About Steve Bowe

So who am I? This lucky man who gets to spend all day building models and dioramas as a day job. Well here's a bit of background.

Hi There!

My name is Steve Bowe, I live near Reading, U.K. and I have been building plastic model kits for the best part of twenty years now. That's not even counting the childhood "Airfix" fixation I went through in common with most people (well, boys anyway) of my generation. For many years I have been building for my own pleasure and also working on a number of commissions for friends and acquaintances on a paid or favour basis. I used to be in the rat race running a successful IT company, but a few years ago I sold up and opted for a quieter life. With the encouragement of those who saw good things in what I did in the modelling arena, I decided to launch my services to the public.

I must confess to being a complete WWII nut. So much of the history has been ripped to shreds by modern, hindsight ridden "interpretations", but for me there is something incredibly seductive about that era, terrible though it was in so many ways. I'm one of those rather sad individuals who can recite every line from the script of "The Dambusters" and turns up at airshows, on my own (to avoid distractions), with a packed lunch, and just sits there all day, watching, oblivious to the world. And if that BBMF Lancaster makes an appearance you could hit me with a cricket bat and I wouldn't notice. There, I've finally admitted it.

I had to find some way of expressing this obsession creatively, and so enter the model making. The ability to re-create these magnificent machines in the comfort of my own home is a perfect outlet for it.

I enjoy building great looking models. It's what I do all day, pretty much every day. It's the build I enjoy. Once finished, admired and photographed, I'm happy to pass it on to someone who will enjoy it as a model than let it gather dust on my own shelves whilst I eagerly move onto something new. That's why most of my business is building models to customer specifications.

What I do NOT do by default is get all in a fluster about whether the correct number of rivets are represented and whether the shape matches the original blueprints to the nanometre - unless that is what you want. I am equally happy building a model straight out of the box as I am adding every conceivable kind of extra detailing and/or correction. It depends entirely on what your requirements and budget dictate.

As you will probably gather from my gallery, my main area of specialism is military aircraft from WWII to the present day, but I do also turn my hand to commercial aircraft, vehicles and ships every now and then too.

So that's me - a professional model maker who does it for the love as much as the money. I'd love for you to commission me to build one to your precise specifications. But even if you are just browsing, I hope you enjoy my web site and my models.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch!


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