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  1. The Nieuport was widely used by the Russian Imperial Air Service during the First World War The aircraft were also made on license by the Russian company "Dux" - most of which came out of the factory with National Colors on a whopping 14 sides! (Both sides of both tail surfaces, fuselage sides and on both sides of wings and the small sequisplane). Russia had more difficulty manufacturing Airplane Engines, and so depended on a French supply to keep their Fleet in the air. Both models are Revell/ESCI 1/72 Nieuports - I used a little artistic license as these kits are Not Model 11s. The Imperial Aircraft represents a Nieuport 11, 19th Corps Detachment, Spring 1917. The fuselage pennant represents the colors of the Order of St George. "Bob" translates to “Bean” - its significance is unknown. The decals are from the Eduard kit. The Soviet Nieuport 24 - reflects the decidedly Russian Penchant for displaying "Skull and Bones" in various guises, belongs to the 1st Air Squadron of the Kostroma Region (NE of Moscow, North of Nizhny Novgorod), Pletskaya Airfield, Northern Front, Nov 1918. The Insignia looks like something out of a Tin Tin Cartoon! These decals are by Print Scale, an outfit out of Ukraine. The Aircraft during the Revolutionary period 1918-1920 are particularly interesting because of the wide variety of insignia and nationalities. These are Ukrainian Aircraft, White Russian, Polish and Soviet Aircraft - as well as from lesser Soviet "Republics" - including Georgia (Transcaucasia). Most of them fought each other at least for a brief point in time. I will be using more from the Print Scale "civil war" set in the future!
  2. Fantastic Build! I find Japanese Submarines endlessly fascinating. If you want to read some cool phenomena stuff, check out this site....the Wanderling is equally interested in such Submarines..... http://the-wanderling.com/I-12.html
  3. Marcello, Fantastic Work! My Academy Roommate served aboard USS Elmer Montgomery 1986-1989....I will have to send him these photos.... Scott (ex-Gunnery Officer, USS Hayler)
  4. I had a lot of fun with these kits. Originally lukewarm, the design of the Nieuport 28 (By Gustav Delage) really grew on me - and I think its one of the most attractive Aircraft of the time. The 28's, originally sent to the fledgling USAAS by the French for lack of anything else, even lacked armament initially! Although the first kills by American Pilots were in 28s, the SPAD quickly replaced it -although pilots much preferred the flying qualities of the Nieuport compared to the SPAD "Brick". These aircraft saw a Hollywood comeback, being frequently used in 1920s air films as both Allied and German machines (with a quick paint job). The two aircraft represent the 94th Squadron ("Hat in Ring"). and the 27th Squadron (MOH winner Frank Luke's unit)
  5. Fantastic Work! Kudos for braving those Azur kits......I finished the Heller one, which altho lacking interior detail, builds up into a decent model. The aftermarket parts make it look like the Genuine Article. I have always liked the look of the Br. 693. A little known fact is that because the French had so many of them lying around, disabled or damaged, the Germans used their Readily Available Gnome-Rhône 14M radials to power the Me 323 Gigant....
  6. Having acquired quite a few Revell/ESCI 1/72 Nieuport 17s. (11 completed, more building or in Stash), I am always interested in depicting Nieuports of the more obscure Air Forces - Ukrainian, Belgian, Red/White Russian, etc. The origin of this particular "What If?" can be attributed to Britmodeller member "Old Man" from his 2014 build (Japanese Army Ko-3 - a Nieuport Copy). I have taken the text below from his original post, which can be found at: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=3257.0 "In Japan.... the Nieuport sesquiplane came to enjoy a solid post-war career, and even came to supplant its S.P.A.D. rival in first-line fighter units. Early in 1917, Imperial Japanese armed forces resolved to acquire modern aerial capabilities. The Imperial Japanese Army decided to follow French models and employ mostly French equipment. This owed in part to reports from two Japanese lieutenants then serving as pilots in the French Aviation Militaire. One of these young men favored the Nieuport, and the other the S.P.A.D. The Japanese army decided to order examples of both for tests. The Nieuport was selected for license production, which commenced at the Tokorozawa Arsenal in March of 1919, under the designation 'Nieuport Type 15 Square Meter' (a reference to its wing area, and a common usage in denoting basic Nieuport types). These early production examples were fitted with an 80hp LeRhone motor, and intended for use as advanced trainers, in which role they often carried a synchronized Vickers gun. With the end of the Great War, thousands of S.P.A.D. S.XIII types became redundant to the French, and the Japanese Army brought a hundred of them early in 1919; these, under the designation Hei-1, equipped new regular fighter units. Pilots trained on the sesquiplanes built by the Arsenal, and then went over to the heavier, better armed S.P.A.D.s. In Japan, the Nieuport sesquiplane remained in production till 1924, and was the first-line fighter of the Imperial Japanese Army air service until the end of 1926, when it was replaced by the Nieuport-Delange Ni-D.29 (built by Nakajima in great quantity as the Ko-4). The full-power examples soldiered on for several years more as trainers. Approximately a hundred went onto civil register, sold to racers and stunt pilots, to leading newspapers for fast courier flights, and to wealthy enthusiasts generally. A number of 80hp examples could still be found in service in 1931 at an aviation school for women pilots at Tachikawa. Taking this further, perhaps (actually - Likely!) the Japanese gave some of their old Nieuport Trainers to their Puppet State of Manchukuo for their newly established Air Corps. I have always loved the Asymmetry of the Manchukuo Roundel (which apparently symbolizes 5 ethnic groups within the Nation - the larger Yellow part reflecting the majority Han Chinese part of population), and decided it would look great on a Nieuport. Also the fact that I could use the Sino-Japanese characters on the fuselage sides. These were taken from the Blue Rider Decal sheet "Air Forces of Manchukuo, 1932-1945". The characters state the aircraft was bought with Funds raised by some Manchurian Industrial Complex. I had to remove half the characters to fit on the Small Fuselage - so the "Dedication" is cut off in mid-sentence. I cannot read these characters - but it just LOOKS cool! Painting the Manchukuo colors on the Rudder was done freehand, and I was very pleased with results.
  7. Great Looking Model! The IAR was an Indiginous Romanian design. The traditional Romanian cockade dates this either pre-1941 or 1944 and onward. When Romania was forced to fall in with the axis, they adopted the yellow "Cross of St Michael" as their aircraft insignia. After they switched sides in 1944, they reverted to the traditional Roundel..... My wife is Moldovan and thus I know my Romanian WW2 history!
  8. Absolutely Fantastic! I have a great weakness for the Bloch. Maybe its because as a kid I built this model in 1/72 (Heller). I have 3 built ones now (and one in construction)...they also look great in the "Cowards Pajamas" - the Brit Pejorative term for the Vichy Stripes!
  9. I enjoyed building the classic Airfix 1/72 kit. Wanting something different, I ordered the "Japanese Early Birds" (pt2) by Rising Decals out of the Czech Republic. This Aircraft is Sopwith Pup serial nr 534 (built by Loire et Olivier in France!) used by an Unknown Civilian Owner in Japan in the mid 1920s. The Decals may be civilian, but the Chrysanthemum symbol of the Japanese Emperor looks Great! The Early Birds Decal set provides decals for about 7 aircraft, and having just acquired the Airfix Avro 504, Decals are provided on the sheet for an Avro owned by the E. Munesato "First Airplane School", as well as - Most Interesting of All - a German Hansa W.29 Floatplane that was in civilian use by the Japanese. Stay Tuned!
  10. looking Good! As my wife is a Romanian Speaker (Moldovan) I am always happy to see The Royal Romanian Air Force represented!
  11. Below is a Revell Spad XIIIC-1 in 1/72 scale. - Representing No 23 Squadron, Capt William M. Fry, RFC, Jan 1918 Britain received 57 such machines, but Nr23 was only operational squadron. This is a kit that assembles easily, although the molds date back from the 1960s..... The figures are from the Dark Dream Studios World War One Aviators.....
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