Our special bumper-edition of Display Case features large-scale stunners, traditional techniques and a healthy dose of kits from Airfix among the selection of stunning reader-submitted build projects
Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Italian petrolhead Lorenzo Moro has a passion for all things fast and fuel-burning that extends to building models of such machines, including this stunning example of Airfix’s 1/24 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I. This four month long, skills-testing project involved panels being opened to expose inner workings and the interior embellished with scratch-built elements such as new seat harnesses, canopy handles and reflector gunsight. Following a reference-gathering trip to IWM Duxford, cabling and pipework were added to the powerplant, weapons andother systems. Finally, all markings were airbrushed to counter the builder’s dislike of decals – overall, tremendous work!
Airfix de Havilland Chipmunk T.10
Like many aviation enthusiasts, Chris Wright got his first taste of airborne activity in a de Havilland Chipmunk and it inspired the building of Airfix’s new 1/48 kit of the type. This offering was constructed out-of-the-box – with the exception of masking tape seat harnesses and minor additions – and finished via brush painting with Humbrol and Vallejo tones.
Tamiya Yamaha R1‘Streetfighter Custom’
This eye-catching motorcycle was built by Gregory Kerry from Tamiya’s 1/12 Yamaha R1 sportsbike – however, the bodywork was discarded and headlight, seat and exhaust silencer replaced with alternatives to represent a minimalistic ‘what if’ custom vehicle.
Airfix Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B
One of Airfix’s most popular re-toolings has to be the Blackburn Buccaneer, replicated here in 1/72 scale by Richard Barber with the RAF-operated S.2B iteration. The sole aftermarket product used during the project was a set of Eduard masks used to set the transparencies for the brush-painting process used to decorate the model.
Egyptian-liveried MiGs are always eye-catching and this example built from Eduard’s Weekend Edition 1/72 MiG-21MF Fishbed-J by Will Carter is no exception. The canopy was posed open to display the interior fittings, while Tamiya acrylics were used to achieve the distinctive exterior shades.
Airfix Falklands Anniversary Flotilla
Completed as part of an Aberdeen Modellers’ Society group build marking the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, Richard Butler produced this group of 1/600 ships using Airfix toolings. These comprised the SS Canberra with scratch-built helipads, containers and tenders, HMS Devonshire converted to represent HMS Antrim with Exocet launcher and HMS Fearless as supplied.
Hasegawa/Italeri General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon
Kit-bashing is an engaging modelling pursuit, as Joe Odoardi proved by combining Hasegawa and Italeri kits with aftermarket additions and scratch-built elements to produce this excellent 1/72 F-16A in Venezuelan Air Force livery. Open cockpit areas, deconstructed engine and weapon fittings, plus drooped control surfaces provide a wealth of visual interest.
Airfix McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom FGR.2
An avid modeller since the age of 10, Stu Youds was inspired to construct Airfix’s recent 1/72 Phantom FGR.2 by an article in AMW. Finished by brush, the livery worn was the kit-supplied option of a 1435 Flight jet based at RAF Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands during 1991.
Submit your project!
Want to see your recently finished project featured in Airfix Model World? Send a high-quality photo (1MB or larger) of the model against a white background and tell us about any aftermarket products or special techniques. As well as those that appear in the magazine, there are more online here at Key Model World. Email your submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org