05 March 2016

A Memorial Post for my Big Brother - For Mark

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:

Here's a BM-21

And a SA-6 SAM TEL

Now a few WW2 kits:

An SAS Desert Jeep

One of my favs - a lovely FlaK36 88mm AA gun

This SdKfz 7...

...and this towed "88" are in my opinion a couple of Mark's best kits, beautifully weathered with a white wash.

Finally Mark gave this Pzr IV to me a few years back and not only will it always be treasured, but it will always have a place in my miniatures display cabinet.

So thanks for indulging me - however briefly.  Here's to my brother.

Love you mate.



  1. Very sorry for your loss, chief.

    Best wishes to you and your family.

  2. Your brother lives on in your memory and his finally gift to you of those models.
    Condolences to you and your family.

  3. Sorry to hear your news. He is gone but his toys march on! I expect he'd like that.

  4. Very sorry to hear of you and your family's loss.

    It's a fine tribute to him though sharing the models with us all.

  5. To your brother...sorry for your loss. Great looking models, the IV looks great.

  6. Thanks guys - really appreciate your comments.


  7. I am sorry to hear your loss, a lovely tribute in the models he made.