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Roger Holden

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  1. Another nice result Michael. I like your thorough approach to studying your subject, which matches my own. Unfortunately there are no short-cuts to building accurate models.
  2. Eberspacher's drawing is of various versions of Winnie Mae and included (in a very small form), in the NASM Winnie Mae book. Think it also has some faults. Wylam's drawing is ok as a starting point as it gets the basics correct, but some of the secondary aspects are incorrect like the wheel/pants size and ailerons.
  3. Thanks Tim, Never knew they were like that ! But note that the Dora Wings Vega (like the 1/72 MPM one), is based on Wylam's drawings which incorrectly show too-small 30x5 wheels rather than the correct 32x6. Knowing that, it really sticks out when I see photos of both models built.
  4. The registration letters are definitely not white, but some intermediate shade, possibly with a white outline. There's a small photo in the Air-Britain Miles Aircraft book. It's very difficult to be sure which parts are green and red, but probably not AZ's choice....
  5. Carlos, Many of AZ's recent kits seem to be lifted off unavailable resin kits. In the case of the Hawk Major, there was an old Czech kit produced by Alliance Models I suspect may be the origin. Those parts are certainly poor.....the aerofoil section of the wing looks like it's on upside down ! And the decals for the vintage civil subjects they provided are just as inaccurate as the parts. Nothing usable there ! Fwiw the SBS kit (ex-Plastic Passion) doesn't look much better, with a too shallow fuselage and too long landing gear....
  6. Thanks Colin. Yes, I have a passion for the history, too and like to convey some of that....
  7. Village Photos is finished, I'm afraid. Need to find another hosting site, like I did (Imgur). It's my 4th different hosting site, since I started posting stuff here, 3 yrs ago.
  8. Thanks for your kind comments, gents ! All the surfaces are covered with very thin plastic sheet, embossed on the inside surface with a sharp object ( scriber, fine ball pen,etc). Basically the method 'pioneered' by Harry Woodman in his classic 1970s book ' Scale Model Aircraft in Plastic Card'. I read that book as a teenager and have been using the techniques I learned there ever since, sometimes with my own 'tweaks'.
  9. Thank you Michael ! Your work is pretty special, too. Plus, we share a passion for the history/context of our models and good aviation books.... Thanks, Joachim ! Yes, my projects usually require me to be most of the above. Most people think of Fieseler in connection with the Storch, but he was much more than that..... Well keep at it Steve ! Us scratch builders are a fairly rare breed, nowadays.. Thanks Keith ! Got a few older models to post, which I'll get around to in due course.
  10. Germany’s Gerhard Fieseler was one of the most important figures in the history of aerobatics. He dominated the formative era of European competition aerobatics from 1926-34, a period which saw it evolve into a disciplined sport, in which a series of pre-determined figures were performed and given scores by judges, according to degree of difficulty and precision of execution. Aerobatic competition was the second phase of Fieseler’s remarkable aviation career. He began as a fighter pilot in WW1, where he became the top scoring fighter ace in the Turkish theatre with 19 victories, where he acquired the nickname ‘Tiger of Macedonia’. Some of his victories were scored in second-rate types like the Roland DII, which perhaps gives some indication of his proficiency as a pilot. After the war, he became involved in sporting aviation, one of the few fields left open to German pilots after the limitations imposed by the Versailles Treaty. He was test pilot for the small Raab-Katzenstein company and flew modified versions of their sporting biplanes in his early contests, winning the German aerobatic championship 4 times in the late 20s/ early 30s, as well as performing at demonstrations throughout Europe. A significant factor in this success was his pioneering development of an inverted fuel system which permitted sustained inverted flight and negative ‘g’ manoeuvres. By the early 30s, Raab-Katzenstein was experiencing financial difficulties, so he decided to strike out on his own and build a new aircraft, optimised for aerobatics. To that end, he used his competition winnings to acquire a small maker of sailplanes in his home town of Kassel, along with the services of their designer, Emil Arnolt. The Fieseler F2 Tiger was the result, the first aircraft in the world designed specifically for aerobatics. It had an extremely robust structure, designed for the highest ‘g’ manoeuvres, but was consequently heavy and needed more power than was available from the low-powered German engines, leading him to select a 400 hp Czech Walter Pollux. The plane had marginal stability about all 3 axes and Fieseler refused to allow any other pilot to fly it on safety grounds. A cramped second cockpit behind the pilot was incorporated, in which Fieseler’s trusty mechanic rode with him to events across Europe, with his legs wedged on either side of the pilot’s seat. Another interesting innovation was the ‘sunburst’ marking used on the top wing, known at the time as ‘Fieselerstreifen’ (= Fieseler’s stripes) and widely copied by aerobatic or sporting aircraft the world over, ever since.... Fieseler used the Tiger to great effect, winning the 1932 & 33 German aerobatics championships, the 1933 European championship and finally, the crowning achievement of his career, the first World Aerobatics Championship held in Vincennes, France, in June 1934. His main competition in the international events came from Frenchmen Marcel Doret and Michel Detroyat, whom he usually managed to narrowly beat. After this victory, he announced his retirement from aerobatic competition to concentrate on aircraft manufacture, the final phase of his career, which lead eventually to his best-known creations the Storch and V-1 flying bomb. The F2 Tiger was retired to a museum in Berlin, which it occupied with many historic German aircraft from WW1 and the pioneer era. All were sadly destroyed by RAF bombing in November 1943. Some nice films of the Tiger in action are seen here, with Fieseler executing some of his hallmark manoeuvres. Good also to hear the rather rare Walter engine : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFl0pGVWmwk https://digital.tcl.sc.edu/digital/collection/MVTN/id/685/rec/307 Here is my 1/72 model in its 1933 season markings, scratchbuilt (apart from the modified resin engine) in plastic sheet. It's a small model, with a wingspan of around 4.5 in (11cm) : Some WiPs: Walter Pollux IId and Schwarz propeller: Fieseler and mechanic :
  11. Indeed, which of course makes sense as it was operated on behalf of Imperial Airways, who had that colour scheme at the time. I think the red assumption came from the fact it was a De Havilland hire aircraft which was leased and retained their dark red colour scheme, but probably it got repainted.
  12. The Azur brand is finished, since the retirement of its proprietor, Jose Fernandez. The FRROM Azur brand continues, but is different people, AFAIK.
  13. Agreed, J-W. The 1933 Madrid-Manila flight by Fernando Rein-Loring was one of the greatest made by a Swift and it would be nice to have those markings.
  14. Definitely not Moa, or one of his followers. He builds 30 models in the time it takes me to build one. Our modelling philosophies are as far apart as our politics....
  15. Looks like they hired 'A' Model's 'B' team to make the moulds and the marketing dept from Eastern Express to set the prices ...
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