Airfix 1:72 Commonwealth CA-13 Boomerang (Series 1)
This was a quick build that I wanted to use to fill the time while waiting for some masks and paint for a Japanese plane I wanted to build for Works in Progress. Of course, I always seem to pick things that have some challenges. This is a really old Airfix kit from the mid 1960s that I got for a few bucks from a nearby hobby shop.
The 50+ years the parts and decals spent in the box didn’t do them a lot of good. The decals were unusable, and several of the larger pieces, especially the wings, were terribly warped.
Luckily the plastic was very soft and easy to massage into something close to its intended shape.
I really hadn’t planned on doing any scratchbuilding on this kit, but the cockpit consisted of an oversized seat and a blob-like pilot sitting on 2 pegs in the cockpit. I wanted to dress the cockpit a little, so I decided to build something that would pass for a cockpit. I added a floor and rear bulkhead, scratchbuilt a seat and headrest, added some detail to the side walls, and added a stick.
I found some old Monogram instrument panels that would work to fill in the front of the cockpit.
Assembly of the plane was relatively trouble free, with the exception of the landing gear. I looked a little too quickly at the instructions and then managed to put the landing gear on backwards, but I doubt anyone will notice.
The main wheels had a weirdly deep depression on one side which I filled with a small disk of plastic.
Before I moved on to painting, I sanded off most of the large rivets that cover about 90% of the surface of the plastic. Painting started with some white primer sprayed over the plane, which I simply masked off for the tail. The brown is from Vallejo in the spray can, which really works well. I decided to add the green portion of the camouflage using Tamiya green hand sprayed from my airbrush. I don’t usually apply camouflage by hand, mainly because I’m not very good at it, but it came out OK. The markings are some old decals for a Spitfire from my spares. I still plan to do some weathering and panel fading using oil dots, but I wanted to get this article posted. So, start to finish in 3 days. Not totally accurate, but it was fun to build and looks OK unless you are an aficionado of WW2 Australian fighters. Everyone stay safe!
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