Hi you lot, just thought I'd share this with you. A few weeks ago, I dropped into the model shop to grab a few things, and my Stephanie, my daughter, asked if she could get a model. Absolutely! So not having built anything before, we narrowed it down by size, era and type, and we walked out with an Airfix 1/72 Typhoon. Pretty appropriate first build I thought, and I vaguely remember building one when I was her age. I showed her how to check the box, match paints and work out what we'd need (even though I had everything, I wanted her to see the process). on the way home, she was busting to get started more than I was to see her do it! So briefly said hi to the Mrs and the baby, and we promptly buried ourselves in the man-cave (yeah, only a select couple of girls are allowed down there, and the other is my border collie that guards the door when I'm in there) I tried to be as hands off as possible on this, I really wanted to have her learn the stages of building. I only interviened in a few things at her request - fiddly decals, thinning paints, knife work. So over two weekends, even before I got out of bed, she was straight back into it, getting it, painted, decalled, and even a base made for it. I insisted on a base as her little brother would love to watch it fly, so the hope was that it would seem more ornamental than 'toy'. Once she goes back to mum's I have no control over it! So here it is! She is so proud of what she did, and I couldn't be prouder! I really wish I could build like this at her age, and it's very close behind my skill level right now! Time to get your butt into gear, Dad! Skills learned - - Sprue removal - Following instructions - glue application - brush painting - masking - maskol and tape - airbrushing (yep!) - Decal application - Including Mirco set and Micro Sol - Base building Next up, 1/72 Boston. She even said she chose it so it was "more of a challenge"! - Andrew.