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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sopwith Pup 1921 Aerial Derby + Arctic Decals- 1/72

The 1921 Aerial Derby racer is now complete.
The step-by-step construction article is here:
Once again, profuse thanks to friend and fellow modeler Sönke Schulz who gifted the nice Airfix kit. Also thanks to modeler extraordinaire Roger Holden who provided welcome insight on references and kit treatment. Thanks also for the article on the issue #5 of The Aviation Historian magazine, and especially to Mika Jernfors of Arctic Decals. He produced a remarkable set that made possible this model. The link to his site can be found on the side bar together with the other links.
Regarding the article in the magazine, I did not follow it entirely on a few details, as I do not 100% coincide on the drawings' interpretation, comparing them with photos. Some of this was explained in the step by step construction article.
This was indeed a fun project, starting with an inexpensive but nice old kit and thanks to those superb decals.
A few modifications are needed as described on the step-by-step building article, but nothing out of the ordinary. As you can see I added a "posed" Small Stuff resin engine, much better than the one inside the cowl of the kit (barely visible anyway), as a way to confer a sense of "ambience" without going into a complicated diorama.

This little model is one more example of what you can do to finish a wartime plane in a much more colorful, uplifting, peaceful, meaningful, exciting, out-of-the-ordinary and rewarding decoration.





















































The three racers recently finished, to give an idea of size and proportions. The camera software doesn't know what to do with the colors:



4 comments:

  1. ...the most beautiful pup! Congrats... And also "fly"!! You've seen, aerohomeboy, the static modelers we can do it too... ^_^

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    1. Gracias Matías!
      Yeah, let's teach that Vance that our models also can also fly...if it is true that they don't land as graciously and become again a kit on impact :-)

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  2. Beautiful Gabriel, a way to add a new life to old kits, many times forgotten by modelers. Armando Gil.

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    1. Gracias Armando.
      Es divertido también ver que se puede hacer con un kit viejito.

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