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  1. And so to business Straightforward assembly of the cockpit and the gorgeously detailed engine, and painting of both. So far so good, the first problems occur when trying to fit both assemblies to the fuselage. I think the engine might well be the root of most of the D.VII's problems. The multipart Mercedes is almost certainly a scale replica. As such, its not going to fit within the excessive thickness of an injection moulded cowling. I can envisage a situation where Roden's design people realised this, and compensated by making each of fuselage halves (moulded on their own sp
  2. So what is the collective opinion of Roden's DV.II? Reviews and other builders experiences have suggested the following The lower wing doesn't fit the fuselage The fuselage is too long The fuselage is too wide The engine doesn't fit The radiator doesn't fit The axle wing is not wide enough There are some consistent moulding flaws and a rather sweeping 'nothing fits' It's almost an offputting list, and the question arises again - why not build Eduard's version(s) instead? Eduard go down the alternative route of including t
  3. Its taken me a long time to commit to my first work in progress, and have have to state now that my usual rate of progress is at best stately, at worst 'still life' So it would be sensible to start with something relatively straightforward. At lest that's what I told myself. But I didn't listen, and instead decided to take the challenging path, namely: There have been several excellent built examples of Roden's small scale D.VII shown in the ready for inspection section here, from the the descriptions no one was in too much of a hurry to repea
  4. Sometimes we need to take the easy route - another lockdown wasn't going to give me any more time for challenging' projects, so why not start the year with something foolproof in its simplicity. Things don't come much more reliably straightforward than the Airfix Mk.I Spitfire, A relaxing build, everything fits as it should, with only a tiny amount of filler used for the lower cowling and fuselage/rear wing joint. Decals are from Xtradecals X72117 Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary sheet, representing K9899 LO-H of 602 Squadron, based at Drem, East Lothian in early June 1940. Apparen
  5. It might be a tad heavier than before with the new resin extremities, but it does go to show that the 'one before last' Airfix Spitfire was basically very good in outline, if a bit unsophisticated in details. The quality of rescribing from the original refurbishment is rather impressive. Jonathan
  6. That's absolutely sublime. And to keep everything so straight during the rigging is an incredible feat. Jonathan
  7. Most of us are familiar with the term 'limited run' and its connotations for more challenging builds. So presumably the opposite would be 'unlimited' run, and Revell's venerable Sopwith Triplane as been in and out of production for more than 55 years. For most of that time is was the only option for 1/72, until the advent of 21st Century versions from Kora. If its age should command some respect, this is tempered by the mould being absolutely shot, sharpness must have gone long ago, and oddly most parts seem shrunken. The kit must have repaid its investment many times over my now, so ought to
  8. Thanks everyone for their kind comments I would reiterate the S&M Viscount has an unjustified reputation as being difficult or inaccurate. The engineering is sound, and everything fits together pretty well. As regards accuracy, the one tweak that makes all the difference to the overall appearance is to flatten and the angle of the top top front of the cockpit. Two minutes with a sanding stick to introduce a bit more curvaceousness is time very well spent. Reshaping the nose and adding an extra 1mm to the nosewheel leg are secondary. Of course, a desirable extra woul
  9. That's very nice indeed - and perfectly straight and aligned rigging. Looks lovely. Jonathan
  10. Commercial aircraft are not my usual fayre, but a change is as good as a rest (and the horrors of Eastern Express's original Boing 737 have faded from memory). There must be literally thousands of S and M's Viscount 800 in circulation, and whilst crude in places, they are easily improved and offer a nice canvas for the multitude of aftermarket decals available. This one is adorned with Classic-Airlines offering, a personal nice reminder of 1970s departures from East Midlands Airport for holidays in the Channel Islands and slightly more exotic locations. Nose reshaped with Milliput, o
  11. 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......
  12. 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.
  13. 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 whe
  14. 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
  15. That's a fantastic build and finish of a rarely modelled aeroplane. The linen effect on the underside of the wings is lovely.
  16. The quality of the rescribing alone is incredible - especially if the curves have been done freehand, but the entire module looks fantastic.
  17. 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 c
  18. Ologist

    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 s
  19. 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
  20. That's a beautifully finished model, in a really attractive scheme. The rigging looks really good too.
  21. 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
  22. 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
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