Motörhead celebrates 'Bomber' 40th anniversary with Heinkel Bomber model

News 05/09/2019

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Motörhead's 'Bomber' album, British model kit maker, Airfix has announced a limited edition of its Heinkel He 111 H-6 bomber model.

The bomber model will have Motörhead decals and comes in a custom box. You can check out pictures of the model plane below.

Artist Adrian Chesterman used the Airfix Heinkel kit in 1979 as his muse while creating the Bomber album sleeve artwork that features Lemmy Kilmister, 'Fast' Eddie Clarke and 'Philthy' Animal Taylor cruising on the German WWII bomber.

When you work realistically, you've got to have a realistic reference

"Lemmy, himself a collector of WWII memorabilia, insisted the plane be German," Airfix stated on their website. "I suggested the Heinkel plane," Chesterman noted. 

"They wanted this photo-realistic effect, so I designed the thing with the detached bomb coming towards you. 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."

Airfix recalled that the artwork made such an impression that the band had insisted on a "remarkable 40-foot Heinkel replica" as a stage prop for their famed Bomber tour. Chesterman said that it was the "most famous cover" he has ever created.

Available for pre-order now, the 1:72 scale kit includes 180 parts and is estimated to take two hours to build.