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stevehed

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    Roden Sopwith Camel trainer

    A little spurt of progress. Been painting the main parts and then assembled the engine. Will be OOB so I’m happy enough with the kit part. The fuselage is composed of four parts which means the cockpit innards are located from the top before the upper deckings are added. I’m going to add a crew from spares so I’ll keep the instruments panels, rudder bars and columns for something that has a more open cockpit. Regards, Steve
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    Roden Sopwith Camel trainer

    Hi, Got this kit by accident. I ordered a Comic night fighter but when I opened the box there was a trainer inside. Decided to keep it so there's no box art just the parts etc. Regards, Steve
  3. Brought this up in the WW1 section when I questioned the colours suggested. I will never attain the high standards frequently posted on BM but here is my interpretation of Black 7 as a taster. The kit is fine as far as dimensions go and has enough vents, foot rests and hatchs to satisfy my curiousity. The suggested colours are wrong as it appears all operational aircraft sported either five or four colour lozenge on the wings. Varnished ply seems to be the norm for the fuselage. Very glad to have finished this one as it got dropped just as I had finished rigging the wings. Instinctively caught it between my knees and you can imagine the result. Luckily most of the wire remained attached to something which made reassembly a little easier. One wire had to be cut out and replaced with another replaced with heat stretched sprue. Used Almark four colour lozenge which went on without any bother and will leave the experts to argue which brand is best. Apart from the colours advice my only criticism would be that the rear cockpit is a little sparse. I added a seat, mg mags and a scratch camera and then hid everything by adding crew from the spares. Regards, Steve
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    Roden 1/72 Albatros D.III Oeffag s.253 'FINISHED'

    Lovely job, very impressive. Although much later than the Germans the A-H did start to convert to the Balkan cross. Regards, Steve
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    KP LVG C.VI

    That sounds very plausible. Thanks Gentlemen.
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    KP LVG C.VI

    Started this kit but the instructions state do not use CA glue. Have tested on the sprue without noticable effect, that is it did not melt, so assuming CA will not stick parts together. Have used Contacta polystyrene so far and intend to use the liquid form when joining the fuselage halves. Does anyone know what is the problem with CA as I like to use it to secure invisible thread rigging wires. Regards, Steve
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    1/72 Merlin Brandenburg G1 - expecting a mess!

    I've built the Pfalz Dr1 and it was ok. I've also seen a photo of the Merlin AEG GIV twin engined bomber. Matching parts such as the fuselage and nacelles just did not. I'm sure one side was shorter than the other. The other Merlin I have is the Junkers JI armoured recce type with the huge top wing. In the box it looks ok but I think I'll tackle the Eduard version first. I believe it will be a case of pot luck regarding the quality. Regards, Steve
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    MkIV Female.

    Another great effort.
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    KP LVG C.VI

    Thanks. I didn't know about the four colour but I was thinking along similar lines re the five colour. Pity about 7 but with black and white photos I can see how it came about. Regards, Steve
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    KP LVG C.VI

    Hi, Going to make a start with this kit . The paint instructions are for green / mauve wings with similar colours for the fuselage with light blue undersides. This is based on the Munson profiles and my book is dated 1968. The other option is natural ply fuselage and green / mauve wings. On the Wingnuts web site ply fuselages are to the fore but the wings are invariably five colour lozenge. I know that Albatros DV's were manufactured in blocks of lozenge wings followed by a block of green/mauve wings etc but is there any evidence of similar practices at LVG. Lozenge can be a pain in the backside at times so an a viable alternative would be useful. Regards, Steve
  11. Very nice. A type I've fancied for a while. To BAT or convert that is the question. Regards, Steve
  12. Looking fine. That's pretty much how I tackle Austro Hungarian camouflage.
  13. That's looking better. I really like the fuselage effect. Regards, Steve
  14. This is the Airfix Magazine conversion of the Avro 504K to the Bristol Scout as described by Chris Ellis. As the author explains it is not 100% accurate but it does end up looking like a Bristol Scout. It's no particular aircraft simply a generic example of the fighter that was used by 19 squadrons on the Western Front, 3 in Palestine, 2 in Mesopotamia, one in Macedonia and one HD squadron. It was issued in small numbers to these units and operated as an escort fighter. Later they became popular as training aircraft particularly with the instructors. Albert Ball VC began his fighting career flying a Bristol Scout and claimed four victories if the grey cells are working correctly. Regards, Steve
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