Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Eagle Has Landed - Mike Trim Box Art

Don't pay the ransom, we escaped! Sorry its been so long since an update, I'll try and do this more regularly. I (Anthony) have been hard at work writing an original, fully licensed Thunderbirds novel for FTL Publications called "Arctic Adventure!" Not sure exactly when it will be out, but I'll post a link for pre-order as soon as one is added to the publisher's website. In the meantime, why not check out the site and the other original Thunderbirds novels available there at!

But onwards and upwards - literally! Here's a piece of Mike Trim model box art for Hornby of the first Lunar Landing. Mike has this to say about it:

Apollo 11 on the lunar surface, with Armstrong and Aldrin deploying the scientific experiments.  This was view that had never been photographed for obvious reasons and therefore, I though it would make a good choice. 

Here's a link to see the final box design or order the model kit.

Airfix Lunar Landing Model

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Golden Hind - Hornby Box Art Series

Once More 'Round the Horn!

Next up in the box art series is Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind. Mike has this to say: Drake's Golden Hind shown under almost full sail, in good weather.  The original box art for this kit had shown her in action, so I was looking for strong contrast.  

Here's a link to see the final box design or buy the model kit.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Apollo 11, You Are GO for Launch! More Hornby Box Art

Mike says: The Saturn V Rocket, carrying Apollo 11 on its journey to the Moon, shown shortly before the first stage separates.   

What a great piece of art, and a great moment in history. As we approach the final Space Shuttle launch, its great to look back and see where we've been... and where we should return.

As always, here's a link to view the finished box art or order the model kit:

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

HMS Warspite Model Box Art

Sorry for the delay, here's the next box art from Hornby/Airfix! Click on the image to make it bigger.

Mike says: HMS Warspite served in both word wars.  At Jutland, she was hit no fewer than 13 times and later, after extensive modernisation, served with great distinction in the Mediterranean during WW2.  She is depicted take part in the bombardment of the Normandy coast on D- Day in June 1944. 

Here's a link to see the finished box art and buy the model kit!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

TV21 Convention Video - Mike Trim Interview

Here's a shaky but essential hour-and-a-half or so of video shot last October at the Fanderson TV 21 Convention in Bristol. Mike Trim is interviewed at around the 56:30 mark.

Not a very long interview and the audio is a bit poor, but its good to see and hear Mike talk about his time at Century 21 Films under almost any circumstances!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

HMS Iron Duke Model Box Art

Here's the next image in our great Hornby/Airfix box art bonanza!

Mike says: HMS Iron Duke, the flagship of the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet at the 1916 Battle of Jutland.  She is depicted late in the afternoon when the full fleet came into contact with the distant German High Seas Fleet and opened fire at last. 

Here's a link to see the final box design and buy the model kit.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Titanic! Hornby Model Box Art Series

Mike takes on a legend in this painting - the R.M.S Titanic. Sunk by an iceberg on April 15th, 1912, the Titanic is almost certainly the most well known passenger ship in history, and went down with a loss of 1,517 souls.

Mike has this to to say about the image: The Titanic shown early in her tragic maiden voyage.  Everyone else seemed to have depicted her on that fateful night, surrounded by icebergs and lifeboats.  I was looking for an illustration the would set this one apart from the rest.  

I think he succeeded. Below is a link to see the finished box art and order the model kit.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Vickers Wellington Mk 1C - Model Box Art

Third in the Model Box Art Series! Mike has this to say about it:

Vickers Wellington Mk1c, the WW2 bomber designed by Barnes Wallis (of Dambusters Bouncing Bomb fame) which was the mainstay of Bomber Command until the arrival of the big four-engined heavies.  The illustration shows N2980 on her fateful flight in December 1940. Having developed engine trouble she ditched into Loch Ness, although almost all of the crew escaped.  Discovered in 1976 on the bottom of the Loch, she was successfully salvaged in 1985 and is currently being rebuilt.

As always, here's a link to see the finished box and purchase the model.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

USS Thomas Model Box Art - Airfix/Hornby

Here's the next in Mike's box art series, The USS Thomas.

Mike says: "Another flush-deck destroyer, serving as the USS Thomas following the first world war.  Transferred to the Royal Navy as a Town class destroyer, but spent most of the war serving with the exiled Norwegian Navy in the North Atlantic.  Shown on a typical convoy."  

Below is a link to order the kit and view the box art in finished format.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Mike Trim's Airfix Model Kit Box Art Series - HMS Montgomery

In 2010, Mike Trim completed a series of illustrations for Hornby Hobbies, which would find their way onto model kit boxes released by the Airfix Company. I'll try and post a new one at least once a week until I run out.

First up is the HMS Montgomery, above. Mike had this to say about it:
"HMS Montgomery, formally the US Destroyer USS Wickes, she gave her name to a whole class of flush-deckers. Commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1940, she served with distinction escorting numerous convoys with the 7th Escort Group, mainly in the Atlantic. Shown discharging depth charges. As with all the artwork, this was done using Gouache Designer's Colour and coloured pencils."

Here's a link to buy the kit at!