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  1. Hello my friends I've started the construction of Felixstowe, at September 2015 and I made some pieces of interior....I stopped for 3 months and I came back at December 2015!!! I work on it untill today!!! Here you'll see my progress and all remarks and comments are wellcome to me!!! Let's start from the box... ...and the contents... Huge box...includes two models (Felixstowe ans Hansa Brandenburg W.29) ...Let's see the sprues of Felixstowe... I'll also use the following sets for my work: Let's start with the interior floors...and woods (finished at 14-9-2015) and the cabinet of radio-telecommunication systems...
  2. Felixstowe F.2a & Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 Wingnut Wings 1/32 Scale Catalogue n. #32801 Price Tag: $349 In 2009, the Easter season, appeared in the history of modeling a new kit manufacturer brand. It would not be anything too extraordinary for brands kits, especially in the last 10 years have been many to come. However WnW is not just any brand. The WnW shook all modeling of ocmo well make a model structures, and be perfect at all levels, from the box-art (the most beautiful in the market) for plastic injection, and end up in the brilliant instructions, unequaled. Marveling at the box art, and for all that seemed to come from inside those boxes, and a very successful site, fell in love with a brand kits ... something that had never happened ... not even with Tamiya. Then in 2010 I had an idea ... The WnW is like a football club ... is a passion, and if it`s a passion, you do have to have followers, have to have fans... So with the genuine intention to bring together all those who have a passion, or only a small interest in WnW, I created in January 2010, WnW fans page on facebook. Since then, the page has grown much at the expense of the fans and the support of own WnW who knows of their existence and recognizes the importance of this page in internet world. In October 2013, WnW Fans joined the Large Scale Modeller and made sense becoming this fantastic forum, the foreign home (outside facebook). From 2010 to the present day many things have passed since 3 GB in LSM, two contests on facebook, with rewards given directly by WnW to its winners, a marathon, and the list for the most desired. Certainly many more things will come in time. Many projects are in queue. For all this I was fortunate to receive this gem at home, signed by Richard Alexander and with a special dedication. It was an extraordinary gift by the WnW which always, in one way or another, informally supported the WnW fans. I was totally speechless when I received this gift and do this review, not as an obligation (since I was expressly told by Richard that it was a gift and not a review sample) but rather as a gratitude to the WnW for what have done for modellers and for the general hobby for 6 years now. The modeling of awakening to WWI, even in AFV, by Tamiya, Meng Takom, not only due to the fact that the celebration of 100 years but also the momentum created and maintained by WnW to periodically launch new release, better and better. .. I'll stop now my cheap sentimentality, and let´s go crack the box. This box is huge but if you do have a Felixstowe, this one is exactly the same size. The difference is inside where on the duelist there no space left and after taking out all the sprues, is quite difficult t to put it in once again. But before entering the contents of the box, the box art is a true work of art. Almost risked to say that the box-art alone is worth at ease over $ 50 .. The postman arrived in the early morning on March 19 in Portugal is Father's Day. I took the box into the bedroom and opened in front of my wife and my daughters, and so shot the box, my wife so frankly said, is the most beautiful kit box you ever had. The box art alone is a true work of art. The WnW throughout the ages have been distinguished by excellent quality and its attractive boxes. We owe these attractive boxes to the talent of Steve Anderson and WnW clear vision of having a high quality product with beautiful presentation. Boxart of The Duellist, for me, the most beautiful of all. I have over 20 WnW models kits (Not much I know… shame on me) and over 200 other brands and when the box came to me was with my wife. So I opened the package, and revealed the Duellist box, my wife just said that beautiful picture. It is certainly the most beautiful boxart I've ever seen. And that pretty much sums up the boxart: a wonderful job, with a dynamic and exceptional drama, captured in full by Steve Anderson. The Duellist was on my wish list since it has release, not for the content (I already had the W29) but and only the box art. I just hit the jackpot with this WnW offering. Actual box art depicts the last moment of Felixstowe F.2a N4305 Early type to be attacked by Friedrich Christiansen`s Hansa Brandenburg W-29, with the whole evolution of such confronts perfectly portrayed and exemplary manner in the instructions. The Duellist has two already release model kits from WnW: The Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 and the Felixstowe F2a (early type). These two models have already been masterly reviewed in Scale Plastic and Rail and in Large Scale Modeller and all the main and detail aspect of both model kits has been well analyzed in impartially and honestly way. Even though, I will give my personal and brief look up in all sprues before going to the differences. In the big box you got 22 sprues!! That`s a ton of plastic and thousands of hours of real fun. 10 sprues are for the Hansa and 12 for the Felixstowe. Also there`s two decals sheets and one photo-etched sheet. Starting with the Hansa: Sprue A All parts of the cockpit are here including the instrument panel, the side structure , the cushion, fuel pump, hand air pump. The fuel tank ant the pilot`s seat are on sprue F. A mold strategy for sure. Sprue B The floats, tailplane wings and elevators made this one. The floats have fantastic and subtle raise details, upper and lower. The ribs on the elevators are also a very good casting with sharp detail. Sprue C The small of all sprues: the clear parts from Hansa with only four parts, which in hindsight are even enough for an open cockpit plane. The clear parts are very well molded and quite transparent without distortion of the plastic which affects the transparency of the part. Sprue D (x2) There`s two for this sprue because brings all the pieces to put Hansa properly parked in dry dock. So you get the beaching dollies, the rear fuselage support trestle and float support trestle. Also the Spandau is on this block. Sprue E The 150 hp Benz Bz. III engine is very well reproduced directly from the box. On this particular item is always space for extra detail and the instructions brings out two very nice pictures of the real one as a guideline. Sprue F Fuselage halves and some other details like the fuel tank and pilot seat. Sprue H Top halve wings and wings elevators. The ribs details once again is quite sharp and delicate. Lower halve wings. Both of wings have fine structure rib detail. It´s curious to see that in later releases, the wings of other WnW models with the same wingspan comes in one single piece. Even with a much large wingspan like the Felixstowe, one single piece for the all wing is used. This is clearly an evolution in WnW Models and it makes quite sense making live a little better for modellers and giving a more structural piece, in solid plastic to the build. Hats off WnW. You are the best and still always innovating and improving. Spruce G A small fret for the IMG 14/17 parabellum and most of the parts are indicated by WnW not to be used. Turning our attention to the mighty Felix. Sprue A Almost cockpit and internal parts are in this sprue like the duckboard style crew area floor, big side wall frames, a highly detail instrument board, sub-deck for fuel tank mounting among other details parts. Sprue B This sprue only have 7 usable parts, so the float-shaped parts are actually part of the hull and the rear fuselage. All ejector pin marks on these large pieces are inside the model, and well out of sight. Sprue C All sprue contains just three parts. This particularly sprue is totally different from the Late type version.. Clarity is excellent, some masking will have to be done. Sprue D (x2) Theses sprues bring lots of parts, for external and internal of the aircraft. For the interior you got the petrol tanks and their respective plumbing, ammunition bins and drums as well as the Lewis guns themselves and their mounts, steering wheels, rudder pedals etc. Other parts are for the Rolls Royce engine like the water cooling plumbing four blade propellers, radiators and shutters, oil tanks. All these parts are perfect design with fantastic detail. Sprue E (x2) Two sprues for two engines! J All the parts you need for the 12-cylinder Rolls Royce Eagle. This engine is a, a kit itself… The finest detail I`ve yet seen… One more example of the evolution of WnW keeping by long distance all the other manufactures! Sprue F Now, the fuselage/hull. Wow… here you get the real size of this beast!! IT`S BIGGG!! The details are all there even on the upper hull which is more sparse due to the plywood nature. And wings are still to come… Sprue G and H The wings are even bigger!! This beast will not be easy to handle on my workbench. Lower and upper wings are molded with great finesse (Rib and fabric representation are quite very authentic), in a single and solid tab in contrast of the W.29 as already mention. One of the points always underline by WNW is that they has designed this model so that both upper and lower panels can be detached, complete with rigging to aids storage and transportation. I must confess that I really have a little difficulty in understand the concept if the rigging material is fishing line…. On the upper wing, we can see on the rigging diagram that they are several rigging line in all wing span, so I really don`t understand how it`s possible without compromising the structure of the wings and the rigging. Sprue I The most mysterious sprue. As Jim called up the attention to the single four blade propeller on his review, indeed this single and isolate propeller for no use is very very intriguing. Here`s there another Felixstowe on the production line?? Or it`s just an spare propeller? Who knows? But in the last six years, WnW already proved that they don`t do anything random… So this propeller is here for something… One day we will know! J Besides the mysterious propeller, this concerns also the tail plane, span stabilizer. As everything on the model, it`s big! Sprue J This sprue is, concerning to plastic and alongside with sprue C, is a totally regarding the Late release. This sprue is all about the upper coamings, quite different for the Late type, giving a much cover cockpit with the big glass & celluloid cabin. Now that plastic is gone, let’s check the elements that are totally exclusive to this release. Photo-etched Decal Options Instructions Concerning I was expecting two small PE sheet, one for each aircraft, equal to those on the single release models. The WnW never cease to amazed me. So went even further than the first Duellist and offers the modeler one sheet with all necessary parts for both kits and even two brass tag plates to put alongside on the wood base, one for each one of the planes. A total cracker! Perfect. A brass photo-etched sheet has the quality that WnW already accustomed us, with delicate detail and good engraving... With annealing technique, this metal is extremely easy to work with and adapts to modeller needs. While the decal sheet is quite obvious, since you only have two options (one for each aircraft) beside german naval hex that is identical to the sheet of the single W.29 release. The other sheet is the new one and brings the markings for both aircraft and stencils. So with this Duellist you got the eager waited Friedrich Christiansen W.29. Concerning the Felixstowe scheme option, yep I know that the Felix do have more colorful option, but believe that this beast with wood and CDL is just so beautiful. At first I always thought to I would go for one of that… Now, I just love this one. My “new conviction” about wood and CDL is mainly because of the magnificent history behind these two aircraft and the bound that are connect… It`s a real piece of history here and I will go build both of them and put then side by side. My instructions came with some very little damage on the upper and lower edges. The instructions have less information about the aircraft itself, like photos of real aircraft, less color paint guides then the original and individual aircraft releases. The diagrams are the same with small updates (yellow color for PE) but for example the W29 instructions of the original release before the markings options guide has 18 pages…. Duellist one has 14 pages. All the intel and necessary information are in both instructions, so it real looks the WnW study quite well what to take off to reduce the cost and the height, I presume. CONCLUSION Wow… no words… it is very difficult to say something of a perfect kit. In reality are two kits perfect with the best box-art ever... In December 2014 I had the pleasure and the difficult task of reviewing the HPH Cut away Catalina, with a fabulous kit in every possible way. And to receive this Duellist, was the crown jewel of my collection. Lost the first place with dignity for this fabulous Duellist. I could say it's the best kit ever but it would be a bold statement because WnW continues and will continue so to launch new kits ... and coming from WnW, you never know. So do yourself a favor and if you do not have a W.29 or whether to have the FC W.29, lose your head and buy this Duellist or simply selling 10/20 kits from your stash of 200/300 kits and buy this .... I assure you that you will not be sorry. Rating: 10/10 Totally, absolutely, unbelievably recommended ... My most sincere thanks to Richard Alexander and all the staff of WnW for all the hard work throughout this six years. And to Peter Jackson, a sincere thanks for his vision and for having fulfilled its dream, fulfilling the dream of many others. Thank you SIR.
  3. 1:32 Laser-cut seatbelt sets and mask set. HGW Catalogue # see article for code and price Available from HGW We like to keep you up to date with the very latest releases from HGW. We are big fans of these guys, here at LSM, and if you’ve ever used their products, then you’ll know why. Today, we have their latest releases which focus on seatbelt sets for those newly released kit, and also a very welcome canopy masking set. 132564, Arado Ar 196A-3 seatbelts, 299 Kč 132565, SE.5a seatbelts, 132566, Felixstowe F.2a/Hansa Brandenburg W.29 (The Duellists) seatbelts, 499 Kč 632029, Felixstowe F.2a masks, 119 Kč I generally do a recap as to general usage for HGW’s seatbelt sets, and I’ll do that again here. Each set is packaged into an attractive, narrow sleeve, with a card stiffener. The Duellists set is obviously packed in a larger sleeve in order to accommodate belts for both the Felixstowe and W.29. Where we have a little difference here is that the Arado set comes with a number of resin items which are bagged and placed within a blister pack. This is slid over the regular narrow sleeve, but the stiffening card within the pack is narrower to allow for the blister. Please be careful so as not to damage this pack, as it is generally easier to bend. HGW’s seatbelt sets are a two component solution. They both comprise a printed, laser-cut microfiber sheet with all of the parts ready to assemble. All you need to do is to first peel off the paper backing sheet and then each part in turn, from the textile sheet, as you use them. Printing quality is excellent, with serials, data labels etc. (where appropriate), and then there is the generally unseen laser-etched stitching which will become visible when a wash is applied. Before any assembly, you should take each textile piece in turn and repeatedly scrunch it up into a ball and open it out. This breaks down any rigidity in the material and allows you to pose the parts in a natural looking way. Assembly should typically be with CA. As these parts are laser-cut, the heat of the laser has an unexpected but surprisingly neat effect on some parts, with the edges of them being ever-so-slightly darkened. Almost like in-built shading! These belts can also be weathered with oil paints etc, and then flat varnished and dry-brushed. A metal fret contains all of the relevant fasteners and buckles, with this part being produced by Eduard. Always go for there only being enough parts to make once belt set, although I have worked with these where there were actually as many as two whole sets of parts included, despite only one set of belts being packed. Etch quality is always high, as you would expect from Eduard. Each set also contains an instruction sheet. The use of red and blue colour on the instructions denotes the difference between the textile and PE parts. Drawings are also typically ‘Eduard’ in their approach, with excellent clarity, although no further annotation other than parts numbers, is supplied. Each sheet also explains the weathering process to you. Arado Ar 196A-3 seatbelts This set is supplied with resin parts. There are three in total, designed to replace the plastic parts within your Revell Ar 196A-3 kit. Whilst I’m unsure who makes these, they look similar to the style of part that HPH uses in their releases, and cast from the same colour of resin. One part replaces the pilot’s seat, and is beautifully mastered and cast, with just a little clean-up needed on the reverse. A large casting block will need to be carefully removed, and you will need to carefully profile the curvature of the seat underside, where the block is removed. Another part, not shown in the instructions, appears to be a padded cushion for this seat. The last resin part is for the observer/gunner seat and incorporates the mounting brackets. As with HPH resin parts, this is cast onto a thin, flat sheet which will need to be carefully ground away. All else looks pretty normal for an HGW set, except for a large metal part on the fret. This isn’t shown on the instructions, but was originally intended as a template for cutting the back rest for the original Arado Ar 196 kit. For this release, it won't be used. SE.5a seatbelts A simple yet effective set which replaces the photo-etch lap belts of the WNW kit. Confusingly, this it titled as having two sets included, yet first glimpses of the parts seems to show two kits in that there aren’t two identical sets. This is correct. What this set provides are two OPTIONS for the SE.5a, and indeed, if you have two kits in your stash, then there WILL be enough parts for both (as long as you use different types of course). One part, printed in brown, does appear to be out of register on my sample. No problem to fix it though. Felixstowe F.2a/Hansa Brandenburg W.29 (The Duellists) seatbelts Both of the sets in this dual release are available separately, but this is of course a nice set to acquire if you are lucky enough to own the impressive WNW ‘Duellists’ release, containing both the Felixstowe F.2a (Early), and Hansa-Brandenburg W.29. A single piece of textile and a PE fret is included for each of these aircraft, and the instruction sheet is simple to follow for both assembling the belts and installing them to your model. Felixstowe F.2a masks Whilst this set doesn’t actually stipulate this, it appears that that the ‘Early’ release of the WNW Felixstowe is the kit this is designed for. The ‘Late’ version has only small windscreens due to the cut down rear deck and absence of a forward canopy enclosure. The intended kit does have a LOT of panels to mask, so this release is most welcome. It’s not just canopy masks included here either. You will also find masks for the propeller tip sheathing. This is another very welcome addition due to the complex curvature of these items. Now you may airbrush the sheathing first, mask it off and apply your wood grain finish to the rest of the blades. Another nice feature are the masks for the prop hubs, allowing you to mask the timber areas and finally blow some metallic paint over the hub. As is normal, these masks are made from kabuki tape, and are sharply cut. The instructions are very clear about the location of each item. Conclusion I’m beginning to find HGW’s seatbelt sets almost a staple of my regular modelling diet. They look great when assembled, and are nice and easy to assemble, and in a reasonably quick time frame. I know of no other seatbelt solution which looks as authentic and is resistant to the rigours of weathering. They are also reasonably priced, and provide a great focal point for your detailed cockpit. Oh, did I tell you that I really like them? VERY highly recommended My sincere thanks to HGW for sending these samples for review. To purchase directly, click the links in the article. James H
  4. 1:32 Felixstowe F.2a Early Wingnut Wings Catalogue # 32050 Available from Wingnut Wings for $269.00 with FREE Worldwide shipping (I had a hard time trying to fit the huge box in one shot. Let alone fitting the sprues in my Photo Booth!) Introduction In this review I would like to focus on the differences between the Felixstowe F.2a early vs. late. For some reason the majority of modelers I know tend to opt for the late version with it’s open cockpit and more streamlined upper deck. A somewhat un-orthodox development, since many planes from this era showed cockpits closing more around the pilot as the years progressed. On the other hand the closed glazed cockpit as featured on the first Curtiss ‘America’ plane (designed to cross the Atlantic) will have lost it’s purpose for protection against the elements with the new role the F.2a got during the war: battling other seaplanes (as the W12 Brandenburg), ships and U-boats. Other modifications between the early and late versions include wooden (ply) or diagonally applied ‘Consuta’ planks at the rear fuselage sides (instead of linen) and balanced ailerons on the later type. What is not included in any version of the early or late is the gunners position on the top wing, between the engines. Some figures between the early and late types: Wingspan Early: 29,13 meters Wingspan Late: 29,13 meters or 29,51 meters (longer wing variant) Length of both: 14,1 meters Weight of both: 5216 kg Max speed of both: 156 kph Engines of both: 2x375hp Rolls Royce Eagle VIII Ceiling: 3048 meters So basically the most important / significant reason to either choose for an early or late example is the open or closed cockpit alongside a scheme that appeals to you. Step by step Following the instructions I’ll make a comparison between the early and late version. There won’t be many differences between the types, but I would just like to give the modeler some hand-holds in choosing his kit. Especially since the chance of buying more than one of these kits is not likely. Step 1 (Front Cockpit) The late version offers a seat for the nose gunner. Early does not. The instrument panel on both early and late are identical. The instruction manual shows a photograph from the RAF technical notes showing an early panel. This photograph is printed in both the early and late instructions. It does state that configurations vary largely between different productions. Step 2 (Rear cockpit) I could not find any differences here. The petrol tanks have the same set up on both versions. Step 3 (Hull frames) This page starts with the assembly of the side armament: Lewis gun. No differences here. The same goes for the hull frames. The text on the bottom of this pages states that there was a remarkable lack of conformity amongst the various F.2a constructors. The large amount of field modifications didn’t add to this. Step 4 (interior) This is where we spot some differences. The late version offers the 1st pilot a proper seat, whereas the early version only gives the 1st and 2nd pilot a cushion with seatbelts. Other than that: no differences. The next two pages show a painting guide as well as a rigging guide: No differences. Step 5 (Hull) This is a tricky part. Offcourse the first most obvious difference is the fact that the early version had linen rear fuselage side panels. This can be seen in the painting guide. Internal rigging is the same for both versions. A photo of the inside of a F3 fuselage is shown in both instructions, for lack of F2a reference, but differences would not have been great. It does give the modeler a good idea of the busy rigging inside. It looks like every scheme / production had different placing of the foot and hand holds alongside the forward fuselage. Three different options on the early version. Four in the late. Step 6 (Hull details) Construction starts with the tip of the nose. No differences here. The entire coaming of the fuselage is quite different between the early and late version. One higher set coaming is offered on the early version. Ensuring a more streamlined and higher connection from the glazed enclosed canopy to the back. The late version offers two different lower, flat coamings. One has a round opening for the wireless operator and the other… has not! The underside of the hull is similar between the two versions. Step 7 (Tail planes) The main parts (rudder, ailerons, control levers) are the same on both versions. The only difference is one of 5 options in the early kit that only has one supporting strut on each side, instead of 2. This is option D. One of 10 built by Harden & May. Step 8 + 9 (Engines) Absolutely NO differences on the first page of the engine construction, since both version had the same 375hp Rolls Royce Eagle VIII engines. On the second page of the engine construction, again, photo’s are used for reference of the Felixstowe F3. Step 10 + 11 (Engine bearers & Cabane struts – Centre section) These two pages / steps are similar for both types. I can really see some added detail for the Bomb racks and engines here brought to us by HGW in the near future. Step 12 (Wings) Now this is the part I was most intrigued by. The wingspan of this beast is so large, it will be next to impossible to store or transport it properly. So what WNW did was make the outer wings detachable. This means that the attachment point for the rigging between these sections should not overlap. The rigging in the centre section between the engines starts at the next page. Otherwise it would be impossible to properly reach the rigging points in the center. The parts that differ between the early and late version are the smaller balanced ailerons for the late version, and the larger unbalanced ones’ in the early version. Wing floats, navigation lights, control pulleys, stabilizers and struts are all the same between the two versions. Step 13 and 14 (Armament) The number of Vickers guns is the same between the two version. One double gunned nose position, one central position and one aft. The instructions for the late version spread this step over two pages. Mainly caused by reference photo’s. Step 15 (Accessories) >> Step 16 for ‘Late Version’ Naturally this section, containing the trestles and trolley show no differences. Next steps are the props. Make sure to put the clockwise propeller starboard side and the counter clockwise propeller port side. One sentence that caught my eye, was WNW warning: “Wings will settle to correct 1 degree dihedral after 7 days!” I guess this is caused by the sheer weight of the wings. Rigging guide The last and probably most daunting step is the rigging consisting out of control cables, bracing and thicker bracing. The control cables run along the centerline of the wings, over pulleys and are split from one to two cables by little buckles. Again: I can see no differences in rigging between the two versions. Inside the box: The box is quite literally filled to the rim with plastic and it’s heavy! I just can’t get over the way Wingnut Wings manages to fill their boxes so efficiently. The pieces that stand out most are the fuselage sides and massive wings. Even when parted in three main sections, these wings are humongous. Ejector pin marks are almost not present or visible and as always hidden in invisible places once the model is finished. Cleanup is kept to a minimum too with no flash or sink marks to be found. The first place I look at for sink marks are the props, but with Wingnut Wings you can just assume there aren’t any. Hull sprue: Upper deck: Wing sprue: Check out the sheer size of the wings alone!! Tail plane sprue: Ailerons (very thin and almost translucent!) and hull parts: Internals: Transparent parts: Engines: The decals are of usual high quality. Printed by Cartograf. Perfectly registered. And after having dealt with these decals a couple of times, they settle real well, are thin as can be and provide that almost painted on look. I guess you could be tempted to use masks on a model like this, but you won’t have to do so for a great result. Here are a few pages from the instructions that show a few apparent differences between the two types. Pilot seat, upper deck, cockpit glazing and rear hull: The photo-etch consists out of a single fret, containing the seatbelts, gun sight, cockpit details, gun-mount details and the control-cable splitters. Schemes: A. Felixstowe F.2a N4081 ‘C’, Saunders built, 240 Sqn RAF, Calshot, late 1918 This scheme (IMHO) is the most interesting, since it clearly shows the different materials that were used in the Early version. Linen and Ply wood. The contrast between the black hull and nose, really sets it off. One thing I like to avoid are the assumptions. The large letters C on the top wings are assumed to be there, since the C is also visible on the tail and standard painting norm was to repeat this letter on the top, but this is not back up by reference. B. Felixstowe F.2a N4283 ‘2’, Saunders built, GE Livock & R Leckie, Great Yarmouth, April 1918 Again: the dazzle camo we see here is based on reference photo’s for the starboard side, but based on sketches (drawn from memory) for the port side. What is interesting is that for this plane the pilots and crew is known and also a reported attack on a submarine on may 17th 1918. C1 and C1. Felixstowe F.2a N4291, Saunders built, USNAS, Killingholme, July 1918 This plane started in British service and later served in the USNAS. If you want to model the earlier service British version, you will have to mainly rely on the reference photo that is depicted on the bottom of the page. It has the lighter unmodified linen sides. The later service USNAS is pretty cool. Again: I would really do my research on this one. It carried spot lamps attached to the outer struts (which are not included as far as I can see and I also saw some discussion on the forum about the exact shade of color that was used for this plane. D1 and D2. Felixstowe F.2a N4510, AMC/May, Harden & May built, RNAS, Felixstowe, March 1918 Another cool example of an early RAF scheme, showing of the natural materials. Ply wood and linen. The struts and floats are clear varnished, which gives you the opportunity to use wood decals and add some life! Also note that this plane had an unusual arrangement of the tail plane struts. The D2 version of this particular scheme has some differences in the nose (a pale area). Probably caused by a repair. E. Felixstowe F.2a N4541, AMC/May, Harden & May built, 232 Sqn RAF, Felixstowe, August 1918 This is a later and rather lively scheme. In other words: you don’t have to go for the ‘Late’ version of the Felixstowe, in order to build a colorful scheme. The dark stripes in the dazzle camouflage are believed to be blue against white with dark green uppersides. Also it is not 100% clear whether the struts were varnished or painted. Felixstowe in Dutch service While browsing websites in search of information on the Early Felixstowe F.2a I stumbled upon a photo of a Felixstowe with large orange meatballs on the wings. I never knew the Marine Luchvaart Dienst (Dutch Royal Navy) ever flew with these planes! A dutch aviation modellers forum, run by K. W. Jonker has a full page dedicated to these planes. Felixstowe N.4551 and a Curtiss H12 #8689 flew in dutch service. One received dutch registration L1 and the other L2. They didn’t serve long. The Felixstowe (L1) entered service on 04-06-1918 and was decommissioned in December of the same year. It’s base was Mok, on the small Island Texel in the north of the Netherlands. Almost nothing is known of their service record! The Felixstowe on it's ramp on the island Texel: The (not so) colorful profile... Windsock Datafile 82 The final pages if the instruction booklet give us some nice reference photo’s of the Felixstowe. For reference I also have the Windsock datafile #82 by J. M. Bruce. This gives you an extensive overview of the history of the Felixstowe. From the collaboration of John Cyril Porte with the American Curtiss company, to the Felixstowe F1 and F2a and c. It also offers scale drawings in 1/48th scale. The only real advantage of these drawings might be the frontal views of the rigging, since the beautifully rendered 3D drawings of Wingnut Wings sometimes confuse me. Conclusion I don’t think anyone saw this kit coming. When someone on a forum would scream for Wingnut Wings to do a Felixstowe, I thought: ‘Yeah right!’. With a wingspan of almost 1 meter I like that Wingnut Wings came up with detachable wings (even though I still can’t quite see exactly how that will work). The quality of the plastic, detail and huge bag of parts will make up for one EPIC build. The only nit pick I can think of with this subject is the assumption of some colors in the schemes, but this is not something that could have been prevented. Information on colors will always be tricky with WW1 subjects… To be quite honest: I don’t think I ever ‘wanted’ a Felixstowe, because frankly it just isn’t top of mind. This is really a curve ball being thrown at us (quite like the Salmson) that makes us modellers dive into a whole new subject and un-earth new reference material to our hobby. I mean: while reading up on the subject I discovered this plane flew in Dutch colors too. Who’d have thought? I simply can’t do anything else but rate this kit a 9 out of 10. If the schemes included were 100% certain of reference colors, it would have been a 10. But at the same time I know it will always be impossible to dig up lost WW1 knowledge that just doesn’t exist anymore. The only details I know I will add (but I’m not saying it’s a need to have) are HGW seatbelts, Gaspatch guns (I mean just look at this…), Uschi wood decals and some of Bob’s buckles. Wooden props are not needed, since most of the props are painted grey. Very highly recommended. My sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for providing this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. Jeroen Peters
  5. 1:32 Felixstowe F.2a Late Wingnut Wings Catalogue # 32066 Available from Wingnut Wings for $269.00 with FREE Worldwide shipping Without a doubt, the Felixstowe F.2a series of flying boats were some of the largest aircraft to be used operationally during the Great War. First flown in 1916, and becoming operational in 1917, this rather imposing looking aircraft was actually a joint Anglo-American project which saw a new hull, designed by John Cyril Porte, being mated to the flying surfaces of the American Curtiss H-12. The hull itself was a large, deep V-shaped format which was constructed from diagonally-laid planking, and formed the basis of sea-going planes for many years to come. This hull itself was also derived from the smaller Felixstowe F.1 series. Powered by two 375hp Rolls Royce Eagle VIII engines, the Felixstowe F.2a was designed to be a maritime reconnaissance, and anti-submarine/convoy machine, capable of carrying an explosive payload of 460lbs on external stores below the wings. It also had a duration of around 10 hours, which was quite remarkable for the time. The Late version machines had a reworked upper fuselage decking which did away with the closed cabin of the earlier version, and the rear fuselage was also sheeted in plywood, instead of being frame and canvas. Balanced ailerons were also introduced to the machine at the same time. Typically, the F.2a flew with a crew of five, and was defensively armed with five .303 Lewis guns. The 'Felixstowe' name itself was derived from the RNAS Seaplane Experimental Station, based at Felixstowe, in Suffolk, England. Around 175 F.2 machines were built, of which about 100 were the F.2a version. Felixstowe F.2a, from 'Rise of Flight' simulator. Well, I'm absolutely, totally and truly gobsmacked. I know Wingnut Wings like to throw surprises at us, but this surprise is in a totally different league. The box is of course bigger than the Gotha G.IV which we have seen, and the wingspan of this is almost 1 metre long! You will need some serious display cabinet space for this. These kits are rightfully described by WNW as being their largest yet, which could open up all sorts of possibilities if they are to tackle other subjects too (Staaken, HP O/400, anyone?). We have had the privilege of taking receipt of both Early and Late versions. Today, I will look at the Late release, while Jeroen Peters will soon publish his look at the 'Early' kit. I still have to say it....er, WOW!!! Wingnut Wings' own press-shot gives this summary of this specific kit: 92cm wingspan! Removable wings for easier storage. 392 high quality injection moulded plastic parts. 2 highly detailed Rolls Royce Eagle VIII engines. Late production or converted open cabins, optional fin tops, rear hull sides and balanced & unbalanced ailerons. Beaching dolly and trestles for diorama display. 47 photo-etched metal detail parts. 36 page fully illustrated instruction manual. High quality Cartograf decals with markings for 5 spectacular aircraft. As I have just said, this is a very large box, and if you have a plastic habit, then what you'll see here should provide you with a seriously long-lasting fix. You don't usually associate British aircraft with colourful schemes. It's true to say that we were rather staid, in comparison to the Germans, for instance. However, this box art dispels that notion totally. Some of the larger, and more vulnerable aircraft had disruptive camouflage applied to them, much in the same manner that a number of ships of the time had. Steve Anderson has created a stunning image of a machine operating in a red and white disruptive scheme, having just engaged and destroyed a Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 (which we recently reviewed HERE). Without a doubt, the most imposing release we've yet seen from Fortress Wingnut. Now my hands have stopped shaking, let's look at this release a little more closely. There are ELEVEN, individually bagged sprues moulded in light grey styrene, and ONE small, clear sprue in this release. Some of those sprues are also VERY large, and with almost 400 parts, you are certainly going to have your work cut out with this project in more ways than one. This kit also contains a single photo-etch fret, and 3 decal sheets of varying sizes. This time though, you will be expected to mask and airbrush those elaborate stripy markings, unlike the decals which were supplied for bands/stripes in the smaller, fighter kit releases. It just isn't realistic to provide them for a bird this size, and it would have pushed the price up further. Having said that, masking the model will be pretty simple, as these schemes aren't at all awkward to realise. Definitely no more difficult than a regular camouflage scheme. WNW's largest instruction manual is also included here too. We'll look at that more closely in the later stage of this article. SPRUE A In keeping with previous releases, this sprue contains a good number of internal parts, concerting the rather large cockpit and crew areas of this behemoth. All parts on this sprue are also slated for use with this 'Late' version. We all know that building WW1-era models means that you have to employ a few new tricks to your techniques arsenal, and here you will need to make serious use of whichever method you use for wood-graining. The complicated-looking side wall frames, and the duckboard style crew area floors are the main candidates for this, and impressive they are too. Those sidewalls are provided in halves, such is their size. Other wood grain recipients are the bulkheads, detailed instrument board, sub-deck for fuel tank mounting, alleyway decking which connects the forward crew areas to the rear, and also numerous other structures such as the wireless reel pole and rear spar/engineers instrument board etc. I've always said that for me personally, the cockpit it probably the most fun and challenging part of a build, and this particular one very much excites me. By no means are all the internal parts moulded on this sprue. The sheer internal detail prevents this. On this sprue, you will find such parts as the wireless cabinet (with moulded-on waterproof tarpaulin), multipart crew seats, fuel tank stirrup pump (assuming it's not for the bilge), engineers ladder, engine control quadrant, control column ensemble for the dual wheels, fuel pipe runs etc. You will also find the exterior centre section duel strut part, but for this Late version, you will need to cut away some plastic which runs between the struts, leaving only the fuel pipes as the interconnecting detail. Please be careful here, as this part will be very vulnerable until you come to fix it to the model. The frameworks for the wind-driven petrol pumps, and the tail skid are also to be found here. Detail is outstanding. The floor planking. The instrument board detail (to be supplemented with instrument decals). The side walls. Basically everything. Ejection pin marks are either thoughtfully placed on the rear of the parts, or on small tags which you will snip from the various finer frames etc. I can tell you that when it comes to internal rigging, this model has plenty. Make sure you stock up on your turnbuckles for this. You will need to rig three separate entities here: engine control cables, ailerons/elevators & rudder cables, and also the structural bracing. To get an idea of just how amazing this interior is, check out this build from Zdenko Bugan. Surely an example of some of the most beautiful internal wooden work I've ever seen. SPRUE B As you will have read from my introduction, the Late machines had a plywood sheathed rear fuselage. That was a generalisation, and some machines operated with the regular doped linen panels. One of the schemes in this kit will use that particular format, but the others will indeed use the plywood sheathed fuse. WNW has designed this kit to utilise the same basic fuselage main parts, and these rear panels are separate pieces which are included on this sprue. There isn't too much detail here, by design, and again, all ejector pin marks on these large pieces are inside the model, and well out of sight. What raised external detail there is will need to be sanded away. The other float-shaped parts are actually part of the hull. These form the fine which run along the upper face of the v-shaped hull which is slightly wider than the overall fuse width. There are two options here which have different numbers of timber baton strakes, and one of these will need a baton sanding away too. If your machine wasn't yet fitted with the balanced ailerons (Schemes A & B, then the unbalanced ones are to be found here. These large pieces have excellent rib and fabric cover representation, and nice clean holes for the rigging levers/horns. There is only one other part included on this sprue, and that is for the axle on the beaching trolley. SPRUE C This small sprue contains just FOUR parts. These are for the two windshields that replaced the main canopy of the 'Early' type. Two options are supplied here for either rounded or square windshields. Clarity is excellent, and of course, very little to mask when it comes to painting. SPRUE D (x2) These sprues contain a multitude of parts, both external and internal. Within the interior, you will find the petrol tanks and their respective plumbing, ammunition bins and drums as well as the Lewis guns themselves and their mounts, steering wheels, rudder pedals etc. Whilst the various interior areas have quite a reasonable parts count, it isn't too cluttered, and you will be able to see many interior areas and equipment through the various hull openings. A number of parts here are associated with the Rolls Royce engines, and these are the water cooling plumbing which sits below the engine chassis, elegant four blade propellers, radiators and shutters (superbly moulded open louvre work), oil tanks, and also the inter-wing strut/engine mounting frameworks. I have to single out the design of these as being exceptional. Essentially, they are moulded as port and starboard side which are glued together, along with the oil tank assembly and a spreader bar. The engine simply then sits in this framework, and then the radiators etc. are installed. This is a very clean solution to what could have been a complicated problem. Once installed, the exhaust and water pipes can then be fitted, before the whole assembly is transferred to the model. At this point, it's seriously important that the secondary lower struts from Sprue A are added, to create a sturdy platform for both engines. Other parts you will see here are the beautifully detailed two part wing tip floats, general wing struts, vertical wing stabiliser, aileron control cable pulleys, Lewis gun scarff ring, bombs and racks and trestle parts for both the aft hull and wingtip floats. This is a pretty busy sprue which will see personal service throughout the build of the Felixstowe. SPRUE E (x2) Two engines means two sprues, and here you will find all parts associated with the common 12-cylinder Rolls Royce Eagle. This engine is a mini-masterpiece with some of the finest detail I've yet seen on a WNW kit. Each cylinder bank is supplied as halves, and these fit to a three part crank case and sump assembly. Those cylinder banks are fitted with separate rocker heads, water pipes and carburettor intake pipes. The latter will connect to the Claudel-Hobson carburettor which fits to both front and rear of the engine. The Watford magnetos are moulded with their wiring detail, and this will correctly locate to the sockets which fits in between the magnetos. In total, there are around 30 parts to each engine, not including the supplementary fittings which will installed specifically for the Felixstowe. SPRUE F Another large sprue, but one that contains one of the big events of this kit; the fuselage/hull. You still can't even begin to grasp the sheer size of this model, even with this, as the wings are disproportionately longer than the fuselage/hull of this model. Externally, you can see the rear fuselage recesses into which your preferred choice of plywood or fabric panel will fit, and of course the V-shaped hull and the protruding fin which sits atop it. Upper hull detail is sparse due to the nature of the plywood skinning, but the lower sailing hull exhibits the diagonal planking which was used to construct the vessel. Also note the side openings through which the Lewis gun will protrude. Detail within the hull is sparse due to this being the almost exclusive remit of the cockpit and internals tub that you will insert within. Note the lower wing shoulders that are moulded onto the exterior. This provides a solid and accurate base for this work. One part on here forms the internal floor area for the bow of the hull. This would've been difficult to achieve any other way, and of course provides a much simpler way of painting and finishing this area. There are two external bow sections to choose from, dependent on scheme, and one of them is included here, again with timber planked external finish. This section is for the converted early production machine. A monster-sized seaplane needs a monster-sized beaching trolley, and the main components are to be found here. The framework consists of sturdy looking timber frameworks with massive bolt-heads holding the sections together, and also two large duckboard style plates upon which the hull will sit. Again, detail is excellent, and this will look great with some dark weathering and perhaps a little green algae effect paint applied. SPRUE G For such a large aircraft, the wings had a remarkably narrow chord. Here we see both outer, upper wing panels. At this point it's worth telling you that WNW has designed this model so that both upper and lower panels can be detached, complete with rigging. This of course aids storage and transporation. Rib and fabric representation is very authentic, and strut attachment points are quite deep. As all struts are identical, there's no need to employ the various-shaped holes that we've seen on some WNW releases. To use the balanced aileron option, you will have to slightly shorten the outboard tip slightly. This is clearly seen in the manual. Other parts on this sprue are for the numerous stabiliser struts. SPRUE H Now it's the turn of the lower wings. Here we see them moulded with the same finesse as those on Sprue G. Attachment to the hull wing shoulder is via a very solid tab. Those wing shoulder parts are also moulded here. These parts, as well as the centre-upper wing section are moulded as solid, two-piece items for which the only hollow areas are to insert those tabs. SPRUE I Although not for use, the intriguing thing about this sprue is the single four blade propeller. Perhaps it won't be long before we find out. This sprue mostly concerns itself with the sizeable tail plane. The fin is moulded as a single part, onto which the upper, full span stabiliser slots and is supported by a rigid tab assembly. Each underside wing panel is then glued into position, as well as the rudder. Surface detail is excellent, and this looks to be a straightforward area of assembly. Two sliding doors are provided for the hull waist gunner positions. Nice to keep you shielded from any inclement sea weather and spray. These have neat internal structural detail. Lastly, raised sections of the lower hull underside are separately moulded here. I feel these were the reinforced sections that the beaching dolly needed to sit against. SPRUE K This last plastic sprue contains a large number of key external parts. Firstly, if you choose to model your Felixstowe with balanced ailerons, then you will find them here. On the other hand, if you wish to depict the fabric rear fuselage of the earlier machines, then this insert part is included here too, complete with a subtle fabric weave effect. A key difference between the early and late machines was the change to the upper fuselage/hull. This sprue supplies both the converted early upper decks which were more or less changed to late production style, and also the actual late production type. These decks were stringer with fabric covering and this is nicely depicted here. Internally, that stringering, along with the frames, is neatly moulded, and ready for your neatest painting attention! For the late production machine, a new bow is supplied, with subtle changes over the early machine part. For this part, a Lewis gun mounting ring is also supplied. A sliding door for the rear, upper opening is moulded here, applicable to the late production machines. No such luxury for the early converted machine. Plastic summary Just perfect. No visible sink marks or other flaw can be seen, and seams are virtually impossible to see. Ejector pin marks are either totally hidden or are situated on small tags which you will snip off the parts. The tiniest bit of flash can just be seen on the odd louvre etc, but nothing too much. PHOTO ETCH As with all Wingnut Wings kits, metal belts are included for all crew positions, and also the addition of a backrest for the second pilot. This is a bird with a lot of rigging, and some cables pass though the same point. For this, cable brackets are included, helping to keep everything neat and tidy. Other parts on this fret include parts for the Lewis gun mounts, lick plates for the crew steps, gun sight reticules, etc. Production is excellent, as always. DECALS One large and two smaller sheets include all the national markings and machine specific serials that you will need, as well as a full suite of stencils, cockpit instrument decals and various placards etc. Numerous decals for fuel piping are supplied too. Decals are also included for the rudder, although on a machine of this size, I feel quite tempted to actually airbrush this. Printing is by Cartograf, and is solid, of authentic colour, and has minimal carrier film. They are also nice and thin, as well as having perfect register. As I said earlier, the disruptive camo bars etc. will have to be masked and airbrushed by the builder. There are FIVE schemes supplied, and they are: Felixstowe F.2a N4296, Saunders built, Felixstowe, late 1918. Felixstowe F.2a N4297, Saunders built, Felixstowe, November 1918. Felixstowe F.2a N4545, AMC/May, Harden & May built, 230 Sqn RAF, Felixstowe, August 1918. Felixstowe F.2a N4099, Saunders built, Felixstowe, late 1918. Felixstowe F.2a N4465, Saunders built, Killingholme, late 1918. INSTRUCTIONS Without a doubt, the thickest WNW instruction manual so far, containing 34 pages, printed in high quality on satin paper, and A4 in size. Starting with a little history of the Felixstowe, and then a map of the parts, all constructional sequences are then illustrated in WNW's usual style of quasi-drawn and shaded images which are ultra-easy to follow, and use blue ink to denote newly added parts. Sections are then illustrated in full colour, for your painting reference. Paint codes are supplied for Tamiya and Hunbrol paints, and FS codes are also supplied. For rigging, numerous drawings are provided, showing the various cable runs in different coloured ink. WNW don't supply any turnbuckles, so you will have to provide your own, should you wish touse any. To help with reference, a good selection of period photographs are also dispersed throughout the manual. The latter pages are taken over with Ronny Bar's fantastic colour scheme profiles, annotated for decal placement. Historical and colour notation is also supplied. Conclusion I'm still in absolute awe of this release. Such an amazingly detailed and graceful looking model which will surely dwarf anything you already have in your collection, perhaps with the exception of an HK Models B-17!! This kit really has it all, and despite hearing a few criticisms of the price when it was announced, I think that in comparison with many current kits, this is very reasonable in its cost. The Felixstowe is certainly a longer term project than any other kit they've released to date, perhaps with the exception of the Gotha. Kudos to WNW too. Who would ever have thought we would see a Felixstowe F.2a in 1:32? Never in a million years........until now! Unbelievably highly recommended. Just WOW!!! My sincere thanks to Wingnut Wings for providing this review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. James H
  6. WOW. The box is huge, and its packed full of plastic. I know some have issues with the fact its expensive and only one decal choice but its the one I'd have chosen anyway and the whole thing is less than the W.29 goes for on its own on Flea Bay I'd say its well worth it and even with £46.22 to Parcel Farce for Import Duty its still almost £80.00 cheaper than Hannants if you order it personally. Well recommended, cant wait to build it and almost tempted to drop everything, it'll be epic and a long build process. Just reading the instructions now. Rigging scares the crap out of me though J.
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