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  1. For this group build I'd like to have a go at the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe (Early) which was a gift from my friends and evil overlords at Sovereign Hobbies, Gill and Jamie I've not built a Wingnut Wings kit before but the unanimous opinion of the BM Hive Mind and beyond indicates I should have an enjoyable build as long as I don't make a total hash of it through some gross stupidity or carelessness of my own (and let's not rule that out until I am finished). Forgive the quality (or lack thereof) of the pictures, the light is pretty poor here at the moment but I didn't want to use the flash... here's the (very sturdy) box: The instructions and the large sheet of transfers - there is a little etched fret in with the transfers too, mostly seatbelt details and gun parts: The fuselage sprue: Wings: Mostly internal parts: Engine parts, clear parts and various ancillaries and a card showing it was purchased from BlackMike Models : ... and finally something I bought just to see how it looks, the HGW fabric seatbelt set designed for this kit. As the open cockpit will give a lot away I thought I might need all the help I can get Cheers, Stew
  2. Here is my latest and last before I begin the Floatplane GB...Eastern Express's Sopwith Snipe in Russian livery... A pretty straightforward build, not real snags. The colors are MisterKit PC-10 and British WW1 Doped Linen, Tamiya Royal Light Gray, Vallejo Aluminum...I airbrushed the lot except for the aluminum. MisterKit airbrushed really well as long as it isn't too thin. It covers much better than with a stick brush. The decals are OOB, but after some research, I trimmed off the white roundels around the black stars. I have seen the rudder in both CDL and light blue and I chose light blue for the look. The WingNuts page is an excellent resource for the rigging and I was pleased to see they did not encourage any double lines, so I did not as well. Rigging is the good mix of fishing line, EZ-line and stretched sprue, depending on where it was used. A nice little model and a good addition to the Post WW1 shelf. Controls horns fore and aft are brass wire through drilled holes. I chose to photograph it outside on the terrace in the shade to use the diffused light. I adjusted the white balance , worked with the shadow/highlights, colour balance, etc...then cropped. I think they are better than my usual pics. See you all at the starting line on Sunday!
  3. ...with apologies to Viv Stanshall for the title, I couldn't resist it! If you don't know what I'm talking about see HERE This is the brilliant Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe with Pheon Decals 'Post War Sopwith Snipes'. There is a build log Here so I won't repeat anything but to say that The Snipe was a late first world war fighter that went on to serve in the Post War RAF. 'Bonzo' was entered by RAF Halton in the 1923 Duke of Yorks Air race, as part of the winning team. A Bristol Fighter and Avro 504 were the other team members. It is one of many options on the Pheon sheet, which you will want to treat yourself to if you either plan to get, or already have in the stash. Here she is, one of the most enjoyable builds I've had in a while, I hope you like her. I bought a lovely resin pilot figure from the MDC stand a this years Cosford show, and have painted him up to stand with the Snipe. This is a bit scary because the photo is bigger than than the real life size of the pilot. Ready to climb in and fly! Thanks for looking. John
  4. Sopwith Snipe Post War RAF 1:32 Pheon Decals The release of Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe in 'late' form opened up the possibilty of post war colour 'Silver Wing' schemes, and indeed the kit does provide a couple of options. As the Snipe was selected as the mainstay of the post war fighter squadrons there are many more potential schemes, and Pheon Decals have come up with a comprehensive sheet to cover them. Printed by Fantasy Printshop on A4 sized decal paper, first impressions are excellent. The colours look to be spot on, and have good opacity. Where there is a doubt about original colour, such as the number '5' on option three for the 111 sqn machine, you get both red and black decals to make your own choice with. The printing is pin sharp and carrier film hard to see, but thin and minimal. Separate centres are provided for the three colour roundels and various parts have cut outs where they need to fit around projecions like footseps. I particularly like the fin markings for option 5, which are supplied as either just the star element for you to paint the black yourself, or as an overall covering for the whole fin. Star mask patterns are in the instructions should you wish to paint the black. Note how beautifully fine the printing is. It is an intelligently designed sheet, optimised to give you the parts for as many different finishes as possible. There is barely any wasted space, but the designs are not so closely packed as to make it difficult to remove the various elements. Finally, nothing is duplicated from what is already supplied with the kit, the sheet providing all the unique elements required for each aircraft. Four A4 sheets printed on thick glossy card are provided in full colour showing side profiles, with plan views of wings where required. All options are in overall silver with paint variations in silver doped or natural metal areas, and varnished wood or painted struts, as well as the decal options themselves. Accompanying these is an 11 page instruction booklet containing some history of the Snipe, information on using the decals, and a little write up for each option, including some colour photos of the RAF museum Snipe. Note that options 10 and 11 require you to paint the single colour fuselage stripes yourself, a simple task if you have a roll of Tamiya tape to hand. Personally I rather like that Pheon have made use of the space on the sheet to squeeze in a couple more options rather than leave blank space. The options are; (1) E6655, 'B' Flight, 1 Sqn, Iraq 1925. (2) E6942, 'A' Flight, No. 3(F) Sqn, RAF Manston, 1924. (3) f2441, 111 Sqn, Duxford, 1924. (4) F2408, 23 Sqn, Henlow, 1925/6. (5) E6268, 32 Sqn, Kenley, 1924. (6) F2527, 111 Sqn, 'A' Flight Commander, Duxford, 1924. (7) E7538, 19 Sqn, Duxford, 1924. (8) E8358, 'Bonzo' No.1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton, 1923. (9) E7528, 25(F) Sqn, San Stefano, Constantinople during the Chanak crisis, September 1922. (10) E6825, 41 Sqn, Northolt, 1923. (11) E7423, 25(F) Sqn, Hawkings, 1923/4. Conclusion. Pheon have produced an outstanding set of decals here, both in terms of the selection of options and the actual quality of the decals themselves. The icing on the cake is the full colour profiles and the instruction booklet to guide you through them all. I am having real trouble deciding which one to select for my Snipe currently under construction, because I want to do at least six of them. A decision must be made however, and if I have to short list three they are, Options (1), (5), and (8). An almost impossible but very enjoyable decision to have to make! The Wingnut Wings Snipe is an exeptional kit, one of the best of the best, and without a doubt Pheon have produced a decal sheet worthy of it. Very highly recommended Review sample courtesy of Pheon Decals. [Edit] I've just discovered that Pheon will be at the IPMS Barnet show taking place at the RAF museum Hendon on 19th May. With luck they will have the latest releases including a sheet for the 'early' Snipe kit with Willam Barkers E8102 on it (Wingnuts missed a trick with this one). Plus some Fokker D.VII's in the Red/White Jasta 18 'Ravens' colours, and some captured Canadian examples. The new sheets for the Hannover should be ready too. Lovers of Wingnut Wings kits form an orderly queue! [/Edit]
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