This month’s selection of readers’ submissions demonstrates the breadth of scale modelling subjects, ranging from a family member’s aircraft on a specific day to an imaginative reinterpretation of tank parts as a custom motorcycle
Tamiya de Havilland Mosquito
Scratch-built ‘Steampunk’ Motorcycle
Having built 1/24 scale custom cars for many years, Mike Smith was drawn to the challenge of creating highly individualised models via scratch-building. His Steampunk-inspired motorcycle was constructed around a 1/35 scale engine from a MiniArt tank kit. Otherwise, parts were sourced from Games Workshop, the spares box or were hand-made items.
Airfix Tiger Moth
Argentinian modeller Juan José Martin added Eduard pre-painted photo-etched detailing and AMMO-MIG Medium Fine Rigging to Airfix's 1/72 Tiger Moth, plus added a Preiser figure and transport to complete the scene. The bicycle was scratch-built, with the wheels formed by drawing spokes on clear acetate discs.
Italeri BMW R75
As a break from his usual subject of more modern motorcycles, Barrie Lynn tackled Italeri's 1/9 scale World War Two BMW R75 with sidecar set. An acrylic base was used for a backdrop and figures representing a Feldgendarmerie (military police) officer with accompanying hound were added to the finished model.
Revell Model T Ambulance
Having utilised kit-supplied markings in Revell’s re-boxing of ICM’s 1/24 Model T Ford Ambulance to represent a French Army vehicle, John Jackson applied superb weathering to the finished model, including the convincing stretchers. The battle-weary appearance was the only addition to an otherwise out-of-the-box project.
Airfix Folland Gnat T.1
Ken Heslop built Airfix’s 1/72 Gnat and even used the Humbrol paints suggested for a completely out-of-the-box project. Kit-supplied markings represented XR992, an airframe used by No 4 Flying Training School’s ‘Yellowjacks’ Display Team at RAF Valley, Anglesey, Wales during 1964. The group would be reformed as the Red Arrows the following year.
Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
The latest 1/24 scale ‘Superkit’ from Airfix, depicting Grumman’s F6F-5 Hellcat carrier-based fighter, has proven popular with modellers. Richard Page used Valiant Wings’ new Airframe and Miniature guide as reference for adding Aynz Models radio and engine bay enhancements, while additional lighting ensured these were visible inside the model.
Vickers Vimy and SPAD XIII C-1
Tony Wright built both FROG’s vintage 1/72 Vickers Vimy (right) and Ark Models’ recent re-release of the 1960s-era kit (left). The classic offering was converted to an inter-war configuration to represent Alcock and Brown’s transatlantic flight aircraft, while Revell’s SPAD XIII (centre) in the same scale illustrated to size of the Vimy in comparison.
Kangnam General Dynamics F-16XL
With Kangnam’s 1/32 offering as a basis, Karl Smith represented the F-16XL technology demonstration aircraft by extending the kit-supplied fuselage and wing, re-scribing all the panel lines plus adding Aires cockpit and exhaust parts, CMK undercarriage, Eduard external refinements and Aviprint decals over a three-month build time.
Border Models Panzer IV Ausf.J
The late-version Ausf.J iteration of Border Models’ recent 1/35 Panzer IV was built by Pete Flint; Archer’s Fine Transfers products were used for the markings, while weathering was achieved via pin washes and sponge-applied chipping.
If you’ve completed a model you’re particularly proud of and would like to showcase the build, let AMW know! Send a high-quality photo of the model against a white background and tell us about any aftermarket additions or techniques involved. Up to four per month will be included in the magazine, with more featured online at: www.keymodelworld.com. Please email your submissions to the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org