Hello! My name is Dave and I run Duplicata Productions, a maker of scale model accessories. I have been building models of all kinds for more than 30 years, but starting and then running the business has taken so much effort that I have not been able to build anything for a long, long time. I figured that blogging about my builds might give me a few benefits:
a) The shot in the arm I need to sit down and actually build again. I think it is a lot harder to skip a build session if people are watching - assuming anyone will be watching!
b) Hopefully I can get advice, tips and criticism from others to help me improve. I hit a plateau many years ago, and now I live there. I want and need to get out of my building/skills rut! I have played it safe for too long.
c) If I am able to promote my business a little, then what the hell!
Because I am an idiot, I decided to start off with not a small, quick build, but a whopper. The 1/32 Ju 88A-1 from Revell. I recently finished a Battle of Britain book and that pretty much drove the decision. The model is a monster at 14" x 20" - but very cheap at $40 Canadian at my local shop.
I wanted to build the 88 'in-flight', but with a little more than the usual type of stand I have seen before. I came across a some pictures on the net that inspired me. I don't know where I got the pictures, so I can't credit the builder - my apologies!
I love the way the base gives a sense of height and location. A plain base is good, but I couldn't resist trying to convey more than just a flying plane - it's all about transporting the viewer to a certain place and time, isn't it? I thought the base could help with that...
..so, I designed and built something that I thought would fit the 88 perfectly. A picture of London being bombed at night. Here is the final product:
Every accessory I build for my models ends up in my store, this one will be no exception!
So, I have the model, and I have the plan for the base. Now I just need to sit down and start! Next post will show what is in the box, as well as share some of the reference pictures I have found.
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