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CONTRAIL VACFORM STAAKEN R.VI

THIS venerable vacform was a bold move when released in the early 1980′s. Mine was heavily modded with full interior, and lots of internal wood and wire stiffening and plastic sheet.It was covered in tissue that had the polygon pattern in pencil before all the six colours were handpainted individually…The model has featured in both Scale Models and Windsock.It was inspired by George Haddow’s scratchbuilt shown here below,and  in aSTAAKEN 5STAKKEN. 6RPLANE 1STAAKEN.8.nother page on this blog.

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WWI AERODROME, 1:72 SCALE, DIORAMA, 1981/2005.

This one was based on the Ken Macdonagh articles in Meccano Magazine during the mid 1960s – I just updated the materials for some of it. The building, hangar, etc., are all scratchbuilt, as is the base. Revell kits provide the SE5as, figures are a mix of Preiser, Airfix and Frog. Our four dogs are also present on the field.

 

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FOKKER D.VII, C/L FLYING SCALE, 1968.

One of my first flying scale models, this is a Sterling kit, all balsa and covered with tissue – a Cox glo motor up front. The markings were all handpainted with mixed Humbrol and fuel-proofed. It never flew under power; probably just as well as the rigid assembly and soft balsa glued-on struts would not have survived heavy landings!

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PFALZ D.IIIA, 1:48 SCALE, KIT MOD., 1976.

Always loved the Pfalz-blame George Peppard! This is the old Aurora kit with a heavily altered fuselage on which I hung plasticard wings, tail, etc. It took a lot of work and looked presentable 30 years ago, now it’s a bit crude compared with latter-day versions from Eduard, Roden, WNW, and the like. (Featured in Nov/Dec 1976 Scale Models.)

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‘THE RITTMEISTER IS MISSING’, 1:28 SCALE, DIORAMA, 1973.

Based around the old Revell Fokker kit, with semi-scratched interior and tissue paper fabric. The figures are modded Historex Napoleonics, and the terrain is Papier Mache and Pollyfilla. This was done years before all the learned articles on the Baron’s 425/17 appeared and I am pleased that the markings depicted back then were pretty close to current findings. The model later went to the FAAM in Yeovilton. (Featured in August 1973 Military Modelling.)

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LVG C.VI, 1:24 SCALE, SCRATCHBUILT, 1972.

This one was totally hand-made from plasticard and scrap material; based on scale plans by Maurice Brett and personal study of the Shuttleworth machine. The only commercial items were the wheels. ‘Lozenge’ was painted on tissue covering – a laborious process but we didn’t have all those lovely decal sheets back then! Subsequently destroyed in a house move, the only remnant is the wood laminated and carved airscrew. (Featured in Jan/Feb 1973 Scale Models.)

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