Su­per mod­els

In­tri­cate and de­tailed cre­ations are a labour of love for many

Truro Daily News - - Front Page - BY FRAM DINSHAW

A model-builders show and com­pe­ti­tion high­lighted some amaz­ing works that re­flect the devo­tion of their cre­ators.

ere’s no mis­tak­ing the F-14 Tom­cat.

e iconic jet – the same one used in the Tom Cruise lm Top Gun – was one of many in­tri­cate plas­tic scale mod­els on dis­play at Bi­ble Hill Ju­nior High School, at the Cen­tral Nova Sco­tia Model­ers Scale Model Show and Com­pe­ti­tion Satur­day.

“I wanted to do some­thing spe­cial,” said its builder Mitchell Lepine. “We lost a cou­ple of very spe­cial peo­ple over the last cou­ple of months. One was a 28-yearold young lady who suc­cumbed to leukemia; she was one of our model builders. “My best friend who I had stand by me for 34 years passed on at the be­gin­ning of Au­gust, so I wanted to do a me­mo­rial ight air­craft in their hon­our.”

It took Lepine months to put to­gether his F-14. is in­cluded glu­ing its wings, fuse­lage, land­ing gear and other plas­tic com­po­nents. Its mis­siles were xed onto its un­der­side.

Next, he had to paint it, us­ing his own unique grey­ish camou age scheme – quite di er­ent to what the U.S. Navy used on real air­craft – and nally, ap­ply the mark­ings.

Bet­ter qual­ity F-14 sets have be­come avail­able in more re­cent years, but Lepine said this model kit was the best avail­able in the late 1980s when the movie Top Gun was re­leased. e lm made the F-14 and its fighter pi­lots a pop cul­ture icon around the world.

e F-14, de­ployed in the 1970s, re­mains well known to­day, even af­ter the U.S. Navy re­tired its Tom­cat eet in 2006.

“Every­body that wanted to build Tom­cats wanted to build this,” said Lepine of his cre­ation. “ is one is nos­tal­gic for me, I’ve built four of them in my life­time.”

How­ever, ghter planes were just one of many di er­ent types of scale mod­els on dis­play. Oth­ers in­cluded an­tique cars, Star Wars space­craft, tanks and ar­moured ve­hi­cles, his­tor­i­cal and fan­tasy char­ac­ter gurines and dio­ra­mas. One of the big­gest dio­ra­mas on dis­play was that of a burn­ing fac­tory with a re­boat try­ing to put out the blaze.

Also among the model-mak­ers were 14-year-old Jay­den Par­son­sDauphi­nee and his fa­ther Mike, who to­gether built an en­tire eet of bat­tle­ships and car­ri­ers. Jay­den started mod­el­ing in 2012 for the Ti­tanic sink­ing’s 100th an­niver­sary, when his par­ents bought him model sets of the doomed ocean liner.

“Jay­den’s prob­a­bly got about 50 or 60 mod­els at home that he’s built, a lot of them plas­tic kits, some of them he’s built from scratch, which is out of his own imag­i­na­tion with what­ever ma­te­ri­als that he has around,” said Mike.


It took months for Mitchell Lepine to build and paint his scale model of a U.S. Navy F-14 Tom­cat, the iconic ghter Top Gun movie fame. Given its own unique paint­work, the plas­tic model is del­i­cate and must be han­dled with care. of


A model of a long­ship has an in­ter­est­ing ar­ray of pas­sen­gers.


A Star Wars space­craft ca­pa­ble of in­ter­stel­lar travel.

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