1:32 Airbrush Civilian De Havilland ICM Kit Review And Build Kits, Reviews 'n' Builds Model Airplane International Showcase Trainer


Having wanted to build the classic Matchbox kit for decades, I've finally built this aircraft in a large scale thanks to a kit released not in 1980, but in 2021...

I really loved building this model and would definitely have a go at another one.

Here is my build of the recently released, ICM 1/32 kit.

This was a bit of a labour of love, so I tried to create as detailed a model as I could against the deadline that was set for it. The details and colours were added and applied using a full set of photographs that were available of the actual aircraft I chose to replicate (see link below for further details). The cockpit was scratchbuilt to recreate a more accurate, modern layout, the engine was detailed and then where possible, the exterior was reworked with tiny details to improve what was supplied. As a change of pace, I then replicated G-ANEM, a Tiger Moth that can be seen in the skies over the UK, the markings all being applied thanks to custom masks cut by Jonathan Mock. Thanks mate!

There are definitely areas that I could have improved, but time has finally caught up with me. Despite that, I really loved building this model and would definitely have a go at another one. I hope you like it as well!

Online References

For more information on the real aircraft, please visit Toni Clarke’s website where you find plenty of pictures of this superb aircraft!


Kit Availability


And There’s More!

If you would like to read the complete article on this kit and my approach to building the model that you see here, please take a look at the April 2021 edition of Model Airplane International magazine. Back issues are available if you click on the following link to the Doolittle Media website:


I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!

2 comments on “A DREAM FULFILLED

  1. Russell Niles

    Beautiful job as always Spence. Good work.


  2. Excellent work, truly a work of art.


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