Inspiration from previous issues of AMW, family history and custom mobility make for a varied selection of projects in this month’s reader showcase.
Airfix McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom II
Deck plans supplied in AMW84, November 2017, allowed Paul Burton to produce a superb backdrop for his rendition of Airfix’s 1/72 FG.1 Phantom. Cotton wool was added to replicate stream rising from the aircraft carrier’s launching area, while crew figures were Fujimi products and the nose markings were provided by ModelDecal.
Tamiya Yamaha Virago motorcycle
Tamiya's 1980s-vintage Yamaha Virago motorcycle was modified by Greg Kerry to represent a contemporary cruiser bike, with changes including removing the rear seat, cutting the mudguards and painting the overly bright chrome-finished components. Further detail was added by substituting moulded cabling with fine wire to appear more in-scale.
Takom T-55AM2B Tank
Thomas Smalley recreated his favourite tank type by building Takom's 1/35 T-55AM2B. The model was constructed out of the box with just grass effects and Italeri barricades used as a backdrop. The East German livery was inspired by a fascination with the Cold War, which stemmed from his parents serving with British forces based in West Germany during the period.
Scratch-built Firework Launcher
This tiny project was John Cook's recreation of an old-school firework launcher, just as he remembered them from his childhood. While not built to a specific scale, the 50p piece illustrates the fine detail incorporated into the pebbled groundwork, glass bottle and box of Swan Vesta matches.
Airfix Wellington Mk.I
The interior detail supplied with Airfix’s new-tool 1/72 Vickers Wellington reminded Paul Burton of the example held at the Brooklands Museum, which has the type’s geodetic structure on display. As such, he drilled the fuselage and added internal embellishments from Eduard, before constructing a backdrop from foamboard – the photos were taken at RAF Hendon, while the plinth was constructed from plastic card.
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