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  1. A model that is started and finished in the same calendar year is a notable event for me, the fact I've only taken three months over this must define it as a quickbuild. Mac Distributions Fokker D.VII (OAW). Purchased in Prague for 245Kc according to the sticker on the box, the equivalent of £7.80 at present exchange rates, Hannants has this in stock for exactly twice this price. It must have lived in the stash for 14 years, as I've only ever been to Prague once, an unforgettable trip, luggage didn't arrive until 24 hours after us, broke a toe on the first evening...... Anyway, the kit. Strange mix of good and poor features, it goes together quite straightforwardly, has a small PE included, but this was seriously over-etched, the seatbelts would have been little more than an inch wide if scaled up. No aileron or elevator control horns, the machine guns are awful (and have been replaced). Disappointingly none of the seven decal schemes offered can be built out of the box, the engine cowling features the multiple small louvres of mid-production OAW D.VIIs, but all those offered were of the earlier batches with either a few tall louvres, or none at all. Even worse, there is no lozenge decal included, which the instructions cheerfully skip over. This one using Aviattic cookie-cut four colour lozenge, and the individual markings and crosses are those of Vzflgmstr Franz Mayer of MFJ III from FCM decals of Brazil. Photos of the real thing show the fuselage crosses as being much lighter than the black of the diagonal bars, it could be grey, but it does match the tone of the nose and wheel covers, hence the guess of yellow here.
  2. I can't take too much credit for the canopy painting. After about three days of trying to cut Tamiya tape masks (the canopy still bears a couple of scars) I discovered Pmask do a set specifically designed for this model. My relief cost a mere £2.40 from Hannants.
  3. A reasonable person might thing that the imposition of 'working from home' would be an ideal opportunity for starting one of those big modelling projects. No travelling time? Lunch breaks at the workbench. At least for me, its turned out to be the opposite. It seems to take far longer to get work things done than it used to, and I'm now in need of a new laptop battery. But, a few minutes here and there have enabled be to finish a couple of things that were being overlooked, including Tamiya's original A6M2 from the best part of half a century ago. It says a lot for the quality of the model when first released that it holds up quite well these days. This one has a True Details cockpit set, obtained very cheaply at a show, substituted for the somewhat hypothetical Tamiya offering. Its meant for the Hasegawa version, but fits the Tamiya one with minimal modification. Decals by Eagle Strike (wot no data panel?), over Nick Millman's recipe of a mix 50% each of Gunze Sangyo H70 RLM02 and H336 Hemp Village Photos deny the existence of my account, so first use of Microsoft One Drive for photo posting. Let's see how well it works
  4. Roden also seems to be quite competent when it comes to research and their kit 025 is quite correct in having no louvres on the cowlings. Jasta 15 was an early recipient of the D.VII, (June 1918) and received a batch of early Fokker built aircraft, which lacked the louvres. The well known photo of Berthold's plane shows the typical Fokker streaking on the forward fuselage. Jonathan
  5. That's a fantastic build and finish of a rarely modelled aeroplane. The linen effect on the underside of the wings is lovely.
  6. The quality of the rescribing alone is incredible - especially if the curves have been done freehand, but the entire module looks fantastic.
  7. Whilst the numerous small 'semi-circular' were unique to OAW built Fokker D.VIIs, they were only one stage of the development of the cowling louvre pattern of OAW's output. The Windsock Anthology relates this to mid-production, the earliest production having no louvres, then one two or three tall louvres each side appearing. The final version (serial numbers 6300-6649/18 and 8300/18 onwards) had multiple tall louvres on each side. Eduard seem to have it right - all of the marking options seem to be from the later batches. Most of the D.VIIs which ended up in American hands after the war came from new unissued stocks, the centre spread of Anthology 2 has a wonderfully clear photograph of new OAW D.VIIs of what appear to be the 86XX series at Romorantin after the Armistice, clearly showing the louvre pattern. All appear to have identical radiators, but show slight variations in the painting of the mauve lozenges on the green cowlings. More intriguing is the one aircraft which has the mauve and green division of the axle wing opposite to the norm, and the mix of 4 and 5 colour lozenge within the batch. Jonathan
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    WW1 paints

    I'm in complete agreement with Paul Thomspon and Limeypilot - get the thinning right and they are a joy to spray, and although initially a bit translucent they stand multiple layering when wet. Like Paul, I add a little future which certainly makes them more resilient when dry. Difficult to give an amount to add, because they have variable viscosities in the bottle, but as a rule of thumb, 50% paint, 30% water and 20% Future works well for me. I've tried other specific acrylic thinners, but none gives as good a finish as using water. Its just a shame that Albion Alloys no longer seems to sell them Jon
  9. The probably impossible to find nowadays Americal Gryphon sheet 117 on No 1 Squadron RFC/RAF featured a number of British Nieuports, including six Nieuport 17s and three 27s. It was a product of its time though, and as with most Americal sheets, suffered from poor resolution of the black printing, and used a rather odd French blue/dull red combination for the roundels. As ever with AG the information book was very informative, if lacking in references. Regards Jon
  10. That's a beautifully finished model, in a really attractive scheme. The rigging looks really good too.
  11. Once upon a time, well, in 2016 anyway, there was the Airliners III group build...... Despite never having built an airliner before, I decided this was going to be my first group build contribution. In a triumph of enthusiasm, naivety and recklessness, I entered late on with an Eastern Express Boeing 737-300. The group build archive documents my attempts to force the warped fuselage and wings into reasonable shapes, but it was inevitable that I would eventually run out of time. For the past year the model and I have had occasional interactions, with long periods of rest and recuperation in between, but finally, having fought me all the way, I've reached the point where I can declare the thing complete. Even the painting, given that its such a simple scheme, took far too long, learning that Humbrol Clear over Halfords Appliance White is a no-no, and that DBI Boeing grey goes on beautifully and simply, but comes off with equal ease. The paint scheme is a bit of an oddity, and represents G-GDFB in the transition livery it wore in 2011 when it became part of the Jet2 fleet having previously served with Aegean Airlines. Decals are from Britmodeller's own RICHW, and gave refreshingly little trouble. Apologies for the makeshift photographic set up, all white models are a bit of a challenge. Would I do another Eastern Express 737? Absolutely.........not. Jon
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    Worst model quality?

    An RPM 1/72 Beriev Be-4 bought for about the price of a pint had me thinking sadly about the pint I could have bought instead. Jon
  13. I'd been pondering how to approach the streaks for anything larger than 1/72 - I don't think decals would be convincing in the larger scales. Viking's method looks absolutely spot-on, and demonstrates both the regularity of streaks, but also the subtleties and nuances of the overall effect. I'm certainly keen to have a go a this technique. I had missed the fact that Aviattic do non-cookie cut streaking decals, and these certainly look worthy successors to the Gunsight Graphics sheets (these are transparent, so the underlying natural or doped linen colour will be apparent). The tailoring of streak angle and density to different parts of the airframe will be very helpful - the GG sheet is printed as three 9.5" x 2.6" strips, and it is possible to find the part with the right pattern, but it can be wasteful. Time to consider another Triplane or two I think. Jon
  14. Partly as a means of testing my new Village Photos account, I thought I'd come back to this thread. I was lucky enough to get a couple of sheets of Gunsight Graphics 1/72 Fokker streak decals, and tried them for the first time a few months ago on the Revell DrI. In this scale I think they work pretty well, they do need a bit of a olive green wash to tone down the harshness of the streaks, and mask the very slight pixelation apparent. I'd be very happy to use these again in this scale, and the layout of the sheet allows the streaking pattern characteristic of individual triplanes to be reproduced to some extent, which may not be possible with Aviattic's cookie cut version. Other markings are a combination of the original kit and Pheon. Jon
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