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Handmade R.A.F. Plaque

This is a hand made wooden R.A.F. Eagle Squadron 71 Plaque with a 3D crest.

The base was designed and hand made by me out of sapele wood, and the crest itself is made of multiple cut pieces of various woods perfectly fitted and glued together

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Since the Eagle Squadrons were for American crew serving in the R.A.F., the eagle’s wings and body are individually cut from American walnut from Seattle.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

For the keen eyed amongst you, you may notice that the crown on the crest is the King’s Crown rather than the Queen’s Crown since this has been made for an RAF veteran.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

All of the parts were individually cut with a fret/scroll saw including the wings, head body and claws of the eagle. The text on the motto scroll is burned into the wood. the text on the crest is hand painted in gold.

 

The beak & claws took extra precision cutting as they are each less than 1cm square in size and the talons are about 2mm.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

The first plaque base I made was made out of beech wood, and it looked quite nice, but it wasn’t dark enough to contrast with the basswood backing of the eagle on the crest, so I made a new one out of sapele instead.

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

Handmade RAF Plaque by snazzie designz

 

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