I was a member of 56 Squadron for 18 months in the late 70's / early
80's. This was possibly the best time of my service life.
Working with the 'Tomb' was a great pleasure. Watching them
take off and land never failed to leave me in awe. So in the late 1990's
I thought it was about time I made a Tomb from that era, in the camouflage
scheme that was the RAF before the greys got in!
The kit of course is the Hasegawa 1:48 FGR2, with the refuelling
probe from a Hi-Tech kit and some resin wheels. All other bits were
The Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) is from PP Aeroparts, now Flightpath.
The cockpit was tackled first using my photo's and the excellent
Verlinden book. The seat had extra detail from plastic card and seat
belts from the Reheat set. I decided to open the APU feed door for the
APU connection, add brake lines and have the parachute housing open.
This configuration means she has just landed, the probe out indicated to
the engineers that she was broken as well!
After construction was complete I sprayed a panel lines black, then
after marking out the camouflage lines in pencil, I sprayed every panel
individually. This is a time consuming task but well worth it for the
Decals were applied using my normal method of immersing the decals in
Johnson's Kleer and placing them onto matt paint (see my Israeli F15I
for further details). Everything was then oversprayed with Xtracolour
The APU took longer to build than the Tomb as there was lots of brass
folding and small paints to handle. One of my old colleges sent down a
56 Squadron badge to add to the base, there was a fire extinguisher, but
it didn't survive a resent move!
At the IPMS Nationals that year I won my class and the Phantom SIG
trophy. Next is a II Squadron Aircraft with a recce pod from RAF
Laarbruch in Germany, but that's another story!
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