B.O.A.C Short “Hythe”
This was not a kit and I restored this within this last year but I am submitting it anyway to the Water Wings Group build.
The short “Hythe” was the civilized version of the Short Sunderland. It was brought into service by B.O.A.C. in 1946.
For quite a few years I have been restoring various models for a gentleman that collects airline and manufacture models. He has an extensive collection of models of all types. He asked me if I would do something with a very rough carving he purchased of the Short Hythe. It is unknown when this was initially carved nor is it known who carved it. It is very close to 1/72 in scale and it looked like it was carved out of very rough dunnage wood. It is of course not perfect and certainly has some goofs but it is a representation of the Hythe which the collector wanted. I just went about cleaning it up by sanding and filling to get it ready to paint. I used a lot of automotive filler primer and automotive silver paint from a rattle can. ( ala Craig, the rattle can Rembrandt ) I robbed parts from an Airfix Sunderland to add to the completed model. He is happy that at this point he has a representation of a Hythe although not a perfect one.
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