This month’s selection of reader projects has rallied together a superb pair of off-road racing cars plus a pretty prototype and fabulous figures
Airfix Hawker Hurricane
Powys, Wales-based modeller Alan Baker used Airfix’s recent 1/72 ‘rag-wing’ Hurricane Mk.I as the basis for a representation of prototype airframe K5083 in ‘late standard’ shortly before production aircraft would be constructed. Along with the basic kit, a PJ Productions Watts two-bladed propeller, custom decals and Vallejo Aluminium plus Dark Aluminium paints were employed.
Italeri Ford Escort RS1800 Mk.II
Combining Italeri’s 1/24 scale offering with Decalcas markings, Graham Schofield represented the winner of the 1975 Western Mail International Welsh Rally – a Ford Escort Mk.II driven by Roger Clark with Jim Porter. The striking red livery was the result of a sponsorship deal with Cossack hairspray and was replicated superbly, while the detailed engine was also displayed.
Tamiya British Infantry on Patrol
It’s always incredible to see the stellar work produced by younger modellers, such as this diorama built by ten-year-old New Zealander Felix Bruce, depicting a British Army patrol team during World War Two. The scene took considerable time to produce, involving Tamiya figures and paints, Humbrol cement plus various scatter and plant materials.
Beemax BMW M3 E30
While Beemax has produced a kit of the BMW M3 E20 driven by François Chatriot and Michel Périn on the 1989 Tour de Corse (rally of Corsica), the offering relies on a touring car tooling and requires modifications for an accurate replica. Such work was undertaken by Krzysztof Szpakowski, taking nine months and involving exterior tweaks, adding driving compartment and engine detail plus adapting the suspension – with stunning results!
Airfix Cromwell tank
James More constructed Airfix’s newly tooled 1/35 Cromwell as a tribute to his late father, who served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attached to the 7th Armoured Division during World War Two. MiniArt British Tank Crew in Winter Uniform and Tamiya Panzer IV boxes were added to the scene.
Revell Harrier GR.7
Continuing his 1/144 kick, Ewe Gen Lim tackled Revell’s airliner-scale Harrier despite errors in the instructions, a mishap when using a razor saw to cut the canopy plus having to add Platz munitions to the model.
Revell F/A-18C Legacy Hornet
Adding to both his airliner-scale theme plus a series of small-scale Hornets, Ewe Gen Lim’s latest F/A-18 involved folded wings, dropped flaps and Golden Dragon markings. A new method for the first feature involved deepening the engravings and using liquid cement to soften the styrene for bending.
Minicraft AC-130A Gunship
Representing a Vietnam War-era aircraft, Minicraft’s AC-130A features five rotary miniguns, three 20mm Gatling guns and a 105mm howitzer on the port side – Ewe Gen Lim added flags, a seeker element and aerials but found the kit a challenge, especially with the nose weight.
Eastern Express Shorts Skyvan
Another 1/144 project, this short-run Skyvan from Eastern Express was completed almost out-of-the-box by Ewe Gen Lim. Aerials were added while painting the canopy required care as there were no representations of the framework. This livery depicts British Airways’ Scottish division.
Eastern Express Shorts Skyvan
A second example of the Eastern Express 1/144 Skyvan formed a simpler build for Ewe Gen Lim, though there were layout differences. This example wore more familiar British Airways attire, though it remained a Scottish-operated airframe.
Eastern Express Boeing 737-100
Finishing Ewe Gen Lim’s 1/144 constructions for this month, another Eastern Express short-run kit was the firm’s Boeing 737. This was another out-of-the-box build featuring a smart Lufthansa livery, but required considerable fettling.
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