I don’t often repair models, but I do make an exception for my 1:72 collection. As my favourite scale, I tend to take extra time with them, so if they ever get broken, I’ll take time to repair the damage. This is my 1:72 Hasegawa F-15E Strike Eagle that I built a few years ago. It was trashed coming back from a show and I couldn’t be bothered to deal with it. Seeing that my mate Drewe is in full-on Eagle mode, I thought I’d repair it and sort its base, his models being a reminder how much I love this aircraft! Being so badly damaged, it’s not perfect, the undercarriage being shot and in need of replacement, but at least it’s back together…
In order to do this, I carefully removed the broken parts and then cleaned the model as much as I could (breaking more parts in the process…) the whole thing being encrusted in dust and dirt during its rather forlorn time on a shelf in the loft. Having done that, the base was stripped, repainted and then the ‘tarmac’ replaced with a section of Uschi Van der Rosten’s airfield tarmac sheet which looks rather more detailed than the sprayed plasticard that I initially used.
So here’s the damaged model being repaired, showing the steps taken. Hopefully they will be self-explanatory enough not to warrant any further discussion, only simple steps being used to bring this model back to life.
I hope you enjoy seeing it being repaired!
See you next time.