I came across the forum whilst looking at the Malta camouflage for the Matilda Tank and felt I just had to sign up as, like many Brits, my family has strong links with Malta and there's are a lot of Maltese subjects I'd like to have a go at eventually...
Both my Great Grandmother and my Grandmother were born on Malta (I believe my great grandmother may have been Maltese - her husband was in the British Army). My Grandmother, Rosetta, was born in 1919 in Valletta (Rosetta Ward). Lots of research needed at some point.
Rosetta married Commander Kenneth Charles Ogilvie OBE RN (my Grandfather) and he went on to serve on ships that were, I believe, based in Valletta during the war (am told his ship was sunk off North Africa) - at some point I intend getting hold of his service records so I can get the details.
He and the family, including my father, returned to Malta in the 1950's - my grandfather was on Mountbatten's staff at NATO Headquarters, Valletta - and my father went to the Royal Navy School on the island.
Apparently my Great Grandmother returned to the island in the late 60's, or early 70's and lived in Valletta.
So - although I've never visited I've grown up hearing about Malta and feel there may be just a little bit of Malta in me - one day we intend to visit!
Does IPMS Malta have such a thing as Overseas Membership?
Modelling-wise my main interest is in 1:32 aviation models (IPMS(UK) SIG leader - 32SIG) and usually 'hang out' over on the Britmodeller forum - but also dabble in other things. Am also an occasional contributor to Military in Scale magazine and used to do reviews and artwork for Scale Aircraft Modelling back in the days of Alan Hall.
When not modelling I fly light aircraft with RAF Halton Aero Club here in the UK and have a bit of a passion for Lotus cars and '80s motorcycles.
So - as well as questions and posts about Malta related modelling - you may also get the odd question about Malta in general!
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