Welcome to ScaleModelMaker.co.uk. My name is Colin Higton, and all the kits you will find here were built by me here in the UK.
I enjoy building models and work hard to make my finished kits 'look right', weathering the models to reflect their role in whichever conflict they served in.
My particular interest is in military aircraft, but as you will see I also build tanks and other vehicles as well. Whatever I build, for me the enjoyment is in the build rather than the finished kit, and I simply don't have space to display all my finished models - so I prefer to sell them on for others to enjoy.
I also build to order - so if you would like your aircraft or vehicle in a different scheme, or are looking for a particular vehicle just contact me for a price. Costs will be similar to the builds here - depending on any detailing kits etc you want to include.
Anyway - have a look round and I hope you enjoy the site.
Recent builds from the workshop
B-29 Enola Gay
I couldn’t believe my luck when a customer in America asked me not only to build the Enola Gay B-29 for him – but to build it in 1/48th scale! I always looked at the old 1/72 scale Airfix kit as a kid and wanted to build it – but the bare metal finish and…
Supermarine Spitfire MkIX – Museum Build
Really looking forward to this build – it’s a great story to tell of Flying Officer Arnold Hallas. He came from Burton and was sadly killed when he was flying Spitfire IX NH231 coded UF-A with 601 Sqn on the 30th April 1945. His is believed to be the last Spitfire lost in the European…
Vought Corsair F-4U
When I got this enquiry from a customer in the US I was immediately intrigued. Robert wanted to commission a build from me for the family of his business partner which they all thought would make a perfect gift for their Father. Robert had seen my F4 Corsair on Etsy and liked the way I…
Bolton Paul Defiant
This is the new 1/48 kit from Airfix – and initially I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to make it as the Defiant isn’t really a plane that has ever been on my radar (no pun intended). It always seemed to be something of a Chimaera – the love child of a Hrricane and some…
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8
This kit from Hasegawa has one of the most beautiful box-art images I have ever seen – as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to build that model! There is something about the proportions of the FW190 with the radial engine that is just perfect. It doesn’t have the graceful beauty of…
Short Sunderland Mk I
I was really excited when I saw this kit released by Italeri. The Sunderland is one of the iconic aircraft I wanted to build, but until this point the only real option would be the old 1/72 kit from Airfix with all the attendent problems like poor fit and raised panel lines. The new tooling…
I built this kit after finishing the Sunderland flying boat – so it was prompted by an interest in flying boats and a masochistic desire to do more rigging. This is one of the very few biplanes I have built, but it was fun to do in the same way that poking a mouth ulcer…
Focke Wulf Fw189 A2
This kit is from Great Wall Hobbies, and is the only one of their kits I have built. The FW-189 is a very striking looking aircraft with a twin boom – which I really like as an aircraft format. I think my fondness is due at least in part to the fact that 2 was…
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1
When I was a boy, this kit was my ultimate dream. I read an excellent book (which I still have) called How to Go Plastic Modelling by Chris Ellis – and on the front of the paperback he was sat at a desk painting details on one of these. It looked fantastic, and if I…
What customers say...
Stephen - USA
1/72 scale B-17 and P-51B
Colin is highly skilled model builder and excellent communicator. The entire process went smoothly, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the finished model. A true family heirloom.
I contacted Colin about reproducing a model B-17 and P-51 that reflected my father‘s third mission as a pilot during World War II. With the help of Cliff Deets (historian with the 306bg) we were able to ascertain the aircraft finish and markings. Colin was able to reproduce from historical records how the aircraft must have looked at the completion of the mission showing heavy smoke damage from its two engine failures.
Robert - Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum
1/32 scale Spitfire MkIX
I am absolutely astounded by the level of detail and quality of finish you have achieved from a virtually out of the box kit!
Testament to your skill and dedication. I have shared links to these clips with Arnolds Niece and his Sister and they are both very pleased and touched as the aircraft appears just as it would have done in Italy some 76 years ago prior to Arnolds final flight.
Robert - USA
1/48 scale F4U-4 Vought Corsair
Colin doesn't just build models, he knows the rich history of these fine machines and the product he delivers deserves more than 5 stars.
I asked for a model based on a friend's father who was one of the lucky few to fly the Corsair F4U. Colin recreated a life-like version from an old photo of the very aircraft his father flew and obtained many details about the aircraft squadron, not to mention finding actual historic photos of the squadron in flight.
His attention to detail is extraordinary, a very solid communicator, and knows what customer service means. Thank you!
Don - Canada
1/72 scale Short Sunderland
Awesome. Quick and efficient service. The model is beautiful.
Scott - USA
1/72 scale XB-70 Valkyrie
Outstanding workmanship , what a talent . The b-70 is an outstanding build! Museum quality.
Communication was outstanding! Shipping to the US was not a problem , it was well packed and no damage . I will definitely keep doing business with him !
Dana - USA
1/48 scaleB-29 Superfortress
All around great experience!!!
Communication was the greatest!!! Excellent shipping and outstanding packing!!
David - Canada
1/35 scale WWI German A7V Tank
The tank that Colin built was the finest craftsmenship I have ever seen.
IF you are looking for a skilled model maker to build youre favorite project and want it to become reality Colin is the skilled modeler that you want to build your model .
James - USA
1/72 scale PBY-5 Catalina
It’s an unbelievable piece and great addition to any collection.
John - USA
1/48 scale A-10 Warthog
A10 arrived today. Beautiful and in perfect shape.
Andre - UK
1/48 scale C-47 Gunship
John - UK
1/72 scale Vulcan, Valiant and Victor
The three V Bombers look amazing - such an impressive line up together.
The build is excellent, and the white anti-flash liveries really give the models the wow factor.