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  1. Probably a daft question but I'm no mechanical genius. Twin rows started with rotary engines in WW1 and later in the 30's I've come across Gnome Rhone combining two rows of seven cylinders to make 14 to increase the power. During WW2 there are eighteens and so on. All these engines have equal numbers of cylinders in each row, that is 7 +7, or 9+9. Would it be possible to have a front row of five cylinders and a rear of nine to make 14 or are there technical issues. In my head I'm thinking that five cylinders might allow more air to the rear row to assist with cooling. Regarding the weight the rear row would be heavier and might this help with CoG issues.


    Regards, Steve

  2. I can't find anything that looks streamlined for Russian Nieuports. When fitted overwing the Colt mg had a streamlined, egg shaped, magazine which held, I think, 300 rounds, probably on a belt. My other thought was an Austro Hungarian "baby coffin." Quite common in 1917 with a few down behind the lines and no doubt retrievable.

  3. Probably a bit late but I would probably do the same as Ian with the wings. I have one of these in the stash but it went back in the box when I built the Eastern Express kit instead. However, as an alternative I have cut the parts from the card and installed 10 thou card over the lower surfaces before filing the edges. In my case I then scored the ribs with a sharp craft knife. As Ian says sometimes you need a little thickness at the butt ends for guides.

  4. Lovely collective work. I've just used some Microscale Decal French roundels. Either late 70's or early 80's. A little bit flakey but they're on now. Used solutions but not the recommended own brand. The Airfix Spad roundels, similar vintage, were even better although they had yellowed a little. BTW are you sure that British Spads had blue trailing edges on the rudder? I think US did but weren't British and French red.

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    Not sure if I'm going to finish in time as life and work have been getting in the way. Progress has been made as the wing has been cut from card and I've achieved a passable fuselage. Cowling came from a EE Strutter and the engine and prop are from a white metal Aeroclub rotary. Sadly one of a diminishing supply. Elevators were shaped from a spare from the Revell Sopwith Triplane and the Vickers from a Roden Nieuport 24. If I can get the cabane struts sorted there's a sporting bet I can make for tomorrow night. Fingers crossed.

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    Have got the fuselage joined so now I can start working on it. I chopped 0.25 ins, 7mm, off the rear end. This was replaced with a cone shape cut from a modern drop tank. It was wider then the tail section so filler was added and then gently blended with a dremel sanding wheel. The cockpit is too far forward so I cut out a section 0.75ins, 20mm. This will allow me to add some basic cockpit detail. The cowling is part of the vac form Bristol fuselage so that has been removed too. The replacement cowling is 0.25ins deep. The open front allowed me to position a cockpit floor and some formers to support the upper decking, a remnant from a Strutter, and an upright to widen the forward fuselage. I have a fuel tank/seat combo from the Airfix BE2c spare which I'll use. Pierre le pilote will hide any indiscretions.

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  7. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/viewtopic.php?p=796368#p796368


    For anyone interested in the Starstrutter these builds may help to avoid some of the pitfalls. Unfortunately the demise of Picturetrail has caused the loss of some photos but I think there are enough combined with the text to get the idea. BTW, I think the Eastern Express issue will have better transfers than a Toko.


    HTH, Steve

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  8. Thanks Gentlemen. Made a start by cutting out the fuselage halves. I had to reduce the width a bit and it can be seen that they weren't a good match. Combination of a little warpage and overenthusiastic filing I think. Shouldn't be a problem as a mix of filler and camouflage paint will hide my sins hopefully.


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  9. Late on parade as the French Fancy GB co-incided with the High Wing. This one qualifies for either but I get an extra week here. I've got some vac forms that will never be built in the original form. This is the Airframe Bristol M1C, an advanced British WW1 monoplane. I noticed a similarity of fuselage structure with the Morane which is a plane I've had a fancy to try for years. A bit of plastic surgery will be required but if I can get a half decent fuselage I'll be happy to finish the rest. This will involve a scratch wing from card, wing struts, complete tail unit and undercarriage and wheels. A spare cowling from an Eduard Nieuport should fit and I've got some rotary engines in the spares.


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  10. Finished and posted in the Gallery. I fitted a spare resin Hotchkiss mg with a short length of rod at right angles to represent the magazine. These were only 25 round I gather so not the best armament to be fitted. Those machines sent to No 60 RFC on the Somme seem to have been so fitted. Probably why some machines are quoted as having Lewis guns. I used the kit bracing pylons. They are slightly oversized but were too useful not to use. I simply sawed a cut into the top,bottom of the pylons so I could run the wires through. Not perfect but OK from a respectable distance. I had a tiny windscreen fitted but it fell off and disappeared.

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    The Morane N Bullet served alongside the Nieuport fighters against the German airforce during the battles at Verdun in 1916. As the French lacked an operational synchronizing gear the Nieuports sported overwing Lewis' and the Morane N had metal deflector plates on the props. The Morane was of similar vintage to the Fokker Eindekkers and was phased out as more Nieuports became available.

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  12. Looking forward to this one. If memory serves correctly the Academy, and probably the Esci, are XIII's but the dimensions are the smaller Spad VII. The Revell kit has oversize wings which I solved by modifying the wingtips, no doubt the wrong solution. I found these measurements when I researched my build. Pictures have gone I'm afraid.



    Regards, Steve

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  13. On 10/23/2021 at 8:03 PM, 2996 Victor said:

    I meant to add, Steve, that I'm tempted by the Eduard Fokker D.VII(MAG) and finish it as a what-if in Austrian markings.




    I forgot about the Eduard DVII even though I recently got one. Mine is the German OAW version but there are MAG radiator parts and Schwarlose mgs with long muzzle tubes on the sprues. I used the latter when kit bashing a Fokker DVI which received Red Hungarian stars to go with the MAG Revell DVII.

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  14. Hi Mark,

                  I also have a soft spot for the Italian Front and Austro Hungarian aviation. According to my stash sheet I have 25 related kits. As usual the fighters predominate with excursions into vac-form territory necessary to search out reconnaissance types. The kits are all 1/72 and so far are


    Roden : Albatros DII.53

                  Albatros DIII.253

                  Albatros DIII.153


    Revell : Albatros DIII.53 conversion

                 Fokker DVII MAG conversion


    Eastern Express : Hansa Brandenburg DI Starstrutter

                                  Aviatik DI

                                  Aviatik DI side radiator conversion

                                  Aviatik DI To convert to late war 338


    MAC : Phoenix DII


    Airframe : Phoenix DI vac form


    Joystick : Aviatik BII vac form

                     Lloyd CII, conv to CIII

                     Phoenix W18 flying boat fighter


    Special Hobby : Lloyd CV


    Classic Plane : Aviatik DI, converted to CI two seat recce

                             Hansa Brandenburg CC flying boat fighter


    Vac Wings : Lohner LI flying boat


    Airfix kit bash : Oeffag CII


    Most of these have been built. I'm fairly easy to please and most went together ok. The exceptions are the HB DI which I think needed one of the struts extended. The Classic Plane Aviatik DI is pretty awful which is why I cut it up and converted it. Unbuilt I have the HR Phoenix CI which looks nice in the box. From Sierrascale USA vac forms I have the Hansa Brandenburg CI.169, the Ufag CI and the Phoenix CI. Last an HB CI.429, the late war version from a company called The Eagles Talon Inc from California. The American kits will be hard to find I guess. I got mine from a bulk buy of vac forms on e Bay which luckily no one seemed to want.


    As for the Italians I have yet to start on the army machines. My builds are limited to the Pegasus Macchi M5 single seat flying boat fighter that turns up from time to time on second hand sites and a scratch built Macchi L3 flying boat recce type. This series was initially based on a reversed engineered Lohner L. I used the Vac Wings as the template. Hope this helps.


    Regards, Steve

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  15. 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.


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  16. 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

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