Rob Marsh.. The first South African

While the title might sound strange, it’s actually true for this blog. Rob is the first but not the last South African builder to be featured or have featured work. I saw his work on a group called sa model mania on Facebook. His attention to detail just blew me away and I thought it would only be fair to share his work with all of you.

Here’s a few words Rob had to say:



I have been modelling since I was a kid, started on the old airfix 1/72 aircraft.  Took up car modelling in the early 1970s when my interest in motor racing became all encompassing.  I built all the Tamiya 1/12 kits available then but not to a very high standard.  I concentrated on model cars until about 2000 when I started modelling aircraft, armour, figures etc.  The different finishing techniques required was very interesting.  In 2008 I expanded to model trains which meant using all the techniques which was great fun.  I find that my modelling appears to be seasonal with cars in first quarter, trains in second quarter, armour third quarter and planes in the last quarter.  Don’t ask me why just appears that way.



Model: Tamiya 1/12 scale McLaren M23.



I was inspired by photos shown to me by a fellow modeller Les Shand. I decided to go to town on the detailing because it looked interesting.  One is always looking for effect rather than absolute accuracy which is probably impossible except in 1:1 scale.  This is the second in a planned sequence of six models.  I would like to build the 1975 Marlboro McLaren, the 1973 Yardley McLaren, James Hunt’s early 1976 car and Dave Charlton’s M23. Other plans include a series of 1/12 Lotus 72s including the Gunston cars.




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2 thoughts on “Rob Marsh.. The first South African

  1. Thanks for exposing SA talent Raees.
    Attention to detail is mind blowing for sure/
    Rob, excellent work, i hope you are going to share the rest of the 2nd to 6th models as well.

  2. Hi Rob, I have a miniature antique model train set that I’m looking to value. If you could perhaps help me please could contact me. Thank you

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