1⁄72Picking up the Mooring
historyThe 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 modelThis 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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