"Model Caves"

As mentioned in my blog updates, I have recently moved house and had to rebuild by model cave from scratch. This resulted in a big delay in my builds and blog updates. But it also gave me the idea to start this new page on my website, one showing all of my caves over the years as I moved from one place to the next.

Each cave has it’s own little story and photo section on here, all presented in my usual blog-style with the oldest one at the bottom and working my way up as we go along.

Photos of my caves can be found grouped in the album here:

  • My caves through the years
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    Cave 6

    Kibworth, UK, 2017

    Kibworth 2.0, UK
    December 2016 - Present


    Despite still working in the Shetlands, my better half and I bought a house in Kibworth, this time on the other side of the village. Once again I was allowed to convert the smallest room in the house (aside from the toilet) to my model cave and I moved all of my belongings down south again. Over the holidays my dad and I build a custom desk system and shelving unit. What’s so special about these desks is that the main one is at a height of 85 cm, preventing me from having to bend over all the time when working on small items. The painting section is on a lower bench at 72 cm to keep them separated and minimising dust contamination. In the left corner is space for a small PC (I didn’t want my main PC to get dusty from all the sanding while working on the models) and a shelving unit is placed next to it. A large whiteboard is mounted to the wall when you walk in, which has space for two projects that I’m working on with various reference materials, to-do lists and other notes. Two large swivel lights have been mounted to the desk and the spray booth has been enhanced with an active carbon filter, which will come in very handy now that I’m moving back to enamel and lacquer based paints (read all about it in my Spitfire blog, update "Oldschool for old plane"). The paint rack has been slightly modified to fit the new room layout and stores all my paints, washes, pigments and more.

    Currently I’m working on the Spitfire and King Tiger in here, with hopefully many projects to follow.

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    Cave 5

    Kibworth, UK, 2017

    Shetlands, UK
    August 2015 – November 2016


    With my year in Oil & Gas coming to an end, I was relocated to Sumburgh in the Shetlands for my new job in SAR. And thus I once again had to move all my modelling equipment and build myself a new cave. With not a lot to do around here, I spent quite some time making the cave as best as I could. I build myself a paint rack, an additional workbench and bought my first proper airbrush.

    In here I finished the Hind, build the Orange Lion and the F-16 for the Flory Models Group Build “I must be an animal”, worked on the King Tiger and started the Spitfire.

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    Cave 4

    Kibworth, UK, 2017

    Kibworth 1.0, UK
    August 2014 – June 2015


    With my new job in the UK, I moved to my new apartment in the Midlands. While I worked in the Oil & Gas sector in preparation for my job in SAR, I was on a 2/2 roster, which meant I’d work 2 weeks followed by 2 weeks off. Anyway, it left me with plenty of time to work on my models, so as a result my girlfriend allowed me to use the spare room as my cave. It was furnished with 2 simple Ikea desks (although one was for the PC setup) and a large shelving unit, also by Ikea. It was the first time I had a real cave and enabled me to expand on my tools and equipment quite extensively. Still using my cheap Chinese airbrush, at least I now had a proper compressor and I build myself a real spraybooth with extractor and lights.

    During the year I was in here I worked on the BK-117 and the Hind.

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    Cave 3

    Kibworth, UK, 2017

    Enschede, NL
    March 2014 – June 2014


    With my training completed in the USA, I moved back to Europe and spent the next couple of months completing my European part of the training. While I was flying in the UK, I converted my old cave at my parent’s place (which I used for my RC helicopters in the old days) to work on my models. I’ve only worked a small amount at these desks before moving to the UK for my new job. At least my dad is now using them to build his 1/8 Pocher Mercedes 540K.

    The only model I worked on at this bench is the BK-117, which is now stashed away in a box on a shelf somewhere…

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    Cave 2

    Kibworth, UK, 2017

    Titusville 2.0, FL. USA
    January 2012 – February 2014


    Over Christmas I moved house to live with one of my classmates, and as such I had to find myself a new cave. I ended up in one of the corners of the living room, but out of the way of anything else so I wouldn’t have to pack it up each time someone would visit us or stay for dinner. Again this setup was nothing more than a small table to work on and I found myself a drawer unit and lamp to expand my work area with. I slowly added tools and paints to my collection, as well as a new airbrush (still a crappy Chinese knock-off but at least with a dual action trigger).

    In this cave I finished the Chinook, Space Shuttle and U96.

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    Cave 1

    Kibworth, UK, 2017

    Titusville 1.0, FL. USA
    October 2011 – December 2011


    My very first cave was nothing more than the dining table in my living room. I had just started my flight training and hadn’t built any models for a long time. I owned only the basic tools and a lot of general household items were used while working on the Chinook. My spraybooth was nothing more than a carton box outside on the patio, and the airbrush was a plastic “toy” used to paint prints on t-shirts. How far I’ve come since the good old days…

    In here I brought my hobby back to life and began work on the Chinook.