You Can Now Get An Airfix Model Of Motörhead’s Bomber
This October marks the 40th anniversary of Motörhead’s iconic third album Bomber. An absolute rock’n’roll classic from start to finish, raging through Dead Men Tell No Tales, Stone Dead Forever, Sharpshooter and (of course) the rollocking title track.
To celebrate four decades of Bomber, Airfix have created a limited number of planes inspired by the album cover.
The now infamous artwork shows the three members of Motörhead (Lemmy, Philthy and Fast Eddie) inside the cockpit of a Heinkel during the Blitz. As a renowned collector of WW2 memorabilia, Lemmy insisted the plane be German.
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“I suggested the Heinkel plane,” says album cover illustrator Adrian Chesterman. “They wanted this photo-realistic effect, so I designed the thing with the detached bomb coming towards you.”
He adds: “I worked in airbrush in black and white, which I would then tint. That’s why my work always looked very doomy. To get the lighting right, I got a little Airfix kit of a Heinkel 111, made it up and sprayed it black.
“When you work realistically, you’ve got to have a realistic reference.”
The artwork was so striking and impressive that Motörhead insisted on a 40ft Heinkel replica to hang above their heads on their legendary Bomber tour.
“It’s the most famous cover I’ve ever done.”
In July, Motörhead announced two 1979-era box sets of the Bomber and Overkill albums. The 40th anniversary sets are packed with exclusive live recordings, unseen photos, plus a bunch of other memorabilia. They’re available to pre-order now.
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