sourced These kits even include the paints! I have said that I need to have a personal feeling and affinity with any models I make, and the same for subjects for the Photoshop paintings I have done. But, lured by such a bargain I also bought the Messerschmitt 109 and that is now nearing completion.

Provost cockpit