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Paul Thompson

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  1. AFAIK CMK never made one. CMR though........ Also Airmodel, which was also resin, looooong ago. Paul.
  2. Listed as out of stock on their website (http://www.silverwings.pl/hawker-woodcock.html). It might be worth dropping them a line and asking if they plan to re-pop it. Paul.
  3. 1/48th, a resin by Silver WIngs. 1/72nd, Aeroclub (injection moulded and white metal) , Merlin (injection) and CMR (resin). Paul.
  4. Thanks for pointing this out. It does say the emphasis is on WWI as well as early (antique) props, so I'd think this is the most suitable area for it. Paul.
  5. 1/32nd it is. There's a thread in Rumourmonger.
  6. No, the old Esci kit was a partial ripoff of the Revell kit. Never issued with lozenge, either. Paul.
  7. In a way, they're bound to loose out in any comparison to WNW because they're essentially a limited run product, whereas WNW is much closer to mainstream manufacturers, and ahead of them in some ways. The most recent Roden WWI aircraft kits are still fairly old, so if you like them or not depends on how you cope with limited run. When the first 1/32nd kits first came out the only competition was Battleaxe's Albatrosses, which were blown away by Roden's offerings by whatever criteria you choose . Other 1/32nd kits like Hobbycraft's Spad XIII were of subjects Roden left alone. They were also a lot cheaper. When WNW appeared, Roden prices climbed to match. I don't know if that was them or third parties, because it wasn't long before Roden withdrew from that particular part of the market, just as Eduard offerings led them to abandone 1/72nd and 1/32nd, and change their focus to more modern stuff and WWI ground vehicles where the competition was mostly very expensive resins kits. BTW, my perception of the pricing is based on what was available from 1992 until 2012, when I lived in the Netherlands and LHS (now Aviation Megastore) was my main non mail-order source of kits. Also, my take on why Roden largely left WWI aviation kittage is just that, my guess - perhaps they simply got bored with it, or had a change of boss, I don't know. Anyway, as others above have already said, they're basically sound kits, just be prepared for a lot more fettling and less hand-holding than WNW offer, and also be prepared for trouble with the decal sheet. They really are very variable, although sometimes you get lucky and they can work okay. At least for most of their range there are many alternatives from Aviattic, Pheon, PrintScale and others. I also second the Part sets for fine details, although you need to check what they offer for any particular subject and see if it floats your boat. Personally I find things like wire wheels and internal framing a bit of a waste, but there's usually enough other useable bits to justify the modest extra outlay. Paul.
  8. Memory fail, due obliquely to having built the old CSM Gotha G.III and then not double-checking. Paul.
  9. Vampire/venom, according to the 2000 catalogue. Paul.
  10. Don't get intimidated - so long as you double read the manual and obsess with making sure there is no paint on the mating surfaces, WNW kits are engineered to go together as easily as possible given the subject matter, and getting the top wing on and aligned is much easier than for other manufacturer's F2b kits. The Eduard kit gives you Sutton harness for the pilot, one of my pet annoyances. You may have found them in post war Mk 3s and 4s, but a wartime machine would normally have a wide lap belt (also for the observer). Wingnuts gets this right. Best of luck anyway, whatever the kit. If there's anything I can help with feel free to ask. Paul.
  11. No problem. If making a model, you should note that the sight is actually attached to the upper wing. All those little details are very clearly depicted in both Windsock Datafile Specials, although the first one is more appropriate for wartime machines. Cheers, Paul.
  12. 3 windows in the nose too. Easy enough to do - just the whole lot out and make the separators from plastic. I know, I built one already, but I agree that it is very heavy. Also, I quite like the kit, exceept for the wings. The rib effect is as heavy as that on the Frog effort, and being resin the wing is prone to warping. Mine has already lost some of it's dihedral. If you intend to scratch build any part of it, the wings would be my choice, although given the size, quite a task. Best of luck, anyway. Paul.
  13. Pilot's Aldis sight for the Vickers gun. Usually black. Paul.
  14. Well, a mystery, then. I can only quote from the St. John Turner book, which states 'The need to carry a crew of four, in the three cockpits, a supply of spare parts and other equipment, and the shorter stage lengths that would be involved, meant that no time had to be lost in adding a great deal of extra fuel tankage.' To be clear, I'm talking about GEAOU. A small item to note for a model - there were pointy spinners on the propellors in at least one of the photos of this machine. Are you thinking of using the Alleycat resin kit or scratch building it? Paul.
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