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Hunting Swallows

First the layout. I knew which aircraft would be involved, but how and where to place them? Okay one flying and one on the ground. Flying? How to do that tastefully? (1) I placed some trees to at least partially hide the clear plastic sprue left over from another kits canopy mold area. (2) Next I added a rock formation for impact (no pun); just to provide something more than flat terrain (also in the original inspiration print). (3) The base was covered with Railroad Modeling Earth, and (4) a couple of strips of masking tape used as a guide for the "skid" area.

As you can see I started the aircraft while working out the scene details. (5) Added damage to the ME-262 by removing the starboard engine cover and putting in a false floor. Went to my "junk" box and found some mechanical looking parts (actually parts from 1/76 armor kits) to replicate the top of the exposed engine. (6) Damage to the starboard wing was done, by cutting off the outer wing along panel lines with a razor saw, leaving behind a small portion to become peeled skin. Small pieces of stretched sprue were used to represent structural members and cables that would be exposed. The damaged area was then heated with a candle (votive of course) as were the bottom of the starboard and port engine nacelles and the nose area (7). The canopy was "tacked" closed with white glue and liquid mask (8), to be opened later.
The P-51 was OTB except for digging up some decals to make it look more like Yeager's. I actually considered the P-51 as a secondary subject, background if you will, for the ME-262.

About the Author

About Chuck Shanley (CRS)

I've been building kits since about the mid 1950's. I've built all kinds of subjects, but for the past 20 years or so I've seemed to focus mainly on 1/72 Aircraft and Armor. Why 1/72, mainly for space conservation I build alot. I build primarily for my own enjoyment, and Armorama has helped to en...


Chuck gave us a sneak preview of this over on A-UK. Lovely job Chuck! You can almost feel the CRUNCH!! Keep 'em coming. All the best Rowan
FEB 08, 2004 - 07:42 AM
:-) Swallow that, er I mean follow that, great dio, Chuck. Can't wait to see the next one, what about Ar 234s attacking the bridge at Remagen :-) Mal
FEB 08, 2004 - 09:01 AM
No apology public or otherwise needed, Bryan . It takes time to process these things and we all have lives other than Armorama to take care of. (as hard as that may be to believe sometimes) Holdfast - I've given it some thought, I'm just not sure it was serious thought.
FEB 08, 2004 - 01:59 PM
Great job, great to see a dio showing an actual event that happened in WW2. Love the angle of the Mustang, I can hear that Merlin engine giving off that intimidating growl, nice job ,Wingman out.
FEB 10, 2004 - 02:40 AM