1/32nd scale Short Sunderland Mk II – ID Models vacform WIP
I thought some of you may be interested in one of my longer term vacform projects that's been making good progress of late - the old ID Models 1/32nd scale Short Sunderland. This kit is a basic shell of the fuselage, wings, fin and stabiliser, and the rest has to be done by the builder - a blank canvass if you like!
I have constructed numerous interior bulkheads from plastic card for structural strength and integrity, and have made the details for the visible interior sections such as the forward fuselage, cockpit and central bomb room. The model has been fully scribed and surface details added, which with a model of this size took many a-dull evening to get completed. It almost got binned at one point as I was about the close up the fuselage and my jumper caught the tail end and the whole thing crashed to the floor, completely wrecking the interior work I'd done. However, I packed it all away and came back a few weeks after I had cooled down!
This is a huge model - the picture of my 5 year old daughter holding it gives an idea of the size. The Sunderland is a big aeroplane! I've now finished the main construction and am shortly going to begin work on the engines. I still need to finish off the interior of the cockpit, add the transparencies, make the turret interiors and scratch-build the beaching gear before I can begin the painting process. Being a MkII airframe, I'm leaning towards the early 1941 scheme of sky undersides and dark sea grey/slate grey uppers. No markings are available so I'll make my own masks and spray all codes and insignia, etc.
Lots more fun awaits!
All the best,
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