scale of 1/32 has always been a 'special one' right from the very
early days of plastic modeling. The physical size of the first
kits produced back then meant that for the first time modelers
could really 'go-to-town' adding all the intricate details that
smaller scales just did not allow. However, the range was very
small. Along came vac-forming and all of a sudden there existed
the means to an end. And with it came Doug Feeney and I.D. Models.
He mastered the art of 'big scale' vac-forms and a complete range
of kits were produced in 1/32 scale. They proved to be very
popular, chiefly because they were accurate and available. Many
examples were to be seen in the modeling competitions and I well
remember Doug at the Nationals beavering away on his latest kit
and giving everyone help and advice on how to tackle such a large
kit. But, as time went on like most things they disappeared off of
the market and Doug moved on to other things.
now they are back...! And, what a return...!!
known British 'Master Modeler' John 'Tigger' Wilkes has bought the
remaining master moulds and with the greatest good fortune for us
flying boat modelers they include the Short Sunderland Mk.I/II and the
Consolidated Catalina.! Each mould has been refurbished to
'as-new' standard and the kit vac-form mouldings subsequently
taken from them are as good as one would expect from a kit of this
did I mention that in the picture below the object in the middle
is a 6" ruler? Yes, the Sunderland in 1/32
scale is HUGE as is the Catalina. These are no ordinary
weekend kits, for to detail one of these to a reasonable standard
will take a long time indeed; perfect material for that 'Winter
kit comes with all the main parts vac-formed on thick, sturdy
plastic sheet; hull halves, wing halves - port and starboard -
tailplane halves, tail fin, engine nacelles and floats, together
with a set of clear mouldings for the canopy and gun turrets. The
modeler provides the rest as the build goes on. Therefore, these
are for 'experienced modelers' only as they will require a great
deal of work building all - or as much of - the internal details as
you wish to show. But, what an end result these will be sitting on
the display shelf!
NEW - JUST OUT...!