1/32 Aerotech DH-88 Comet `Grosvernor House’
This is the Aerotech DH-88 Comet.
150 of these kits were made with plans to re-issue fairly soon.
The Kit: Aerotech (Marsh Models) Resin/Photo etch/White Metal
The kit represents the overall shape of the real aircraft quite well but needed some significant extra work to bring out the distinctive shapes that make this iconic aircraft into a sleek and beautiful racing machine. A lot of work went into applying the fabric effect to the control surfaces and aft of the rear spar on the wing, using primer to build up the effect. Similar efforts went into the construction of the canopy to replace the decal framing of the kit with real framing constructed from 43 parts of plastic card and aluminium foil. I worked on this kit pretty well every other day and it took 1.5 months from start to finish. I felt that the kit needed a new front instrument panel and as such this was Scratchbuilt. Here is a list of the mods that I did to the kit.
Reshaped Fin, Nose cone, rear of cowls, fuselage cross section
Modified front of cowl.
All fabric effects added with primer
Scratchbuilt Front Instrument panel and canopy
Seat cushions from Plastic card
RB Productions Sutton Harnesses
Uschi Woodgrain decal
Paint and finish:
Tamiya TS-8 Italian red (2 coats straight from the spray can) Followed by 2 coats of TS-13 clear over the kit decals and self masked and sprayed `comet’.
I have thrown in a few other pictures at the end of the series, as I like to have comparison shots of the various types of other aircraft that make a good pair to my recent completions. The Tiger is another De-Havilland type. The Supermarine S4 is another Aerotech kit, and the picture of the Comet in the display case along with all of my other completions for 2014.
20 additional images. Click to enlarge.