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  1. Until 2017, most of my building in recent years has been scratch building on model railways for customers. There have been a few plastic kits of buildings, but mostly scratch work in wood, styrene and acrylic; plus a bit of helping my daughter learn to build. This year, I've done some aircraft for myself, but quite a few models for friends, building aircraft they like, or aircraft that they fly or own. The idea to frame the models in a 3D picture frome came about from the "Snoopy verses the Red Baron" model my daughter and I built this year. It was a way to hang the model out of the way of damage, and to keep the dust off. It made a nice presentation and I thought it could work for other models. I've divided the builds up into themes to present them here. Most were built out of the box, with minimal changes, to keep the turnaround time reasonable, and because a lot of extra detailing wouldn't be seen once framed. The WW1 and WW2 modles are the first batch. WORLD WAR 1 I found some nice embroidered RFC wings on Ebay for £2.00 each which made a nice addition to the SE5a and Camel models. I drew the background map in the photo editing program GIMP and used some airshow and re-enacting photos to finish off the presentation. Because the Eindeckers rigging would be clearly on show, I added the rigging wires with some 0.1mm stainless steel wire. Revell Fokker E.III Revell SE5a ( 1964 manufactured kit ) Revell Fokker D.VII Revell Sopwith F-1 Camel WORLD WAR 2 Airfix Series 2 Mosquito This 1970's Airfix Series 2 Mosquito needed quite a bit of filling, but the low parts count helped to speed up the build. I scratch built some cockpit interior details to fill out the original empty space. Auster Mk.V TW439 AZ Models used to make a Mk.V Auster, but it appeared they were long out of production when I started looking. I ended up buying the Mk.III version, and using a silicone mould taken from a Piper Pawnee for the Mk.V's cowl. Other changes were home made decals, the addition of a wing mounted generator and belly tank, as per the full size example below. The Bf109, Spitfires, Hurricanes and P-51 were all built straight from the box, other than adding mounting hardware in the wings and fuselage. Airfix Messerschmitt Bf109E-4 2 off Airfix Spitfire Mk.II's 2 off Airfix Hurricane Mk.I's Revell P-51D Section 2 to follow shortly.....
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