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    Here she is! I used the Zoukei Mura Ta-152H-0 kit, some after market and some scratch building efforts. Build thread here: This was my aim: And here's my rendition:
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    Finished this one before June last year and was intended for the 1945 group build here but never made it. Great kit and goes together well. I used some of Barracudacast's resin bits including small wheel bulge inserts, exhausts, spinner, blades, main wheels and the little cowling vents. Also one of Roy's decal sheets as well. Thanks for looking Bevan
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    Kind time of the day, let me introduce one more model New model from the Revell 1/32 Me-262 B1a / U1 (WNr 111980) Red 12 of 10./NJG 11 "Kommando Welter" of Lieutenant Herbert Altner. Reinfeld, Lübeck, April 1945 You can see the history of construction here - http://royalscale.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?id=716
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    This was my first WnW build, and my first WWI build in many years, and I sincerely enjoyed the whole process. Having wrestled with old Aurora kits, and even Revell and Airfix kits in the 60s and 70s, building a kit from WnW is an epiphany. The turret mounted launching platforms for the Pups, and other aircraft, vary greatly from ship to ship so I created what I felt was a generic, but historically plausible, structure. Same deal with the tie downs, tail support, turret itself and personal markings. Figures are being worked on now. I was thrilled when WnW announced the Ship's Camel and a similar project is now underway using that great kit. Thanks for taking a look. Cheers from NYC, Michael
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    Hi folk's, time to get started on this wooden wonder. Today i added two new colors to my woodgrain color chart. Those are the two at the right side. Reason for this : i wasn't happy with the colors i had, so i made two new ones based on a yellow base coat. For the base coat i used Tamiya XF-3 and regarding the oil colors i used Raw Umber and Burnt Umber. First thing to do, a black primer coat to the part's. Second, the part's that needed the woodgrain color where first painted in XF-3 Yellow. The gondola insides where all painted in their colors. Paint's used are : XF-3 Yellow, X-32 Titanium Silver and Mr. Paint clear doped linnen. Also, fuel tank, pilot's seat and some details where painted with X-32 Titanium Silver. For the woodgrain i used the same technique as i did with my two previous WNW build's. I choosed the XF-3 + Burnt Umber combination. With this technique there are many color variations that can be achieved, just by the use of more or less clean brushes. Here you can see two different woodgrain textures with the same paint. Gondola And some other part's Greetz Danny
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    I have just completed what was supposed to be a quick build but it took me nine months.
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    P-47D-26-RA, Lt. James R. Hopkins, 509th FS, 405th FG, 9th AF, Ophoven, Belgium, March 1945 HGW - belt Master - barrels Paint - MR Paint, Tamiya
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    Built out-of-the box back in 2010 and painted with Tamiya acrylics, and the aid of masks from Mal Mayfield. Apologies to those who saw it back then. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Ralph.
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    Hi all, I thought I'd post some photos of my 1/32 Trumpeter Ju 87A, done in Condor Legion colours. The markings are custom masks, as is the emblem on the spat. The model was built with Eduard extras, and the paints are from MRP (Mr Paint, Slovakia). In all, a trouble-free project. I modded the cowl to correct a couple of anomalies but didn't bother with the lower spat shape. I could live with that. This model and build article are in the latest edition of Military Illustrated Modeller, which should be in the shops right now.
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    Been awhile. Except for the barrels it is oob. So…. I guess it's not oob. Used Vallejo Air colors and Silly Putty for mask. Behind the TC's search light lens is foil from a candy wrapper. Copula vision ports are a mix of Tamiya clear green and blue that I went to heavy on.
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    Ok guys.... Scanning reference pics for last missing details, but I think this is it. I took your advice and made the canopy less transparent, as per the real one. Mixed some matt varnish with a hint of radome and thinned it a lot. I'll take some proper pics this weekend!
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    Hey guy's, have not done a lot of moddeling this past half year because i had to finish the restauration of 2 pinball machines, the owners where waiting for it. But now those are done, so on with the plastic Before i trew everything in storage i managed to glue the wings to the fuselage, so first thing i did when i pulled it back out was to finish glueing the side boards, one fitted realy wel, the other i had to shim a lot I am planning on further detailing of the auxilliary bay, but first i want to paint this beast, so out comes the maskingtape prepped al the other assembley's and out came the primer and the "plat de resistence" tonight i will look at it more closely, but it seemed rather ok, still a few minor seams and blemisches to correct, but far less than i expected. see you soon, grtz free
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    Well, the kit's not made of resin itself, but a good portion of the contents will be... Standard Hasegawa kit, with added Eduard BMW801 radial engine, Eagle Editions Cockpit and wheels, Henri Daehne spinner and propeller set, and possibly some other assorted parts from the Aires D-9 super set. I had always wondered why no-one had bothered with an engine set for this kit, so now I guess we'll see if the Eduard motor will fit (my initial measurements say it will). Work has commenced with the wing panel inserts for the gun covers, and about a half-hour's worth of rivets in the same area.
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    On a roll now!! After the washes I'll add a satin coat followed by pencil weathering with light green, white and silver.
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    Hi, Started the very well known Nurflügel German subject. AM : HGW's seat-belts. Sources : A.L. Bentley drawings (scale 1:16) the best source ever for those who know how to read a plan. THE projekt : Pushing the detailing as far as possible. Livery : No clue. Will see later. Wood and metal..........maybe. Enough said. The box... Following the notice, first step is the Jumo 004 twin build. I wanted the pipe systems to be subassemblies for a better painting. I glued/blank-mounted them on the compression section. the 2 sets are glued on a spec. jig, preventing the thin pipes from braking and further on for the painting process. More very soon. Thanks for checking in. Best, laurent.
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    1/32 Sopwith F.1 Camel “BR.1” Wingnut Wings Kit No. 32070 Available from Wingnut Wings for $79.00 plus shipping The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It had been developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and would become one of the most iconic fighter aircraft of the First World War. The Camel had a mostly conventional design for its era, featuring a wooden box-like fuselage structure, an aluminium engine cowling, plywood panels around the cockpit, and fabric-covered fuselage, wings and tail. While possessing some clear similarities with the Pup, it was furnished with a noticeably bulkier fuselage. For the first time on an operational British-designed fighter, two 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machine guns were mounted directly in front of the cockpit, synchronised to fire forwards through the propeller disc. In addition to the machine guns, a total of four Cooper bombs could be carried for ground attack purposes. Production Camels were powered by various rotary engines, most commonly either the Clerget 9B or the Bentley BR1. In order to evade a potential manufacturing bottleneck being imposed upon the overall aircraft in the event of an engine shortage, several other engines were also adopted to power the type as well. A metal fairing over the gun breeches, intended to protect the guns from freezing at altitude, created a "hump" that led pilots to refer to the aircraft by the name Camel. However, the Camel name never had any official status in regard to the aircraft. The 130 horsepower (97 kW) Clerget 9B was an important engine for the British Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Flying Corps, being license-produced in Britain and powering several important British aircraft, including the Sopwith Camel. However, at £907 a copy it was expensive, and prone to overheating, so the Admiralty asked Lieutenant W. O. Bentley, an established pre-war engine designer, to produce a modified version to solve these problems. Bentley came up with his idea of an engine - fitted with aluminium cylinders with cast iron liners, and aluminium pistons. Dual ignition was introduced to improve reliability, and the stroke increased to 6.7 inches (17 cm) which allowed power to be increased to 150 horsepower (110 kW). The cost of the engine was also reduced, falling to £605 (almost £40,000 at 2016 conversion) per engine. The resulting engine, initially known as the A.R.1 for "Admiralty Rotary", but later called the BR.1 ("Bentley Rotary") was manufactured in quantity, although initially against Admiralty orders. It was standardised for the Camel in RNAS squadrons, but unfortunately there were never enough to entirely replace the inferior and more expensive Clerget engine in British service, and most RFC Camel squadrons continued to use Clerget engines; in fact licensed production of the Clerget continued. (Courtesy of Wikipedia) The kit We very recently took a look at the Clerget-engine Sopwith Camel kit, and this kit isn’t too dissimilar from that, with only a single sprue being different. This relates to the engine of course, with this kit having the Bentley BR.1 engine. We won’t be looking at each sprue as we already have done, with the exception of the BR.1, and the parts options which are to be used in this release. Wingnut’s official kit info describes the kit as thus: 164 high quality injection moulded plastic parts. 16 part highly detailed 150hp Bentley BR.1 engine. Optional fuselage halves with alternative lacing details, windscreens, cut down cockpit decking, common or Bentley style engine cowlings, small & large cut out top wing centre sections, early and late undercarriage, propellers, 20lb Cooper bombs & carrier. 10 photo-etched metal detail parts. 24 page fully illustrated instruction manual. High quality Cartograf decals for 5 aircraft Sprue E (Bentley BR.1) Being a derivative of the Clerget, it’s not surprising that this engine is generally very similar, but it’s the attention to detail, of course, which drives our passion with these kits. Being WNW, you can pretty much guarantee that the levels of research were beyond our own mortal levels of understanding! The engine itself has 16 parts, with the rear of the cylinder block being separate to the front, but not along a centreline joint, which is a welcome touch. The joint itself is pretty much hidden from view when built, with it lurking around the rear face. Cooling fin detail is amazingly fine. The cylinder heads are separate and also have some beautiful detail, including the spark plugs, which are tiny! More nice detail on the induction pipe section too. As with many parts in WNW kits, I recommend you take a fine razor saw to this sprue when removing a number of the parts for assembly. So what else is different? Essentially, nothing. However, you do get the opportunity to use some parts here that weren’t for use in the Clerget kit. Whereas the aforementioned kit has one cowl choice, the Bentley offers TWO, out of a possible four that are on Sprue A. The unused parts on this sprue, more or less mirror those of the Clerget release. This also applies to the other sprues, including the clear parts. One other part of note that can be used in this release is the mid-upper wing section, with the larger upward viewing cut-out. Both large and small cut-out sections are for use in this release, but with the Polish scheme E being the one for the larger cut-out. Decals Five scheme options are available here, printed on a single, large Cartograf sheet. As with the previous kit, the printing is perfect with solid and authentic colour, minimal carrier film and perfect register. The finish is also glossy, which is what I personally prefer. Stencils are included, as are instrument decals. The five schemes on offer are: Sopwith F.1 Camel B6390 “Black Maria”, R Collishaw (60 victories), Seaplane Defence Squadron RNAS, December 1917. Sopwith F.1 Camel B7190 “Donner-Wetter!”, WGR Hinchliffe (6 victories), “C” Flight 10(N) Sqn RNAS, March 1918. Sopwith F.1 Camel B7270, AR Brown (10 victories – including Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron), 209 Sqn RAF, April 1918. Sopwith F.1 Camel B7275 “P”, HF Beamish (11 victories), RA Little (47 victories), E Pierce (9 victories) & R Sykes (6 victories), “C” Flight 3(N) Sqn RNAS & 203 Sqn RAF, March - April 1918. Sopwith F.1 Camel F5234, KM Murray, 7th Air Escadrille (Kościuszko Squadron), Poland, October 1920 Conclusion As with the Clerget release, there isn’t anything at all to fault or criticise here. If you like colourful schemes, then I think WNW has done very well to incorporate some of the more unusual elements of what are normally very samey-looking aircraft, especially with the blue/white striped nose of scheme B. I don’t doubt that will be high on the options for many purchasers of this kit. Another classy release that will offer the modeller the perfect levels of detail and buildability. Highly recommended My sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. Watch out for our reviews of the remaining three Camel kits (USAS, Ships, Le Rhone) on LSM soon.
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    Been many moons since anything rolled off the assembly line of the "Luftwaffe Modeling Center of Medoicrity" but may I humbly present my latest creation. After a long bout of lack of mojo I wanted something that went together with no fuss and muss and the Hasegawa kit fits the bill to a tee, superbly engineered and a joy to put together. This was originally supposed to be a Rumanian aircraft but decal difficulties and even more difficulties steered this one into the winter white-wash zone. My first winter camo scheme and pretty happy with the results. Add-ons:Montex Masks for markingsBR32070 Bf 109G Wheels BR32122 Bf 109G-6 Prop and Spinner BR32155 Bf 109G-6 Intake and Exhaust Set (intake only) Eduard Brassin Exhausts Finemolds Seatbelts Yahu PE IP Finemolds brass Barrels for pod mounted MG 151 and pitot tube Quickboost MG 131 barrels As always thanks for looking!
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    Just to prove this isn't another HpH Fw 189 that has bit the dust (and there are many online!), here's a recent shot. I'm currently manually masking both the outside AND inside of all glazed areas, and it is taking ages. The masks were awful, and all undersize. I ended up doing this with strips of tape and infilling the centres. Very disappointed with the masks....the only real turd in this kit.
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    Hi there, Another great surprise when i was at the "Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace". Free use/share/whatever... No copyrights. Enjoy Best, laurent.
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    Here are the finished photo's of my finished Hasegawa P-40E which was started to regain my pleasure in scale aircraft modelling. Final thing to do is the antenne but I seem to be out of ez-line. The Hasegawa kit is a very nice kit for this purpose. The Dutch livery makes a change from all the sharkmouths we usually see with this type of aircraft. My pleasure and fun has been well and truly restored. Will start the next project this evening.
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    With the help of Rick Kranias (who went to great length and the NASM museum) to find out what the top of the wings look like today and Levier (Brian Silcox) who shared valuable photo's with me. Rick pointed me to the Valiant Wings book on the Ta152. I went to the LHS where they happened to have it in stock, but sadly only pics of the undersides. Anyhoo.... This is where I'm at. Interpreting old photo's and using common sense. Ah... and that one dusty photo from the concept notes book... Not done yet, but it's getting there.
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    Hello, my finished G6 "Rhino" in 1/35 scale by Takom. It is a huge kit and a huge car... I hope that you like it! Cheers, Micha
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    Parallel to the construction of the Me-262B, I also collected J2M3 The variant chose from the 352nd Kokutai, 3 / 52-20 as the most watchable. I do not really like the options published in the circulation, I always tried to find out with the izdoka izjumenkoj and little demand, but here everything is quite the opposite) The construction process can be seen here - http://royalscale.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?id=758
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    Day 5, Saturday: More painting.
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    ok here a update on whats done so far i have made a small start ononeof the brassin engines also things done on the pit and nose gunbay Mark
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    Today i had some bench time, so i used it with much confidence to glue all part's by the end of the day........ .......it worked...... Still there where some issues to deal with. that said, compared to nowadays standards, this kit show's it's age very wel. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good kit, fit is rather nice, but you still need to keep the putty at handed very close. First thing, and problem to start with where the (i presume) 165 gallon drop tank's which i will use for my model. Like i mentioned in my earlier post, the filler cap's where not much of a use, so i filled them with putty and sanded them smooth. Some pe was use to represent the filler cap's which you will see in following photo's. Another problem was the connection of the fuel tank's onto the under-wing hard point's. the sway braces where just to narrow. This resulted that the fuel tank didn't connect properly against the under-wing pylon. To do so, i had to press it against the pylon, resulting in disfigure and finally breaking of the sway braces. I decided to remove part of the sway braces, and widen them, to give the fuel tank enough room to connect against the pylon. Afterwards i would make new sway braces from brass tube and evergreen and relocate them so they gave a nice contact onto the fuel tank's. After removal of the bottom sway braces, the fuel tank connected nicely against the pylon. I drilled holes of 6 m/m and put some brass tube true it. I also glued a evergreen disk onto the brass tube. The fuel tank was fitted onto the pylon, the sway braces where adjusted onto the fuel tank and glued firmly, et voila, the job was done. Much better isn't it... Next step, some detailing with the Eduard pe, included in the box. The turtle deck behind the pilot's seat. Like Cees mentioned before, the engine mount needed to be lowered by 1 m/m so the whole engine with cowling would fit onto the fuselage. At the bottom, the engine segment didn't really gave a smooth transition with the fuselage. Here you can see the problem After lowering the engine mount. And so i glued all part's, except for the windshield.Time to dry-fit some thing's, and look, it start to look line a JUG. Greetz Danny
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    Still a bit of work on the under carriage doors to complete! That was my last piece of plastic card I could find to replicate some mounting brackets, yes I know their not accurate in any way, but I wanted to open up one of the 'donks' for visual interest. This model is probably 'ficticious' as I mixed the kit fuselage decals just to be a little different. I haven't been able to locate many photos on the web about these aircraft. But anyhow, I can live with it. Cheers. Oz
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    Hi Folks, At "Le Bourget", "Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace. (iPhone pics) Enjoy ! Best, laurent.
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    I fancied a quick and easy project and seeing Spitfires overhead daily during the summer months (I'm under the approach to Biggin Hill) I didn't need much inspiration to dig this one out of the attic This model simply fell together and was an absolute joy - construction of the main airframe only took a few evenings and I only used a smidgen of filler at the wing to fuselage join. Decals were from EagleCal and I also added the MDC corrected spinner and oil cooler,to more accurately replicate a MkIIa. The model depicts P8088 of 118Sqn during April 1941. All paints were Xtracolour enamels finished with Humbrol Matt Varnish. I'm really looking forward to the MkIX that Revell are about to release to go with this one. All the best, Tom
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    W.W.1 subjects keep's getting me. After my visit to the Brussels Army museum, i saw some very nice W.W.1 subjects which triggered some feelings in me. This one was a real time favorite for sure : Ok, it's a Farman instead of a Fe.2b but the twin boomed design made some impressions to me. So i decided to start the WNW Fe.2b "Early" Aftermarket i'm gonna use are some HGW goodie's. And some ground work And this color scheme i will be using Of course, a few years ago i made some wood color test's, and i will be using these to for this build. Greetz Danny
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    Hi. Had of bit of bits n'pieces. I am wondering : On the hydraulic cylinder > 1 or 2 electro valves ? I mean one for the incoming pressure and one for the out-coming pressure ? If you have any info feel free. Thanks Started a week ago and made the pics today. Piping for all the Hydro. cylinders, and a new pressurized air bottle. Ready for the booth. Next pics will be on blue background... Thanks for checking in ! Best, laurent.
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    First two of eight figures finished...remember, these guys are souvenir hunters! I don't mind that this man's upper half is in shadow. Once everything is in place, it will make sense to the overall scene. This also gives a sense of the size of the Staaken wingtip!: The LED in the stove actually works to create a sense of fire. Cheers from NYC, Michael
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    Hi all, I have started my first 1/32 fw 190. With the Hasegawa A8. Kit was purchased with a broken front windshield (2 half's) but I have inserted new window and fixed this issue. I will be using the MDC cockpit set, tamiya acyclic paint mixes. My own stencils and decals,and I will rivet this beast OMG. The ride is Major Walther Dahl's A8 Finsterwalde/Germany, 11th September 1944 in colours RLM 74, 75 and 76. So I have just finished the cockpit pit, I have had some difficulties with fit,but with the great detailing it was a small sacrifice to make good, so here goes.
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    Hey, Thanks everyone for getting me over a thousand views. I've been working on tires this week. I needed to order some more supplies, so brakes are on hold for now. I had a bit of sanding to do on the tires. I wanted the treads to blend into the sidewall, remove the cast seams as good as possible, and just generally clean them up. Nine new tires... filing to get things "used"... A dirty old tire... I'll probably have the tires finished by the time the new supplies show up. I still have the inside wheel cover to design and build, so I can attach the brake lines. Be back with a pile of tires... Rich
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    Update, Hi all We'll the riveting is 90%done,i need to improve on this but for now it's ok. And I have built and painted a few parts. Hope to get things together tonight. I need to get some paint going can't wait. A few quick pics.....
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    1/32 Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget” Wingnut Wings Kit # 32074 Available from Wingnut Wings for $79, plus shipping The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It had been developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and would become one of the most iconic fighter aircraft of the First World War. The Camel was typically powered by a single Clerget 9B rotary engine and was armed with twin synchronized .303 Vickers machine guns. Though proving difficult to handle, it provided for a high level of manoeuvrability to an experienced pilot, an attribute which was highly valued in the type's principal use as a fighter aircraft. In total, Camel pilots have been credited with the shooting down of 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the conflict. Towards the end of the Great War, the type had also seen use as a ground-attack aircraft, partially due to it having become increasingly outclassed as the capabilities of fighter aircraft on both sides was rapidly advancing at that time. The main variant of the Camel was designated as the F.1; several dedicated variants were built for a variety of roles, including the 2F.1 Ship's Camel, which was used for operating from the flight decks of aircraft carriers, the Comic night fighter variant, and the T.F.1, a dedicated 'trench fighter' that had been armoured for the purpose of conducting ground attacks upon heavily defended enemy lines. The Camel also saw use as a two-seat trainer aircraft. In January 1920, the last aircraft of the type were withdrawn from RAF service. (Courtesy of Wikipedia) The kit Wingnut Wings always said they wouldn’t release certain subjects as they had been adequately covered by other manufacturers, such as Roden. This was very disappointing for a lot of WNW fans as they wanted to see the magic Kiwi touch applied to these key aircraft. One of these Holy Grail subjects was of course the Sopwith Camel, and after much friendly pressure from fans, worldwide, we now see not one, but FIVE new Camel releases, as well as another in the Duellist series. These kits cover all the various incarnations of the famous little fighter, with their various engine types, and those in unusual service. This review covers the more familiar Clerget-engine type. The kit spec is as follows: Dimensions 26cm x 18cm High quality Cartograf decals for 6 aircraft 166 high quality injection moulded plastic parts Optional fuselage halves with alternative lacing details, windscreens, cut down cockpit decking, early and late undercarriage, propellers, 20lb Cooper bombs & carrier Highly detailed 18 part 130-140hp Clerget 9B/9Bf engine 10 photo-etched metal detail parts Fine in-scale rib tape detail Full rigging diagram Steve Anderson’s lovely artwork adorns the lid again, with Ronny Bar’s scheme profiles along the edge. All new Camel releases have many common parts which are supplied across THREE light grey sprues and one clear sprue. Sprues A, C, and D are labelled as ‘Sopwith Camel’, whilst Sprue B is the only one to carry the ‘Sopwith F.1 Camel’ nomenclature. Specific to this kit is the Clerget 9B engine which resides on Sprue E, with ‘E’ typically equated for ‘engine’ on WNW releases. This release also contains a single fret of brass PE, as well as a single, large decal sheet covering all SIX schemes. All sprues are separately bagged and these numerous bags are sealed in a large outer one that has an identifying slip which states which kit engine is included. In this case, Clerget. Sprue A The first thing you’ll notice here are sheer number of parts. Firstly though, a quick look at what the cockpit offers. Everything I like about WNW engineering can be seen on two of the main cockpit parts, namely the port and starboard sidewalls. These delicate parts have been moulded with integral cabane struts, so of course there’s no need to wonder about the angle of these when you later add the wings. The walls themselves are superbly detailed, with the only ejector pin marks in areas that will be covered with subsequent assemblies. A small number of ejector pin nodes will need to be clipped off certain areas too. This feature minimises the need to place them on parts themselves. The cockpit floor is very unusual in this case because it has the pilot seat base and lower fuel tank integrally moulded. A separate seat back has some nicely moulded wicker effect. Other cockpit parts included here are engine back plate, magazines, carburettor air induction pipe, Vickers machine guns with Hyland cocking levers (water cooling jacket being separate to the main breech), empty ammo chutes etc. On this sprue, you will notice a central lower fuse bomb rack and accompanying 20lb bombs, the latter being comprised of two parts each, wheels with separate external hubs, various engine cowls, undercarriage V forks (two types, early and late) and spreader bar, upper fuselage gun cowls, and wing struts etc. As this is a common sprue, it’s important that you check this against the parts map as there are a good number of parts that must not be used with this release. Among those are three of the four engine cowls, two machine gun breeches, one of the two undershields, and one set of wheels/hubs. Two spinner options are supplied in this release. Sprue B A nice feature here is the full span lower wing with its excellent rib tape rendition and subtle leading edge rib-lets that you can just about see in the correct light. The fabric and rib representation has been very nicely captured. Strut mounting positions are moulded as key slots so as to make their attachment much less ambiguous. Ailerons are separate. Control cable openings with the moulded pulleys are included. These will be fitted over with a clear cover which you may be best giving a light misting of clear yellow or orange to simulate how these ended up in exposure to UV light. Instructions do say that these were generally overpainted in the wing colour. Two upper centre wing sections are included, with the same level of detail, but only one will be used in this release. Note the tabs onto which the outer panels will slot. There are actually THREE fuselage halves in this release, with the extra being an alternative starboard option that has different lacing. External detail is extremely refined with that neat stitching pattern, wooden panels at the cockpit area, with nail lines, and the forward access panels moulded in situ complete with fastener detail. Of course, the upper MG deck is separate, as is the cockpit coaming. Internally, the cockpit has rib and stringer detail. The rest of this will come from the cockpit tub. As for the coaming, there are a number of elements of surgery you may need to employ here, depending on the scheme you choose. This could range from the removal of the rim of the fuel filler port, to cutting back the coaming almost totally at the front end. Illustration is clear as to what needs doing and for what scheme. Lastly, an instrument panel is included here. Decals are supplied for the instruments, and you will also need to remove a small amount of plastic to accommodate the interrupter gear that was used on this version. Sprue C This clear sprue contains the various permutations of windscreen, and the numerous pulley access ports for the wings. Being a common sprue, there are several other parts which should not be used. Clarity is excellent. Sprue D Despite the Camel’s wings being very thin, Wingnut Wings has used slide moulding technology to incorporate a slot into the single part upper wing panels, into which the centre section tabs will locate. This is very impressive. Those wings exhibit the same finesse of detail as the lower wing, and this continues to the other flying and control surfaces that are moulded here, such as the fin/rudder, ailerons and tail-plane. The tail-plane and fin/rudder are moulded as single pieces. I think these can be scored so as to droop the elevators and angle the rudder, but be careful if you choose to do that. Two propeller options are supplied. Other sprue parts include the compass/inclinometer, rudder bar, control column, control horns, Rotherham petrol pump, Aldis sight, etc. Sprue E In any sprue indicates a reason to use a razor saw to remove parts, it is this one. E is of course for ‘engine’ and here we have the Clerget, comprising of 17 parts. Yes, the spec says ‘18’ but one of these isn’t for use on this particular release. The detail here really is excellent, with fine cooling fins on the cylinders, and some very fine detail on the cylinder head rocker arms. More filigree detail can be seen on the induction pipe hub, and of course, those frighteningly fragile-looking pushrods need to be handled with care. Note that there are two options for the pushrods. Photo Etch There are 10 parts on the PE fret. Two of these are for the lap-belts, and the others for the machine gun jacket ends and reticules, Rotherham petrol pump brackets and two as of yet unidentified parts (No.4). Production quality is excellent, with nice definition and small tags to remove these from the fret. Decals There are SIX marking schemes included in this release, with some nicely diverse markings, all typically on PC10 or PC12 backgrounds. The sheet itself is split into sections so as to making identifying your specific decals far easier. Stencil data and instruments are also included. It comes as no surprise to find out that the sheet is printed by Cartograf, and the glossy finish sheet contains beautifully thin decals with solid and authentic colour, and minimal carrier film which is always good to see. The schemes included are: Sopwith F.1 Camel B3834 “Wonga Bonga”, RH Daly (7 victories) & AF Brandon (1 victory), Manston War Flight RNAS, July-August 1917. Sopwith F.1 Camel B3889 “B 1”, CF Collett (11 victories), B Flight 70 Sqn RFC, August 1917. Sopwith F.1 Camel B3893, AR Brown (10 victories), 9(N) Sqn RNAS, September-October 1917. Sopwith F.1 Camel B6289, HL Nelson (1 victory), WM Alexander (23 victories), A Flight 10(N) Sqn RNAS, January 1918. Sopwith F.1 Camel B6313, WG Barker (50 victories), 139 Sqn RAF, late July 1918. Sopwith F.1 Camel B7406, HG Watson (14 victories), C Flight 4 Sqn AFC, March 1918. Instruction Manual These are always something very special in their production, and this glossy, 24-page production is no different. Starting with a concise history of the Camel, and then a detailed parts map and colour reference chart, the model itself is broken down into 10 constructional sequences. That doesn’t sound a lot, right? Well, that’s true, but each step contains several sequences, such as No.6. This, for example, illustrates everything from tail surface addition through guns and windscreen. There is certainly a good amount of building to be had with this kit, and the levels of detail could never possibly disappoint. Whilst the construction illustrations are in a drawn, grey style with blue to illustrate new parts additions (and red for modification), several colour illustrations annotate the manual, showing what assemblies should look like under a coat of paint. Of extra use are the numerous period images that are dotted throughout the manual, illustrating specific points of construction/detail. A full rigging chart is included, with two colours used to define the differences in cord type. A small rigging change is included for one scheme too, with this being made clear in the constructional sequences too. It is crucial with these kits that you decide exactly which machine that you will build from the outset, due to the numerous differences that can pertain to one or more scheme. The last pages contain the scheme illustrations, ably presented by the amazing Ronny Bar. Technical and historical notes are supplied with the schemes, as is a little period imagery. Conclusion Well, we all waited for it (and some still are!), but was it worth it? Without a doubt. This highly detailed kit captures the very essence of one of the most iconic aircraft of the Great War, and it’s fitting that we should see this now, in its centenary year. I remember as a kid that I was loaned a pilot’s logbook, leather flying helmet and angular flying goggles from a lady whose father flew the Camel, and that sort of transfixed me with this specific type. Here I am now, 35yrs later, and I have the ultimate in injection moulded kits of this very pretty aircraft. Intelligent design seems to be the key to WNW kits, and this model should be buildable by most people with a modicum of building experience. Rigging is a different matter of course! What else can I say? Perfect subject, superbly engineered and moulded, and with some very attractive schemes. This is the Camel to build. Very highly recommended Our thanks to Wingnut Wings for this review sample. To buy directly, click THIS link.
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    Got this on saturday and am well into this build already.
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    Hey Guys, I have now completed with building the braking components. I felt I wanted to finish off the interior braking items, all the stuff inside the frame, before I get back to dressing the tires. I now have two air tanks, two air pumps, two filters, and the brake actuator. The filters... The two Air Tanks... The two pumps... Lunch... The Brake Actuator... All together now... The install of these items is really straight forward...and then the plumbing between the items... Be Back Later, Rich
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    I couldn't agree more Jeroen, i like to see a nice review of this kit before i take a decision to buy it. Greetz Danny
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    Steve & Rog, due to the nature of this discussion i'm asking you guy's if you please can sort your personal issues true PM and not true the public part of the forum. I hope you guy's understand it. Greetz Danny
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    That sure sounds like your typical dutch day! Still trying the whip the resin into shape. Some panel lines were lost in the process, but I'll restore them and check my reference for extra lines and rivets.
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    Hehe... don't you know... In Amsterdam we don't need wings to get high. I've searched the internet and can't seem to find anyone who ever built this kit. Getting the fuse to mate and fit properly is a bit of a challenge but I managed to roll it into a nice cigar. Mr. Surfacer is curing now, so tomorrow I'll do some sanding and show the result.
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    Thanks, guys...I appreciate the feedback. Back to the plane, itself....I was able to get hold of a bunch of shots of the J.I that's in Canada and those shots proved invaluable in representing the damage sustained in combat and storage in a damaged hangar open to the elements...and pigeons. Cheers from NYC, Michael
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    In the end you did not complete the construction and the bird is in really bad shape . Honestly, you hit a homerun with that build, perfectly executed and finished in a very unusual way. That is a real eye catcher you can be proud of. Cheers Rob
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    Too kind Mike, too kind! I get a lot of inspiration from my mate Ralph Riese.
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    Hi all, Made some progress on the 104, finished the cockpit. Thanks to the freezeing weather not much work so bench time available!! Was a lot more work than I thought it would be, The dials are from Airscale because I did not like the decal provided in the box, the rest is what Italeri put in the box. When I was in the airforce I sat in them and I remember a lot of buttons which I dare not touch, hope this gives the impression of a buzzy place. Hope you like it and commends are welcome.