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Spring cleaning

1/72 Heller T-33

by Josip Žagar


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This is my 2nd attempt at creating an aircraft diorama. I named it "Spring cleaning" because it depicts a very possible scene from April in the early 1970s, when Yugoslavia's "RV i PVO" ( air force and antiaircraft defence ) finally started to receive domestic jet aircraft ( SOKO G-2 Galeb ), which ultimately replaced obsolete Thunderjets as fighter bombers and T-33s as jet trainers, while Soviet built MiG-21s replaced the remaining D Sabres as fighters.

The story is simple:  

An old unflyable T-33, which has been gathering bird droppings for several years, is finally ready to meet it's doom along with the rest of US delivered junk from the 1950s. Three conscript soldiers are gathering junk under a watchful eye of an officer and all 4 are being watched by a crow.

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It all started with an obsolete model kit which accidentally ended with a fogged up canopy. As the finished model was crude, canopy nontransparent and overall appearance being incompatible with my latest jewels, I decided to make the most of it but in a different way.

The T-33 is a 1:72 Heller kit from the 1980s, decals are from Lift Here, figures are from an Airfix BoB ground set and the rest are leftovers from Italeri C-47 and JU-52, Academy F-84 and F-86 etc...Mini railway grass was used on a plywood saucer as a base and the very prominent crow was handmade from UHU tac and painted black.

Paints were from Model Master and Gunze and burnt umber and black dry pastels were used for weathering effect.

I hope you like it ! 


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Photos and text © by Josip Žagar

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