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  1. stevehed

    Sopwith Dolphin

    Just typical. I recently bought two Revell Camels with the intention of trying to kit bash something Dolphin looking. Looking forward to the first review.
  2. Thanks Ian. It is. The Revell kit is far too long. In the past I used it a the basis for the P type parasol and the BB biplane. Both are two seat recce versions.
  3. Thanks Gents. Shifts have been getting in the way but have got a little more to show. Haven't got any French Morane roundels so dug out an old Revell Nieuport 17 set. Had to sun bleach them for a few days but went on without any problems. Original box so they may be 50 plus years old.
  4. Originally from Temek this kit is regarded as more dimensionally accurate than the Revell version. It represents the later J model with a synchronised Vickers and more powerful 110hp Le Rhone rotary. These machines seem to have been sent to Russia where they were still active as late as September 1917. On the Western Front the French were using the N which was powered by the 80hp Le Rhone and armed with a Hotchkiss mg with deflector plates on the prop. They were active over Verdun and some machines were later transferred to the RFC and fought at the Somme. I'm going to build this version. It will be mostly OOB with the few changes all at the front end. So far I've joined the fuselage and painted most of it HU121 for CDL. The cockpit is small and I like a pilot who would hide any extras so all that's been added is a plastic plank a la old style Airfix for the seat. I have a resin Hotchkiss in the spares and a Revell prop with deflectors. I should be able to get an 80hp rotary from an Airfix Pup. The kit has a raised section that housed part of the Vickers. This has been ground off to match the flat N profile.
  5. Completed and posted in the Gallery. I built it OOB with the exception of the axle which was replaced with 35thou rod. I'm happy with generic examples but the options are an aircraft flown by the Russian ace Kruten, a generic Ukrainian machine, circa 1918-19 and Vieux Charles flown by Georges Guynemer. Might build a Morane Bullet next. Regards, Steve
  6. The Eastern Express/Toko Nieuport 11 Bebe. Made as a standard machine, circa early to mid 1916, probably serving in the Verdun sector.
  7. 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.
  8. Be careful with the cabane struts. I got them wrong.
  9. Nice one. I think this is probably the best Parasol to build.
  10. Hi Pat, I've been distracted by SCW Whif which is now coming to an end. Nieuport is about half way at the moment.
  11. I built this as a SCW whif. Don't recall any problems with it.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Don't forget the cabane holes don't match. I think I filled the port side and re-drilled. Similar problem with the elevator halves. Then I remembered that you built this a couple of years ago. DOH!
  22. stevehed


    I've built the BE12 and 12b as well. The new Airfix BE2c is the way to go nowadays. I modified an Airfix RE8 nose to replace the BE2 offering. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/airfix-1-72-raf-be2c-a02101-conversions-t48533.html I stretched a Revell SE5a fuselage and used the Airfix RE8 wings to make the BE12b. The wingspan is less than the RE8 so the reduction from the upper wing was used to lengthen the lowers to make equal span. It may be possible to graft an SE5 engine section onto the new BE2c and use the rest of the kit. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/airfix-revell-1-72-raf-be12b-conversion-t36179.html Regards, Steve
  23. It's a lovely build. I particularly like the brown PC whatever number coloration. As for the bombs I think they were intended for enemy subs and got jettisoned if anything aerial turned up.
  24. Started a new job so training has been occupying most of my time recently. Slowly getting back into a more normal shift pattern and have managed to resume production. Radiator pipework has followed the same pattern as the C1 as they both had side radiators. Plastic rod sufficed as the pipes and the radiators are kit parts. I've used 30 thou rod for the cabanes and a trimmed down Spad VII windscreen. I have to make a couple of makeshift gun mounts for a front seat gun before I attempt to mount the top wing.
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