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  1. 1:32 Fighter and Mechanisn of the WWI BLACK DOG Catalogue n.º F32003, F32006 and F32012 Price Tag:€23,50 The name Black Dog is a well know name for all AF modelers with their AFV accessories and conversion. So WWI figures and in 1:32 is a new thing from Black Dog and a very welcome to WWI scenario as Black Dog is known for the quality. Today we got the chance of reviewing 3 sets of two figures each. They all come in a small flip side box with each figure in zip-log bag. The box art are the figures full build and painted (with the exception of the mechanics set). Parts were safely secured in small pieces of sphincter and all the resin are very well cast, smooth, and with no bubbles at all or imperfections. Starting with the first set of German fighter pilots (F32003), both figures are in a standing position, one looking for a map and the other looking to the horizon with a thoughtful look. Both figures have several parts. The pilot with the binoculars is made by 5 parts. A single part is the all body (torso, legs and arms). The head and the left hand are in separate. Also two sets of binoculars are given, a short and a long version. The other figure (pilot with the map) is made of 5 parts, being the torso and legs in one piece. The head and both arms are in separate parts. The connections points are quite good, with a bit of cleaning. There`s only one head for each figure. The facial expression although is very well achieved. The hard cover to put the map is in single piece but no map is given. So you have to get some WWI maps to add to this figure. Both figures have some very good posture and great facial expressions. The second set of pilots has the same quality casting. The resin blocks are easy to remove with a small saw. The body posture is quite well achieved, being natural and credible. Both figures have little cleaning and construction to do, as the main body (torso and legs) is in one piece. The clothes details are at the highest level, among of the best. I love some fines touches like the glove inside the jacket pocket or the movement of the scarf. The last set, a pair of mechanic. As the other two pairs, the main torso and legs are in one single piece. Only one head is given. I love the look and body language of one of the mechanic with the cigarrete in one hand and the look like: “I`m totally wrecked… How I´m going to do with this?” The other figure is also very cool. And in the head, tool in the pocket… he`s saying: “What the ….?” I`m screwed….” Just love this pair. Conclusion: These sets have tremendous quality, maintaining the highest quality of these figures, showing why Black Dog is so loved by AF modellers. All the figures are quite easy to assemble and because of their posture/body language and facial expression, they will easily fit in any diorama with a Wingnut Wings. Highly recommended. My sincerely thanks to Black Dog for the review samples and for the patience. (You can buy directly here and if you do don`t forget to mention Wingnut Wing Fans and Large Scale Modeller) Francisco
  2. Wingnut Wings Gotha G.V 904/16 'Erika' So this is going to be my biggest project to date and I'm actually looking forward to it! As you can see this will be Gotha G.V 904/16 'Erika' build with the aircraft being prepared for a night sortie over London. I have no photos of the actual plane being prepared so some creative license will be used unless something comes to light. There are several firsts, including the incredible conversion kit by the talented Ron Kootje - I was one of the lucky few able to purchase the limited runs of his conversion kits and its going to be a very large undertaking, especially as I also have all the detailed parts by Taurus models. It will be my biggest kit built yet and I have no idea where I will keep it once completed! There are several other bits a pieces but I'm going to hold off from talking about them for now. As you can see absolutely nothing is started yet - a totally clean build from the start!
  3. 1:32 Gotha Bomber German Crew from Cooper State Models Catalogue n.º F32-008 Price tag: €29,95 And…. Here we go again, with a new release from Cooper State Models, now with a entire crew for the WnW Gotha. The CSM site has a brief history that is quite interesting and well worth the reading. It´s not the first time I post the CSM history but it´s always good to remember a brief history. So here`s goes: “In 1996 my parents decided that they were ready to retire from the family business. Since I was ready to do something else for a living, we sold the company. I had recently got back building models after a 25+ plus year hiatus and decided to try that for a business. I chose the name Copper State Models (CSM) because Arizona is also known as the “Copper State”. The logo is the state’s outline with the state flag inset into it and a Fokker D.VII. At first I tried building for hire but soon discovered that I was too slow of a builder to make that work! A friend of mine named Bob owned The Model Car Garage (high end model car details) and was doing well with it. He became my mentor in starting CSM. I picked WWI a/c because not everyone and his cousin was doing that subject and I had a real interest in it. This was the beginning of the golden age of WWI a/c modeling. You had Eduard and Toko doing quality plastic kits so I saw a place for high quality details and put CSM in that direction. The hardest part of getting started was finding the vendors I needed to make the things I couldn’t make myself. Bob from MCG put me in touch with Tim for the PE (Photo-Etched parts- I.S.) artwork. We hit it off real well and he started drawing for me. PEC also came from Bob and for me they are the best PE producer in the business. Microscale has been doing quality decals for a very long time. They were close, good and willing to work with a small outfit like CSM. Laura and Vickie were absolute jewels to work with. Marty’s claim to fame was his magnificent hand carved wood props. I was buying props and corresponding with Marty by snail mail (no email then). Marty’s written English was in its learning stages and a friendship developed. When I told Marty about starting CSM, I had in mind selling his props as part of my line. He was agreeable and asked if I would be interested in kit masters. I said “absolutely” and he sent me the Do. D.I kit and that was the beginning of the CSM kit line. I started advertising in Windsock magazine very early. Ray and I became friends. He reviewed CSM’s products fairly and this was a huge boost to the company. He is one of the greatest supporters of WWI a/c modeling. Marty and I chose kits together based on interest and available documentation. We tried to pick kits that the “mainstream” model companies wouldn’t do. There was such a wealth of WWI a/c that has never been kitted in 1/48TH scale before for us to choose from. Float/flying boats and 2 seaters were our mainstay. I enjoyed my time setting up and running CSM. It was a great way to earn a living. With the passing of my parents I decided to retire and sell CSM. I would like to thank all the great vendors I worked with and my great customers all of whom I enjoyed dealing with. I would especially like to thanks my parents for their help and encouragement without which it never would have happened. I wish Ilya and Slava good hunting, God’s speed and all the success in the world. I hope they enjoy CSM as much as I did in their new venture. My advice would be to produce a quality product and charge a fair price and you will do well. Eric R. Hight Copper State Models Founder and Former President We have another opportunity to get a good look of the latest CSM release, and very desirable one: an entire Gotha Crew. This set came in the usual small and sturdy box wrapped in bubbles There`s no assembly instructions and no decals for any of the figures. This single set is quite simple nonetheless the 3 figures. The construction of each is one of the best I ever seen in resin figures, being almost done with a little cleaning and perfect fitting. I decided to build them all after pictures and I really must say that they in fact are quite ease to get together with low cleaning job. The resin is in medium/light gray like the others previous releases. All the 3 figures comes with the one piece body and legs in one very nicely cast piece and with a separate head and arms. In sum, 4 pieces with separate arms and head and one piece for torso and legs. The rear gunner is the only standing figure. The position and body expression are really good, with the jacket details in evidence like the buttons, pockets and even buckle boots are reproduce. The jacket leather looks quite realistic, you just can smell the leather. Although the face is partially hidden behind the scarf and helmet, still conveys an expression of concentration. The pilot, besides the high cloths details, does have a relax posture.. almost like driving a car with the arm outside the window… style pure style! The pilot is also the on that does have the face most cover, just seeing the eyes and the moustache. The front gunner/navigator also with some “false” relax position, a pre-mission concentration. The facial shows precisely that with the scarf to cover part of the face, with the ever-present without moustache mouth. In fact this figure is the one that has no moustache. The highlight of this set, besides the extreme and sharp details, is the fact that this set is not a fly set but a crew ground set… Nonetheless this a Gotha Crew for starting take-off and just before take-off or after mission. I decided to build all the set… and put in my WIP Gotha, that is already close with seatbelts. Conclusion: Quality is really the middle name of CSM. The castings amd resin quality are top noch. Apart of that, the details are exquisite at all levels. The helmet, goggles and scrats are very well done with incredible details. The facial expression and details (like eyes and mustache) are very well worked out and very convincing. The resin chunks are very easy to remove and the buils is quite straightforward. The 3 figure come together in less than 15 minutes. Cooper State Models is a well know name in modelling Market and their Stuff mean QUALITY! You simply can`t go wrong with these figures, as they are perfect to stand on your Gotha… An d with a bit of imagination, they don’t need to be all inside of the Gotha. Highly recommended. My sincerely thanks to Edgar from Copper State Models for the review samples. (You can buy directly here and if you do don`t forget to mention Wingnut Wing Fans and Large Scale Modeller) Fran
  4. Friedrichshafen (Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes: Volume 21 (Great War Aviation) Aeronaut Books Author: Jack Heris ISBN: 1935881353 Price tag: £ 41.49(plus shipping) Aeronaut Books is a born child of Jack Herris and their goal is to ensure that all types of WW1 aircraft are documented. All the titles from Aeronaut Books are POD (Print on Demand) to allows to make all the books financially feasible. Aeronaut goal is to ensure that all types of WW1 aircraft are documented. When Jack Herris owned Flying Machines, it was published Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One, French Aircraft of the First World War, British Airplanes 1914-1918 so those are covered. In late 2014, was published American Military Aircraft 1908-1919 and Icarus Press published Russian Aeroplanes 1914-1918 and Flying Machines also published The Imperial Russian Air Service about 1995, so Russian airplanes are covered. After review the Blue Max Vol. 7, I was in high expectation on this book and I can tell you that it did disappointed. The book is like atlas of all Friedrichshafen airplanes made a little before the start of WWI and during WWI, even if it was only a prototype. It is a rather bulky book with over 300 pages with soft cover with a brilliant and beautiful illustration from the great Steve Anderson with a very elegant and gorgeous Friedrichshafen FF41. Throughout the 312 pages, the author provides us with lots of information and lots of pictures on Friedrichschafen aircraft and inspiration for the modeler. This book aims to become the top reference on the airplanes produced by Friedrichshafen. So let´s see if it hits his goal. In the contents you can see that every single FF build are there. After a small briefing about Friedrichshafen and his creator Theodor Kober, a previously employee of the Zeppelin Company, the author provides the reader, a table with all models effectively built. In this introductory note is interesting the author care to give due honor to Theodor and Friedrichshafen with images of Manzell in Lake Costance. A second table is nothing more than an order chronological order and delivery of all Friedrichshafen seaplanes throughout WWI. This is clearly the result of an arduous and painstaking work that resulted in three sheets with detailed and extraordinary information. We actually know when the airplane was ordered and properly delivered. The first chapter is dedicated to the pre-war Friedrichshafen aircraft. In this chapter I confess my ignorance about not knowing any of them. The n.º 1 is Friedrischafen FF1 with several awesome pics, quite inspirational ones. It goes through all the planes built even the ones that have been only prototypes. Thus the book provides brief historical information from the plane to the technical specificities of the case there. Interestingly and despite being in the prewar chapter, we are presented with two beautiful FF33E profiles, the most famous Friedrichshafen. On FF9, four photos gives us a beautiful view of this puscher which was only built one. Two more profiles FF33, this time an E and H. The next chapter is Friedrichshafen Reconnaissance Floatplane and the layout of the subjects and information given is at the same level. With the outbreak of the war the necessity of new airplanes was real and the Friedrichshafen aircraft at this beginning, were nothing more improved versions. Starting this chapter, FF29 and FF29A that was a large version on the FF19. The FF19 is cover is several and quite interesting pictures, follow be a descriptive table of all numerous and series order by the Navy, every aircraft engine and the order data. For the FF31 the author gave us several SVK drawing, from all sides. The only low of these drawings are the fact of being so small. Finaly, the FF33. Staring off with 3 profiles of the L version, the final and best version of all, according to the author. One of the profiles is Christiansen´s FF33, before the arrival of the faster W.12. Once again, we have all FF33 numbers, licenses and subtype specifications. The lots of inflight pics and some quite cool pics that are a real inspiration. Its almost 40 pages of tons of pictures of FF33. On the FF33, there`s a fantastic sub-chapter - Operarions at Zeebrugge. Several movie frames in different scenarios, since store in land to in action in flight or in the sea. Fantastic series really. Also several SVK drawings of several versions and several profiles. I highlight a profile for my Dutch friends. Passing just to the FF49. The FF49, as almost all Friedrichshafen aircraft, is elegant and willowy, and his chapter has some beautiful profiles, SVK drawings and several colour pictures of the entire frame of the reproduction been built by the Danish Technik Museum. Also another very interesting pictures of the FF49 are several ones after war in civil service and limousine conversion. Just before the ending of the reconnaissance planes we are served with some fantastic pictures of a fantastic and crazy plane: FF60. The FF60 is simply fabulous: triplane with 4 engines and crew of 4 ... I wonder what there was enough information for WnW go down this route. It would be epic! The fighter floatplanes chapter maintains the same information structure, with very interesting photographs of all documented models, accompanied if existente, SVK drawings. This chapter is quite a short one with no profile given. The torpedo bombers chapter follow as he all book, the same structure. A specifications table of all Friedrichshafen torpedo bomber (FF35, FF41, FF41at, FF53) is also present and quite useful. The first is the FF35 but the main interest and more attention, naturally given by the author Is the FF41A & FF41AT that also makes the cover of the book. Sadly only two colour profile. After this chapter, a two pages profiles, with one of the profiles of FF41 and all the rest of FF43, FF49 and FF33. My favorite chapter: Bombers, the G type. All of them are present, with special attention to G.III. We are lavished with several profiles of the G.III and tons of pictures of it, very good references for modellers, engine, cockpit and external details. Please WnW?... Friedrichshafen also did have land aircraft…. Didn’t you know? The FF37, C.I, FF46 (D.I), FF54 and N.I are all wheels aircraft. Not much to say about them except that any of them see combat. The FF54 does have a very curious design with his 4 wings. The final chapter is the Post war Floatplanes with FF67 and FF71 and several pictures of war design being converted in air limousines like the G.III. After the bibliography notes, there are several drawings of the main Friedrichshafen aircrafts, like the FF33, FF41, FF41 AT, FF49, G.II, D.I and the FF54 finishing with two final profiles: a FF54 (love it) and the FF49. This fantastic books finish with the afterword, with historical note about FF33 “Wolfchen” and great pictures about that specific aircraft. Do you want to know more? You will just have to buy the book. Conclusão: CONCLUSION This book describes and illustrates the development of Friedrichshafen aircraft of WWI with text, 540 photos, 18 in color, 37 color profiles, production quantities and serial numbers of aircraft, and aircraft dimensions and performance specifications. No doubt that the aim of this book is to be a reference for all aircraft built by Friedrichasen. After reading it, I can say for sure that goal is achieved. This book is a true encyclopedia of this aircraft builder with clear emphasis and focus in the more famous FF31. Jack Herris does not neglect the other making a brief historical overview of the types not well know such as 39 and SVK drawings of it or the FF60. Everything that you want know about Friedrichshafen is in this book. This is book is not a specific type of Friedrichshafen with several walkaround pictures like a Datafile but an all in book of all Friedrichashafen with fantastic pics perfect for historians and modellers. The only little lowdown to some is the paper back and the soft cover. This book deserve a hard cover and gloss or satin paper. That would turn the book perfect. Highly Recommend Francisco Guedes Our thanks to the Jack Herris and Aeronaut Books for this review sample and all the support. To purchase this directly, click THIS link. If you found this review helpful and decide to purchase this product, please tell them you read about it at Large Scale Modeller! Disclaimer: all photos all in low quality to preserve and prevent all copyright.
  5. 1:32 Russischer Pilot (with leather jacket - in lederjacke) Kaiserlich russische Fliegertruppe Kellerkind Miniaturen (from Martin Hille) Catalogue n.º 060 Price tag: € 15,95 WnW really did a revolution concerning WWI modelling around the all world and brought the very best to WWI. Kellerkind Miniaturen is in fact one of those cases, giving WWI modellers very nice products and variety. Behind Kellerking is Martin Hille, a sculptor with great qualities and whom work I have been following in WnW fans facebook page and in Kellerkind facebook page for quite some while and I`m really honor to had to opportunity to make this review. Here we are going to review the lasts figure out from Kellerkind studios, a Russian Pilot with a leather jacket. Just in time to the Polikarpov R-1! Here`s two pictures that I found about Russian pilots in WWI. The first thing that caught my attention was the high color box in all sides and in the back painting instructions (which for rookie figure painters like me are very useful). The box art it’s a really good on with a great paintjob by Mirko Schlemmermeyer. The figure only have two resin pieces, a full standing figure with head, torso, legs and right arm and left arm in separate. The cleaning is almost zero and the resin block is quite easy to remove with a saw without losing any details as they are on the shoes sole. The figure has a brilliant composition and posture and the left arm odes contribute a lot to that pose and expression with the cigar at its end being the cherry on top of the cake. The fit was not quite perfect but very easy to get by just a bit of cleaning in the attaching point of the arm. The facial expression just give us the face of a hard and tough man that is ready to fight for is country and a believer in is thought and convictions. Everything in his face is in extreme detail: ears, nose and nostrils, lips, jaw rigid and stress but at the same time without fear. Or just a badass guy with no fear! I`m really amazed with the details on the clothes which are essentials to bring any figure to live and the details on this figure are simply astonishing: the front buttons with the buttons house just there being stretched, the insignia on the shoulders, buttons and buckles on the pants and the fur on the inside of the gloves, the hat with all the lines and head bump on the top. Amazing really, the pics do not make justice to this figure. Conclusion: This figure is a tremendous quality, with all the details being taken to the limit. The quality casting is superb and his pose is simply fantastic. No doubt that I will be using these ones in near future. Just perfect. These are perfect to stand on your shelf along with other stuff on WWI, mainly WnW. Highly recommended. My sincerely thanks to Martin Hille, the man behind KellerKind for the review samples. (You can buy directly here and if you do don`t forget to mention Wingnut Wing Fans and Large Scale Modeller and join Kellerkind on their facebook page) Fran
  6. German Aviator 1918 THE FUSILIER Fus 54-19 1:32nd scale Price Tag: 15£ (Steve Warrilow picture) Steve Warrilow has been a busy bee in expanding his catalogue. Not only to the figure modeler, as such, but also to 1:32 scale, in order to give some figures to our WnW. I got a small box in the mail box and I was quite excited with it because I knew that was this particular figure that is made to fit WnW Albatros. A small plastic box, with three resin pieces, and one small sheet with painting instructions. The resin parts are the torso (all body and head) left arm and the ladder. Starting off with the non figure part, the ladder. This ladder is a basic ladder, not a four legs ladder, so this one would have to be leaning to the plane. My samples have a little warp in the first two steps but nothing serious. A little clean have to be made to remove flash and a little resin block. Now to the main character: The left arm is easly fit into the figure, so no major cleaning or dryfitting or putty is need. Checking close the figure, no seam mold or flash is present… Such a fantastic cast that give the modeler an almost primer ready figure. It`s also a figure with some great details in clothing, such as scarf, gloves, boots ... the details that makes the high quality picture. Meanwhile what makes this figure special is his posture and his facial expression. The body compassion with the pilot just getting in to the plane, almost forced to complemented with the heavy facial look, like a guy that its just walking to his fate, whatever it was… The night level of concentration and body tension is full present in the figure. Note that something that is only at reach of few… and Steve Warrilow is one of them. Here`s the pictures to you to know what I talking about (these pics do not make a real justice to the figure) The painting instructions is only a list with appoints to use in the several pieces of wear, like the helmet, gloves, scraft, etc. Conclusion. The figure is simply one of the best I ever seen in one 1:32. All the war drama is in it! While WnW doesn’t release their loooong announce figures, Steve Warrilow, is filling the gap with fantastic figures in 1: 32nd, perfectly symbiotic with WnW model kits, in this particular case with Albatros but I think That Is Also suitable to the Fokker D. VII. The only low part of this figure is actually not the figure but the ladder. Really a simple one, with some cleaning to do and a little warp. Nothing that average modeler can deal with. Highly recommend My thanks to Steve Warrilow, the men behind “The Fusilier” for the review samples and all the support given. Just visit The Fusilier website (here) – and if you do don`t forget to mention LSM and WNW Fans). Fran
  7. 1:48 Pilots & Ground Crew Sets 1 and 2 The Fusilier Catalogue n.º FUS 48/01 and 48/02 Price tag: £14 each set The Fusilier is a brand of one man: Steve Warrilow. Anyone who is in the WWI world knows his name. He dedicates to sculpt beautiful figures, only of the Great War. And if it has The Fusilier name on it, that´s for sure, a quality product. Until last year, Fusilier has only large scale figures being the small ones in 1:32. Today we are checking the two new 1:48 Pilots and ground crew sets. The sets pack came in small but sturdy hard plastic box each one. All the figures are in beige color resin. Parts were safely secured in a sort of cotton and all the resin are very well cast, smooth, and with no bubbles at all or imperfections. In the past, I had have the pleasure to review a test-shot of one 1:48 scale figure, what I had called “a gentlemen war”. Well now It´s in full production and it`s amazing to see that the only semi-low point (a big nose) that I pointed is now fixed…. COOL! All come in a light grey resin, with little clean to do and some seams lines to remove. The detail in all figures is quite sharp, with special attention to cloth small details like buttons, pockets, leather etc. These details read in conjunction with the well achieved posture that can pass thought the figure. In addition to all this, a beautiful facial expression, nothing easy to get on this scale. Pilots come in one piece thereby facilitating its completion. The staff members who carry stuff of course come with three or four parts, with a brief dry fit, it seems to fit quite well. I had huge difficulties in photographing these figures, not only for its size, the color of the resin but mainly my fault. I apologize for that. CONCLUSION: The Fusilier and Steve Warrilow is a world reference in sculpting, and is well worth it. These are brilliant sculpt, with great poses and sharp detail even for 1:48 figures. The cleaning is minimum, with little flash to remove. Any of these fantastic items would be a well worth add to your 1:48 WWI airplane for a very good tag price. HIGHLY RECOMMEND My sincerely thanks to Steve Warrilow, the man behind The Fusiler for the review samples. Just visit The Fusilier website (here) – and if you do don`t forget to mention LSM and WNW Fans). Fran
  8. 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.
  9. This is the kit I've been sort of building up to. 1/16 scale skeletonized Sopwith Camel with all the bones and nerves exposed. All flight controls operational, nicely detailed engine and full rigging. The model as designed does not include the engine or gun cowlings - I'll scratch build those from aluminum sheet (should be interesting as I've not done that particular kind of metalwork in the past!). I'll also build some of the cockpit components as the white metal castings just don't look right. I'll try my hand at replicating wicker using wire-on-wire framing for the seat and I'll use real leather and silk where needed for other details. I have some thin glass sheets I can use for instrument faces - I'll try that first, and go to film if that doesn't work out. The engine will be more of a challenge, as (despite the size) some of the detail is a bit soft. I'll figure that out as I go, and will make it as close to the original as I can. I just opened the box yesterday - so y'all get to be present for the entire journey...
  10. I'm building a 1/16 Sopwith Camel as a museum display, and I'd love to have a second engine to put on a stand next to it as part of the display. Absent ordering a second kit from Model Expo, do any of you know of a source for this engine/scale? Many thanks!
  11. I've found some interesting period references on general construction and operation of WWI-era aircraft. If you have a Google Play account, each of these is available as a free/public domain eBook download: 1. "Rotary Engines" by The Office of the Chief of Air Corps, US War Department, August 1919 2. "Aeroplane Structure" by Alfred John Sutton Pippard and and John Laurence, 1919 3. "Aeroplane Construction and Assembly" by J. T. King and N. W. Leslie, 1918 Each of these has great detail (plus photos and illustrations) of the internal workings and structures of a representative sample of British and French airframes and engines.
  12. The Fokker D.VII at the Militaire Luchtvaart Museum in Soesterberg, the Netherlands. I have heard it was an original German D.VII that was shipped to the USA after WW I and was civilian owned afterwards. Supposedly it was acquired by the Museum and refurbished in the colors of the Luchtvaart Afdeeling (old Dutch spelling)of ca. 1920. I have this from hearsay, so please don't take my word for it... enjoy, I hope the photos prove themselves of use for your WnW D.VII projects! The pictures were taken by Jeroen Peters with my Nikon
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