Well it's almost a month to the day of my last post - and the reason I've been silent for the month is that my family lost our brother/son - Mark. He was only 55 and passed very quickly from a heart attack at home. While his death was sudden, he was not the most healthy of chaps and I guess deep down we we all expecting it sooner or later. What bites the most is that we never really got the chance to say good-bye until it was too late.
Anyway - Mark was a big model maker - and an even bigger model buyer - we found 150 kits still in their boxes in his apartment! He built almost anything - from planes to armour to ships to cars. As a kid he inspired me to get into model kits and toy soldiers and I really wouldn't be a wargamer today if it wasn't for him - not that he ever wargamed, but wanting to be like him as a kid meant I got into tanks and planes to begin with.
So it seemed appropriate that I bring home a few samples of his built kits, and take some photos of them to share with the wider community in a memorial to him. Only then do I feel I can get back to "normal" mundane blogging.
Unfortunately some of Mark's kits had gotten very dusty - which I learnt to my horror (whilst comprehensively wrecking an 1/48th scale A-10 which I was trying to clean) is incredibly hard to get off. Please bear that in mind.
So in keeping with this blog I thought I should start with a couple of his Cold War era Soviet vehicles:
Now a few WW2 kits:
So thanks for indulging me - however briefly. Here's to my brother.
Love you mate.