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As promised in the WIP, here are a few impressions of the classic airframe of Richthofen's DRI, as I felt to have the duty to build once as an adult. So: check on this! I tried to give this a darker red, as usually can be seen on the pictures, which turned out fine, but totally failed to get this in the pictures. Also, as today is quite a dizzy day here in Vienna, I had to use a flash on most of the photos, so this counts as well. I did this almost 100% out of the box, only added two anchor points from Gaspatch, and used EZ line for rigging. Build was - as I see it now with a little distance - fine, only mounting the upper wing was a bit of a challenge, but this been mostly my fault, and the landing gear, which seems to be a bit to high, which can be fixed easily (and done better than I did). So, here's a few pictures:
Modelling seems to be quite a nostalgic thing, and I might be one of the worst in this. I've grown an habit out of building models, that I did as a small kid, like the Swordfish recently, and some others. But I want to stick only to the topic and model, not the specific kit - so I secretely dream of Special Hobby doing a Westland Scout, but shying away from the old, yet original Airfix kit from the 70ies, which I remember having build not only once, in it's blister bag. I loved it. And here's another of these all time favourites, which I build on sunday mornings with my dad, before having lunch with family and therefore moving the kit aside for our traditional Wiener Schnitzel - but still having an eye on the kit while eating - I'm talking about the bagged Fokker Dreidecker from Airfix, in 72 scale, molded in red, when detailled accuracy was only secondary to easy fun. So, it struck me some weeks ago and finally bought Eduards Dr.1 in 48, the Profipack to have all the niceties coming along. I'm a bit in an undecided state of mind; I definitely want to do a good looking model,, but on the other hand I feel like building one, that looks like the old Airfix model, with all of it's historic inaccuracies. So, what I found on some of builds of this specific model, the final result looking a bit, say, "blunt". Not that it lacks any detail, but it just, I don't now, as if the layer of colour on it is a bit to thick. Do you know what i mean? Might be just like that, too many layers of colour, or might also be the red to bright and shiny, looking like a Ferrari and not like a weathered WWI bird. So, what IS decided so far ist the colour, being a red - I used Revell Karminrot matte - added a drop of black, macking it slightly brownish and darker. Also I think of doing some chipping on the cowling, which I painted in Alclad steel yet. Also, I think of painting it semi-matte or even glossy, to make a difference in painted linen and metal. First idea from the workbench: But, then, should I go for one of the historic correct versions, then it will be the all red earlier bird? Or should I take the freedom to mix, my idea is the white tail of the later, but still wearing the croix pattée, instead of the latter (but correct) solid cross. I even think of the white square around, just as depicted on the cover art of the Airfix model. Until continuing, what do you think? Would you opt for accuracy, or allow some freedom for the sake of nostalgia?
Here is my latest completed model, the very nice Eduard Profipack Fokker Triplane. I started this build to mark the centenary of the death of von Richthofen on 21 April 1918. My usual slow pace of building means I an almost on month late. Brush painted with Citadel red - I think it is called something odd like Evilsunz scarlet or some such, over an undercoat of pink. Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos of it in its undercoat, more Pink Panther than Red Baron! Built OOTB using some of the PE provided with the kit, I did droop the elevator as most photos of DR1s show it drooping, also my first attempt at rigging, using thin fishing line. Not perfect but I am happy with the result: Andrew