For the first time in a while, I would like to make a 1/72 scale airplane plastic model. This Gladiator is a biplane. In the past, when I bought several kits at a local model shop, I was told that I could take two of the small plastic models in the box and choose it. I was told that I had quiet tastes.
The propeller blades were chipped, maybe because the plastic was not run into properly, so I managed to fix them looked like propeller blades by putting putty or shaving them. I don’t think the exact shape was reproduced.
This is a Sea Gladiator in Malta. There are a lot of things to say, such as whether two propeller blades are enough or three propeller blades, or whether the color of the camouflage is a little different, but it can’t be helped if I say too much in detail.
When the Italian army invaded the Mediterranean Sea in time with the German invasion of France, England hurriedly sent the Sea Gladiator to Malta, which was installed in the aircraft carrier Glorius. The other plane was an Italian biplane, so they managed to have a close air battle.
Shortly before the Hurricanes arrived, there were only 3 Gladiators to defend Malta, nicknamed “Faith” “Hope” and “Charity” respectively. Although 2 were lost, only the “Faith” survived and retired on September 3, 1943.
When I made Texan before, the kit came with a decorative stand, so I attached neodymium magnets to the stand and the body so that it could be displayed in flight. The surface is flat and painted, so you can’t see the magnets embedded in it.
It was a very old kit and the scale was small, I had a hard time making it, but it took off safely! I think it would be more interesting to make it bigger overall. But anyway, it’s small and cute. Next time I make a plane, I will make a 1/48 scale, luckily I have a lot of stock.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.