Airfix 1/72 scale
Shorts Stirling Mk.III
by Mick Evans
1/72 scale Stirling is available online from Squadron.com
The Airfix kit is still the only 1/72 scale kit of
the Shorts Stirling available.
The Airfix offering is a Mk III and was first moulded nearly 35 years
ago. The kit is quite accurate but suffers from a few gimmicks, such as
moving turrets and guns, and moving flight controls. Unfortunately, the
kit is simplified and made inaccurate as a compromise to allow the
gimmicks to operate.
A nice rendition of a tractor and bomb trolleys is included for a
diorama if you so wish to use them.
All of the rivet lines and raised panel lines are
very heavy, so were sanded off before re-scribing the flaps and some
other major panel lines that are always visible.
The cockpit was completely scratch built from plastic card. Some seats
were found in my spares box that looked the part for the pilot and
co-pilots seats. The kit was then assembled as per the instructions.
Flying controls were modified with plastic card to look more realistic
when fitted and certainly made not to move. The kit gun turrets were
thrown away and replaced with scratch built items. This detailing of the
turrets goes a long way to improving the kit.
The bombs that come with the kit are a bit simplified, so I elected to
close the bomb bays in the wings and the main fuselage. The wing bay
doors were a horrid fit along with heavy sink marks around the bays, so
heavy use of Tamiya putty and some re-scribing was in order.
The undercarriage received some subtle detail work to enhance the look,
as this area is quite complex and well captured by Airfix.
The kit transparencies were replaced with vac formed Falcon canopies
from set no17.
The kit was finished depicting an aircraft from No
199 (RGM) Sqn based at North Creake in 1944/45 and the colours are Xtra
Color Dark Earth /Dark Green over Night Black.
The decals came from an old Esci sheet.
The kit was weathered and sealed in semi gloss before the windows were
made from Microscale Krystal Klear.
I was very pleased with the finished result.
Photography Notes by Brett Green
The Stirling was photographed near the end of a
lengthy shoot at Mick's house. The batteries had gone flat on my Nikon
Coolpix 5700, my regular model photography camera.
These photos were therefore taken using my Nikon
D70 digital SLR fitted with a 60mm Micro Nikkor lens.
The close-up performance and depth of field offered
by this lens are excellent, but with the cropping factor of digital SLRs
taken into account (ie, the focal length of the 60mm lens on my digital
SLR would be equivalent to around 95mm on a 35mm film SLR), I had to
back halfway out of the room to get the whole model in the photos!
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