PeterB Posted April 29 Share Posted April 29 (edited) My Rumpler C.IV build is approaching completion and I have learnt quite a lot from it about building short run WWI biplanes, but before I do more with my really "uncomfortable" FB.5 I think I still need to work on my technique with wing struts so I thought I would have a shot at this. Again a 2 bay biplane with staggered wings but at least there is no sweepback on the wings and it is a lot smaller, though that may turn out to be more of a disadvantage in some respects such as getting in to glue things. Anyway I always fancied one of these as although it was overshadowed by the slightly later and far better known Albatros D types it was actually rather a significant machine - first of the German purpose built tractor biplane fighters with a synchronized forward firing machine gun, and it helped to check the Allied air supremacy in the early part of 1916 when planes such as the DH.2, Morane Saulnier Type N and Nieuport 11 had largely put a stop to the so called "Fokker Scourge", but more on that later. Many years ago I did buy a vacform of this machine made by Airframe but it was really basic - just wings, tail and fuselage being "useable" as the wheels and props would have needed a lot of work. At the time I suspect I had not come across the Aeroclub white metal accessories and Contrail struts so it ended up in the bin. Later, perhaps 15 years ago I picked up this Pegasus limited run injection kit which, whilst still potentially tricky, is a lot better proposition. It comes with most of the bits needed except perhaps some rod but I may have misplaced that or put it in the FB.5 box in error. If you are going to build something like this it is a great help if you have one or more decent reference sources, but unlike the FB.5 and Rumpler I did not have a Windsock book on it. However browsing a well known auction site I spotted one by Peter Grosz for sale for £20 - far more than I was prepared to pay. However, the fact that this plane is not too well known and there are few if any kits about at the moment may have helped as nobody wanted to bid on it, so I made the seller an offer they could not refuse, and have just heard I have "won" it for considerably less! Once that arrives I shall make a start. I always find it mildly amusing when somebody sells something on auction sites that they perhaps think is rare/collectable due to its age/author or whatever but maybe overestimates the value to somebody who actually wants to read it, particularly if the subject is "specialised" as books that interest modellers often are! I think I got lucky this time as I rather suspect that only a slightly fanatical aircraft modeller would have ever heard of the Halberstadt fighters of WWI, few of which were actually built. Halberstadt were rather better known for their C and CL type two seaters. and in fact one of the vacforms I let Pat have was their CL II. Pete Edited April 29 by PeterB 13 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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