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Picking up the Mooring

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The Short Sunderland was developed from the Civil Short S.23 Empire flying boat used by Imperial Airways during the 1930s. Replacing several smaller flying boats, the Sunderland was a very successful Coastal patrol aircraft, feared by U-boats and German aircrews alike, and loved by their own crews. The Sunderland remained in service with the RNZAF until 1967.
the model
This model represents one of RAF 201 Sqn's Sunderlands. The kit is the ancient Airfix Sunderland III.

New crew figures were added as the kit figures are nothing more than blobs of plastic.
Modified a figure to hold scratch built spike, who is seen mooring the aircraft.
Moor was created from a torpedo end from the spare parts box and floaters on rope are made from craft beads.
Added wire harnesses to pontoons for extra support and authenticity.
Added appropriate decals as per customer request. Wing top roundels were airbrushed as the kit ones disintegrated.
Turret framing and cockpit canopy framing are a combination of decals and paint.
Built this aircraft clean as per client request.
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About the Author

About Joe Passaseo (Grauwolf)

I built my first model at the age of 7 and have been hooked ever since. I model a variety of subjects but have taken a great interest in the German Kriegsmarine, particularly, the U-boat branch. I also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: hiking, camping and scuba diving. I hope to one day di...


Hi Joe Very nice indeed! I would have struggled not to weather it a bit - but you can't argue with your client. The sea base is simply stunning - the effect of choppy waves is so realistic. Could you write us a Feature on how you do that? All the best Rowan
SEP 06, 2013 - 08:35 PM
Joe, a beautiful presentation indeed. Although the Sunderland is well done in it's own right, your rendering of the water is extremely nice. Well done!!!! Ian
SEP 07, 2013 - 03:19 AM
Excellent work Joe. The water is very well done. What did you use? Andy
SEP 07, 2013 - 08:49 AM
Rowan, Ian and Andy, Thank you for your compliments. I will be doing a how to very soon at the request of Rowan. Basically, it is blue insulation foam that is carved; I will share the details in the feature. A very big Thank You to Jessica for putting up this vignette. Cheers, Joe
SEP 07, 2013 - 09:35 AM
That is damn impressive. Love the look of the water. Great job
SEP 07, 2013 - 10:15 AM
Joe, just an outstanding over all presentation. I'm sure that you're client will be more then happy with your work. Joel
SEP 07, 2013 - 12:20 PM
Nice one Joe! Thanks in advance - judging by the results on show here, it'll be essential reading for anyone creating a water base. All the best Rowan
SEP 07, 2013 - 06:21 PM
My Grandpa served as a cook on the Sunderlands during the war. He once told me the trick for new crew members was to get them to lean out of the front like in this dio, then the pilot would push forward on the throttles briefly and violently, and the newby would be tipped into the water... like an initiation...
SEP 15, 2013 - 08:03 AM