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  1. Wow... nice list!! For me, the top is Val and Kate!!
  2. 1:32 Caudron G.III Copper State Models Kit No. CSM32006 Available from Copper State Models for €68,88. The Caudron G.3 was a single-engined French biplane built by Caudron, widely used in world war I as a reconnaissance aircraft and trainer. The Caudron G.3 was designed by René and Gaston Caudron as a development of their earlier Caudron G.2 for military use. It first flew in May 1914 at their Le Crotoy aerodrome. The aircraft had a short crew nacelle, with a single engine in the nose of the nacelle, and an open tailboom truss. It was of sesquiplane layout, and used wing warping for lateral control, although this was replaced by conventional ailerons fitted on the upper wing in late production aircraft. Usually, the G.3 was not armed, although sometimes light machine guns and small bombs were fitted. The Caudron G.3 first flew in 1914 serving as an observation aircraft. It had above average climbing ability and was considered suitable for use in mountainous terrain. It was ordered in large quantities following the outbreak of the First World War with the Caudron factories building 1423 of the 2450 built in France. 233 were also built in England and 166 built in Italy along with several other countries. The Caudron brothers did not charge a licensing fee for the design, as an act of patriotism. The G.3 equipped Escadrille C.11 of the French Aéronautique Militaire at the outbreak of war, and was well-suited for reconnaissance use, proving stable and having good visibility. As the war progressed, its low performance and lack of armament made it too vulnerable for front line service, and it was withdrawn from front line operations in mid-1916. The Italians also used the G.3 for reconnaissance on a wide scale until 1917, as did the British RFC (continuing operations until October 1917), who fitted some with light bombs and machine guns for ground attack.[2] The Australian Flying Corps operated the G.3 during the Mesopotamian campaign of 1915–16. It continued in use as a trainer until well after the end of the war. Chinese Caudron G.3s remained in service as trainers until the Mukden Incident of 1931, when many were captured by the Japanese. In 1921 Adrienne Bolland, a French test pilot working for Caudron, made the first crossing of the Andes by a woman, flying between Argentina and Chile in a G.3. Wingspan: 43 ft 11 in Length: 21 ft 0 in Gross Weight: 1612 lb Powerplant: Gnome (80 hp) Alternate Powerplant: LeRhone 9C (80 hp) Alternate Powerplant: Anzani 10 (90 hp) Top Speed: 68 mph (80 hp)/ 70 mph (90 hp) Ceiling: 10,000 ft Caudron also have its own history in the Portuguese Air Force. Traslating from Portuguese Air Museum: “In 1916, the first 16 Caudron, french origin, G3 arrive at Portugal, to assist in the instruction of pilots at the Military Aeronautics School of Vila Nova da Rainha. They would be used in the “Esquadrilha Mista de Alverca” in 1918, the year this unit was created, and they inaugurated the Tancos runway in 1921, before returning to their original instruction mission, at the Escola Militar de Aeronáutica, located at the current Air Base No. 1. Very Aircraft appreciated for its economy of maintenance, strength and ease of piloting, it was the first to be build in Portugal at the then Aeronautical Material Park, Alverca (Parque de Material Aeronáutico, Alverca), now called OGMA - Aeronautical Industry of Portugal (Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal). There, 50 Caudron G3s were built between 1922 and 1924, being withdrawn from service in 1933. The exposed replica presents the last paint scheme used, adopted in 1920, which already includes a Cross of Christ.” (check this link: https://museudoar.pt/pagina- Here`s a Caudron flying in 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvrvJHOFFDE The kit The Caudron G.III it’s a bold and risk release from Copper State Model but it’s a well-know French Aircraft of WWI. The 1:32 scale is, in my opinion the best scale, specially for WWI. As all CSM kits is packed into a typical and reasonably large box with a folding lid, then covered with the another top box, all in color with the box art. I quite like this approach as the package is far sturdier and more protective than usual kit boxes from other manufacturers. The box art is a great one. I really love it… And my example, being a pre-order one, comes with a limited edition print with the box art painting. The painting is quite amazing and mine is the n.º 158. It’s a nice touch from CSM. All sprues are bagged individually. There are a total of SIX light grey sprues, and ONE clear set of parts. Two decal sheet contains the markings for SEVEN subjects (all French). As I will mention later, the original production kit only have FOUR scheme. The pre-order ones, like this example on review have THREE extra schemes coming for the extra decal sheet. The kit have six grey sprue, one transparente sprue, one PE sheet, and two decals sheets (the normal release will only have one decal sheet). Sprue A The main parts of the cockpit are here with good detail like the cockpit floor, rudder bar, control columm, instruments (All he other parts as fuel tank and cockpit wall are on sprue and also on sprue b) So the cockpir parts are spread apart in 3 sprues. You can see the top wing central section. Yes central wing, so the winspan is much bigger as the top wing tip section (left and right) is almost as the same size as the central wing. The wing look very well design with good fabric and structural detail. The “flaps” do have some translucent look at the light and it’s a nice effort from CSM but I think it could have been a little more thin as the 1:32 WnW Taube on its mighty wings. Also the bottom fuselage part are present and the cabane struts. These look quite fragile, but it`s a Caudron… Sprue B The main part is the lower wing and the fuselage haves. The lower wing is a single piece, not like a 3 parts wing like the upper one. The details and translucent look is equal to the upper wings and as said, it´s quite good. The interior of the fuselage has the internal structure with a well capture detail. The cockpit floor is a single piece with the rivets well present. Both seat are very well detail, and I really like the look of the pilots sit. It’s really look like a cosy leather chair. A good painting work is all it needs. Sprue C Checking close this sprue, the details are well represented and very sharp. The horizontal stabilizer and tail elevators are quite fragile and the location points are well put and easy to remove. The tail elevator don’t have the same translucent looks of the wings. Also here is a cockpit part - cockpit floor. The layout of the sprues is quite curious as you got parts in sprue A, B and C to make the cockpit alone. A single propeller is given. Any reference are given of what kind of propeller is But I think that is a Waring and Gillow Propeller. Anyway, Proper Plane already release two type of propeller for the Caudron G.III for 33$ each. Check it here. Sprue D Tail boom… The most daunting part of this kit… maybe not as you will see whne we got to the instructions. Besides tail boom, the main structural parts are here like the wing struts that have very good surface detail. Wheels and ruder parts made each of this sprue. Sprue E A single sprue for the engine. The example given is the Le Rhone 9J 80 hp. Looking at the steps constructions and the details, it`s an easy build with a vey good details in a straight build. Sprue F The clear parts. There`s not much of this as usual in WWI airplanes, so the windscreen. Any way, the clarity is excellent and the framing is very well defined, PE sheet A small PE in brass with the seatbelts, and some others small details (like structure union rigging Decals Two decal sheet contains the markings for all seven schemes. Are printed by Cartograf from Italy, so quality is granted , with minimal carrier film, good colour density and excellent register. Decals are supplied for the instrument dials, but I would suggest punching these from the sheet for a perfect fit the various cockpit gauges. Instructions A 29-page A4 manual is included which starts with a very brief history of the type, with a highly detailed and clear step by step easy to follow. A nice touch is that the cover of the isntructions is in frech with the look of the old instructions. All illustration is in line drawing format which is clear and easy to follow, with very good annotation for paint, parts options and decals (where applicable). With a Airplane with such rigging, there`s no rigging diagram for the final aircraft, as the rigging instructions just made their way in all the constructions. It’s a method that for this airplane I think, in fact, that`s the best option.. In fact there are several pages that all is rigging… more than 4 pages in a row. However, one issue remain since I made 1:32 CSM Nieuport XVII Late type review The paint indication: the names are pretty basic and it difficult to get which color specific is CSM talking about. Here we got Doped Linen, Red Brown varnish, linen gloss, plywood, wood… a experience or even a intermediate modeler in WWI should have any problem with this but I think that is no big deal in putting some brand number color in it.. like Tamiya, AK-Interactive or other brand. The seven schemes are: Production release: 1. Caudron G.III ”Pegase”, C. 962, C.18 Escadrille, S. Lieut Boinvillers, Verdun, 1916; 2. Caudron G.III “Trompe La Mort”, C.18 Escadrille, Mdl Maxime Lenoir, Verdun, 1915; 3. Caudron G.III, Septemer 1914 (markings based on autochrome by Gervais-Courtellemont published in “Les Campes de Bataille de La Marne” 4. Caudron G.III, 914, unknow data ( all-blue painted parts) Pre-order schemes bonus: 1. Caudron G.III “Le Grand Icare”, C.1001, Verdun 1915; 2. Caudron G.III, C.11 Escadrille, Summer 1916; 3. Caudron G.III, C. 991, C.28 Escadrille, Sgt Pierre Poisard, November 1915. Conclusion The Caudron G.III is a stringbag in all its soul and CSM capture well his silhouette and soul. It`s quite a risk taken here by CSM to release this spectacular aircraft, as its WWI and less know that Fokker and Albatros but thanks to CSM for taking that risk. A glance at the parts and the instruction, the model is well think and modeler friend as constructions goes. The rigging is not for fainted hearts, as it’s a lots and very complicated and tricky. This is the best Caudron G.III in any scale for sure, and it probably will for a very very long time and it`s in fact a very good looking model kit. My sincere thanks to bank account for this beautiful model kit. Fran And some more imagens:
  3. 1 Man Army Paint Masks 1:32 Spitfire Mk.I/II RAF Cat. N. 32DET013 Price tag: €23,38 plus shipping Available at Ak-interactive store, here I has surfing in the net, and I came across this name: 1 Man Army and I went to their website – www.1manarmy.be. As you can see, all their catalog are in 1:32 and they are expending their references with more and more masks. I became quite curious because I really don’t like the looks of decals in 1:32 scale and 1ManArmy mask are mainly stencils, for what I could see I haven`t heard anything from this brand before, so I couldn`t resist in get one of their mask. I chose the Spitfire because it can be use for the Revell Mk II and for the future Kotare Models Mk. I. Let`s see what you can get with this set mask. You get two mask sheets, similar wit Tamiya tape, but its not really the same as the color is darker and the tape itself is thinner. I unglue part of it from the paper and its very malleable with good glue.. I detached several times and the glue was still in very good shape. These two sheets give the modeler a full set of British roundels (for wings undersurface, wing upper surface and fuselage both sides) and all the stencils, all the little ones. So goodbye silvering and tiny little decals.!! Of course that all the places to put the stencilas are very well indicated for all sides of the aircraft. Also you get the markings set for two Spitfire Mk.II: - “RN N” from Squadron n.º 72 1941; - Douglas Bader Tangmere 1941; To handle the best way possible, a user manual is given and its very comprehensive. It’s a really nice touch from 1ManArmy. CONCLUSION: I love this mask set. I really do because in 1:32, the decals tend to be very big (roundels) and all the stencils are present with small decals, that could ruin your work with the silvering or not settle well into the part. So with this mask set, beside a full set of stencils mask, two markings sets, one especially for Douglas Bader Spitfire. Its cheap? well no, but you can use it several times and I know that I will use it at least two times so putting that way, its not expensive. Very highly recommended Fran Our thanks to my bank account for this product. You can get this set and all 1ManArmy catalogue at Ak-Interactive store
  4. me too!! https://www.scalemates.com/kits/icm-tba-sikorsky-ch-54-tarhe--1376175
  5. very very tempting indeed! Great deal!
  6. great!! Thanks a lot for doing this Ernie!!
  7. I just can`t find time to check my stash... Im too damn busy even to look to my stash.. For the raffle, I'm happy to contribute a $50 gift card to modeling website of winner's choice.
  8. 1:35 armour is totaly acceptable. Since is related with modelling, is acceptable.
  9. Ohhh.. I forgot to see what gift to give. Give a couple of hours to get home and after dinner I will get to it.
  10. love it! Great weathering, subtle but very realistic!
  11. Just Obelix!! My favourite! and its a perfect name for such a mighty dog! 😄
  12. here´s my friends! The dog is Obelix, a gigantic Chihuahua!! While Portuguese (born in portugal) there`s no barking at 3:00am! and she is Pandora! a gentle cat... when is in the mood!
  13. Well, at the verge of 2021 ending, there`s some news that will be a reality in 2022, so it makes sense to creat this topic now... And the "first of 2022" is Das Werk Pz III in 1:16...
  14. Speaking of HpH, here`s some pics of the upcoming 1:32 Me-323...
  15. As usual, I´m in to give and receive. Let me check my stash.
  16. Fokker F.I/DR.I. By Ray Rimmel with Richard Alexander Volume one Anthology Series Available at http://www.windsockdatafilespecials.co.uk/ The new Windsock book is a most expecting one by Ray Rimmel, with an extra collaboration of Richard Alexander, former Wingnut Wings General Manager. Dedicated entirely to Fokker DrI, it has been directly think for the new Meng Fokker Dr.I 1:32 and 1:24 scale. Yes, both of these were to be release by Wingnut Wings before it went down. Thankfully, Meng pick them up and release them to the market. As you can see in the cover, this is the volume I so more is to come in the future, probably with a full construction of 1:24 Meng Fokker Dr.I and with new fantastic pictures and profiles. Speaking of cover, in this case it is a digital composite from Jerry Boucher with Ray Rimmel models, representing Rittmeister Manfred Von Richthofen flying his newly-painted DR. I 425/17 in a dogfight with a British SE5 in March 1918. Let`s see what do you get with this book. So there`s several parts: 1:32 and 1:24 F.I/Dr.I kit reviews from Andreas to Meng. Detailed painting notes from Richard Alexander with a model paint comparison chart. The pre-production Triplanes with archive photos and Ray Rimell's highly detailed build log of the Meng F.I in Voss' colours-all supported by Juanita Franzi's multi-view artwork. How the original WNW kits were designed-a unique Q & A with Richard Alexander. Colour close-up images of Mikael Carlson's superb airworthy Dr.I replica. Authentic diorama incorporating the Roden Dr.I with a railway transport wagon. Fully detailed build log of the Meng Dr.I finished as von Richthofen's iconic red-painted DR.I 425/17 by Ray Rimell with fabric analysis and colour profile. Detailed and authentic all-new 1:32 scale colour profiles of 10 early production aircraft by Ronny Bar-all supported by reference photos and Meng modelling notes. Gallery of archive portrait and close-up photos chosen with modellers in mind. Appendices with bibliography, manufacturers' web links. With 73 pages on gloss paper of which at first glance has the typical structure and winner receipt of the previous datafiles but with almost the double of pages of a normal datafile. In the opening (back of the cover), as usual, a fantastic profile by unique and unmistakable Ronny Bar. The particularly profile is from Fokker F.1 103/17, flown the famous Werner Voss. After the foreword (Richard Alexander) and author introductions, the opening chapter is about modelling Foker DR.I history. All, or almost all existent or pre-existent models are reference here. Then the first “tecnichal” article on this book and a very interesting one to all modelers: “Streaking to the finish line” by Richard Alexander where talks extensively about the colors of the Fokker Dr.I, in the various operational moments. Its "new" appreciation is with the appropriate historical justification. Richard also doesn't escape the supreme controversy: the unique cowling of the Fokker F.1 103/17 – Werner Voss plane – yellow or grey?? Well you will need to got this book to know which Richard thought is. To end this article, a fantastic and very useful model paint conversion chart for Fokker Dr I is given by Richard Alexander. Next, the reader get a F.1 Pre-Production folio, a very interesting reading and several pictures of the three pre-productions examples: F.I 101/17, F.I 102/17 and F.I 103/17. Then the author takes us to a full build 1:32 Meng Fokker DRI representing the F.I 103/17 with some after markets included from Fokker Nutz, Master and HGW. All steps are cover with a full text explanation and several pictures of the ongoing build with close-ups and real pictures in detail to help the modeler out with location and specially, with detail. On the final part of this building, the new Hangar from Aviattic was built and I must say that, after seeing it, in a pre-production phase, it`s an fantastic addiction to a WWI diorama. Not a cheap hangar but a fantastic one. The next chapter is “Recreating a Legend”. It´s an exclusive interview with Richard Alexander, the first one after Wingnut Wings closure. I have had the pleasure to interview Richard in the past, while he was WnW General Manager and it`s was a blast to talk to him, back then, about wingnut wings and how Wingnut Wings fans got me that chance. After that I have had a better yet, a personal meet in Telford and the opportunity to “work” in WnW stand in Telford and its was crazy. I can call Richard a friend now and it was amazing to meet him. I even got, thanks to him a picture with PJ with a Wingnut Wings T-shirt. Back to this interview, the major subject is, of course, the work that was made to turn the Fokker DR. I reality and a dream come true to many WWI modellers. The "under the skin" chapter has some great pictures of an undress Fokker DRI Next, one of my favourite parts: Ronny Bar Profiles!! And several ones, eight to be more precise, and all with a picture or two of the real aircraft. All the profiles are from Ronny Bar. Now, the reader is bring back to modelling with Ray Rimmel upgrading a 1:32 Roden Fokker DRI with several scratch building, and display in the top of a railway wagon. The article is to be concluded in the second volume) A marvelous modeling article comes next: Fokker DR.I 425/17. Ray immerse in building this iconic plane from the Mengnut Fokker Dr.I, and as many, we assume that it could be straight from the box… ahhh, looks like not, and if you want be totally accurate, you will have to get this book!! The next article contains several amazing pictures with more the 100 years and in very very good condition with tons of history and details. Finally, two appendix are given with tons of information with productions changes and recommended reading. Conclusion: A fantastic book for historians and for modeler, with great pics with amazing quality and very inspirational. If you have a Fokker DR.I in your stash or you want to get a Fokker DR.I (the new Meng one or Roden ones) this book is a must have. If you`re not a WWI modeler but a WWI lover/liker, this is a must have!! Worth every penny. Very Highly recommend. My sincere thanks to Ray Rimmel and Windsock for the opportunity and the review sample.
  17. Just saw it on the title... sorry!
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