A selection of classic World War Two military vehicles and aircraft makes for another fine array of reader projects this month.
Arma Hobby North American Mustang Mk.III
Adding to those 1/72 P-51B/C Mustang kit, Peter Flint used Mr. Color paints, pencil-applied chipping and Flory Models’ Black wash to finish his take on an Australian-operated Mk.III. FB244/CV-V was flown by the RAAF’s 3 Squadron from Fano, Italy, during 1944.
Tamiya Type 82 Kübelwagen
Simon Webb tackled Tamiya’s 1/35 Kübelwagen – a kit first released in 1997 – in an out-of-the-box project. The Volkswagen-designed vehicle was captured with convincing painting highlighting the raised bodywork sections and tyre tread, while the interior and its namesake bucket-seats were treated in a contrasting colour.
Italeri Willys Jeep
Madrid, Spain-based modeller Raúl Rodríguez González added scratch-built detail to enhance Italeri’s Willys Jeep, including the canvas ‘hood’, fire extinguisher, radio, engine and other small fittings, plus the backdrop. The striking livery is that of a ‘Follow Me’ vehicle used on airfields – hence the need for visibility from large and often unwieldy aircraft!
Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc
Convincing weathering can take years to master, but 12-year-old Harry Ward seems to be firmly on the path to success, as his 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk.Vc demonstrates. This recent kit was finished with custom shades mixed from Tamiya and Humbrol paints, with oils used to add signs of wear and tear.
Tamiya Sd.Kfz. 222
Sam Mcluckie used Tamiya’s 1/35 Sd.Kfz. 222 to produce a superb North African diorama. Along with the Leichter Panzerspähwagen, the kit includes the motorcycle – these and the barrels used in the backdrop were the only elements that weren’t scratch-built.
Eastern Express Boeing 757
Wearing a special livery to celebrate DHL transporting Eliska – a Black Rhino – back to Africa, Ewe Gen Lim’s Eastern Express 1/144 Boeing 757-200F is a striking model. Constructed out-of-the-box, the project was used to experiment with short-run kits of larger airliners.
Eastern Express Fokker Friendship
Another airliner-scale build with an eye-catching appearance, this 1/144 Fokker Friendship from Eastern Express was built by Ewe Gen Lim. Considerable fitting was required due to issues with the short-run parts.
Roden Boeing 720
Built out-of-the-box, this Roden Boeing 720 formed a challenge for Ewe Gen Lim. Large decals for the familiar Pan-Am livery broke and didn’t align with the moulded features properly, requiring considerable rectifying.
Tamiya Sd.kfz. 251/1 Hanomag
Another of Simon Webb’s constructions involved adding a trio of same-scale MiniArt German Panzergrenadier figures to Tamiya’s 1/35 Sd.kfz. 251/1 Hanomag vehicle.
Směr Airco DH.2
Malaysia-based modeller (and ex-primary school classmate of one Ewe Gen Lim) Fook Weng Ng added rigging to Směr’s 1/50 scale Airco DH.2 kit, which was marketed as a 1/48 product and based on the Merit tooling from the 1950s.
Microace Mazda T2000
Changing subject matter entirely, Fook Weng Ng tackled the Microace 1956 Mazda T2000 in 1/32 scale, finishing the three-wheeled vehicle in an attractive aquamarine shade with convincing rear decking.
Academy F/A-18C Hornet
Ewe Gen Lim built this 1/144 F/A-18C in just two days, testing the ex-Dragon kit for future projects. Constructed as supplied, the parts appear ripe for further tweaks, even if the decals were considered thin and liable to folding.
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