Scratchbuilt: Superdetailed B-24 Liberator

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Scratchbuilt: Superdetailed B-24 Liberator

Without going all the way out on a limb, I’ll borrow language from my first scratchbuilt post and suggest that polish master modeler Andrzej Ziober is producing work that is approaching “the limits a single modeler can achieve,” using conventional scale modeling techniques and technologies, in the field of 1/72 scale aircraft. He has not produced many of these models, because each of them takes about five years of work, at about five hours of work a day. Mr. Ziober makes a living by writing about models and model-making in the Polish press, and much of his own published work is not available in English. The feature about him over at The Internet Craftsmanship Museum, however, is a pretty good place for English-speakers to start.

All of Andrzej’s models are built from scratch. He often favors setting them in semi-formal “repair” dioramas to show off their minute internal details, and, for whatever reasons, seems to dislike photographing the completed models with real-world objects to establish scale. For your mental reference, however, a 1/72 scale B-24 should have a wingspan just a shade over 18 inches.

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