Monday, September 3, 2012

Airfix SPAD VII - a kit from 1959.

The Airfix model of the classic SPAD VII has been around for a good 53 years, although this boxing is from the 1980s or early 1990s. The "cheese grater" wings are, of course, a problem, but I tried to minimize contrast in the ribbing instead of filing down everything, including other detailing. I added rigging, and although I originally wanted to make a SPAD of the Franco-American "Escadrille Lafayette", the decals refused to cooperate, so it became a Black 8 from "Les Cicognes", including a pilot making a rude gesture to an an unseen colleague. It did not make sense to me to super-detail a cockpit in an aircraft that was lacking in detailing on many levels, so that is why the pilot was added. Nevertheless, this was a fun build. The base is an old room key from a hotel in Florida that was covered with static grass and paint.

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