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The 1903 Wright Flyer in approximately 1/48th scale

The 1903 Wright Flyer in approximately 1/48th scale


Scale plastic model sailplane

Revell 1/32 scale ASK-21

This Revell 1/32nd scale ASK-21 sailplane, here in the colours of the US Air Force Academy, comes without pilots, which is unfortunate. It is one reason I photographed it from below. Another reason is that its rudder is missing–along with other parts including a tailplane of my 1/48th scale BAC Lightning. Where do these part go?

Falklands War

Talking of the Avro Vulcan (see Plastic models–contemporary with Vietnam) here is one of its adversaries, although they did not meet in battle…

Plastic model kit

1/48th scale Super Etendard of the Falklands War of 1982

Apparently I was not the only one baffled as to why Argentina would invade some small islands off the coast of Scotland in 1982…

Plastic model kit

Airfix 48th scale Super Etendard

When I eventually discovered that the Falklands are in the south Atlantic, I was only slightly less baffled.

This is the Airfix kit of this small but effective attack fighter.

Gulf war

Photo of a model AH-64D

1/48th scale AH-64D Apache Longbow


If I recall right, this is the Academy kit. The fuselage is 12 inches long and the rotor span is also 12 inches.


Photo of a scale model AH-64D

Longbow


The standing figure is from another kit and the Remove Before Flight streamers are sold separately.


Photo of detail of a scale model AH-64D

Refuelled and rearmed


At the turn of the century I wrote some of the online help for the computerized forward maintenance of the AH-64.


Monogram/Revell 1/48 AV-8B

Monogram/Revell 1/48 AV-8B

This AV-8B Harrier is 12 inches long and 8 inches wide. I did not make a good job of the canopy (or of anything else much).

See Spring loaded to the freedom position, my review of Hammer from Above, Marine Air Combat over Iraq, by Jay Stout, 2007. It includes some Harrier action.



The Airfix 1/48th scale Buccaneer (see Plastic models–contemporary with Vietnam) comes in a box big enough for two kits. That must have struck the packers at the factory as ironic, because mine had two kits inside! Normally that would be cause for celebration, but this kit is so appalling it took me years to get round to building the second one, which is the Gulf War variant.

Airfix 1/48th scale BAe Buccaneer

Low level

In both these photos I edited out the hanging lines.

Airfix 1/48th scale BAe Buccaneer

Climbing away


Science fiction/fantasy

While looking through Dark Visions, the Illustrated Guide to the Amtrak Wars by Patrick Tilley, I recognized the ‘Sky Rider’ reconnaissance and light transport airplane as an O-2 Cessna Skymaster without the front engine. I had an old 1/48th scale O-2 in the loft, matt black all over — it looked horrible — so I repainted it over a weekend in 2014. A bit rough and ready, but here is my idea of the Amtrak Federation Sky Rider Mark 2 (with the front engine). Its camouflage and modified U.S. ‘star and bars’ are copied from the artwork by Fernando Fernandez in the Illustrated Guide…

1/48 scale Amtrak Federation Sky Rider Mark 2

1/48 scale Amtrak Federation Sky Rider Mark 2

The fifth book in the series sports an illustration of a Sky Rider (mark 1) on the cover

The fifth book in the series sports an illustration of a Sky Rider (mark 1) on the cover

1/48 scale Amtrak Federation Sky Rider Mark 2 (underside)

1/48 scale Amtrak Federation Sky Rider Mark 2 (underside)

See New clear days, my review of The Amtrak Wars book 1, Cloud Warrior, by Patrick Tilley, Sphere Books, 1983.


Skunk Models Workshop 1/48th scale F-16XL

My Skunk Models Workshop 1/48th scale F-16XL

See Falcon excel, my Skunk Models Workshop 1/48th scale General Dynamics F-16XL in markings based on those of the Falcon interceptors in Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet (2005).


Plastic model kit

Airfix HO scale MiG 241 Viper (Angel Interceptor)

This Airfix HO scale MiG 241 Viper (Angel Interceptor) from the 1968 sci-fi television series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, itself made using puppets and scale models, is only six inches long. I bought it only to provide decals (transfers) for my 1/48th scale F-16XL, but it comes with enough spare decals to complete this kit as well.


Model fictional Mars rover, about 1980

1/72 scale fictional Mars rover, about 1980

Not really an aircraft, although it was made from one… I made this out of a B-29 fuselage and parts from a 1/25th scale Chieftain tank. The wheel struts are tubes from a 1/72nd scale torpedo boat.


Off-road bikes

Photo of a 12th scale Husqvarna motocross bike of about 1970

My 1/12th scale Husqvarna motocross bike of about 1970

Not really an aircraft either, although it could fly… The ‘Husky’, ridden by such men as Torsten Hallman of Sweden and the ‘flying Finn’ Heikki Mikkola was the standard moto cross bike of the late 1960s. Its main competitors during the heyday of off-road motorcycle sport were the Suzukis ridden by Belgians Joel Robert and Roger Decoster. The Husky came to the fore in the USA when movie star and motocross racer Steve McQueen made it his bike of choice. This model, photographed by my grandfather in about 1973, was just a few inches long.

 

Its main flaw (the model, that is) is the trials tyres (made of solid rubber) instead of MX tyres.


Mercedes bends

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted
She got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, she calls friends.

— From Hotel California by the Eagles, 1976

Plastic model automobile

Revell 1/24th scale Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

Here is my Revell 1/24th scale Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet. It is 8 inches (20 cm) long and 3 inches (8 cm) wide. The guys, who are from the Airfix 1/24th scale De Havilland Mosquito (see Wooden wûnder for mine) are 3 inches tall. The fräulein is made of ‘white metal.’ She is a kit in the minimalist sense that one leg was separate and had to be glued in place.

Revell 1/24th scale Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

Revell 1/24th scale Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet

There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself
This could be heaven or this could be Hell.

Related (internal links)

Motocross in miniature: Building Joël Robert’s Suzuki motocross bike of 1970 in 1/12th scale

Mr Moto Cross — my second Revell 1/12th scale Husqvarna motocross bike; built in 2017

Plastic models

Spring loaded to the freedom position, my review of Hammer from Above, Marine Air Combat over Iraq, by Jay Stout, 2007

Comments by others

The comments below relate to my Vietnam war plastic models page, but they were on the wrong page after I split the page, and I have not discovered how to move them:

7 Responses to Other plastic models

  1. Malcolm Wood says:

    REALLY nice work on your models! i was particularly interested in the Mohawk. My Dad flew one in Vietnam and I’m trying to find all I can about it.

  2. Jerry Barnes says:

    Are you sure those Vietnam figures are 1/32nd? I can find 1/35 easily.

    • As I recall, it stated 1/35th scale on the pack, but they are significantly larger than the crewmen that came with the Huey (if any; I forget) and also larger than the Dragon aircrew I also bought (separately). And when standing next to the Huey, those figures are clearly too large. The guy holding the door open (just visible in one of the photos) came with the aircrew set and he is the correct scale.

  3. Jerry Barnes says:

    Thanks Everard, can you measure the height of them? I guess most 1/32nd are about 54mm.

  4. Jerry Barnes says:

    Wow, that is just the right size, I’ll look for the kit, thanks! Now if I could find some VC in that size….

  5. I’ve seen both scales (1/32 and 1/35) used in relation to certain aircraft. Most of the larger scale fixed wing stuff tends towards the 1/32 whilst ground vehicles and helicopters tend towards the 1/35 (something reading something about “eggbeaters” being considered “army” equipment, therefore “ground” stuff years ago, but can’t recall where).

    Love the amtrak wars skyrider.

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