Grant makes a model soldier

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A CARNOUSTIE man is doing his bit for the troops in model style.

Former Territorial Army reservist Grant Gellatly (44) is raising money for Help for Heroes using his own special skills as a military model builder and painter.

Psychiatric staff nurse Grant has been building and painting models to competition standard for years and is raffling off his latest creation.

The 20 centimetre model of a British infantryman in Afghanistan, donated by Mitch’s Models, represents the bleeding edge of military models, featuring the latest L129A1 Marksman rifle and painted in Multi Terrain Pattern camouflage.

Grant has a clutch of painting and modelling awards from previous Scottish National Scale Model Competitions, including two for best overall bust / figure, three each for best bust and best figure and the International Plastic Modellers Society Open Championship.

Inspired by his brother, Grant followed him into the Territorial Army in 1989 and served with 2 Signal Regiment, The Royal Corps of Signals, based in Dundee.

Using his creative talents to raise money for injured soldiers has been a plan of Grant’s for some time.

He said: “I’ve thought about doing this for a long time and I was waiting for the right model to come on the market.

“I used to be in the Territorial Army, I was 15 years as a paratrooper and I’ve had quite a lot to do with the military.

“I’ve seen the things on the television of that they go through and I wanted to help.”

He added: “I had some great times in the Territorial Army and I got to try a lot of things that I might not otherwise have. I’ve got a lot of friends in the TA and they’ve all helped to pass it about that I’m doing this.”

The model will be raffled off at the Scottish National Scale Model Competition in the Dewar Centre, Perth, on April 28.

To enter visit www.bmycharity.com/grantgellatly, each pound donated equals one raffle ticket, for more information contact Grant at gellso@blueyonder.co.uk