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Maltese Furban : Ray Farrugia

  • How do you evaluate the effect of the internet on figure modelling and its future?
  • Well the internet may have effected the hobby in some ways as less youngsters would be interested in the hobby, and more to just sit on their bums and waste time staring at the monitor, but if used wisely the internet is an endless source of inspiration and knowledge to broaden our figure modelling spectrum.

  • If you could paint or sculpt a figure of any person or character, whom or what would it would be?
  • They would definitely be my parents for giving me all that I have both mentally and physically, in the best upbringing one could ask for.

  • If you were allowed to paint only one figure for the next year, which one it would be?
  • Definitely Pegaso’s 90mm mounted Genghis Khan

  • Your figure modelling “no no’s” , what are the things you never do on your figure modellings or what are the things that should never be done on figure modelling?
  • Definitely bad construction. The basic and elementary steps of a sound and solid construction from head to toes must be top notch without any “gaps and shortcuts” on any scale model!! I mean you can never make an aircraft with one wheel not touching the ground, or with a wing slightly drooping then the other, or with a mould line not sanded smooth and showing thru the paintwork, so how can you display a figure with feet not standing perfectly on the ground, or with a mould line still embossed on an arm or a leg or a face . This may sound far fetched but I’ve seen such stupid mistakes and IMHO apart that these basics should be rigidly thaught to newcomers and youngsters alike, they should also be severely punished in competitions so that the modeller would learn his lesson.

  • Your figure modelling secret? Remember as you share with us it is not a secret anymore.
  • Honestly I do not have any modelling secret. I have shared what I learnt both at club level and also via the inetrnet and also in magazine and book articles that I contributed to. I am never afraid to show my techniques to anyone. He/she who remains in obscurity, always hiding and concealing his/her technique, always lives in fear of that someone who learns from him/her might be better then him/her one day .
    That is exactly what I would like to see.........cross my heart and find the truth I feel on top of the world if/when someone would say “I learnt how to do this from Ray Farrugia” that for me is the Best of Show I can ever aspire for, which makes me happy till eternity.

    As I said earlier, I owe everything that I know and that I am (I know nothing and I am nothing & no one really) to SSM and to this BEST MODELLING CLUB IN THE WORLD I dedicate this questionaire.
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    About the Author

    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
    FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...


    Comments

    Thank you for the profile. Ray does some truly amazing work.
    APR 27, 2010 - 03:54 PM
    Suddenly I felt so ashamed of my doodling…
    APR 27, 2010 - 08:38 PM
    I've known Ray for I don;t know how many years....he's a very dear friend and a fantastic modeller in all aspects.....he has completed some very awesome models..... Nice presentation my friend.... Louis your old friend.....:):)
    APR 29, 2010 - 12:44 AM
    Thanks Engin for making this possible. Thanks to you guys as you're making me blush A special thanks to Louis my bruv, as he's one of the old timers of SSM. He was and still is an inspiration to us all as an accomplished modeller in his own right with two IPMS BoS feathers on his cap, and also for being young at heart at the tender age of 61 Ray
    APR 29, 2010 - 01:13 AM