Saturday, September 05, 2015

Wright Winger

Urvish Nawab’s house in Ahmedabad is a show-stopper; passers-by are captivated by replicas of bombers and trainer fighter aircraft from the two world wars in his garden.

Although he has a business of manufacturing high-performance injection moulded plastic products, 53-year-old Nawab takes out time from work to make scaled down aircraft models. He says his mother encouraged him in his hobby, seeing his love for planes, by buying him books on aircraft, chuck-gliders and rubber-powered gliders.

“I started making models as a child. One of my basic models of a Dakota is still part of my collection. As a boy, I spent hours with carpenters working at home or nearby to learn how to fashion solid wood,” he says.

Nawab begins by downloading a professionally designed multi-dimensional plan of the aircraft that he plans to replicate. “Much care goes into measuring and cutting the wood for the frame for my replica. The parts made from wood and other materials have to be cut and shaped according to the dimensions of the aircraft,” he explains.

After assembling, painting, lacquering and other surface finishing work is done so that it is a fairly accurate replica of the original. “I go into a lot of detail. A person looking at one of my replicas with a magnifying glass was surprised to find that I had stuck a printed version of the original warning sign at the exact place where it was in the original plane. It can take days to make a single replica,” he adds.
05/09/15 Anil Mulchandani/New Indian Express
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