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Ramon's flying high

PUBLISHED: 17:47 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 05 July 2010

A HIGH flying modeller has struck gold at an international competition with his model of a German aircraft.

Ramon Wilson, who is chairman of the Oulton Broad Scale Model Group since 2006, won a gold medal in the 1/48th scale aircraft (detailed) category at the annual Scale Modelworld competition at the International Conference Centre, in Telford.

A HIGH flying modeller has struck gold at an international competition with his model of a German aircraft.

Ramon Wilson, who is chairman of the Oulton Broad Scale Model Group since 2006, won a gold medal in the 1/48th scale aircraft (detailed) category at the annual Scale Modelworld competition at the International Conference Centre, in Telford.

He also won the Jim Howard Trophy, which is awarded for the best example of a seaplane across all the categories.

It was the third year that Mr Wilson had entered the competition, which attracts entrants from all over the world. He had been successful at the competition before, winning gold and silver for models of tanks, and this year he also won a bronze medal in the 1/35 scale AFV post WWll (detailed) category.

However, it was the first time that he had won a highly coveted aircraft award.

“The aircraft award is especially rewarding as this is always strongly contested to a very high standard,” said Mr Wilson, 64, who lives in Broadland Close, Worlingham. “This was my third attempt, previous ones being totally unsuccessful. The aircraft classes are the heaviest subscribed.”

His winning model was a German second world war Junkers JU 52 twin engine transport aircraft, which he built from a photograph in a book.

Mr Wilson first painted the model with aluminium paint and went over it with a dark green camouflage, and then to create a weathered effect he went over the underlying layers with whitewash.

The model was modified from a standard kit, and includes a fully detailed cockpit and extensive detail both inside and out. The floats are a further addition, which again have been considerably modified and detailed, and alone took Mr Wilson two and a half weeks to make.

The whole aircraft took from November last year to April this year to complete.

For further details on the Oulton Broad Scale Model Group telephone Mr Wilson on 01502 714905.

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