There's further modelling mischief in this month's selection of reader projects as some of TV's best-loved characters get involved in the hobby, alongside several impressive aircraft builds.

Emhar 9th Century Viking diorama 

A selection of Emhar’s 1/72 Viking and Saxon figure sets were combined with the firm’s ‘Gokstad’ 9th century Viking ship to form Richard Buttler’s busy diorama piece, which also included 4Ground buildings and Warlord Games farm animals. The scene element featured Westfoam sheets adorned with Woodland Scenics and Gaugemaster scatters, while the sea was constructed from modelling clay and papier-mâchéd napkins.

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Airfix Fokker E.III Eindecker

It’s encouraging to see great examples of younger modellers’ work, such as 12-yearold old Archie Paul’s rendition of Airfix’s 1/72 Fokker E.III Eindecker monoplane, portraying the aircraft flown by famed World War One pilot (and later Luftwaffe Director-General of Equipment) Urnst Udet. Additional cockpit detailing and bracing were fashioned from silver wire, which represented a factory-fresh airframe.

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Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer 

 The initial release of Airfix’s 1/72 Blackburn Buccaneer S.2C included a markings option depicting one of the jets flown over British Honduras (now Belize) during 1972 to deter Guatemala invading the newly independent country. Romsey modeller Tony Adams chose this livery to adorn his take on this newly tooled offering.

Airfix Wallace and Gromit motorcycle and sidecar  

Roy Climo applied a mixture of kit-supplied and homemade markings to Airfix’s 1/12 replica of Wallace and Gromit’s A Close Shave motorbike and sidecar to represent the pair as members of IPMS North Riding model club. The model was completed with the addition of six miniature Airfix boxes, meaning seven of the firm’s offerings were represented on one base!

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Tamiya Cromwell Mk.IV tank

Prior to the arrival of Airfix’s new-tool 1/35 Cromwell, Stephen Booth tackled Tamiya’s same-scale Mk.IV kit to see how this 1997-released offering would compare. Aftermarket additions included a gun barrel from ABER, detailing from an Accurate Armour set plus additional stowage from the spares box, while AMMO-MIG paints and pigments were used to recreate the weathered appearance.

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Italeri M4A3E8 Sherman ‘Fury’

David Neill was indebted to his 90-year-old mother for saving his childhood modelling projects: Tamiya’s 1/35 Daimler ‘Dingo’ armoured car and a same-scale Wehrmacht motorcycle were joined by a far more recent project in the form of Italeri’s M4A3E8 ‘Easy Eight’ Sherman tank. This offering depicts the type as it appears in the film Fury, set during March 1945.

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Trumpeter US Landing Craft Air Cushion

Although Mike Clinick found Trumpeter’s 1/72 US Landing Craft Air Cushion (known as LCAC) a relatively straightforward project, difficulties were found with the rubber skirt: decals could only be applied after a generous coat of Johnson’s Klear, while cyanoacrylate secured the sub-assembly. Once complete, the LCAC was posed with a maximum load in the form of an Abrams tank.


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: stuart.fone@keypublishing.com