1/32 Albatros BII – Wingnut Wings
Maybe I should have titled this submission "Avon Sabre begets Albatros BII". To explain:
In mid-2016 I travelled to the Australian Model Expo in Melbourne, where highly gifted modeller Eric Galliers unveiled his superb 1/32 scale model of the Avon Sabre I flew as a junior pilot in No 77 Squadron at RAAF Base Butterworth in the then Malaya in the early 1960s. I can tell you that it was quite an emotional moment for me when I saw this superb piece of craftsmanship for the first time, a scale recreation of an aircraft I flew over half a century ago. Quite an honour.
Anyway, Eric is quite used to winning prizes at these events, and one of the prizes he won on that occasion was a Wingnut Wings Albatros BII kit. Since he already had this kit in his stash, he very kindly gave it to me. I started work on it in late 2016, but other matters halted progress until quite recently, when I was able to return to the modelling bench at long last.
I used Uschi van der Rosten fine veneer plywood decal sheets on the fuselage and Aviattic doped linen-effect decals on the flying surfaces. Apart from that and the Gaspatch turnbuckles, it's all pretty much OOB.
Incidentally, I've thrown in an image of the Avon Sabre model that led to all this. And if you would like to see how an expert modeller goes about building such a masterpiece, there's an e-book of the build log here: