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  1. A little more progress to report. The small amounts of filler at the wing roots has been blended in and I've been carefully removing parts. Quite a bit of flash but luckily haven't broke anything yet. Main accomplishment has been getting the top wing straight.
  2. Be careful with the cabane struts. I got them wrong.
  3. Nice one. I think this is probably the best Parasol to build.
  4. Hi Pat, I've been distracted by SCW Whif which is now coming to an end. Nieuport is about half way at the moment.
  5. I built this as a SCW whif. Don't recall any problems with it.
  6. An Albatros B.11 armed with a Parabellum mg in the front cockpit. Aircraft of this configuration served until the end of 1915 on the Western Front and then up to the summer of 1916 on the Eastern Fronts until replaced by the improved C types, most of which had the defensive armament relocated to the rear cockpit. The kit is a Formaplane vac form which builds into a decent example OOB and provides an excellent basis to those with the necessary conversions skills as this type served as a trainer until EOW.
  7. Thanks Stix. Got her finished. Pretty much OOB with a few extras such as a Roden Parabellum and scratched gun rails. It's a pretty decent kit that is open to many different versions. It was used in combat until mid 1916 on the Eastern Fronts and served throughout the whole war as a trainer. Later aircraft had leading edge radiators, stronger tail skids and even Balkan crosses. Not forgetting a variety of exhaust styles. A few photos I took before I noticed I hadn't fixed the dynamo for the radio. Rest to follow in the Gallery.
  8. Thanks Wez and Peter. I'm going with clear doped linen and generic French roundels. I've had a trawl around the net and according to the better informed on The Aerodrome the silvery dope came in with the Niueport 17 and later models. Might have been some late model 16's but most of these apparently were camouflaged.
  9. Coming together now with some rigging between the wings. Got the mg sorted and ready to install. Undercarriage next which is 20x40 strip and rod for the axle. It seems that most Albatros built machines didn't carry much in the way of identification numbers which helps as the spares are a bit deficient at the moment.
  10. It's looking good and the Roden bits will be a great improvement. Are you sure about the wing colours though? I thought by mid 1917 mauve was taking over from brown. Had a look on The Aerodrome. http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50830 Steve
  11. Managed to spend some time with the top wing. At first I couldn't get it to lie level. I solved this problem when the halves decided enough was enough and broke apart. Luckily there was an exposed spar on each side so I could balance each side separately with the aid of tacky glue and an acme support.
  12. There aren't many French aircraft on my shelves so I've been through the stash. No shortage of choice so I'm going to try and make amends. First to the workbench will be the Bebe. In the box it doesn't look much different from the Nieuport 16 from the same manufacturer.
  13. Thanks All. Nearly got the front end completed. A forward firing gun mount from 20thou rod was located on the right side of the front cockpit. I've got a spare Parabellum from a Roden Gotha to which I'll add an ammo box and belt. This will be mounted on a bent spigot to fire to the rear. WSDF have some decent photos. It's enlightening to see how similar the German set ups are to some of the BE2 mountings. I have a white metal rhino horn exhaust which I was hoping to use but it's too close to the upper wing. Gone for the early single pipe set up instead. Once fully set they will be trimmed to the same length. I've drilled some rigging holes and the strut holes have been measured and drilled so nearly ready for the top wing.
  14. You seem to have picked up a Monday morning special. I've built this kit three times and can confirm the later issues are not to the same standard. Warped rear fuselage which can be resolved with a clothes peg but still annoying. The upper wing has excess thickness in places along the trailing edge which can be removed but I've never had the gouge marks you have. Increasing amounts of flash but fragility of small parts seems to be pot luck. One kit suffered from snapped struts and the cylinder heads fell apart but the other two were fine. But there is a decent kit in there with perseverance and I think it's the only game in town. Best of luck.
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