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  1. ruth


    FE.2b Early My next project is the FE.2b early of Wingnut Wings in 1/32. The machine will be the FE.2b with the number 6352 “Baroda 15” from 23 Squadron in March 1916. His opponent was Immelmann, with his Fokker E.II I will build it afterwards. Until now, I did not find an original photo of this machine. If someone has a photo of this machine, so please put it into the forum. That would make me very happy about it. If somebody has the book about the FE2b from Cross & Cockade, which is out of stock, and the pdf not ready yet. Maybe. One thing more: You suggestion for the top color PC8. What did you use in opposite to PC10? In Hendon, RAF museum, I only saw the black FE.2b. Happy modelling
  2. Hello Chaps, since my engine teaser '' Rollout'' several month ago i went on pretty slow but build up the cockpit and inner fuselage parts and hopefully can close the fuselage over the weekend...... Since this is not a classic ''Work in progress'', i'm building way too slow for that i will add further pics from time to time.... For now some cockpit shots, hope you like it... Cheers Hans Some Prop & Parts....
  3. It's been a while since I posted a new project due mainly to the fact that I've been working away from home during the week so not much opportunity for model building. I've been wanting to get my teeth into something challenging so decided to have a shot at the Wingnut Wings Ship's Camel. I've quite a few WNW kits in the stash at this stage but this will be my first attempt at building one. 2018-01-03-21.37 by Martin Fay, on Flickr My first task was to experiment with wood effect finishes. I took some old, out of date business cards and gave them a blast of primer followed by a base colour. I did one each of Tamiya XF-55: Deck Tan Tamiya XF-59: Desert Yellow Mr Hobby H4: Yellow Mr Hobby H37: Wood Brown Mr Hobby H329: US Navy Yellow I then applied Raw Umber, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna to each giving me 15 sample colour swatches to choose from for the desired wood effect. 2018-01-03-21.24 by Martin Fay, on Flickr I know, I know; I'm worse than the missus choosing finishes for a new kitchen!
  4. Halberstadt Cl.II & RE.8 “Harry Tate” (32804) 1:32 - Wingnut Wings Not only do Wingnut Wings produce outstanding kits, they also produce a number of ‘Duellists’ double kits which depict the actual aircraft that took part in a known and documented incident. The latest of these pairs their new Halberstadt Cl.II with the long out of production RE.8. The event took place on 9th June 1918, when the Schlasta 13 Halberstadt was being flown by the inexperienced crew of Kuesler and Mullenbach. Returning from a patrol, they were heading back to their own lines when they were intercepted by a 3 Squadron RE.8 being flown by Roderick Armstrong and Frank Mart. Armstrong and Mart forced the Germans down and captured the Halberstadt undamaged. Flown back to Britain and extensively tested, it formed the basis of a capture report in Flight magazine on 10 October 1918. The kit. In one of Wingnut Wings large boxes, lifting the lid reveals the two kits packaged side by side in their own compartments. The lid itself depicts the incident getting under way, with Armstrong flying the RE.8 and Mart aiming his Lewis gun firmly at the hapless Kuesler and Mullenbach in the Cl.II. Steve Anderson really does produce the most amazing artwork, telling the story and at the same time showing the aircraft to perfection. The Halberstadt Cl.II The parts are the same as provided in the Halberstadt Cl.II reviewed here with the exception of sprue F, which has been replaced with sprue G. This holds the parts particular to the 'Late' version of the CL.II, which had the LMG 08/15 Spandau moved from the port to the starboard side in front of the pilot, resulting in changes also to the instrument panel and cowlings. The RE.8. The RE.8 was the workhorse of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force, serving from mid-1917 until the end of the war in November 1918. More than 4,000 were produced by various sub-contractors, and it served widely in all theatres of the Great War. Regarded as a competent rather than great aircraft, perhaps the most telling comment is that it rapidly disappeared from service when the war was over, whilst its contemporary, the Bristol F.2B continued into the 1930’s. Sharing the other side of ‘The duellists’ box, the plastic sprues are all individually wrapped, and then sealed in another bag to keep them all together. I built the individual release of this kit back in 2014, so can perhaps add a little more to this review. In short, I had no problems whatsoever, it went together beautifully, and was a total pleasure to work on. On the real aircraft the interior is formed around a wooden framework, which is where assembly of the kit starts. There is a stunning amount of detail on all the parts, with ‘routing’ and metal brackets on the engine bearers being a nice touch. There are levers, wheels, ammo drums, oil & fuel tanks, wireless sets, etched brass belts etc. all to be painted and added to the main framework. The instrument panel is the best of the lot, an absolute gem, and very visible on the finished model. There are a fair amount of simple bracing wires between the frames. I used heat stretched sprue on mine, secured with white glue. The end result is outstanding, being a very satisfying and rewarding kit to build. I actually started my build with the RAF 4a engine, as engines are my favourite part of these kits. The real one is a V12, and a complicated (but interesting) looking piece of engineering. Wingnut Wings have made construction easy, the main assembly consists of a three part crankcase, with each cylinder being in two halves. Assembly is faultless, everything fits together like a dream. The only thing you have to do is plan your painting and assembly sequence, which really means assemble as much as you can without the cylinders on, paint them black and most everything else in silver before bringing it all together for final assembly. Even the ignition wires are provided as a bunched loom, so that is one less job that I normally do with fuse wire. Finishing it all off are those two great big steamboat like exhaust stacks. With engine and interior done the two fuselage halves can be brought together. The moulded stitching on the exterior is crisply done, and quite a big feature of this model as it runs virtually the whole length on both sides of the fuselage. After the lower wings are fitted, various other items are added to the fuselage exterior, such as the elevator control line cranks, and the Vickers gun with its Constatinesco synchronisation gear. The leather reinforcement patches for control line exit points are provided on the etched brass fret. The top wing is made up from a two part centre section, with the main planes being single moulding with separate ailerons. The centre section is moulded in clear plastic as several RE.8's had the inner panels covered in transparent Cellon, to improve upward visibility. However, it was not the case with the subject of this kit, so can just be painted over. These are big parts for single mouldings but are absolutely flawless, with no sink marks or any blemishes. The fabric and rib detail is done to perfection, and when assembled the upper wing becomes quite a big piece. I usually re-inforce the aileron mounts by drilling and pinning them with fine brass wire. It is not strictly essential, but I knocked the ailerons off a couple of my earlier completed builds whilst handling them, so prefer to do this nowadays. They are only fitted in the final stages of the build when all painting and decaling are done. Putting the top wing on is undeniably a stressful moment. The main thing is to test fit each strut into its socket and clear out any primer/paint/detritus to ensure a smooth fit. A nice touch is that the strut ends are all keyed to matching sockets, so you can’t get them wrong. When all is ready, use plastic cement such as Revell Contatcta to assemble it upside down, staring with the Centre section and working outwards. Carefully lift it to rest in the empty box, wing leading edges first, as shown in the instruction book. Next to go on is the undercarriage, and fortunately this is quite sturdy as by this stage the model will be becoming surprisingly heavy. The tyres have miniature lettering moulded on to them, but you will probably require a magnifying glass to read it all! Carburettors and cowlings need to be added, along with that superb, huge four bladed prop. The moulding is a work of art, it is all curves and twists, with super fine trailing edges. Finally the observers Scarff ring and Lewis gun are added to complete the model. The brackets on the Scarff ring are etched brass, as there really is no other way they could be done. I added cream painted fuse wire to represent the bungee cord on mine. The gun ring and a pair of underwing bomb racks are contained on sprue R, of which two are supplied. This is the standard 'RFC Armaments' sprue supplied in several kits, and also has Lewis and Vickers guns, various bombs and ammo drums that can all go in the spares box. It is one of the more complex of Wingnut Wings Kits due largely to the amount of rigging, but well within the capability of anyone who has completed a few 1/32 biplanes. There is nothing complex about it, it is just that there is a fair bit to do. Option 1. Halberstadt Cl.II 15342/17 'III' Kuessler & Mullenbach, Schlasta 13, 9 June 1918. Option 2. RE.8 D4689 'P' RC Armstrong & HJ Mart, 3 Sqn AFC, 9 June 1918. Decals. There are two sheets of decals, the larger one of A4 size containing the lozenge decals for the Halberstadt, and the slightly smaller one has all the individual markings for both aircraft. A small supplementary sheet is included for the RE.8, with a large letter 'P' for the upper wing, and tailfin serial number 'D4689' in plain white, as it was on the day of the incident depicted. (The main sheet has it in black edged in white, as per delivery to the squadron). Printed by Cartograf they look to be of excellent quality, with fine detail, good colours, and in perfect register. The 5 colour lozenge decal look particularly good, both the upper (darker) and lower (lighter) colours look just right to my eye. Also they are in 'cookie cutter' format, making application much easier. Some extra guidance on producing the typical Halberstadt 'stippled' finish is helpfully provided in Wingnut Wings website. Conclusion. This is another inspired pairing to add to the 'Duellists' series of double kits. Having a pair of aircraft linked together by the same story adds extra interest. It is especially intriguing that an RE.8 crew succeeded in capturing an intact Halberstadt, as it is so often portrayed as an inferior aircraft. It just shows that in the hands of a competent crew, it wasn't such a bad aircraft. Both are beautiful kits, and having built the original release of the RE.8 I can confirm that it is superbly engineered, and builds up without problems. It is also one of the most impressive finished models in my display cabinet. From the instruction booklet to the superb mouldings, the etched brass, the decals, the presentation, everything is done to the highest possible standard. It is great to have the RE.8 available again so get this set while you can, you'll love it! Highly Recommended Review sample courtesy of
  5. Halberstadt Cl.II (Early) 1:32 Wingnut Wings (32049) Announced a couple of months ago, Wingnut Wings have now released two boxings of the Halberstadt CL.II, in ‘Early’ and ‘Late’ versions. Designed in 1917as two seat escort fighter and ground attack machine, the CL.II served from July 1917 until the end of the war in November 1918. Of all wood construction, the CL.II was smaller than existing two seaters (‘C’ types) and lighter (the ‘L’ part of its designation). Consequently is had a good rate of climb, top speed, and manoeuvrability, with excellent communication possible between the closely located pilot and gunner. It proved to be popular with its crews and very effective in its designated roles. Some 700 were built by Halberstadt and a further 200 by Bayerische Flugzeug-Werke (BFW). They were often attached to specialised ‘Schutzstaffel’ Protection Squadrons, whose job was to fly escort to traditional two seat reconnaissance and artillery spotting aircraft. Following their transition to the ground attack and infantry support role, they were renamed ‘Schlaststaffel ‘ Battle Squadrons. The Kit. Presented in Wingnut Wings familiar silver edged box, the glorious Steve Anderson painting depicts the ‘flame’ decorated Schusta 26b machine (options C) over the lines, about to receive attention from an approaching Sopwith Camel. Lifting the lid reveals the plastic components on four large and one smaller sprue, with a further small one holding the clear parts. The decals fill two large A4 sized sheets covering all the individual markings for five options, with a full set of five colour lozenge in upper and lower colours. As always the ‘icing on the cake’ is the superb instruction booklet in full colour. This is more than just a set of construction drawings as it contains period photographs of CL.II’s, showing detailed close ups where these help to illustrate particular details. Further photographs show some of the actual aircraft offered as options. The assembly drawings are beautifully clear, explain every step with clarity, and pointing out many of the variations that must be made for the particular aircraft chosen to build. One thing I always appreciate is the full colour sub assembly drawings, showing how the completed cockpit area should look. Not only does this remove any doubts, but it helps to plan the painting sequence for all the components. Construction begins with the cockpit, filled with lovely details like the fuel tank upon which the pilots seat is affixed, the compass, the pressurising pump, wire reel etc, finished off with etched brass seat belts and numerous little placard decals. The Telefunken Type D wireless and amplifier set is a little gem that I expect most modellers will want to install. A small number of control wires run down the cockpit sides, and can be replicated with the rigging material of your choice. The illustrations show exactly where they go. The Daimler Mercedes D.III engine can be built as one of three versions, a standard 160hp D.III, a 180hp D.IIIa, or a 200hp D.IIIau. The instructions make it very clear which parts are appropriate for which version, and are backed up with contemporary black & white photos, and full colour CAD drawings of the finished engine. A fixed LMG 08/15 Spandau machine gun is fitted on the port side in front of the pilot. Wingnut Wing provide a choice of two, one as solid plastic moulding, and the others with and etched brass slotted cooling jacket for higher detail. A similar choice is available for the observers LMG 14 Parabellum later on in the build. With the engine and interior built up, the two fuselage halves are joined together. Various ‘rivets’ and tabs need to be shaved off the exterior surface, as they are only appropriate to the ‘late’ version Halberstadt. This is a simple task to do, and clearly pointed out in the instructions. With the fuselage halves together, construction moves on to adding the lower wings and tailplanes, and that very distinctive gun ring over the observers cockpit. Very early machines (Options B & D) had a smaller rudder than later ones, and although the difference is subtle Wingnut Wings supply both. All the parts for the 'Early' version are on sprue 'F'. One little detail that I particularly like about German aircraft of this period is that several of them had a compass mounted out on the port wing, away from magnetic interference. This Halberstadt is one of them, and it makes an interesting and eye catching detail on the finished model, particularly as the decal for it is a little masterpiece that is fully readable under a magnifying glass. Struts and engine cowlings (complete with etched brass flash guard for scale thickness) are fitted next, in preparation for the multi-part upper wing being fitted. This comprises of upper and lower center sections halves, solid outer panels, and separate ailerons. The radiator detail is moulded into the center section parts, with lovely sharp definition. The fuel tank even gets a clear plastic sighting tube to fit on its top surface. The wings themselves have rib and delicate fabric ‘sag’ detail, with ultra fine trailing edges. No doubt the top wing will fit on flawlessly with everything lining up to perfection. One thing I learned early on is not to use cyano on the struts, but slower setting glue such as Revell Contacta. This gives you time to pop all struts fully into their sockets and check that everything is lining up as it should. Next up is the undercarriage, with the option of faired and unfaired axles. (I always use fine fishing line to rig the legs, and it is amazing how much strength this gives them, just like on the real thing). The kit supplies Neindorf, Garuda, and Axial propellers, with the instructions pointing out which one goes with each option. All are impressive mouldings with superb hub detail moulded in, and unlike many other manufacturers, there are no sink marks on the blade roots. The build is completed by fitting either an LMG 14 or LMG 14/17 machine gun for the observer, plus a choice of flare racks and cartridges to locate around the rear cockpit. There is even a choice of flare pistols to put inside. The rigging is at moderate level, as this is a single bay biplane. There are no double wires or awkward runs, so it should not present any difficulties using your preferred method of elastic line, fishing line, stretched sprue etc. Options. A. Halberstadt CL.II 5702/17 “3 Martha & Else”, Max Niemann & Rudolf Kolodzicj, Royal Prussian Schlasta 21, October 1918. B. Halberstadt CL.II “4 Rosi” Royal Bavaraian Schusta 23b, Early 1918. C. Halberstadt CL.II “4” Royal Bavaraian Schusta 26b, Early 1917. D. Halberstadt CL.II “1”, Fridolin Redenbach, Royal Bavaraian Schusta 27b, September 1917. E. Halberstadt CL.II “4 Dora”, Royal Bavaraian Schusta 27b, March 1918. Decals. Decals are printed by Cartograf, and are of the usual faultless quality. Everything is in perfect register with minimal carrier film and good colours. Two A4 sized sheets are provided, with the first covering all the different markings and detail items. It is always the little placards and instrument dials that impress me most, they are such perfect little miniatures and really add so much to the finished model. The ‘flame’ section for option C is wisely provided as the ‘fingers’ only, as it will be necessary to paint the forward section of the fuselage due to the compound curves. The second sheet contains a set of ‘upper’ and’ lower’ 5 colour lozenge in ‘cookie cutter’ format. This is a very helpful idea as the fabric on the CL.II was applied at 45 degrees, which would be a little awkward to do with strips of decal. Pay attention to the instructions, because only option E had the standard upper and lower lozenge fabric applied. C,D, and B had the ‘lower’ lozenge applied on the upper surfaces, with the lowers covered in bleached linen. Option A had yellow painted wings, but this would have been over the standard lozenge as per option E. Whether you want to do this or just omit the lozenge and go straight for yellow paint is your choice, but all of this is shown in the instructions. Halberstadt had an unusual method of painting the CL.II’s fuselage. Patches of greens, brown yellow and blue were covered with a ‘stipple’ effect. Wingnut Wings helpfully have a guide on their website showing how to achieve this with an airbrush set to low pressure. Both the ‘Early’ and ‘Late’ versions of this kit have an option in them that does not have this stipple finish, should you want to avoid it. Conclusion. Without a doubt, another masterpiece from Wingnut Wings. It has everything we have come to expect from them, attractive box art and packaging, flawless mouldings, superb decals, and instructions that are more like a detailed reference manual. This is a very good looking aeroplane with lots of interesting marking options. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that it quickly becomes one of their best sellers. Very Highly recommended  Review sample courtesy of
  6. UPDATE Thanks gavingav ! Three new Wingnut Wings kits in development to be announced at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show in Tokyo - 28-30 September 2018. Source: http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/ - ref. 32043 - Avro Lancaster B.Mk.I/III : 1/32 - http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3193 - ref. 32044 - Avro Lancaster B.Mk.III "Dambusters" : 1/32 - http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3194 - ref. 32062 - Halberstadt Cl.II (late) - see Britmodeller thread here: link - Scale: 1/32 - http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3195 V.P.
  7. Source: http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3189 - ref. 32049 - New model in development to be announced at the Shizuoka Hobby Show (10-13 May 2018) hopefully for release later in 2018. Update on September 29th, 2018: - ref. 32049 : Halberstadt CL.II - early - ref. 32062 : Halberstadt CL.II - late V.P.
  8. Just read an e-mail from Wingnut Wings that says there will be a new model announcement at the IPMS nationals on Sunday! No idea what that could be.
  9. 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
  10. Hi everyone, thought I'd post my latest build. I really enjoy Wingnut Wings kits. Love to take my time and be methodical. There's a few mistakes, as normal. I was thinking for ages how to do the 'bullet' rigging, ended up doing it too low. It wasn't easy. I am quite happy overall but think next year I really have to think about getting an airbrush. The whole aircraft is slightly lopsided as well, which I've put down to a rough landing. My favourite part was the whicker chair, it's great to experiment with various colours. Also I think the propeller was my best wood effect so far, the wood inside the cockpit looked ok too but it's nearly invisible. Apologies for the photos, I can't seem to take a good one, never really tried before and didn't realise there was a knack to it. All the best, Martin
  11. My first model from the Grat War Additives used Master Taurus The propeller was made by hand Painted Tamiya
  12. I've finally finished the Camel. Full details are at my blog but here's some images build thread is here
  13. The camel has always been my favourite WW I aircraft. perhaps it was all those Biggles books as a kid :D.. So when WNW finally released a Camel (or 5) I figured it was time to build 1. This kit will be a number of firsts for me 1st WNW Kit First WW I kit First 1/32 kit I've got a nice pilot figure from blackdog which I'll try to paint to a reasonable standard. Other Aftermarket is a Barracuda seat, eduard steel belts and HGW Seat belts I've chosen the Australian Option (flown by a Kiwi) , purely as it will be easier to get rid of when I eventually want to move it from the cabinet. After a week or so here's where I'm at I realise stuff all of this will be seen I wanted to try out some techniques. The seatbelt is from HGW - it does look great but the pieces split easily when bending them, which was annoying. I've since found out that this was backing and should be removed.. Perhaps HGW should have added that little piece of info in the instructions .. I just glued it back together The Seat is from Barracuda Studios and the casting is amazing... But I don't think I'd bother using one again because the kit seat is already pretty nice, most of the seat is covered in the seat belt and the whole thing will be buried in the aircraft when I put the fuselage together. Wood effect is oil paints over Tamiya. I really enjoyed doing this and like the effects you can get. Details are painted with mainly Vallejo. Instrument panel is from the kit. The instruments are decals and the glass effect is done with drops of UV activated glue. I also added some extra copper wire to extend some of the pipelines. Rigging is Ezy line and invisible mending thread, I should have used plastic rod.... Turnbuckles are just paint.
  14. Really got to finish a couple of other builds I'm doing, but thought I would throw this in. Once I get started should be a fairly trouble free build, I'm doing a D.VII at the moment, my first WnW, and it is going together quickly and easily. Going to do B7270, the 'famous?' Arthur Browns' mount, initially with 9(N) squadron RNAS, but was renamed 209 SQN RAF in April when the RFC and RNAS were combined to form the new air arm of the British forces. Going to be out the box as really it needs nothing else. Hope I a) do it justice and, b get it finished!
  15. Hi all. I've been a member here for a while and up to now haven't contributed any pics. Have been a bit nervous as a lot of the builds on here are top class. I was quite happy with this build so thought I'd post some pics. There's a ton of errors, had trouble painting the Tamiya acrylic, lost a foot plate to the carpet monster but really enjoyed building it. I loved doing the rigging, found it therapeutic in a way, satisfying when you let go of the tweezers and see it done. I apologise for the standard of pics, am a bit of a novice with a camera. Thanks for looking. Cheers all, Martin
  16. Junkers D.1 - 1:32 Wingnut Wings This was one of Wingnut Wings surprise releases in April this year, few of us would have predicted that A Junkers D.1 was on the cards. Although Wingnut Wings are well known for producing beautifully engineered and presented kits, this one was so impressive when reviewed here it went straight onto my workbench, pushing all other projects aside. It hasn't disappointed, it is an absolute joy of a kit to build, pretty much flawless in every respect. The fit of parts is outstanding, virtually perfect, and there is no filler used at all, anywhere. Wingnut Wings kits are always outstanding, but this one probably tops the lot from all those I have built from their range so far. And with only one length of fishing line on the undercarriage. there is hardly any rigging either. The Junkers D.1 was the worlds first all metal monoplane fighter, and a hugely significant aircraft in the history of aviation. It arrived too late at the end of the First World War to have any real opportunity to prove itself, A few, perhaps four, were delivered to the western front, but most were delivered after the November 1918 Armistice. They saw post war service in the Baltic during 1919, with the German Freikorps fighting the Bolsheviks, where they were used to good effect. On with the photos; I've only lightly weathered, with a dark wash on various details and a bit of mud splatting on the underside. Cockpit details; To give an idea of its size, I've used that standard WW1 unit of comparison, an Albatros DV.a. The D.1 is surprisingly big. And a final comparison with Wingnut Wings other kit for a Junkers, the two seat J.1 ground attack machine. Those of you who have built one will know what a whopper of a model the J.1 is. Perfect companions; If you are thinking of trying a Wingnut Wings kit, but are wary of the biplane wing and rigging, then try this one. Cheers John
  17. Viking

    Wingnut Wings Junkers D.1

    Just a 'heads up' if you are not in the habit of visiting the review section. We have received an advance copy of the new Junkers J.1 due to be released in 10 days time. Every effort has been made to get the review out ASAP. Here it is. As expected, it is a little beauty!
  18. Junkers D.1 - 1:32 Wingnut Wings. The Junkers D.1's main claim to fame is that it was the world's first all metal monoplane fighter. It entered service in very small numbers in October 1918, just before the end of the First World War. Further examples saw action with the German Freikorps in the Baltic during 1919. An example of the kit was received from Wingnut Wings, reviewed here. I was so impressed with it, that I could not resist starting it right away. The cockpit area is quite a 'birdcage' of tubework, but has been broken down into comparatively few parts. The moildings are exquisite, and I started by removing all the interior parts to make into a few sun assemblies ready for paining and priming. A quick dry fit if the main parts shows how well it all fits. The precision is so high that no glue is used here; Interior painting is suggested as either bare metal or grey-green primer. I went for bare metal as I want to show that this was an all metal aeroplane. The two side frames at the top of this photo had a few injection 'towers' to cut off their rear faces, something to do with ensuring that the plastic flows fully through the mold I guess. It is a 30 second job and simple to do, but don't miss it or you'll have problems fitting the cockpit between the fuselage halves. After a spray of Halfords rattle can grey primer, I gave everything a spray of Tamiya X1 Black. I find that if you are going to apply silver paint, by far the best thing to do is apply a black undercoat. A coat of Vallejo 'Metal Color' aluminium followed. (Ok, technically these were steel tubes, but I'm happy with this colour). The fuselage parts were done at the same time. However, such are the close tolerances on Wingnut Wings kits that I have learned that even a coat of primer & paint on mating surfaces can interfere with the fit of the cockpit area between the fuselage halves. Just that little extra thickness can keep it from making a tight join. amazing but true, so I routinely mask off areas where cockpit bulkheads & frames will butt up to. It is only a 15 minute job. but will save you hours later. Primer & then black on; Then Vallejo 'Metal Colour' Dark Aluminium. I'm probably taking a bit of artistic license here, as I want to have a contrast between the fuselage skinning and the framework. It's got nice paint free channels for the frames to sit inthough! I'll let this lot settle down before starting on painting all the little brackets & fittings etc. Thanks for looking John
  19. Roland C.II 1:32 Wingnut Wings Ever since building the 1:72 Airfix kit as a kid I have liked this aeroplane, with its streamlined shape and 'face'. The real aeroplane was built with the fuselage in 2 halves, just like a plastic kit, which was then fitted over the interior framework to give a very light and strong unit. So it should have a visible join line top and bottom! (The join actually had a strip of fabric doped along it). As is usual with Wingnut Wings the kit was a total pleasure to build from start to finish. Of the 5 colour schemes offered, I had to go with this one as it is the very same that Airfix offered all those years ago. The anemometer on the wing of this aircraft had a canvas and wire fishy fairing attached! Remember the Airfix dogfight Double with the Roland and RE.8? You can do it in 1:32 now! Thanks for looking, John
  20. Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget” So having finished the Mk.VIII Spitfire it was time to decide what to build next. I don’t have too big a stash, unless you talk to my wife, so my choice is reasonably limited. I have mainly 1:48 kits, 1:72 is far too small for my tired old eyes, in the stash, in no particular order, I have a Tamiya Swordfish and a Lancaster, an Eduard Starfighter, a Revell/Monogram PBY-5A Catalina and B-26 Marauder, ICM Beechcraft C-45, Hobby Boss Sukhoi Su-17M4 Fitter-K, Hasegawa P-38J Lightning (with no instructions!?) and the beautiful 1:32 Sopwith Camel ‘Clerget’. The Lancaster, Catalina and B-26 are going to be “big beasts” and at the moment I’ve nowhere to display them, also the B-26 has been started, by my Father-in-law who’s since passed away so I want to “do something special” with the kit once I finish it, I just have to make up my mind what that will be. I was tempted by the P-38 but I can’t make up my mind if I should go for a NMF or a well-worn green and grey version? Also I was very tempted by the Starfighter but having a look at the Wingnut Wings plastic swayed it, the quality of the moulds is remarkable, so I can only butcher it! The kit has 5 markings: B3834 “Wonga Bonga” Manston Flight RNAS B3889 “B1” 70 Sqn RFC B3893 Sqn 9(N) RNAS B6289 Sqn RNAS B6313 139 10(N) Sqn RAF B7406 4 Sqn AFC I can’t resist “Wonga Bonga” apparently Wonga = Gotha, because of their distinctive engine sound and Bonga = smasher Another reason I chose this scheme is because it has the Sopwith factory detail on the tail and as I grew up near Kingston Upon Thames it has some personal (although tenuous) meaning to me. Last year I went to the show at Telford where I was lucky enough to meet Robert Lane who sculpted this figure I’ve never painted any figures, only one of the aircraft I've built has had a pilot?, so I thought I’d have a crack at this one, what can go wrong? I’m planning on taking my time building this, it'll be the most expensive kit I built, also the most detailed? I’ve never built a 1:32 kit before and everything I’ve heard about Wingnut Wings is positive so I want to enjoy the process as much as I can. As usual I’ll be starting with the cockpit until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  21. Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin - 1:32 Eduard Steel etched set (33 188) Pre cut mask set (JX211) 33188 Steel etched set. Following the recent release of Wingnut Wings Sopwith Dolphin, Eduard have produced one of their excellent pre coloured etched sets for it. Consisting of 12 items, the most prominent are the two parts of the lap belt. Coloured to represent the canvas and leather original, they have detail that just would not be possible to paint by hand. None of the other parts in this set are coloured, as they are sub-components of other items that will need painting anyway. The wicker seat included in the Wingnuts kit is very well moulded, but of course cannot reproduce the gaps between the wicker strands. This is where etched steel is the perfect material, as it can perfectly replicate the look. The corresponding area from the Wingnuts seat back will need to be removed, and this part shaped by rolling around a dowel, to replace it. Further items are a couple of filler caps on chains for the oil and fuel tanks, toe straps for the rudder bar, pulleys that go under the clear inspection panels in the wings, and some sights for the Lewis guns. Enough are supplied for two Lewis guns, should you follow the option of fitting both. JX122 Pre cut mask set. On the standard yellow kabuki tape, this little set provides some very handy items that would be difficult to produce yourself. Getting a neat edge painting around the central boss on the propeller is never easy to do freehand, so the circular mask provided here should make that job simple. Likewise, there are masks to go on the wheel hubs, to ease painting the tyres. The clear parts also receive attention, with protection for both sides of the windscreen, and all four of the clear inspection panels in the wings. Although small, these items are particularly welcome as the bottom edge of the windscreen is an awkward shape, and the inspection panels are tiny, with rounded corners. Whether you brush paint or spray, masking these is essential. Conclusion. There is not much that needs to be added to a Wingnut Wings kit, so the items on this set from Eduard have been well chosen. The lap belts and wicker seat alone will probably justify its purchase to most modellers, with the other items being a nice bonus. The masking set takes all the difficulty out of getting sharp edges to the tyres and prop boss. Making masks for clear parts can be a real chore, and it is difficult to get them right, so it is good to see this neat little set that takes all the strain out of it. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Junkers D.1 1:32 Wingnut Wings. (#32065) As soon as this subject was announced, it caused a flurry of interest on various internet sites (including this one). Opinion seemed divided between those who felt that it was an insignificant aircraft with only forty built, and others who felt that it was a highly significant as the world’s first all metal monoplane fighter. Almost all agreed that it was a chunky little aeroplane, with opinions again divided between those who thought it ugly, and those who felt it had character. Right from the start, this seems to have been one of the most talked about of Wingnut Wings planned releases. History. Hugo Junkers method of metal tube structures covered with corrugated sheets had first been patented in 1912. Although there was an obvious weight penalty, all metal aircraft offered several advantages. Apart from being difficult to shoot down, probably the most unsung virtue was their serviceability. Wood, wire, and linen machines were very susceptible to poor weather, especially that encountered in the long winter months on the western front. Cold, wet, and damp could play havoc with these delicate airframes, at best degrading their performance and at worst making them unfit to fly. The two seat Junkers J.1 (Wingnut Wings kit 32001) had entered service in August 1917, and proved to be a popular and reliable machine. It was therefore logical that Junkers should also be working on a single seat fighter. What emerged from several prototypes and design variations was the D.1 which went into service in October 1918. There were 2 versions of the D.1, most commonly referred to as the ‘short’ and ‘long’ fuselage types. Without going into all the differences, it was the ‘short’ version that became operational, and is the one represented by this new kit. A few, perhaps four, were delivered to the western front, but most were delivered after the November 1918 Armistice. They saw service in the Baltic during 1919, with the German Freikorps fighting the Bolsheviks. The Kit. As always, the wonderful Steve Anderson artwork graces the silver edged Wingnut Wings box. Two D.1’s are depicted in flight against a backdrop of sunlit cumulus clouds. Lovely! It certainly exudes that ugly-but-aggressive look that makes it oddly attractive. Inside the box are four large sprues holding all the plastic parts, a small etched fret with the machine gun cooling jackets & seat belts, and a decal sheet. The instruction booklet follows Wingnut Wings excellent style of CAD drawings showing the assembly sequences, backed up with illustrations of what the completed sub-assemblies look like. These are supplemented with an amazing total of fifty one contemporary black & white photographs of the real aircraft, and a set of eleven colour photographs showing details of two preserved Daimler-Mercedes D.III engines. No wonder so many modellers regard Wingnuts Wings instruction booklets as reference manuals in their own right. They must put huge amounts of man hours into creating them, because they are so complete and no one does it better. Step 1 covers construction of the cockpit and engine bay. This is a fairly complex looking tubular structure, which is fitted to the single piece fuselage underside. The mouldings are breathtaking, particularly the centre section & wing spars part A30, which is a single piece; The finished article may look complex, but the core of this ‘birdcage’ framework is made up from only five parts (A7, A11, A12, A17, and A30). It is one of Wingnut Wings hallmarks that they can take intricate structures like this, and make them into easy to assemble units. I couldn't resist, and already started it. Dry fitted with no glue, the fit is excellent; Various other details such as bulkheads, seat, controls, and instruments are added to finish off the main interior. A small amount of rigging can be added if the modeller wishes, a diagram is provided to show what and where. These are for the engine control rod, rudder, throttle, and trigger cables. Five amp fuse wire will be the ideal material for the cables, with short lengths of stretched sprue for the rudder pedal lines. A very helpful CAD drawing shows the completed sub-assembly in full colour, thus also working as a painting guide. Step 2 details assembly of the Daimler-Mercedes D.IIIa / D.IIIau engine, the main differences being the intake manifolds and air pumps. As mentioned before, eleven full colour photographs support the assembly drawings, and again we have full colour CAD drawings of both sides of the completed engine. Wingnut Wings engines are the centre piece of any model, and this one will be visible more than most with those big removable cowling panels. I usually add ignition wires from the magnetos to the spark plugs, it is not difficult to do but is time consuming. No doubt etched brass aftermarket sets will be available soon to simplify this job. The D.IIIau is the high compression version of the engine, and was marked with red bands around the cylinders. These are provided as decals, along with tiny black & silver data plates that are affixed to the crankcase. Step 3 sees the fuselage brought together in a most ingenious way. The underside already has all the interior work fixed to it, and now the left and right sides are attached to it. These sides have a false top & bottom, so they are shaped like any normal kit fuselage, but the beauty is that the joining seams are hidden. On the bottom the main underside piece covers it, and the top seam is covered by a separate fairing from the cockpit to the tailplane. Not just one fairing, there is a choice of two, with slight detail variations in the style of corrugation and a roll over hoop depending upon which version you have chosen. It is attention to the minor details such as this that make these kits such a pleasure to build. Fitting the tailplane, radiator, and exhaust completes this stage. Step 4 is fairly simple, involving just the assembly of the wings. Here you are offered the choice of actually fitting them to the aircraft, or leaving them off. This is not quite as odd as it may at first seem, as there are plenty of photographs of D.1’s with their wings detached on the ground nearby. Given the small size of the finished model, there is plenty of scope for some neat little dioramas. You will have to decide to build with the wings ‘on’ or ‘off’, as changes to the wing stubs mean it will not be possible to pop them off and on. The ‘off’ version exposes a lot of the neat ‘birdcage’ assembled in stage 1, complimented by a pair of interior wing ribs to fit on the ends of stub wings. Step 5 is for adding some of the smaller exterior details such as the foot steps (choice of two), rudder, and LMG 08/15 Spandaus with their flash guards over the engine. Etched brass cooling jackets are provided, which will need to be annealed (briefly heated red hot in a gentle flame and left to cool) and rolled to shape. If you are not confident in doing this, then solid plastic alternatives are provided. As with the engine, the Spandaus are going to be much more visible than on a biplane, so are well worth taking time over. Step 6 completes construction of the D.1. The undercarriage, cockpit coaming, engine panels, and propeller are all fitted. Two short bracing lines are fitted between the rear undercarriage legs, and that’s it, there is no more rigging to do! Options. Al selection of five different machines is offered, four wartime and one post Great War machine serving with the German Freikorps in Latvia. Junkers D.1 5185/18, Aldershof, October 1918. Junkers D.1 5185/18, ‘Bänder’, Hombeek, MFJG, November 1918. Junkers D.1 “Weisser Schwanz”, Hombeek, MFJG, November 1918. Junkers D.1 5188/18? “11”, October 1918. Junkers D.1, Gotthard Sachsenberg (31 victories), Theodore Osterkamp (38 victories) & Josef Jacobs (48 victories), FA 416, September-October 1919. Decals. Decals are by Cartograf, so are of a very high standard. All printing is pin sharp with good colours and minimal carrier film. Plenty of small stencils, instruments and details are provided, along with the larger national and individual markings. The coloured bands on option B ‘Bänder’ are not known with absolute certainty, although red & white is thought most likely. However, should you disagree, green & white, yellow & white, and black & white are also provided. Conclusion Every new Wingnut Wings kit is waited for with great anticipation, and they never disappoint, by virtue of their being so well thought out and engineered. Announcement of this one seemed to cause a few grumbles out there on the ‘net, mainly along the lines of ‘why can’t we have an XYZ’. Well this is a hugely significant aircraft, being the world’s first all metal monoplane fighter, and deserves a place in any collection of 1:32nd aircraft models. It will be the perfect companion to the Wingnut Wings two seater Junkers J.1 (one of my favourite finished models of all the range). As well as in a Great War collection, the Junkers D.1 would sit very well against almost any Me/Bf 109 model. In fact this could be done for option E, as Theodore Osterkamp went on to fly the 109E with JG 51 in the Battle of Britain, scoring six more victories to add to his previous thirty two. They would indeed make a very interesting pairing. The quality of the mouldings ,particularly the representation of the corrugations is outstanding. It has been done with such finesse, with tiny little rivet detail and perfectly rounded ends to each line. The clever breakdown of the fuselage parts should make assembly very simple, with almost no, to minimal clean up. If you have been thinking of getting a Wingnut Wings kit but been put off by rigging, this is probably the best one yet for a novice to build. There are no clear parts, no complicated strutting, and only two little rigging lines on the undercarriage that can easily be done with fine wire or stretched sprue. Add to that that this is a Wingnut Wings package with all the quality that the name assures, this pugnacious and interesting little aeroplane deserves to be high up on everyone’s ‘wants’ list. I am so impressed and enthused by it, that it is going straight on to my workbench to be my number one build project. Look out for its imminent appearance in the ‘Work in progress’ section of this forum. <EDIT> Here it is in Work In Progress </EDIT> <EDIT> And the finished model is now in Ready for Inspection </EDIT> Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of