1988. I had just joined design school and decided to build a superdetailed paper model. The theme was to be a crashed aircraft and I chose an all time favourite, the Bf 109 in the libyan desert, early forties.
Perfectionists will certainly find details and proportions inaccurate..but it's ok, the pilot survived the crash!!
It is a different mindset to not want to build perfect surfaces, but rather try and imitate crumpled metal and distorted structures. Of course it's a good theme to compensate for parts that don't fit haha. Imagining impact damage on the fuselage and wings, smashed and missing parts, distributing bullet holes generously... and then painting on rust, faded and damaged paintwork, exposed metal and lubricant leaks...
The engine block is made from paper (of course), guitar wire, toothpicks, telephone wire, bits of cork..
The wheels retract! Great fun doing that and then adding on the oil leaks.
The gun barrels were perforated with a clutch pencil and then rolled into a tube. I was so hesitant to bend those propellar blades once I had built them!
The cockpit!! At the top left corner is a photo of the pilot's girlfriend!! Even signed at the back haha..
The guages are actually felt pen cap sections ( for the serrated profile!) and the markings and details are all hand painted. At the back of the instrument panel, the leads and wires connected to the guages are also visible!
Rusted twisted metal...and not to miss, in the right hand image, the inside of the engine cover, dead center, the inverted greasy handprint of the mechanic!!
This model has gained me the reputation of being totally certified mad, by my well wishers. And it was a maniacal joy to build!