1/72nd scale

DH-88 Grosvenor House

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1/72nd scale DH-88 Grosvenor House

1/72nd scale DH-88 Grosvenor House

1.     I cannot be sure of the scale of this but 1/72nd scale seems right. However, what is more remarkable is the fact that this came out of a box of breakfast cereal. I probably had this kit since I was seven years of age. I don't remember if we had to send-off for it or it came in the cereal box. This was a snap-together kit. Practically a child's toy. I once used it for target practice - with darts.

1/72nd scale DH-88 Grosvenor House

1/72nd scale DH-88 Grosvenor House 1/72nd scale DH-88 Grosvenor House 1/72nd scale DH-88 Grosvenor House 1/72nd scale DH-88 Grosvenor House
2.     After a visit to the Town Museum at Mildenhall I saw pictures and a sample of the fuselage fabric. I became interested and went home to find the various bits of this 'toy'. 3.     I mended all the Dart holes and fabricated an undercarriage and cockpit. I also glazed the cockpit. I got a coat of beautiful Post Box Red Gloss by Humbrol. 4.     I am pretty convinced that this was a good match to the real colour. I got some decals that approximately matched the codes on the pictures. Then I hand painted the rest of the markings. 5.     The Grosvenor House was the name of the Hotel that sponsored this entry in a England to Australia Air Race between the wars. De-Havilland built several DH-88's for the race.
1/72nd scale DH-88 Grosvenor House 1/72nd scale DH-88 Grosvenor House    
6.     The Grosvenor House was the winner. De-Havilland went on to evolve the successful design into the wartime Mosquito. 7.    The DH-88 is a beautiful aircraft. To think I threw darts at it....    

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