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#715 Snowy Finds a Ride

My Hergé fanfic for the @justmakingconversation Great Tarp Build featuring the Dora Wings Percival Proctor & Vega Gull in 1:72 (no electronics in this one)



I went on a shopping spree with Dora Wings last year and picked up the Percival Proctor & Vega Gull combo set (amongst other goodies).

I loved doing the Bellanca Pacemaker, but it took me a while to get around to the Percivals.

Although they never featured in a Tintin adventure, I always thought they would have, if only Hergé had more time for another few adventures.

Ideas started to gel when pondering what to build for the Just Making Conversation “Great Tarp Build”.

The Kit

The Dual Combo Percival Proctor & Vega Gull Military Sevice Dora Wings No. DW7202D 1:72 is just a re-packaging of the kits:

These are gorgeous and uncommon subjects, but the kits are definitely “short-run”:

Paint Scheme - Percival Proctor Mk.III

Scheme: Percival Proctor Mk.III Royal Danish Air Force, Karup airfield, Denmark 1946/47.

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
Camo 1 Dark Green FS34092   H64
Camo 2 Dark Earth FS30118   H72
Interior Grey Green FS34226   H73
fuselage lower yellow   H4 + H30

Paint Scheme - Percival Vega Gull military service

Scheme: Percival P-10 Vega Gull. Requisitioned by the Belgian Government 19.9.1939 during the “Drole de Guerre”

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
fuselage light gray   H61 with H325 overspray filter
Interior Grey Green FS34226   H73

Build Log

Building the Percival Proctor

build01a build01b

Very comical;-/ Thankfully the figure is barely visible in the final build;-)


The fit is “ok-ish” but I didn’t take too much trouble to clean up seams and joins

build01d build01e build01f build01g

A visit to the proctologist, and the Percival Proctor is ready to mount in-flight


Building the Percival Vega Gull

Mistake: I realise I build the seat layout for the Proctor instead.

build02a build02b build02c build02d build02e build02f build02g build02h

And that’s the Percival Vega Gull ready for action..


The Finished Planes

build03a build03b

Building the Diorama Base

Our heroes got repurposed from a Chicago Taxi 1:43 model from


Constructing a hanger/club workshop on an irregular base of hi-density foam.


Planning the scene..


Working up the base detail (just don’t look inside the hanger - details TBD!)


Snowy could never pass a tarp without conducting his own investigation… my Hergé fanfic for the @justmakingconversation Great Tarp Build 😁

Features the Percival Proctor & Vega Gull in 1:72 from @dorawings - a fantastic little combo. I think these are some of Dora’s earlier short-run kits, so they take a little effort, but the reward is to get these glorious and uncommon subjects.

Not my first Dora Wings kit, not my last! I loved doing the Bellanca Pacemaker; next up I think I’ll be reaching for the Savoia-Marchetti S.55.. Dora are a real gift for the modeller that wants something a little off the beaten path. @chris.meddings got Eugen from Dora Wings to share his passion for modelling and subject selection on Models From Ukraine podcast Episode 9, and there’s a review of their new P-47 on youtube (search for “@ModelsforUkrainePodcast”). Go check it out!

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Credits and References

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This page is a web-friendly rendering of my project notes shared in the LEAP GitHub repository.

LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.