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AEG G.IV Late 1:32 Wingnut Wings The AEG G.IV late first started to appear with front line units in early 1917 although it wasn’t until the summer that were available in useful numbers. Developed from an early concept of the heavily armed ‘battleplane’ which was designed to fight it’s way through enemy formations, it was the first of the line to be intended solely as a bomber. The battleplane concept was proven to be flawed after heavy losses were suffered, although it partly resurfaced in later years with the Me.110 ‘Zerstorer’. The G.IV is less well known than the Gotha series of bombers, but in fact was able to carry a heavier bomb load. It was also the most popular amongst aircrews as it was considered to be the easiest of the twin engine bombers to fly. At first it was used as day time bomber, but heavy losses soon saw it switched to night bombing raids. Another lesson that was re-learned in second world war. The kit was reviewed almost exactly 2 years ago, but deserved to be allocated sufficient time to tackle the build, which has taken until now. [Edit] Forgot to say there is a Work in Progress here.[/Edit] It is not one for begginers, but is not actually that difficult to build if you have a couple of Wingnut Wings kits under your belt. Of their bigger kits I would think it is one of the simplest to build. There are no wooden areas to depict, the rigging is actually pretty straighforward, being mostly 'X's of wires in the wings. And the fit is so spectacularly good it self aligns everything as you fit it together. The only thing to be wary of is whacking things on your workbench as it gets bigger. There are options to display the engines fully cowled or fully opened. I follwed the suggestion in the instructions to 'mix and match' to create a mostly open framework with the lower parts using elements of cowling. Almost any combination is legitimate, as period photographs will show. It is anothe winner from Wingnut Wings, as I thoroughly enkoyed the build from start to finish. It has proven to be more of a challenge to photograph, due to it's size. Hope you like it. To give an idea of its size, here it is with a WNW Albatros. Thanks for looking, John
Wingnut Wings 1/32 AEG G.IV This will be my 'Big winter project' for this year. It was a decision between the Gotha G.IV, the Flixstowe F.2a, or this. Of the 3 this one looks the simplest with comparitively straightforward rigging, and no natural wood areas to pant. The kit was originally reviewed here. I'm not particulary attracted to the 'sharkmouth' version depicetd on the box art, instead I will finish it as Option D. G.IV 574/18, ‘White IV’ Bogohl 8b, November 1918. Option D. G.IV 574/18, ‘White IV’ Bogohl 8b, November 1918. This aircraft is preserved at the Canadian Air and Space museum at Rockliffe (fantastic museum btw), and I was lucky enough to see it a few years ago when working in Ottawa. In my wildest dreams I would never have thought that a few years later I would be building a state of the art 1/32 injection moulded kit of it. So it really has to be 'White IV'. Link to museum AEG G.IV page And there is a Youtube of it here. Note that the engines are incorrect replacements as the originals went missing sometime in the 1930's/40's. I started by cutting out all the components mentioned in stages 1 & 2 of the instructions, covering most of the cockpit construction, gliung a few parts together where appropriate. The aim is to get everything ready fro priming and spraying in pale green. The balance is between getting as much as possble assembled before painting, thus avoiding getting glue marks on the paintwork, and not having so much assembled that it is awkward to paint the detail. I often start Wingnut kits with the engines, as they are great fun to build. I have both pepared both with items that are 'halves' joined up,and seams sanded off, and most other parts cut out ready for primer. Engines are now bagged up separately, and smaller cockpit parts kept in a small tuuerware tub with a lid, so as not to lose anything. Next up, Halfords grey plastic primer followed by airbrushing basic colours. Thanks for looking, John
Mask sets for Wingnut Wings Felixstowe F.2a and AEG G.IV 1:32 HGW Models Two new masking sets have been received from HGW models, designed for the recent releases from Wingnut Wings. Both are cut on yellow kabuki tape with very crisp edges to each element. Kabuki tape is by far the best material for making masks from, as it adheres well to the surface, has a litlle 'give' in it for compound curves, and easliy peels off leaving no residue. 632029 Felixstowe F.2a This set is most applicable to the early version of the F.2a with the fully enclosed cockpit glazing.Masks are provided for all the glazing elements and should make light work of it. The masks for the propeller tips are very welcome. Having struggled to do similar masking on my FE.2b 4 bladed prop, I know how hard it was to make 8 similar shaped masking elements. All the hard work has been done for you here. 632030 AEG G.IV Also finely cut on yellow kabuki tape, there are elements here for the propeller hubs, wheels, and glazing. The large clear panel (part C4) on the underside adn both the small cockpit windshields are provided for. The wheel masks will also be useful and make swift work of accurately painting all four tyres. Conclusion. These are very useful items, and I notice that HGW has quite an extensive range for Wingnut Wings kits. I wish I had known about the one for the Fe2b prop earlier! It is proving virtually impossible to photograph the yellow sheets and show the detail of the elements on them. The cutting is very fine and sharp though, so I would expect them to go onto the model surfaces and give very neat edges to the paint, particularly if you spray paint. Both those reviewed here are of excellent quality, and the set for the Felixstowe F.2a (early) will be essential for anyone building this kit, and the AEG G.IV set will make light work if some fiddly masking. Highly recommended Review samples courtesy of
AEG G.IV Late 1:32 Wingnut Wings [Edit] January 2017 - kit now being built over in 'Work in Progress' [/Edit] Introduction. The AEG G.IV late first started to appear with front line units in early 1917 although it wasn’t until the summer that were available in useful numbers. Developed from an early concept of the heavily armed ‘battleplane’ which was designed to fight it’s way through enemy formations, it was the first of the line to be intended solely as a bomber. The battleplane concept was proven to be flawed after heavy losses were suffered, although it partly resurfaced in later years with the Me.110 ‘Zerstorer’. The G.IV is less well known than the Gotha series of bombers, but in fact was able to carry a heavier bomb load. It was also the most popular amongst aircrews as it was considered to be the easiest of the twin engine bombers to fly. At first it was used as day time bomber, but heavy losses soon saw it switched to night bombing raids. Another lesson that was re-learned in second world war. The aircraft commander was not the pilot, rather he occupied the nose gun position and presumably issued any instructions from there. Due to the high likelihood of the aircraft nosing over during the take off run or on landing, he had a temporary seat beside the pilot, which he used at the these times. Wingnut Wings have now released a model of this aircraft in 2 versions covering its early and late incarnations, of which we have received the ‘late’ boxing for review. Of all Wingnuts promised releases, this is the one I have been most eagerly awaiting since their series of Fokker D.VII’s came out. Packed in large (deeper and wider) box than most, the lid has a striking painting of a shark mouthed G.IV lifting off against an orange sunset. Compared to an Albatros box; Anticipation was high as the lid was lifted for the first time, to reveal a box absolutely filled to capacity with individually shrink wrapped sprues. First glances show that the wonderful level of intricate and detailed mouldings that are the hallmark of Wingnuts engineering are all there across 17 sprue trees. There are also 3 A4 sized decal sheets of night lozenge fabric, another of Balkenkreutz & individual markings, and a smaller one with interior lozenge and more exterior for the nose area, including the shark mouth. Also included is a small etched brass fret with 3 sets of seatbelts and some internal pulleys and chains. Finally we have the Instruction book/reference manual, in the full and complete Wingnuts style. Sprue A. This covers many if the detailed cockpit interior components, all very finely moulded. Internal bomb racks are provided along with seats and various ancilliary fittings. The construction sequences are accompanied by detailed photographs of both original machines and the one preserved at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. There are some fabulous pictures of the whole of the interior, showing a goldmine of information. close ups of the sharp and neatly defined mouldings; Beautiful finesse on the these parts; Sprue B. Here we have the upper wing outboard sections, and the fin & rudder. Sprue C. The small windscreens and glass door for the lower gun. Sprue D1. Here we have the engine mounts and associated strutting, along with a choice of 3 different propellers. The intricate frameworks are only needed if you choose to build fully or partly exposed engines. Otherwise there are all the panels that go to create anything from a partly to full cowled engine nacelle. Finely moulded radiators, pipes, and mounts are provided, and there are even small deals to fit to the tops of them. A pair of the larger 100 Kg PuW bombs are also supplied for mounting on the external bomb rack under the fuselage center. Sprue D2. The tailplanes, various bombs, the wing struts and wheels are the main components here. Again two sets are provided. A nice touch is the choice of weighted or unweighted tyres with separate outer hubs to ease painting. If you are going to build your G.IV bombed up ready for a mission, the weighted tyres are an obvious choice. Sprue E. Again there are 2 of these, for the Daimler-Mercedes D.Iva engines. Beautifully moulded detail with every nut and bolt, and easy assembly are standard on every Wingnuts engine I have built. I usually start all my builds with these as they are model in their own right and give you an early sense of satisfaction. They are little gems, with even the dataplates as decals to attach, the only thing you might want to add is some spark plug leads from fine thread or fuse wire. On the G.IV the engines can be left exposed, and will form a centrepiece of the model. I expect most will go for one or both engines exposed, perhaps just setting one fully or partly cowled. Sprue F. The fuselage halves, cockpit floor, and interior side panels with very delicate moulding are here. The instructions point out where various holes will need drilling to cater for the differences between the ‘early’ and ‘late’ boxings of the kit, and the different fittings that go in them. The rear cockpit has internal bomb racks on both sides, wheras the early version only has a rack on the starboard side, so this needs to be opened up as well. All is very clear shown in the instructions. Sprue G. There are 3 of these, with various machine guns on them. Only 1 type, the LMG 14/17 Parabellum is required. As usual these are crisply moulded with excellent detail. Sprue H. Here we have the upper and lower wing centre sections, and cockpit coaming. Beautiful detailing on the walkways between the fuselage and engines; Sprue I. The lower outer wing panels, engine ‘bath tubs’ and side panels. Lovely rib tape details are moulded on, with a gentle amount of fabric sag between them. They are quite large mouldings but there is not a trace of any sink marks anywhere on them. Large tabs are provided at the root end to locate them in to corresponding slots in the centre section, making it a doddle to line everything up. Sprue J. More strutting and the other halves of the tubular frameworks for the engine cowlings. These frameworks will not be required if you decide to fully cowl your engines. There is some complicated looking struttery to go between the fuselage sides and the engine cowlings, but these are moulded in pre-set units of 3 struts each, a forward and aft set, that again will make child’s play of setting and aligning everything up. Engine mounting struts and cowling framework for the uncowled engine option; Sprue L. A small sprue holding the gunners coamings and gun mounting rings that fit in them. Photo Etch. Lap type seat belts for each of the 3 crew positions, and some nice pulley & chains to affix to the control column/steering wheel assembly. The other items are not required, so those unneeded LMG.14’s from sprue G can all go into the spares box with etched jackets. Very useful! Decals. An impressive set of decal sheets are provided to cover virtually all of the exterior with night type lozenge fabric. All are in pre-shaped ‘cookie cutter’ format, and there are even lighter sections provided for the fuselage interior. Data plates, instrument faces, propeller logos and a mass of other tiny items are the sheet holding the individual aircraft markings. All are printed by Cartograf, so quality is assured. 5 Options are provided, all for night bombers. Option A. G.IV 848/17 ‘White 1’, Bogohl 8b, May 1918. Option B. G.IV 850/17, ‘White 2’ Bogohl 8b, June 1918. Option C. G.IV ‘White VII’, mid to late 1918. Option D. G.IV 567/18, ‘White 7’ Bogohl 8b, mid to late 1918. Option D. G.IV 574/18, ‘White IV’ Bogohl 8b, November 1918. Conclusion. Well what can I say? Every new Wingnut Wings release is eagerly awaited and nudges the bar higher each time. Who would have ever thought a few years ago that a 1:32nd AEG G.IV would ever be produced as a mainstream injection moulded kit. What we have here is just extraordinary in its depth of detail and completeness. The quality of moulding is faultless, and previous experience says that it will fit together with precision. These kits require careful building as the fit tolerances are so tight that you can’t have primer or paint on mating surfaces, particularly those in recesses or sockets. But that’s what we want isn’t it? Accurate models engineered so you don’t have to use filler and brute force to get them together. This one isn’t for beginners, but if you’ve got a couple of Wingnut Wings single seaters under your belt, it should be well within your capabilities. By every measure this is an outstanding kit. Simply fabulous. Very highly recommended Review sample courtesy of