Stuart Harris in enterprising modeller has created a large – very large - (1/24th) scale Blackburn Buccaneer from scratch in a resin/plastic mix for himself – and now he is making them available for sale to the general public!
Working from the website http://buccaneermodels.moonfruit.com/ Stuart is going to produce the 1/24th scale Buccaneer as a limited edition. He will be producing a very limited number of finished models each year and will allocate a number as sets of parts for modellers who wish to build their own Buccaneer.
This is not a factory produced wooden desktop caricature, it is a 1/24th scale model produced from resin plastic. It is carefully researched, detailed and accurate, capturing the subtle and graceful contours which make the Buccaneer such an iconic design. It is a large model, 780mm long, airbrakes partially extended, and has a wingspan of 556mm with the wings extended. The wings can be modelled open or folded, as can the airbrakes and canopy.
Each model takes around 350 hours to complete. These are completely unique 1/24th scale models, not available anywhere else, and represent the culmination of 1700 hours of work preparing masters and moulds to enable this short production run. They are available in any colour scheme requested, with the airframe modifications appropriate to the individual Buccaneer at a specific point in its history and would make an excellent exhibit for a museum, as a gift for someone who flew or worked on these magnificent aircraft, or simply as a unique collector’s item.
Stuart will be happy to produce the Buccaneer as a custom built model in any colour scheme and with the appropriate modifications for the individual aircraft at a particular point in its history. Completed, detailed and painted models cost £900 plus p&p - there is currently a 10 week waiting list.
Due to the interest and demand this project has generated, a limited number of sets of parts will be available in the near future at around £160 to £200, depending on production costs, plus p&p. But please be aware that as this was never intended as a commercial kit, it will be a challenging build, and only suited to very experienced modellers.
For more information on this model and to contact Stuart on his website go to http://buccaneermodels.moonfruit.com/