Former Military in Scale Editor joins the team at Tamiya Model Magazine, Model Airplane, Model Military and Military Illustrated Modeller.


Hello everyone!

My name is Spencer Pollard and I build models – lots of models!

I began building models at eight years of age. I’d been drawn to the hobby after I’d found an Airfix Sea King that my father had been building. Not knowing what it was, I asked him to show me inside the box: that was it, I was hooked.

My first model of my own was the Airfix Scammell Tank Transporter. What mess! So much glue; so many finger prints; so many broken parts! Still, I loved it and I knew right then that this would be a part of my life for ever.

Over the years, I developed my skills and in building a wide range of different subjects, quickly became adept at building a whole raft of different models and thanks to my entry into the hobby when there was far less available to the enthusiast, I was able to build from scratch as well as I could from a kit – a really important skill, that would would come in useful later on, when I finally discovered dioramas!

As an enthusiastic hobbyist, imagine the thrill when, aged just twenty-six, I was offered the chance to edit a magazine! This was a dream come true and so for the next sixteen years I was the editor, chief cook and bottle washer, of Military In Scale. This gave me the chance to build some amazing kits, make some great friends and travel the world in order to demonstrate my skills to those eager to learn the tricks of the trade. What fun!

But now life has gone full circle and I am back where I always wanted to be: building models for a living. Working for ADH has given me the chance to step away from the day-to-day running of a magazine and simply concentrate on what I enjoy doing most – the construction and finishing of as many models as I can happily fit into a day. I’m sure than many of those will be military in nature – after all, that’s what I know best – but I’m sure I will also be able to dabble a little in more civilian subjects once in a while. Who knows, I may even get to a build a spaceship every now and then!

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  1. perry garner says:

    this is fantastic news, spencer! for a minute there i thought we had lost your skills and insight into our hobby.
    all the best

  2. Ole Toennesen says:

    That’s the best news I’ve heard for a long time!
    Both yours and Marcus’ work has allways been an inspiration for me and I have been subscriber of both magazines for a long time.
    Can’t wait to see your work in TMMI.
    Best regards

  3. Tony Dill says:

    Wow! This is great news, indeed! I was saddened to hear of the demise of Military In Scale, but am very pleased to know that I will still be able to enjoy Spencer’s work.

  4. Martin Bradley says:

    Dear Spencer Pollard, I tried contacting you at your old magazine, and consequently traced you to your new roost. I wanted to speak to a knowledgable modeller as I recently pulled a Revell kit out of a drawer where it had lurked part-made for about 25 years (!). I started to make a model of the Sopwith Camel my grandfather flew in WW1 but got distracted I guess… Anyway, the decals are lost, I presume because they long ago went crispy and unusable. I spent this afternoon on the net thinking I could find a general purpose set of RAF roundels, but drew a frustrated blank. The kit is the ‘William Barker Sopwith Camel’ – there are one or two on E-Bay. Uniquely, strangely, there is not a single indication of scale on the box or instruction sheet. It’s got about a 12″ wing span and the spec lists the plane’s span as 28′, so that gives me an approximate scale, but falling between the two main 1/24th and 1/32nd scales. Are there any decal makers who make a sheet that would do, or can I get a sheet from another manufacturer’s representation of the Camel in one of those other ‘close enough’ scales, Airfix etc, or indeed Tamiya? Perhaps you can advise. Best regards, Martin Bradley,

  5. Rob Davies says:

    As a long term subscriber to MIS I was saddened to hear the news of its demise, however since I only build Tamiya these days I’m delighted to hear you’ve moved across to the ADH team. I wanted though to pick your brains wrt an article I’m sure I read in MIS. It concerned building a DIY portable modelling bench to house all your tools, brushes, paints, glues, fillers etc in one place. I’ve so far scanned through 10 years worth of back copies of MIS and can’t spot it – I know it’s no longer your remit Spencer, but could you recall it by chance? At the same time, if you’d also be aware of any commercially available product that does the same job, i’d appreciate any pointers. Many thanks and good luck in your new role (which is one I’d always dreamt of ;)) Best regards, Rob

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