Other plastic models
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?
Talking of the Avro Vulcan (see Plastic models–contemporary with Vietnam) here is one of its adversaries, although they did not meet in battle…
Apparently I was not the only one baffled as to why Argentina would invade some small islands off the coast of Scotland in 1982…
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.
If I recall right, this is the Academy kit. The fuselage is 12 inches long and the rotor span is also 12 inches.
The standing figure is from another kit and the Remove Before Flight streamers are sold separately.
At the turn of the century I wrote some of the online help for the computerized forward maintenance of the AH-64.
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.
In both these photos I edited out the hanging lines.
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…
See New clear days, my review of The Amtrak Wars book 1, Cloud Warrior, by Patrick Tilley, Sphere Books, 1983.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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: