Old Man Posted September 15, 2014 Share Posted September 15, 2014 (edited) I thought I would take the opportunity of our Great War Centennial GB downstairs to post up my collection (to date) of models from this period. It has grown somewhat over the last nine years or so. All are in 1/72 scale. Some you may have seen, others probably not. First, the scratch-builds: This is the prototype Morane-Saulnier Type N (militaire), flown by Sgt. Gilbert in the summer of 1915. It is my first finished scratch-build, though the second I started. This an F.E. 8 of No. 40 Squadron, in late August, 1916. It was the first scratch-build I started, and was built in tandem with the Morane 'Le Vengeur'. This a Caudron G.3 of Esc. C11, at the Marne in September, 1914. This is the Morane Parasol Guynemer piloted in his first successful air combat, when his gunner downed an Aviatik in the French lines in July, 1915. This is a Breguet U.1 'affine' of Esc. BR17, on the Alsace front in September, 1914, flown by Sgt. France Vaurin. This one took quite a while, and is the one which left me convinced I could build anything.... This is a Maurice Farman MF 11, of Esc. MF62 at the Battle of Artois, September, 1915. It carries the unit's 120cm focal length camera, used for detail pictures of points already identified as worth especial interest. This is a Martinsyde G.100 Elephant, seconded after long service from 72 Squadron to 'Dunsterforce', flown by Lt. MacKay at Baku in September, 1918 (an especially odd little passage in the chaos of the east at that period). The nose was particularly difficult, being open and pieced by many louvers; everything in front of the cockpit, basically, is egg-shell thickness. This is a Caudron G.VI of Esc. C575, at Port Said, Egypt, in autumn of 1918. Known as "l'Escadrille de Palestine", C575 retained the Caudrons after the war, based in Lebanon. The camouflage pattern is largely conjectural, but this machine was painted in the 5-colour scheme. Wife did the escadrille markings. This is the Breguet AG 4, flown from Paris by M. Breguet and Lt. Watteau, on the flight which discovered the first signs von Kluck meant to pass east of the city, early in September, 1914. Short of 'Enola Gay', this may have been the most significant single sortie by an aircraft in history. This is a Vickers 'Bullet' (FB.19 mkII) of 14 Squadron in Gaza, in the summer of 1917. This is a Short 827, with floats removed and wheels fitted, operated by the R.N.A.S. 'up the Tigris' in autumn of 1915, in support of Gen. Townsend's 'Force D' at Kut al' Amara. These next are either conversions, or extensively re-worked for accuracy.... This is a Nieuport N.27 of Esc. N87, flown by Lt. Descours, early in 1918, made from an Eduard N.17 kit, well before Roden came out with their 'ropund-body' Nieuport range. Unit marking is hand-done using reverse masking on white plastice (this is before home decal printing, too). M. Descours, I learned later, had quite a career as a pioneering flier in Indo-China after the war. This is a Fokker AII (military version of the M.5 with long-span wings), in summer of 1915 on the Russian front. It is a conversion employing two Eduard E.III kits. This is an R.E. 8 of No. 5 Fighting School at Abu Suier, in mid-1919, the result of major surgery on an Airfix R.E. 8 kit. Here are more or less straight kit builds: though all are Great War types, not all are Great War subjects, being in post-war liveries... This is an Albatros D.III flown by Lt. Strahle of Jasta 18 in March, 1917: Roden kit, which is little rough at the rear of the cockpit, prepared to a profile by the late Dan-San Abbot. Nieuport 17 of No. 60, December, 1916, flown by Lt. Meintjes: Eduard kit. Albatros D.V of Jasta 4, July, 1917, flown by Sgt. Clausnitzer: Eduard kit. Bristol Fighter of No. 2 Sqdn, Ireland, 1920 (this particular machine crashed onto rooftops in Barrack St., Waterford Town): Roden kit. Fokker D.VII, U.S.M.C., Brown Field, Quantico, 1922: Roden kit (with scratch-built struts). Nieuport Scout (built as N.23) of No. 60 Sqdn, April, 1917, flown by Lt. C. S. Hall (KIA April 7): Eduard kit. Meant as a Sopwith Camel in U.S.N. service at Guantanamo NAS, 1922, but botched the center-section cut-outs, leaving them standard, and they were not: Roden kit. Ko-3 trainer (N.24.E-1), IJAAF, 1920: Roden N.24 kit. Here a couple of 'near things':First, a scratch-build that met a dire fate: All that was left to do on this was add a pair of oddly mounted Lewis guns, plus a bit of touching up and I managed to drop a large squeeze-bottle of white glue on it, shortly after this picture was taken. It is a Morane-Saulnier Type BB of No. 3 Sqdn, which was downed by Immelmann in March of 1916: a dying pilot brought it down intact, his wounded observer later died in hospital. At least one Vickers Vimy reached France for operational trials before the Armistice, so by a real squeak of a stretch, you could call this a Great War type; it is a conversion to trainer configuration, in late service with Jaguar radials replacing the original RR Eagles, serving at 5 F.T.S., Abu Suier, in 1930. In the WWI GB, I am doing a scratch-build of a Martinsyde S.1, also from the Tigris campaign of 1915, one of the two poictured here: Here is a link... http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/478-world-war-one-100th-anniversary-group-build/ Edited September 15, 2014 by Old Man 36 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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