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IBG Models from Poland (http://ibgmodels.com/) is to release a new tool 1/72nd RWD-8 kit - ref. 72501 - RWD-8 PWS - ref. 72502 - RWD-8 DWL - ref. 72527 - RWD-8 DWL in Palestine (Israeli Service) Sources: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2015/Bilder_AT/Bilder_AT_1.htm http://www.modellversium.de/galerie/2-ausstellungen/11739-spielwarenmesse-nuernberg-2015-teil-2-verschiedene-hersteller.html V.P.
Here is the completed model of this attractive and widely produced parasol monoplane in its colorful civil guise, that started over the Holidays at the in-laws under extremely harsh conditions (British food and unintelligible language). My thanks again to friend and fellow modeler Sönke Schulz, the kind donor of the kit from his Zekret Vaultz at the Volkano Lair. The aftermarket photoetched set and decals were a nice complement to the kit, that in spite of its age can still be made into a nice model. I have two more kits of this charming little thing, that I look forward to turn into companion models. It will be much easier now that I learned the tricks they need. You may visit the WIP thread in this very site here: RWD-5, RWD-6 and RWD-8: with the Praga E114b: "Sturm und Drang", the very popular duo from Volkania, cheer-up the day:
My dear Britmodellers Having built the RWD-5 and RWD-6, both posted here at BM, I decided to follow suit with the RWD-8, another ungainly but ultimately charming Polish effort: This old but still reasonably good kit was gifted to me by my good friend Sønke Schulz, an Evil Genius that has a lair in a Volkano, in the country of Volkania, of which you may haven't heard before. Here is his note, from his very hand: Such magnanimous gesture deserved an equally flamboyant build, so I decided to get the box with me in our holidays trip to visit the inlaws, and start the build there. How can that be done -you may rhetorically ask yourself- in the midst of scores of relatives, pets, libations, and people speaking unintelligible languages (they are from Yorkshire and Ireland)? Well, to start with, I first acquired a Yorkshire cap, in order to ingratiate myself with the majority of the inlaws (and hopefully with some members of the BM distinguished audience): Foreseeing this event, I had also purchased a Part after-market set of photo-etched parts, and two sets of Yahu instrument panels: As said, the kit is still holding: I made a box with the basic needs just to start the model, that is, to separate the parts and clean them, check the fit, and glue the bits that could be glued together without having to paint. For a mold this old, there is surprisingly no flash whatsoever, and hardly any noticeably mold lines. The detail is fair, if profoundly (never that well said) marked on the wings, which will require some subduing. Researching the history of this kit I found that replacement resin parts had been issued more than once, to correct some shortcomings on accuracy. I looked around but the parts are not easily available at this time, nor I am completely convinced that I want them. There is a surprisingly wide range of decorations that this little parasol monoplane can wear, and the kit provides a few of which I still have to check accuracy. In any case, will see how much of this can be done as my Third World relatives mill around preparing (and eating, mind you!) British food, which is kind of an oxymoron. Will try to keep this diary in exile from my building board. Alea jacta est.
I'm normally loathe to do RFIs, especially when, as in this case, my own clumsiness lets a good kit down, but this is perhaps a special circumstance, as much of the kit in question was a gift. Earlier this year, which seems about a hundred years ago at this point, I built some Polish Spitfires. I guess some people liked the thread, because I got a PM from @GrzeM , who had seen I was interested in building IBG's RWD-8 kit; Grzegorz knows some of the people over at Arma Hobby (now lamentably out of the resin game, though I'm excited to see what they'll do in the plastic kit arena), and he'd showed my build thread to them; they offered to send me their corrected resin wing and engine cowl for the kit, and Grzegorz, who knew I wanted to build a Polish air force model (none of IBG's two, soon to be three boxings of the kit have PAF markings, even though for one, a Polish air force aircraft is the box art!) scrounged around and found some exceedingly rare decals to allow me to build one. All of this was exceptionally kind on the part of everyone concerned, especially seeing as, having seen some of my builds, they knew the end result would not necessarily show their products to advantage. There are a number of errors present here, all of my own making. The only suitable Polish national markings I had were for PZL P.7s and P.11c aircraft, and those are noticeably larger than the ones on the RWD-8. Additionally, I carelessly damaged the serials, which were red, and had to replace them with some WW1 Pegasus RFC serials and the kit RWD.8 rudder markings, which are black and white, respectively. Any other errors you spot are of course also my own. I'm also, as you'll soon see, a poor photographer. Build thread here.
Here is my take on IBG's recent release RWD-8 kit. An initial trainer rather like Britain's Tiger Moth, the parasol-winged RWD-8 was made by two manufacturers, DWL for the civilian market and PWL for the military and civil markets. The main difference, sfaik, is in the undercarriage, and the kit helpfully includes both types. The components were quite fine and hard to remove without breaking but overall the build was quite intuitive and went well. The decal option was a little disappointing (a single rather drab civilian flying school example rather than the military version illustrated on the box) so I did some research online and found a crashed example, serial 34-73, which I was able to mock up using my spares box. The Polish chequers on the rudder are undoubtedly too big and the underwing letters/numbers are a litle ropey but passable if you don't look too closely. Overall, a nicely-moulded kit of an attractive little aircraft and an enjoyable build.