Republic of Newfoundland and
by Bob Aikens
Model 737 Surveiller
COSD, Republic of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2009
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This model was made up
to represent one of 3 Model 737 Surveillers purchased by COSD (Coastal &
Offshore Security Division) of the Republic of Newfoundland and Labrador
They are superficially
similar to the Indonesian Surveillers but are equipped with a new
generation of avionics, surveillance and power plant upgrades. These
were furnished by such firms as BAe-Aerospatiale, IAF Industries and
AeroSpace South Africa- all at the ready to assist a fledgling, but
clearly democratic new country.
The kit is the 1/100
scale 737-200 by Maquettes M&B (Canada 1982). It may be a knockoff of an
earlier 737 and in overall style and simplicity it resembles the early
Matchbox kits. An appeal goes out to the airliner guys to fill us in on
the genealogy of this obscure offering from the 1980's. It has no
cockpit and little or no detail save for the heavily engraved control
surfaces. In the local modeling vernacular it would be described as 'a
bar of soap'.
A little bit of scratching and the spare parts box are responsible for
the various bumps, probes and antennae. Painting was done with XtraColor
RLM 74 and Mil-24 Stone mixed proportionately to lighten and darken each
other to simulate a low-vis maritime scheme `a la Aurora or Nimrod.
Since the colors of the Republic are pink, white and green, I used the
roundels from an Italian Gulf War Tornado-washed out pinkish look.
I have to confess I was put up to this spurious piece of sedition by
agents-provocateurs and fifth columnists of the Newfoundland Liberation
Army. They could never be mentioned in a respectable website like
HyperScale; but everybody knows who they are.
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