Danumurthi “Monty” Mahendra is a serious scale model enthusiast who loves to take on challenges in every work that he makes. Be that of ships, things that fly, or objects with tracks and wheels, follow my workshop tutorials to learn more about the art of military scale modeling!
I started modeling at the age of 10 when I was in primary school. My main interest was in building aircraft. My first kit was an 1/72 P-40 Warhawk that came in small plastic bags (forgot the brand) which I bought a the local Woolmart in Adelaide, Australia.
In the coming four years in Down Under, I managed to get some Revell B-17, B-24, a CAC Boomerang, Matchbox A-20 Boston bomber into my list of aircraft model kits completed.
My first ever armor kit was a Tamiya 1/35 Willy’s Jeep and Leopard 1 that my father gave me for my 11th birthday. Going to the local hobby shops were the best things that could happened to me during those days!
Before I went to college, I managed to keep doing my hobby twice a year. I saved up all my pocket money to buy 1-2 kits for the long school or new years holidays. A few bottles of paint and brushes were all I needed!
During college in Bandung, I met a great friend that reignited the fire to get back into the hobby again. We went out shopping and building mainly armor and aircraft model kits, and I would bring some kits to my hometown in Malang on every semester break. Semester breaks could never had gone any better with a couple of kits to build!
After college, there was a long hiatus before I came back into the hobby. I got married and had kids, and in early 2000 started to try to focus on the hobby more seriously. My fist kit was a Hasegawa 1/72 F-105 Thunderchief. The Internet was a godsend and it was my sole source of knowledge for many, many years.
With support from my wife, I started to try professional scale modeling not long after and accumulated more than 50 commissioned aircraft models to date. During that period, I develop, refine, and strengthen many of the scale modeling management techniques that you see today on my Facebook page.
After going back to school to get my Masters degree, I decided to dedicate some of my time to share my knowledge, expertise, and skills to other modelers, particularly in Indonesia. Using social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr really helped achieved my objectives.
I hope that modelers will find my page useful and informative. All the best and happy modeling!