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  1. Copper State Models is to release in 2021 a 1/32nd Caudron G.III kit Source: https://www.facebook.com/copperstatemodels/posts/2764447217177353 V.P.
  2. Hello Britmodellers, The 'Civvy Street' group build hosted by Rob Arnehov was a bit tricky for me, as I have no specific civilian kits in my stash. Therefore, some fighter planes were turned into racers; The PM Model Sea Fury T-61 was converted into the Reno racer "Little Chief", while the HobbyBoss P-39Q became Airacobra '95' in the last Cleveland-held National Air Race. The Mistercraft Caudron C.714 underwent some heavy surgery to become the Caudron C.561. Thanks for watching! Luka
  3. After the G.III (link), Copper State Models is to release 1/32nd Caudron G.IV kits Source: https://www.facebook.com/copperstatemodels/posts/pfbid02tVs6AczqiesTbVnEBU5gYjqJYGYWbsPJfPdXDx3nhuBebcUwc3fnae89zkbU28fRl V.P.
  4. New Dora Wings project: a family of 1/48th Caudron Simoun kits. - ref. DW48028 - Caudron C.630 Simoun https://dorawings.com/1-48/caudron-c-630-simoun - ref. DW48030 - Caudron C635 Simoun - ref. DW48040 - Caudron C.631/633 Simoun Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2496429487254280&id=1929101897320378 V.P.
  5. Good day! Today I would like to present a most delicate and fiddly recent completion of mine. It is training version of the Caudron G.III, which can rightly be called the first plane of many successful Allied aviators of the Great War. I didn't feel like documenting this build with too many in-progress pictures, but I was more than a little intimidated when I first looked in the box. It is entirely made of somewhat flexible resin, with photoetched wheel spokes. The major components are of course the wings, the engine, and crew nacelle - with interplane struts and the twin tail booms making up the majority of the model, it was mostly just lots of resin sticks to be cut off of casting blocks! Indeed, the preparation of each strut and beam took time, and I fashioned a simple jig out of styrofoam to hold all the wooden parts upright for painting. Then, after lots of cussing while getting the sesquiplane wings oriented correctly, I filled in the remaining area where some interplane struts weren't long enough, and started the rigging. From the kit description: The Caudron G.III was designed by René and Gaston Caudron as a development of their earlier Caudron G.II for military use. It first flew in May 1914. The aircraft had a short crew nacelle, with an engine in the nose of the nacelle, and twin open tailbooms. It was of sesquiplane layout, and used wing warping for lateral control, although this was replaced by conventional ailerons fitted on the upper wing in late production aircraft. Usually, the G.III was not equipped with any weapons, although rifle-caliber weapons and hand-released small bombs were carried. Most G.IIIs were the A.2 model, used by numerous air forces for reconnaissance and artillery spotting on the Western Front, Russia, and the Middle East. The G.III D2 was a two-seat trainer aircraft, equipped with dual controls, and powered by a 80hp Le Rhône air-cooled rotary engine. The latest versions were equipped with more powerful 100hp Anzani 10 radial engine. Operators: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Peru, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela. I used two types of rigging material here, in an attempt to portray the difference of thickness between bracing and control wires. For the interplane bracing, I used EZ Line "Fine" .003" material and this was especially difficult to work with. I wish I had gotten a lot of the rigging to look more straight, but I think it is partly a downfall of EZ Line to curl up at the end when dabbed in CA glue. The control wires were done with Uschi .001" superfine line, and this was the stuff I should have been using all along. It's basically spiderweb and hard to see, but coincidentally much easier to glue. It also looks much more in-scale for 1/72. Safe to say, I will use exclusively the Uschi product from now on. I won't pretend to have done all the rigging as on the real deal... but I did most of it! 😁 Overall a very different and challenging build. I am still getting used to working with resin. To tell you the truth, I wish I had reserved the effort for the fantastic looking G.III from Copper State Models in 1/32. Who says I can't have both.. 😅 Thanks for looking!
  6. After the 1/72nd kit (link) here's the SBS Model 1/48th Caudron C.561 resin kit Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=4160606340626395&id=117380071615729 V.P.
  7. Caudron C.630 Simoun (48028) 1:48 Dora Wings via Albion Alloys The Caudron Company, or to give them their correct title The Société des Avions Caudron were one of the pioneers of aviation being formed in 1909 by brothers Gaston Caudron and René Caudron. They were acquired by Renault in 1933, the factories being taken over by the German during WWII until Allied bombing put them out of production. The remains of the company were then nationalised by the French Government. The C.630 Simoun was a four seat touring aircraft designed and produced in the 1930s. One of its main uses was as a mail plane. They were used as liaison aircraft during WWII. The Kit This is a new kit from Dora Wings, The kit arrives on 5 plastic sprues, a clear sprue, a sheet of PE, canopy masks (not shown), a resin rudder; and a sheet of decals. The first step is to build up the interior of the main cabin which for a four seat aircraft only has 3 seats? There is one for the pilot then two seats in the rear. The second seat back also has flight controls. The main instrument panel is made up from a combination of PE, decals and plastic parts. This is then attached to the front bulkhead. Next up the engine is constructed and added to the front side of the bulkhead. Inside the fuselage additional controls and parts are added with the main windows going in from the inside. To the left side the main cabin door is also fitted. The main cabin interior can then be fitted into the fuselage, and the fuselage closed up. Next up the tail wheel and propeller are constructed and put to one side for later. Work now moves to the main wings. There is a single part lower wing with left & right uppers. The ailerons are single part separate parts which can be added to the completed wing. The tasilpnaes are then completed, they are split into uppers and lowers with the flight control parts as single surfaces. The tailplanes can then be fitted to the fuselage and the single part resin rudder added on. The main wing can then be added along with the windscreen and engine cowl parts. The engine front fairing is also added at this stage. The fixed spatted undercarriage is then made up and fitted to the wing. The tailwheel and propeller from earlier are added with the wing mounted pitot tube the last item to go on. Markings The decals are from Decograf, they look good with no issues, there are four decal options provided; F-ANRY - Cream over red (as per box top). The was Antoine de Saint Exupéry aircraft for the 1935 long distance Paris-to-Saïgon air race, which he subsequently crashed in Egypt. F-ANCF - Silver over green. F-ANCC - Overall dark blue F-ANRO - Overall dark blue Conclusion This is certainly a kit modellers of civil aircraft have been waiting for, we dont get enough of them in a hobby which seems more devoted to military aircraft. Very highly recommended. Available in the UK in most good model shops. Review sample courtesy of
  8. SBS Model is to release a 1/72nd Caudron C.561 resin kit - ref. SBS7026 Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3046066158747091&id=117380071615729 3D renders V.P.
  9. FSC Dujin has (re)released the 1/72nd Caudron C.800 Epervier glider resin kit - ref. FSC806TP Sources: http://www.jfrteam-neufgrange.fr/pages/maquettes-fsc/fsc-dujin/caudron-c-800-n-105.html http://www.jfrteam-neufgrange.fr/ Instructions: http://www.jfrteam-neufgrange.fr/medias/files/plan-de-montage-caudron-c-800-touraine-planeur.pdf V.P.
  10. SBS Model is to release this weekend a 1/72nd Caudron C.610 limited edition resin kit - ref. SBS702X Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2935068369846871&id=117380071615729 V.P.
  11. SBS Model is to release a 1/72nd Caudron C.450 resin kit Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2268845703135811&id=117380071615729 V.P.
  12. Caudron C.450 1:72 SBS Model The C.450 was a racing aircraft designed and built to take part in the 1934 Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe race. It was developed from the C.362 flown in the race the year before. 1 C.450 with spatted undercarriage and 3 C.460s with retractable undercarriage were built for this race. The aircraft were mainly spruce and birch plywood with metal engine bearers, cowling and fuel tanks. The aircraft would be further developed into the C.461 for the following years race. As a racer the C.450 set a world speed record of 268.21 mph and did win the 1934 Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe race. The Kit The kit from SBS is a full resin kit, with resin clear parts, photo-etch, pre-cut masks (not shown) and decals. The resin parts are exceptionally well cast and look to be easy to remove from their pour blocks. The reviewer is building the SBS Caudron C.600 and the parts in that kit came away easily and cleanly. Construction starts with the cockpit and placing in the front and rear bulkheads along with the floor, seat, controls, and instrument panel. A tip is to put the internal in and check the fuselage alignments before doing any sanding of the fuselage halves. Next up the wings can be added to the fuselage. A tip from SBS here is to join the wings and then add them to the fuselage as there are slots for them. Once the wings are on the spats and wheels can be added. At the rear of the plane the fin, rudder and tail surfaces are added, along with the tail wheel. At the front the engine is added, along with the front, props & spinner and the exhausts. Decals Only one scheme is included which is the winner from the 1934 Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe race. Conclusion This is a fairly simple little kit, much like the real aircraft. If should pose no problems to a competent modeller and maybe a good starter into resin models. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Insert other media
  13. After the C.450 (link), SBS Model is to release a 1/72nd Caudron C.460 resin kit - ref. ? Release soon Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2578164612203917&id=117380071615729 Schemes V.P.
  14. When you buy a Dujin kit you are actually buying a kit, to produce a kit, to make a model; that is: you have to create kit parts from the some times undefined resin ectoplasm. Dujin is known for having created an extraordinary diverse line of very interesting planes, unfortunately in the form of extremely rudimentary resin kits. If I understand correctly, after the passing of M. Dujin a group of well-meant and dedicated friends is re-floating the line, with the addition of much welcome supplementary parts as photo-etched sets and what seems to be much better decals that any Dujin kit I have seen before. This has a lot of merit, and -if you have seen my builds- you know that I heartily support cottage industry, but there are limits. When I see a Dujin kit I unavoidably cringe, because I know that a lot of work is ahead even before you start. Yes, the subjects as I said above are attractive, and mostly kitted by no one else in the wide world of the kit industry, but the price to pay (not literally, they are not expensive) in work and frustration is very high, and the results are variable (from just ok to despicable). This kit is no exception, as you may see: Nice P.E. fret, apparently some sort of one-size-fits-all for a number of the Caudron racers produced by them: You will have to cut your own screens to size using the patterns provided: TWO transparencies, bless them: Looks like a decent decal sheet, we will see: A few pinholes here and there, of course: A casting web that goes from adequately thin to hard cake: The famous (probably patented) Dujin Banana Fuselage Halves: After some struggle, the parts are out of their resin traps: Again a few pinholes: After the spa hot jacuzzi treatment the fuselage sides relax and find a more straight position: Hindering the necessary sanding of the despicable inner surfaces of the fuselage halves for them to sort of mate, is the vertical tail, added to one side, who knows why (to bother us, most likely): Stats: Once you are done with a Dujin kit the substance of what it is made comprises 50% of the original resin and 50% of putty, fillers, epoxy and cyano.
  15. SBS new project is a 1/72nd Caudron 600 Aiglon resin kits: - ref. SBS7011 - Caudron 600 "Spanish Civil War" - ref. SBS7012 - Caudron 600 "Hungarian Air Force & Luftwaffe" Source: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=91386 V.P.
  16. Thanks for the invitation! I`ll be more than happy to build it as a part of this great GB. I`ve decided to start the Caudron. The kit contains extra sprues with the floats and beeching trolleys along with trestles. They are great cause IMHO the floatplane looks a little bit peculiar without them on the ground.
  17. Caudron C.600 Aiglon Hungary & Germany 1:72 SBS Model The C.600 was designed by Marcel Riffard in the early 1930s when he took over the design department at Coudron following their merger with Renault. The aircraft was a low wing cantilever monoplane with tandem cockpits very similar to the Miles Magister. The type proved popular with civilian pilots and 178 of the standard version with a Renault 4Pgi Bengali Junior engine were built. With the outbreak of WWII many aircraft were requisistioned by the French Govt. Some of these would later find their way into Germany use. 6 were operated by the Royal Hungarian Air Force. The Kit The kit from SBS is a full resin kit, with resin clear parts, photo-etch and decals. The decals in this kit are for Hungarian and German service, other boxing are available with Civilian and Spanish Civil War decals. Construction starts in the cockpit shockingly enough. The instrument panels made up from resin, film and PE parts are put into the right fuselage. The seats and control columns, and other controls are added to the cockpit, PE seatbelts are provided for the seats. Once all the cockpit parts are in the fuselage can be closed up and the choice of nose depending on variant is added. The single part main wings and tailplanes are added, again the rugger and vertical fin depend on the type bring modelled. The wheels, spats and exhausts are added. Again the exhaust is dependant on type. Decals Two schemes are provided. One of the machines operated by the Royal Hungarian Air Force, and a captured German machine. Decals are in house by SBS and look in register, colour dense and should pose not problems. Conclusion This is a fairly simple little kit, much like the real aircraft. If should pose no problems to a competent modeller and maybe a good starter into resin models. Highly recomended. Review sample courtesy of Insert other media
  18. I`ve decided to start the Caudron. The kit contains extra sprues with the floats and beeching trolleys along with trestles. They are great cause IMHO the floatplane looks a little bit peculiar without them on the ground.
  19. At Nuremberg Toy Fair 2015, RS Models (http://rsmodels.cz/en/Homepage/default) has announced for March 2015 a 1/48th Caudron-Renault CR.714 kit - ref.48004 More soon. V.P.
  20. I used this huge heat in Belgrade to complete the projects started. I started this model a few years ago, so it's time for me to finish it. Here's the picture:
  21. So my great adventure with the best kit I`ve built so far is over. I think Edgar and the whole CSM team has done a great job. My model depicts the G.4 used for artillery spotting in C.74 Franco/Belgian unit. Several modifications have been made such as Chauviere propellers, Colt machine gun, different gun mount. The superb quality decals with cowling numbers and different serial were printed by Melius Manu. As far as I know all these will be available at CSM soon. The colt gun is greatly detailed with a small PE.
  22. Hello, I`m new to this fine forum. My name is Philip and I`m from Poland and my favourite subject is the Great War aviation in 1/48th scale... So here I am - holding the brand new Copper State Models` wonderful Caudron G.4, which thanks to the courtesy of the guys from Melius Manu (they cooperate with CSM) I am proud to build as the first modeller. (I like the sound of it yeah!) Also many thanks to KrzysiekK, who made that happen. The model I have are the test frets, therefore it may differ in some minor details from the one that will be sold. I will get the PE soon, and you will surely know it. The CSM`s Caudron G.4 is absolutely splendid and now I will point out some of my first thoughts concerning the kit: 1. The wings and their specific construction - which is the hallmark of the G.3 and 4 look magnificent! The texture is superb and the trailling edges are very thin. 2. The nacelle`s fit is very good. The details are sharp. The ejection pin marks are located in such way that no modeller`s intervention is required. The only one there is, is found on the pilot`s seat, where it can be easily removed. 2. The kit`s designers did their best to provide us with a well engineered model. No fit problems, no major filling and sanding. The only part that may require some work is the upper wing, which is made of 3 parts due to technological reasons. 3.The details are crisp, there are some that I really enjoy like the generator and the telegraph in the front cockpit - their quality is superb and there are more to come as the PE parts. 4. Le Rhones 9C look decent, but the true believers would like to have them casted in resin. Who knows maybe the CSM will release the aftermarket Le Rhones 9C. At the back plates of the engines there are small sink marks - which won`t be visible after you install the engine on the model. Also there is a tiny sink mark on one of the props. They are the only ones I found. You need to remember they are the test shots, so I think the kit will not have these issues. From what I can after a first look - it`s going to be a great model! I`m going to enjoy my build and keep you updated! I must say I`m thrilled! Great job Edgar and the CSM team! There are 2 such frets. Just notice the splendid texture of the wings! I started with the Le Rhohes, apart from slightly thick fins of the cylinders they are very good. I especially like the sparkplugs. I`ve added the pushrods and the wiring. The pictures don`t show the way I weathered them, it was hard for me to take a good picture showing the weathering using the artificial lighting. Here are the engines after the first coat of primer: Finished engines:
  23. FSC Dujin is to release soon Caudron Caudron C-362, 366, 430, 450, 460, 461, 530, 560, 561, 660, 690, 712, 720, 714 & 860 resin kits. Source: http://www.jfrteam-neufgrange.fr/pages/exposition/exposition-de-bron.html [/center] [/center] [/center] V.P.
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