by Ron Fulce
Scale: Not stated
This is a labor of love for me. When I was a kid (1980 or so ) I got
the book Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD by Stewart Cowley. I was
fascinated. The author basically took illustrations from artists that
had done Sci Fi book covers, combined the illustrations, and created a
backstory to tie the various pictures together. The main theme was a
war that occurred between Earth, Alpha, and Proxima Centauri.
One of my favorite illustrations was the Alphan ACM 128 Stingray. This
was painted by Colin Hay and originally used on the cover of a
collection of short stories edited by Issac Asimov.
It took me about 30 years to get my skills up to the point where I was
confident enough to attempt this build. The model is basically a bash
of an F-5 A and a Saab Draken. Obviously it is heavily modified. The
only Draken parts are the inner wings. The fuselage of the F-5 has
been completely scratchbuilt from the nose back to get the proper
coutours. Of course the engine compartment was entirely scratched out
of basswood, Evergreen, and various model parts. The vertical
stabilizer is constructed of parts from a Mustang, a Yak, an F-16 and
some other stuff. To create the main hump on the back I used 3
different canopies from some stuff from the parts stash.
Too many various little bits were incorporated to make the little
bumps and such. Both the main guns sticking out from the leading edge
of the wings were done from the 37 mm cannons from a Stuka.
The primary paintjob was done using liquid mask and rattle cans except
for the yellow color (zinc chromate), which I airbrushed. Detail paint. touchups, and weathering were done by hand. The weathering was accomplished with a combination of oils, inks, and
pastels. Decals are, of course, an eclectic mix from the stash.
I have taken some liberties with small details but I think I captured
the original concept well. The backstory is that this is a later, more
advanced model than shown in the artwork so I think I can get away
with the small inconsistencies.