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  1. Hope this is the correct forum.


    I am looking for a guide to masking off the division between the upper and lower wing surfaces for airbrushing, initially on a 1/72 Spit. Should I just put masking tape on "sideways" around the wing edges, or would that bleed? Also, sometimes the upper surface colour "wraps around" the wing edge to the underside, so how to tackle that?


    Any other tips I should be aware of?





  2. On 10/03/2021 at 11:31, AWFK10 said:

    One of the "Airfields and Airmen" paperbacks by Mike O'Connor in the Battleground Europe series of WW1 battlefield guides might help? The one I've got to hand is the volume covering the Somme area, which has three contemporary photos of Vert Galand aerodrome and several photos of Bertangles (including one of the Nissen hut that housed the Officers' Mess and another of bell tents). There are copies currently on Abe Books for under a tenner.  However, here are a few photos on line:


    This well known shot is one of the Vert Galand photos. The farm building behind the tents is still there. Here's the armoury.


    Some photos of 3 Sqn AFC, including an RE8 being serviced in a Bessonneau hangar (with the assistance of someone's kitchen table, I hope they asked first!).


    16 Sqn's hangars.

    Thanks, that's really useful

  3. Thanks Black Knight, I would have acknowledged your response earlier but I don't seem to get notifications of replies for some reason.


    Period will be 1917-1918 so your info is in the right time-frame.







  4. Hi all,


    Quick plea for info; I would like to build a little diorama on which to place some 1/48th British aircraft. I have been searching on the 'net for some pictures shewing hangers, pilot accommodation (tents) etc, but all I seem to be able to find is pictures of aircraft.


    Any suggestions, please? 

  5. On 12/02/2021 at 22:57, Black Knight said:

    Its a 1950s Merit tooling and needs lots of work on it, The markings are moulded onto the wings and fuselage.

    I remember kits like that when I was very young. I always thought of Airfix as being the "gold standard" back then. Things have changed and I am surprised that kits with markings moulded on are still being sold. I suppose if the particular aircraft isn't represented in any other manufacturers range it might be worth buying one though.


    Thanks for the warning.

  6. I am in the process of building my first (well, for about 46 years, so, same thing really) model aircraft and I have a couple of questions about spraying suitable acrylic paint.


    I have built some model railway wagons and have sprayed using Vallejo model air with some success, using a badger velocity airbrush.


    I had a look at the colour requirements for the model (Eduard Fokker Dr.1 1/48 weekend edition) and first of all the colour references seem to be for Gunze or Mission models. I set about looking up equivalent colours in Vallejo model air. To my dismay I find that none of the colours I have in stock are the ones I need to use now, so I went to a local shop to buy some and they only had Humbrol enamels or Vallejo model colours, so I came home empty handed.


    I will obviously need to buy all the paints on the list so that got me wondering if it would be better to buy the paints as listed on the instructions sheet, but I wanted to get some input first.


    I know we all have our favourite brands, but I have been happy with Vallejo model air thus far, it sprays nicely, it doesn't really smell, and is reasonably cheap. But, I am aware that others may know better so, is it a case of "stick with what you know", or, "No, there are far better makes of paint out there which would suit far better"


    Another question, is it better to brush paint metallics?





  7. 17 hours ago, RC Boater Bill said:

    No matter what you pick, keep in mind there’s no rule saying you have to do every cable and wire!

    I was reading the WNW site earlier and made note of the comment "don't bother with turnbuckles as they are usually overscale and coloured paint is quite effective" and I think that I will take that advice for now. 

    I am going to start with the Dr.1, then the Nieuport 11, then, well, probably the S.E.5 or the Bristol fighter, then the Camel....


    I need to sort out Vallejo paint equivalents now, I have had previous good experience spraying Vallejo paints so I'm going to stick with what I know (for now, anyway)

  8. 9 minutes ago, Black Knight said:

    yes, look them up on Scalemates

    Just type in Revell 1/48 Fokker


    Thanks - I've just ordered  an Eduard Dr.1 from Ebay, it was cheaper than the Revell kits, it is a weekend edition but I'm assuming that the Revell kits don't come with etched parts. I'm not sure whether to buy the separate etched parts or whether I should just crack on with the weekend edition and build a model with etched parts when I've got a bit more experience under my belt.

  9. I have built model aircraft before, but not for about 45 years, so I count myself as a complete beginner now.


    I want to start building 1/48th scale WW1 aircraft. I have bought some Eduard kits but, having read through this forum, I feel they may not be suitable for a first build. They are, SE5a, Sopwith Camel, Bristol Fighter and Nieuport 11.


    It would seem from reading comments here that I might be better served with either an Eduard Fokker Triplane or an Eduard Fokker DV11, would that be right? Which one of the two would be best, for assembly, rigging and painting?


    One other quick question, I have seen reference to Revell selling "re-boxed" Eduard kits, have I got that right?





  10. My first airbrush is a Badger Renegade Velocity, with a 0.21mm needle. I like it, but find covering larger areas to be a bit long-winded. I was hoping for some recommendations for a 2nd Airbrush that would spray larger areas, such as 1/48th scale tree foliage (I use white poly-fibre and spray it to represent fine branches and leaves), and 1/48th aircraft camouflage.


    I'm not going to lie, I don't want to pay a fortune, but then I don't want something cheap with a pre-bent needle or that will only last five minutes. I would prefer gravity feed, just because I am used to it.


    I spray with acrylics, usually Vallejo air, but I will use com-art paints as well.







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  11. Just now, bar side said:

    Must have been lots of WW2 airfields with temporary branches feeding bomb stores.  I have heard lots of stories of temporary bomb stores across East Anglia but as it was all deemed secret there was very little written or photographed evidence.

    Which could be a bonus, no photographs gives room for a lot of modellers licence. To be fair though I was thinking of Western Front Narrow Gauge.

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