This month’s quartet of readers’ projects includes a varied selection of aircraft, automotive and military subjects
Wingnut Wings Airco DH.9a ‘Ninak’
Eric Larson used Wingnut Wings’ 1/32 DH.9a to represent Gp Capt (and later ACM) Arthur Longmore’s 84 Squadron aircraft, at Mosul, Iraq in 1927. Markings and wire wheels were Pheon products, while HGW seatbelts, scratch-built primer cups, wiring and rigging completed the project.
Dragon Sherman Mk.III
Stephen Booth built Dragon’s 1/35 Sherman Mk.III mid-production tank with AMMO-MIG’s Commonwealth Sherman Tanks paint set plus decals from Echelon. Figures were sourced from Ultracast, while Accurate Armour stowage items plus additions from the spares box made for a busy appearance.
Airfix HMS Ark Royal
Although it originated in 1966, Airfix’s 1/600 HMS Ark Royal is renowned as one of the firm’s best maritime kits and has recently been re-issued under the Vintage Classics banner, complete with the original artwork. Dave Eyles added a convincing representation of the sea as a base for his completed carrier.
Airfix Aston Martin DB5
Combining vintage plastic with the very latest silver-screen subject, Valentin Bueno replicated fictional MI6 agent James Bond’s DB5 as it appears in the upcoming film No Time to Die, by adding M134 miniguns to Airfix’s 1966-vintage 1/32 kit. Master Model weapons, BRM Models wire wheels, Tamiya primer, Silverleaf and clear tones, plus Molotov chrome paints were used.
ICM Gloster Gladiator
ICM’s new-tool 1/32 Gladiator has been an exceptionally well received release, being the first injection-moulded representation of the type in this scale. Jim Reid applied an RAF silver wings-era livery with AIMS decals, representing a 73 Squadron airframe at RAF Debden, Essex from June-November 1937.
Tamiya Bristol Beaufighter
One of Stephen Cook’s ‘lockdown projects’ involved Tamiya’s 1/48 Beaufighter, with just Eduard seatbelts and EZ Line added to the kit-supplied styrene. Vallejo paints and Flory Models washes were used to produce the appearance of a 272 Squadron airframe operating from a dusty Maltese airfield during 1942.
Roden Felixstowe F.2A
The striking red-and-white dazzle scheme was on Mike Daniels’ 1/72 Felixstowe F.2A flying boat was brush painted, with heavily diluted applications used for weathering effects. Roden’s kit was augmented with rigging made from EZ Line.
Monogram General Dynamics F-111A Aardvark
Named ‘Aardvark’ due to the length of its nose and therefore its appearance being akin to the animal (the word is Afrikaans for ‘earthpig’), General Dynamic’s F-111A was replicated by Jim Reid with Monogram’s ex-Aurora quarter-scale offering. Superscale decals were used for the markings.
Revell Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II
As a break from his usual subjects – 1/24 scale emergency vehicles – Jamie Barker built an aircraft kit for the first time in 18 years: Revell’s 1/48 Spitfire Mk.II. The livery was applied with Xtradecal markings to represent P7350/XT-D as flown by 606 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron (AuxAF) at RAF Hornchurch during the Battle of Britain.
Airfix Severn-class Lifeboat
Weymouth, Dorset-based RNLI lifeboat Ernest and Mabel was the subject Dave Eyles chose to replicate with Airfix’s 1/72 Severn-class kit, while the placid water, bulkhead and tying-down detail made for a suitable diorama backdrop.
Airfix HMS Belfast
Another of Airfix’s 1/600 maritime kits to return as a Vintage Classic offering is the HMS Belfast, which appeared to be underway in Dave Eyles’ diorama. The Town-class light cruiser was operated in the kit-supplied configuration before 1944, including at the Battle of North Cape, where Germany’s Scharnhorst was sunk.
Airfix Cromwell Tank
Airfix’s recent 1/76 Cromwell Mk.IV formed the centrepiece for one more of Dave Eyles’ diorama projects, with the vehicle representing T817796, a machine operated by the 5th Royal Horse Artillery, 7th Armoured Division in the European theatre between 1944-45.
Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.Vb
Les Heriot applied hand-painted camouflage and markings for a 401 Squadron airframe to Hasegawa’s 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb, with the model built completely out of the box.
Airfix P-51 Mustang
The mount of US Air Force ace Capt Donald Straight, P-51D-15-NA Mustang 44-15152/QI-T Jersey Jerk was represented by Les Heriot, this time with Airfix’s 1/48 offering. The airframe was attached to the 361st Fighter Sqn, 356th Fighter Gp, at RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, during 1945.
Airfix Folland Gnat
A precursor to the now-famed RAF Red Arrows display team, No 4 Flying Training School formed the Yellowjacks at RAF Valley, Anglesey; Scott Mahoney used Airfix’s 1/72 Gnat to model the team’s T.1 aircraft, with Mr. Hobby acrylics used for the striking livery.
‘Kitbash’ V8 Racer
Based on the floorpan from Revell’s 1/24 Audi R8, Mike Smith’s V8 Racer buggy included a rollcage sourced from the firm’s NASCAR truck racer kit plus Aoshima wheels – everything else was scratch-built, including the frame formed from lengths of runner. Tamiya paints and a homemade bonnet mural made for an eye-catching and unusual appearance.
One Man Model Saro Princess
The imposing form of the Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess flying boat was constructed from One Man Model’s 1/72 3D-printed kit by Barry White. The surface texture required sanding and priming to prevent paint ‘eating’ the material, but the kit was comprehensive, including an interior, mock-BOAC livery and even bamboo dowels to aid alignment.
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