Wings, engine nacelles, tail and miscellaneous: 1/48 Hobby Boss Me-262 A1a.
Body: cheap Chinese toy from the Sealife Centre, Great Yarmouth.
Glues: Zap-a-Gap, PVA.
Fillers: Revell plastic putty, Perfect Plastic Putty, Mr Surfacer, Vallejo putty.
Paints: Vallejo acrylics.
Weathering: Ammo Mig, Flory.
Finish: Ammo Mig satin.
Base: photo-frame from poundland, blue card, Vallejo acrylics airbrushed in 'swirly' patterns.
Stand: 1.2mm clear plastic card.
I didn’t post the build thread for this madcap idea first for the simple reason I had no idea if I could even pull this off. I didn’t want to start a thread, then screw it all up and not be able to complete it, for whatever reason. Even thought it was meant to be a bit of a joke, something light-hearted, I soon realised it was also going to be something of a challenge. For instance, what adhesive do you use to attach hard styrene plastic to soft, pliable rubber? Will acrylic paint work on the shark’s body? What colours do I use? And besides, who gives away the punchline to a joke at the beginning?!
Fortunately, I did manage it, and so here’s how it happened!
It all started when I posted this pic on the Flory Models forum a few weeks ago.
It was a light-hearted post, about Google-imaging for shark-mouth paint schemes, but it lit a spark in the back of my mind that just wouldn’t let go. Have you ever had an itch that you just had to scratch?
So, with military precision, I devised a cunning plan, starting with some driving. Arriving first at the Sealife centre at Great Yarmouth, I had a quick look around the exhibits, admiring the crabs and rays, then went into the gift shop. I already knew the dimensions of the average 1/48 Me-262, so it was just a matter of finding a cheap shark toy that came close.
Dimensions were practically perfect.
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat!”
From Sealife it is only about a ten-minute drive to the Lowestoft branch of Hannants, where I picked up one of Hobby Boss’s 1/48 Me-262’s
Next morning, I had a good look at what I had bought, starting with Bruce.
There’s a lot of molding seams to remove, plus some sort of a plug under his chin that’ll need sorting.
Flory sanding sticks made reasonably quick work of the seams.
Shark fin soup, anyone?
Prepped for surgery. Nurse, the scalpel!
Nope, no fishing boats or bikini-clad bathers in here!