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  1. Started quite a while ago, sat in the shelf of doom for a while but finally finished.
  2. Eduard is to release a new tool 1/48th Sopwith Camel kits. Source: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/eduard-pressekonferenz-in-nuernberg/ 3D render V.P.
  3. Kovozávody Prostějov is to release 1/72nd Sopwith Triplane kits Sources: https://www.facebook.com/kovop/posts/1291967567663756 http://www.modelarovo.cz/novinky-kp-po-delsi-dobe-opet-ctvrtka/ - ref. KPM72181 - Sopwith Triplane "Black Flight" https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72181 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/sopwith-triplane-black-flight-kpm72181-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72181-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=169605 - ref. KPM72182 - Sopwith Triplane "In red Soviet Service" https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72182 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/sopwith-triplane-in-red-soviet-service-kpm72182-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72182-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=169606 - ref. KPM72183 - Sopwith Triplane "Aces" https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72183 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/sopwith-triplane-aces-kpm72183-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72183-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=169607 - ref. KPM72184 - Sopwith Triplane "In French Service" V.P.
  4. Guys, as my Duck has come to a rest due to some parts went into orkus, so I need something in between, until the parts will arrive. Or maybe more, as I'm afraid I've lost a bit of rhythm in the Duck build, due to some work issues and consequently long breaks, so maybe some pause from that will turn healthy. As for this I will return a bit more on my homeground of WWI biplanes, and now it's for some classics as well. And I plan not to do only one, but two fishnets at once. Here's what's on the bench, waiting for some paint and glue: It's the Sopwith 1½ Strutter by Roden and the Sopwith Camel by Eduard in the Revell boxing, both in 1/48. Well, can't be more classic, and as I usually try to get somewhat involved in history as well, I hope to double this with this build of two. (And yes, I hope to reduce the stash faster buy this. Let's see). I don't (yet) plan to build some specific aces' machines, but rather generic ones, but concentrate on materials, and some details. Still not sure about turnbuckles, as I usually find these oversized in 1/48, but I have to order some pieces at Gaspatch, so this could have an effect on this decision. Apart from the type/company and scale, there will not be to many similarities, the kits look rather different. Also I plan two different schemes, while the Strutter will receive a brownish scheme, the Camel will get more Olive Drab, with the cockpit panels most likely unpainted wood. Or so far's my thoughts on it. As I'm not that much of an expert on Sopwiths, I definitely hope for your input and remarks.
  5. Roden is likely to release mid 2022 a 1/32nd Sopwith One and a Half Strutter kit Source: https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11367.0 V.P.
  6. I had tried a number of planes in 1/144, some were styrene and some were vacform and I fancied building one of these wee Sopwith Pups for quite a while. There are two kits in the box. The artwork on the box: The kit. There's not a lot of it but looks rather nice, even has some PE: IP and seat glued in and fuselage zipped up. Wings, engine and cowling currently held on with Blue Tack for effect: More to follow soon.
  7. Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin C3799 Capt. Irving Today I finished my third model this year: a Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin created from the fantastic Copper State Models 1/48 kit. This was a looong running project, started in 2018, but paused also due to participation of an Group Build. My entry (Fokker D.VII) was awarded with two sets of Pheon decals, so I changed my plan to the blue Dolphin C3799 of Capt. Irving. This was the Premium edition of the kit, so it has a resin engine and metal exhausts. Beside the Pheon decals I used RAF wire terminals, turnbuckles, Vickers and Lewis MGs from Gaspatch. The seat belts are done by HGW. Some wooden parts are scratched like airscrew, boxwood struts and tailskid. Also metal parts are added made from brass and nickel silver like fuel caps, a metal landing gear and more. Paints are used from Alclad, Mr. Paint, Gunze and oils. And now I'm curious about your opinions! Enough of the introductory words - now the pictures! A negative stagger wing. If not ugly, at least strange. Please not the thin outlets of the exhaust. This project was a lot of fun! Cheers Frank EDIT: Please scroll down for detail and outdoor pictures!
  8. Kovozávody Prostějov is to release in 2020 1/72nd Sopwith Swallow & Scooter kits Source: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010228-kpaz-central-discussion-questions-answers/&do=findComment&comment=3544775 V.P.
  9. The Snark am experimental triplane using the ill fated ABC Dragonfly engine. Three machines were built this is the third prototype. Side by side with my scratch built Pfalz Dr1, imagine if these two had seen service. With my scratchbuilt Pup, surprisingly big for a triplane. The WIP thread.
  10. LukGraph Resin Kits is to release a family of 1/32nd Sopwith/Ansaldo Baby resin kits - ref.32-22 - Sopwith Baby - British service (3 painting schemes) - ref. 32-23 - Sopwith Baby - French service (1 painting) - ref. 32-24 - Ansaldo Baby - Italian service (2 painting schemes) - ref. 32-25 - Sopwith Baby - German captured plane (with wooden trolley) Source: https://www.facebook.com/lukgraph/posts/2499652656784750 V.P.
  11. Wingnut Wings is to release a 1/32nd Sopwith Pup (new variant with Gnome rotary engine) kit - ref. 32055 Source: https://www.facebook.com/tetramodel/photos/a.2474802349220072/2476899552343685/?type=3&theater V.P.
  12. Morning All, For this build I'll be attempting my first aircraft for 20+ years and my first ever biplane! Yes I will be rigging it! I have chosen the Airfix Sopwith Pup as I have had this in the stash for at least 20 years, making it a top three contender for oldest stash resident. This was a blister carded issue - I've mislaid the card (with the instructions) so will add this in if I find it. Airfix Catalogue information: Series: 1 First Issued: 1974 Catalogue Ref - 12th Edition (1975): 01062-1 Catalogue Ref - 14th Edition (1977): 01062-1 Catalogue Ref - 15th Edition (1978): 01062-1 Catalogue Ref - 1983 Edition: 9 61062 This is the kit: Decals were beyond repair and were binned years ago, so will be replaced with this blue rider sheet - I'll be building the green one. There will be a small amount of detailing added to the cockpit using various generic detail sets. I may not use all (or any!) of these. This is my reference material - rather different than the Chieftain! Not a bad looking kit for it's age and a dry fit shows a decent fit of the fuselage halves. All the best Ben
  13. Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin Copper State Models 1/48 It was a pleasant and a rather short build (due to good fit) and I must admit, I really enjoyed it. It depicts the Dolphin C4168 of Major J.C. Callaghan, CO of 87 Sqn, Spring 1918 Painted with Tamiya and Mr.Color, artistic oils. Rigging: EZ Line and fishing line. For any 1/48th scale lovers - highly recommended.
  14. Sopwith F.1 Camel 'The Duellists' 1:32 Wingnut Wings The long awaited series of 1:32 Sopwith Camels finally started to arrive towards the end of March 2017, with no less than six different boxings. Five of them are individual kits covering Bentley, le Rhone, and Clerget powered variants, with another for the 2F.1 'Ships Camel', and finally a United States Air Services boxing. The Sixth boxing is 'The Duellists' vesrion shown above, containing a Clerget Camel and an LVG C.VI, depicting an actual event that took place on 9th October 1918. The LVG was brought down and captured virtually intact by members of 4 Squadron Australian Flying Corps. It is great to see the LVG kit available again, as it has been sold out for several years now, fectching huge prices on auction sites. The full kit is featured in an 'in box' review here with the individually boxed 'Clerget' version 'in box' reviewed here. This is one of those kits that makes you shove all current projects to one side of your workbench, and get right on with building it. As the Camel is the new release and of most ineterest to modellers, I have started with this one, and will follow up with the LVG at a later date. Construction begins with the cockpit, and the first thing I did was to anneal (heat it and allow it to cool slowly) the etched brass fret containg the seatbelts for both the Camel & LVG. This softens it a little and makes it more bendable for fitting around the seats. A coat of Halfords grey primer was followed by airbrushed Tamiya Khaki, a dark wash, and details picked out in silver and other shades. I did the LVG ones at the same time, the Camel ones are the 2 wide straps on the top left. The fuselage halves need painting in Aluminium, wood, and clear doped linen, not forgetting the centre section between the lower wings. The 2 cockpit side frames are mostly wood, with various metal details picked out in silver, black, copper, and brass.Note that the cabane struts are moulded integralll with the fuselage frames. This should automatically line up the top wing later on when it is fitted. Also, thay are a darker wood colour than the rest of the cockpit area. The wood paint is Tamiya 'Deck tan' (a pale sand colour) coated with Johnsons kleer, and then given the grain effect by brush, using tube oil paints. Lots of people complain about the long drying times of these oil paints, but I use 'Griffin Alkyd' which will be stone dry in about 4 hours. This stuff. it is reasonably priced, and a tube will last about 10 years. With a basic set of 3, raw umber, light red, and burnt sienna, you can blend a wide range of wood colours. Increase your range as finances permit. Wicker seat with etched belts attached Instrument panel, shown here about 2x actual size. All instruments are readable. All parts prepared and ready for assembly; I then realised that a bit of advance preparation would make it easier to attach the control wires before any assembly takes place . Dry fit test; The Clerget engine has aslo been prepared and is ready for asembly. The cylinder section is in 'front' and 'back' halves. I fount that by running Tamiya extra thin cement on the top of each cylinder onny, capillary action took it down each side and gave an almost seamless fit. The join is very hard to see. Next up is to fit all those cockpit components together and put in some wire rigging on the side frames. Thanks for looking, John
  15. Here is my interpretation of the Sopwith Triplane, my first in this scale. I doff my hat to Ian, aka @limeypilot who's own WIP gave me a lot of pointers and inspiration so that I can complete this bird. The cockpit was all but scratch-built, kit MG replaced with a Miniworld Vickers MG...very nice. Fuselage tail lengthened, kit axle replaced with a scratch-built variant. Underside painted with Humbrol Linen enamel, I thought was too yellow, so I'll change that for the future. Topside was painted using Tamiya Khaki Drab, a good colour I think for a PC10 finish. Kit decals. The tiniest of PE control horns were fitted and rigged with mono filament fishing line. Overall, I'm pleased with the result and have learnt a lot and hopefully a later version of the Triplane will be done in the future. Comments welcome. Thanks for looking. Stuart
  16. I`ve resumed one project that has been sitting in a box for quite a while. This is what I`ve managed to do so far. Notice the exquisite metal exhausts and a very good resin engine, which can be turned into a true gem by a much-gifted modeller than myself. I`ve sprayed my mixture of PC 10 and Battleship Grey (based on Tamiya`s Ocean Grey and Olive Drab). The fit is perfect.
  17. Wingnut Wings is to release a 1/32nd Sopwith F.1 Camel kit - ref.32070 Sources: http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/news http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=19678 V.P.
  18. Just finished up this little gem of a kit, the new CSM Dolphin. Easily on par with the best of Eduard, Roden, etc. A few minor tweaks to make it my own, most notably the painted markings for No.1 Canadian Air Force Squadron, Ca. early 1919. Full build review to appear in an upcoming issue of Military Illustrated Modeller magazine.
  19. Following on from my 1/72 scale WW1 fighters, I decided to up the scale a little with this kit that I found for £12.50. Hope you like it, still learning but starting to get a little better.
  20. HR Model is to release a 1/72nd Sopwith Pup kit - ref.P72037. Source: http://www.hrmodel.cz/prepare.htm V.P.
  21. Hi. Finished build numero 7! This has been an EPIC, personal build and TOTALLY beyond me skills wise. I guess thats why its taking me so long. My grandfather was a pilot in WW1 and this is the plane he flew and, unfortunately crashed in to an orchard. He survived! In fact he didn’t pass away until the early 80’s. There aren’t many pictures of the plane but some are featured on the Wingnut Wings website. I didn’t go down the whole turn buckle route with the rigging, don’t have the eyes for that but i did the best i could. And hopefully my dad will like it, as its his fathers day present. Hope you like the pics. Thanks for looking. Cheers
  22. Copper State Models is to release a brand new 1/48th Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin injected kit - ref. CSM1026. Release is expected in March 2016. This new kit will replace the original resin reference (K.1010 - http://www.copperstatemodels.com/main/productsCS/1/3). Source: https://www.facebook.com/copperstatemodels/posts/1673886212900131 V.P.
  23. This is my first proper post on here and looking at some of the work on show, I can't help but feel a little daunted. More so for the fact that I haven't made a plastic model kit for about 30yrs. I do make Scratch built ships that I set up with RC to sail on the lake, but having two young boys has brought me back to my childhood passion, for their benefit entirely of course I decided that my first foray back would be a cheap and simple kit that I could practice on. I do like WW1 aircraft as they had great character so I picked up a Revell 1:72 Sopwith Camel and intended to do it straight out of the box with no modifications and in the livery as flown by Lt L.S Breadner, No.3 Naval Sqn, Royal Naval Air Service, Walmer, Dec 1917. So here's how its gone. Hope it helps the total beginner's and any tips from more experienced modellers are most welcome indeed. Just need to figure out how to post photos ;-)
  24. Hello, First, excuse me for my mistake english, i am writing from France. I want to build the Cpt Arthur Roy Brown’s plane. Brown who is a possible candidate to have involved in the Manfred Von Richtofen’s death. Here are the photograph of the men and the plane (find on the net) : « Rentrons dans le vif du sujet » !, Here is the work i made on the two alf parts of fuselage: I completed the structure behind the seats with squarred plastic profiles. I used aluminium alclad painds for the metallics parts, the fabrics parts are paint in Gunze H85 and the wood parts in H37 Gunze. For the wethering i used some black oil paint on the metallic parts. For the wooden parts i used differents shade of yellow and brown oil paints. I build some reinforcement cable with streched sprue. I painted them with gunmetal from aeromaster. For the instrument panel after paintjob on the wooden part, i used the decals from the box, some rhodoid cut with a punch and die and instrument dials from Aeroclub. The seat’s structure received the same painjob as the two parts of the fuselage. The seat from the box as been replace with a Barracuda studio one.L That’s all folk for this day. Best regard’s from France.
  25. 1/32 Sopwith Triplane. Correcting the Roden Kit With the Wingnut Wings SopwithTriplane kit having long since sold out, the only game in town is the Roden offering. Hannants had them on special offer recently, so I was tempted and purchased one. There is one major problem with the kit however, and that is that the fuselage is too short by about 6 mm. I believe it was Rowan Broadbent of Pheon Decals, John Adams of Aeroclub, and Brian Fawcet who originally brought this to attention, and Brian offers his own resin fuselage correction set. Here If you have a Roden kit and want to fix it, Brians correction set can be heartily recommended. However, I decided to have go at fixing it myself with some old fashioned modelling, using what I had available so as to keep the overall cost down. Firstly I sawed the fuselage in half where the rear decking starts, then cut a strip of 40 thou plasticard 6mm wide. This was cut into lengths for the side and bottom of each fuselage half, and inserted where the cut was made. I set them standing proud of the outside surface to give a little sanding room to bring them down flush. Using 40 thou gave a good strong bond as well. The trick here is to do the fuselage halves with the locating holes first (I think it was left side). Lay it on a flat surface when the inserts are first attached, to get a nice straight fuselage half and let it set solidly over night.The next day do the other half with the locating pegs on, and align it on the by now strong other side, to get a perfectly straight fuselage. This left the cockpit decking too short, but fortunately Roden supply two, one for the single gun and one for the twin gun option. I simply cut a 6mm section off one and joined it to the rear of the other, sanding it flush later. I am not 100% certain that the extra length is in the cockpit decking (rather than the rear fabric decking) but I think so, based on studying photographs and plans. Perhaps Triplane experts can throw some light on this? Annoyingly Roden do not supply any decals for the instrument panel, so I sourced some from the spares box. Having built Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe with the 'late' four point Sutton harness, I had a spare etched brass lap type seatbelt which was perfect for the triplane, as again Roden do not supply this. The forward of the two filler caps on the decking need to be filled in and relocated further aft. I simply drilled a hole in the new location and carefully cut one from the spare decking and cemented it in. Before; Having cut the fuselage, there was now a section of fuselge lacing missing on the starboard side. I scraped and sanded off what was there, and replaced it with some Eduard 1/48 etched lacing that I had in stock. Although 1/48, one of the patterns matched perfectly with what was on the kit before I removed it. (Note relocated filler cap) The undercarriage legs do not have much of a contact point where they meet the fuselage, so i decided to fit them while all was still bare plastic for the sake of getting a good strong join all around. Note also that there was a bit of sink marking in the area between the lower wings, as well as other areas where white Milliput has been used to fill in and smooth things up. With Halfords grey primer from a rattle can sprayed on, all was looking encouraging. One real oddity I only spotted after priming was that the underside of the top wing had lots of pinholes in, like resin castings sometimes do. A bit of Milliput sorted that out, but it is a new one on me in injection moulded plastic. Painting is under way, I decided to fit the struts to the middle wings as a bit of filling was needed around them, and paint everything up as a series of sub assemblies. I hope this helps anyone out there contemplating building one of these. They are not to Wingnut Wings Standard, but do build into nice models. The 6 mm extension may not sound like much, but to me it makes a big difference to the look of the model and is well worth doing. Get the wings on and rig it next! Cheers John
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