Craft creates mini-memories

BRITTANY PICKETT
Last updated 16:10 18/07/2014
Lester Kidd
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International Plastic Model Southland president Lester Kidd with his model of the Focke Wulf.

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Tiny brushes, books and paints are sprawled throughout a jungle of planes in Lester Kidd's workshop.

Kidd is an avid modeller with a passion for the building and display of WWI biplanes and WWII fighter planes, with the odd tank thrown in for good measure.

He started making models in childhood and after a hiatus got back into it in the 1990s.

Each plane and tank is hand painted with care to create an authentic looking miniature plane, rust and all.

"People are amazed to find out the models are plastic," Kidd said.

When he started building model planes, they were much smaller in scale but as modellers got older, their eyesight began to fade and the planes got bigger, he said.

Each model could end up taking 40 to 50 hours to complete, depending on the level of detail being put in, Kidd said.

The planes were another way of maintaining a memory of history.

Kidd learned the history behind every plane and every pilot, he said.

As the president of International Plastic Modellers Southland, Kidd's models will be on show at this year's Expo on July 26 and 27.

The biennial show has been going strong for more than ten years and Kidd said it was a great weekend out for families.

This year the show will be winter themed. The show will also feature miniatures paying homage to the centennial of the beginning of World War I as well as a display for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Entries from a school holiday colouring competition at the Invercargill library would also be displayed.

MODEL EXPO

What: The 2012 Model Expo and Competitions When: Saturday, 10am till 5pm and Sunday, 10am till 4pm Where: Invercargill Working Men's Club Entry: $2 per person, $1 per child or $5 per family --------------------

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