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  1. 1:32 French Pilot smoking pipe from Copper State Models Price tag:€15,99 Cooper State Model is, by no mean, a new name in the hobby. Any modeler knows it and always been associated to WWI. But to those that don’t know Copper State Models, never too much to remember their history that is quite interesting and well worth the reading. 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 Quite a history and a fantastic boost from the Past… So into our figure. I have had the pleasure of reviewing several figures from Copper State Models and other brands in the past, and for the first time, I got a figure simple in a plastic bag… No box, no bubbles, no reference to the maker whatsoever. It’s quite odd this. I bought this figure alongside the Caudron and other kit, and this figure come inside the Caudron. If it didn’t came inside the caudron box and I didn’t order directly from Copper State Model, nothing can prove me that it’s a Copper State Models product or a recast. If I want to give to a friend modeler or sell it on ebay, no way I can prove it that is an original product. Its odd and I didn’t appreciated. Well moving on to the figure, it`s no assembly instructions and no decals but don’t need any of it. The resin is in medium/light gray. All clothing fits the figure body position, being very well achieved. All the detail on the clothes are simply amazing. The facial expression is very good and a love the little pipe in the hand. Exquisite detail on the clothes and a true fantastic facial expression. The assembly of this one is so but so easy that I just take a photo of it full build… with almost no cleaning at all… the seam line in some not even exist, like this one. A perfect figure with fantastic detail and almost ready to paint. Conclusion: I really like CSM figures as they have great details, very good natural look. 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 shelf along with other stuff on WWI. I wish the CSM stay along with us for a long long time bring us another items of extreme quality! The really downside of this figure was not the figure itself but the “packing”, label, box.. something that I could identify this figure as a CSM product. Highly recommended (the figure, not the packing and label) My sincerely thanks to my bank account for this figure. (You can buy directly and if you do don`t forget to mention Wingnut Wing Fans and Large Scale Modeller) Fran
  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-001.003.002.003-caudron-g-3) 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. Have not seen mention of this anywhere. Looks like they have two new Nieuport kits up for pre order. I say we support them, ya? https://www.copperstatemodels.com/
  4. 1:32 Nieuport XVII Copper State Models Catalogue n.º CSM32-002. Price tag: 75€ Gustave Delage's appointment as Nieuport's chief designer in January 1914 was followed by a series of sesquiplane designs. Nieuport had been famous for their wire-braced monoplanes, however a series of crashes involving similar designs thought (erroneously) to be due to structural failure in both France and Britain, led to an official distaste for monoplanes. In fact, due to the shorter wires used and less acute angles possible, a biplane structure can be made stronger than that of a monoplane. The sesquiplane configuration was adopted by Delage as a compromise between the low drag of a monoplane and the superior strength of a biplane configuration. The first of Delage's sesquiplanes was the two seat Nieuport 10 in 1914, which was followed the next year by the Nieuport 11. This was quickly supplemented by the Nieuport 16, basically, an N.11 with a larger engine. The N.16, especially when armed with a synchronised Vickers gun, suffered from nose-heaviness and had a higher wing loading. The result was a slightly larger development, trimmed properly for the heavier powerplant and with longer wings and improved aerodynamic form. It was at first fitted with the 110 hp (82 kW) Le Rhône 9J engine, though later examples used uprated 120 horsepower (89 kilowatts) engines. The Nieuport 17 was a sesquiplane (literally "one-and-a-half plane"), featuring a narrow, single-spar lower wing that was considerably smaller than the upper wing. This arrangement provided several benefits. As well as an improvement in downward visibility for the pilot, there were aerodynamic gains resulting from the reduction in area of the lower wing, which on a biplane produces far less lift than the upper wing but still produces as much drag or more. Reducing its size reduced the induced drag and weight while providing a more efficient wing with a thicker section and a higher aspect ratio. The heavier components of the fighter, such as the rotary engine, the armament and the fuel and oil tanks were concentrated well forward which was a contributing factor to the 17's high level of manoeuvrability and climb rate. The fuselage of the 17 was a trapezoid-section girder, featuring diagonal wire bracing, steel tubes and plate joints, which were built up around a series of wooden longerons. Towards the rear of the fuselage, the base narrowed as it took on a trapezoidal shape, while the upper surface behind the pilot's position was faired with light formers and longitudinal stringers; a faired headrest was also provided for the comfort of the pilot. The engine was supported by a thick-gauge steel sheet as wide as the fuselage, to which the engine was mounted. The cowling was made of aluminium, and had strengthened ribs and a pair of inset holes to provide ventilation and egress for the engine's exhaust on the underside. It was smoothly faired with the forward fuselage via molded side fairings. Fabric covered the majority of the fuselage aft of the cockpit. The wings of the 17 used a relatively common structure, containing widely spaced spars that gave a good angle for load carrying towards the leading edge and resulted in a high degree of stagger. The ribs, composed of ash flanges and limewood webs, featured cut-outs along their length to lighten them; the ailerons, which were fitted on the top wing only, increased their chord towards the wingtips for improved stall response. Elevator and rudder controls were provided via conventional cables and pulleys, while the ailerons were actuated by a series of push-pull rods attached to the control column in the cockpit.[5] The angle of incidence could be adjusted by ground crew via a single pivot joint arrangement, this was originally intended to allow the lower wing to be rotated for low speed flight but was never used on the military aircraft. The Alkan-Hamy synchronization gear installed in a Nieuport 17 While the single spar lower wing has been credited with helping to give the type its impressive climb rate, at very high speeds it was also prone to flutter,[note 2] an aerodynamic phenomenon that was not fully understood at the time. Many British Nieuports were modified at No 2 Aeroplane Supply Depot in an effort to alleviate this problem;[6] In later French service, some N.17s had their lower wings replaced with spares taken from newer Nieuport 24s. Production of the new Alkan-Hamy synchronization gear had permitted the wing-mounted Lewis gun of the 11 and 16 to be replaced with a synchronised Vickers gun, which was mounted on the fuselage to fire through the propeller arc without striking the blades.[2] However, the standard Royal Flying Corps (RFC) synchroniser, the Vickers-Challenger gear, was not available in sufficient numbers and in British service the over-wing Lewis gun was retained. The Lewis gun was installed on the newly-developed Foster mounting, a curved metal rail which allowed the pilot to slide the gun back to change ammunition drums and to clear jams; it also had the advantage of allowing pilots to aim the gun upwards to shoot into the underside of enemy fighters flying above, not an easy tactic, but used to good effect by several ace pilots. During March 1916, the new Nieuport 17 reached the French front and began to replace the earlier Nieuport 11 and 16 fighters that had been instrumental in ending the Fokker Scourge of 1915. On 2 May 1916, Escadrille N.57 became the first unit entirely equipped with the new model. During the latter part of 1916 and into 1917, the Nieuport 17 equipped every fighter squadron of the Aéronautique Militaire. Almost all of the top French aces flew the nimble Nieuport during their flying careers, including Georges Guynemer, Charles Nungesser, Maurice Boyau, Armand Pinsard, René Dorme, Gabriel Guerin and Alfred Duellin. The type was also used by American volunteers of the Escadrille Lafayette, who transitioned to it from their earlier Nieuport 11s and 16s. The Nieuport 17 was also ordered by the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, as it was markedly superior to any of the British fighters available at this time. British units that used the type include Nos 1, 29, 32, 40 and 60 squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps and No 6 of the Royal Naval Air Service - for a time, other units had a few on charge to escort other aircraft. Many British Empire air aces flew Nieuport fighters, including the top Canadian ace Billy Bishop, who received a Victoria Cross while flying it, and Albert Ball, V.C. who often hunted alone in his Nieuport. 'Mick' Mannock VC flew Nieuports early in his career with No 40 Squadron. His VC award reflected his whole combat career – including his time on Nieuports. The top-scoring Nieuport ace was Captain Phillip Fletcher Fullard of No.1 Squadron RFC, who scored 40 kills between May and October 1917, before breaking his leg in a football match. Numerous Italian aces, such as Francesco Baracca, Silvio Scaroni and Pier Piccio, all achieved victories while flying Nieuport fighters. In Belgium, the 1st and 5th Belgian escadrilles were equipped with the Nieuport 17 and 23. Belgian aces flying the type included Andre de Meulemeester, Edmond Thieffry and Jan Olieslagers. The Imperial Russian Air Service operated large numbers of Nieuports of all types, including the Nieuport 17, 21 and 23. Being largely reliant on aircraft procured directly from France, there was pressure within Russia to establish and grow a capacity to support the domestic manufacture of such fighters as well. Accordingly, efforts were made to produce the type under licence in Russia; however the venture struggled due to a lack of experience in the limited availability of experts to assist. Nonetheless, many of these were operated not only during the Eastern Front of the conflict, but continued to be flown for a time following the Russian Revolution that resulted in the creation of the Soviet Union. Russian Nieuport aces include Alexander Kazakov, who flew the type against the Germans and later against the Bolsheviks as well. By mid-1917, the Nieuport fighters were losing their superiority to German types such as the new Albatros D.III. In response, the 150 hp (110 kW) SPAD S.VII had begun to replace the Nieuport fighters in French front line squadrons. The British continued to operate their Nieuports until early 1918 until enough newer types such as the Roya l Aircraft Factory S.E.5s were available to replace them. Like the other Nieuport types, during its later life the 17 was operated in large numbers as an advanced trainer. The American Expeditionary Forces purchased 75 Nieuport 17s for training purposes, while the French also operated large numbers as trainers. The French Aviation Maritime operated a single Nieuport 21, which was used for carrier training during 1920 and 1921 aboard the Bapaume, pending the delivery of dedicated carrier aircraft such as the Nieuport-Delage NiD.32RH – historical introduction, wikipédia courtesy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLpZET6_wxA The box art art is a very beautiful painting with a action scene. The environment and the setting is quite good so it’s a quite attractive The box contents: The box art is remove and you see there´s another box, an inner box. A nice touch for sturdy box and protection of the sprues. At first glance you see a not very fill up box as the little gem only have 4 plastic sprue, one PE sheet, one small acetate film sheet and one large decal sheet. Let´s start looking at the plastic sprues. Sprues: Sprue A This sprue contains the fuselage halves, tail and rudder, and all the wings structs. The tail, like the wings, has some good surface detail. Also, the engine plate and top cowl alongside with small others tails are represented in this sprue. The small parts are nicely injected with no flash (very little flash in some parts) and a quite good surface detail. Sprue B Like the A one, this sprue is also quite busy with the all the cockpit (like the fuselage frame section, floor boards, fuel tank, seat, wheels, propeller). Mostly of the cockpit is in this sprue. It´s also where are present the smallest parts of this build and some quite clean detail. A bit of flash, I could only found in one piece: B37 – machine gun support. It`s a bit odd that all sprue is ok with no flash and good detail and one part does have a little flash, but nothing much. Sprue C Here we got wings, central wing and engine cowling. The lower wing is in a single piece with very good surface detail like the ribs and stitching. These have good surface detail is extended to upper wings and central wing section. I really like the surface detail of the rivets on the bottom (right below the cockpit). The upper wings are made in 3 parts as usual in WWI model kit in 1:32. The only cowling used in this version is the C4 part. A found a little flash on one upper wing and on the cowling but was very little indeed and a 2 minutes work. Sprue E This sprue is exclusive for the engine. So you get 15 pieces to make a good “Le Rhône J9” with 110 HP. The details are quite good and the construction its quite straightforward as the cylinders are in two parts (that can bring some little problems if the fit its not perfect) and the cylinder head are individual. After that only need to add the push rods and induction pipes and that’s almost it. So at the end you get lots of parts, some are quite small so the modeler will have to be careful removing parts from the sprues and some fine clean-up of mold seams will be required. Decals The decals have everything to be top quality. Design by melliusmanu and printed by Cartograf and are just superb, as usual. They are thin, with perfect color registration, with high pigmentation (the white will not be a problem, trust me) and a very slim carrier film around the decal The options are all in aluminium dope with some striking markings. 1. Lieutenant Charles Eugène Jules Marie Nungesser (March 15, 1892 – around May, 8, 1927) - Nieuport XVII, N 1895, N.º 65 Escadrille 2. Sous-Lieutenant Fernand Francis Chevillion (Januart 10, 1889 – September, 28, 1947) - Nieuport XVII, N 2054, “Dedette 3”, N.º 15 Escadrille 3. Paul Albert Pierre Tarascon (December 8, 1882 – June 11, 1977) - Nieuport XVII, N 1681 “Zigomar 3” N.º 62 Escadrille 4. André René Celestin Herbelin (December 9, 1889 – December 16, 1966) - Nieuport XVII, N.º 102 Escadrille PE Sheet A quite small photo-etched sheet give us some nice seatbelts. The PE looks quite thin and easy to handle. The windshield is acetate to be frame between two plastic windframes Instructions: Finally the instructions. From the past years, modellers are more and more demanding for some extra good instructions. And CSM showed with this release that they are up for the challenge. The booklet in A4 format with 22 colored pages with a highly detailed and clear step by step easy to follow. A small historical information is given. Checking the inside of the booklet, some very nice drawings appear with. very clear instructions with some innovation: they give you not only the number part but also the names of parts that represent in real life. Nice touch. Another thing that caught my attention is the fact that there`s no rigging diagram, as the rigging instructions just made their way in all the constructions. It’s a method that only building it I can tell is I like better this way or the other way around. The thing I really didn`t like it, was the paint indication: the names are pretty basic and it difficult to get which color specific is CSM talking about. Example: Spruce (light wood) and Poplar (light wood) with two small color square. Ok they have different color but CSM leave to the modeler the need to find the most suitable paint. The same thing with the color “fabric” . So please CSM in the next release, included some number color of any brand (Vallejo or Tamiya or any other so that can turn the modeler job easier and most of all, faster). Conclusion: What a debut in 1:32 injection model aircraft did make CSM! It’s a great start with an eagerly waited Ni 17. The plastic looks quite good to work, with some fine surface detail (with some very little flash in some parts, at least in my review sample, that can be handled very easy). Schemes options are very well chosen, with Cartograf decal sheet to guarantee the top quality. So just treat yourself this X-mas and get yourself one of these from Copper State Models. You will not regret! I know that mine is going to the “to do soon” pile! My truly thanks to Edgar and CSM team for the work and the support and for this review sample. Finish model from CSM model site:
  5. 1:32 Gotha Bomber German Crew from Copper State Models Catalogue n.º F32-016 Price tag: €30.25 Cooper State Models is firmed name in World War I, being quite proficua in the release of several WWI figures (crew and pilots). They already release a Gothat Crew (our review here), now they release a Gotha Crew in action. I not a fan of action crew figures to aircfrat but its an entire personal opinion and I know that several modelers really like those style of figures. So let´s take a quick look to this new Gotha in action 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. I already had the honor to review several figures from CSM and I can say for sure that 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. 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 just like the previous Gotha crew. 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 position and body expression for all the figures are really good. This is quite important in all figures but the “in action” ones this take particularly importance as when we look to these figures you need to have/fell the sense of movement. That felling/sensation of movement its present on these figures, because they are very well sculpted. To help all that, the cloths details is at the level of all previous figures I have seen it in flesh from other reviews that I made of CSM stuff, and its top quality The main thing that is different from the previous Gotha crew, besides the body posture, was the crew helmet. The early crew set had the typical imperial German safety helmet, which is the most likely used by German bomber crews. This set, CSM decided to chance that and all the crew have lighter weight soft shells helmet. This is also accurate but not usual. The bomber crew were more use to the hard safety helmet - Cfr windsock Autumn issue- chapter helmets- pag. 14. 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, very well done with incredible details. The facial expression and details (like eyes and mustache) are very well worked out and very convincing along with the body postures. The resin chunks are very easy to remove and the build is quite straightforward as all other CSM figures. My only reservation is a quite personal one: I don’t like in flight action crew for aircraft as I can`t sort them out in a static diorama as much as I tried. But its my personal view. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 1:32 WWI Figures from Copper State Models Price tag: between £7.99 to £24.99 Cooper State Model is by no mean, a new name in the hobby. Any modeler knows it and always been associated to WWI, but of course I didn’t know the actual history of Cooer State Models. The CSM site has a brief history that is quite interesting and well worth the reading. 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 Quite a history and a fantastic boost from the Past… So into our figures. Each one comes in a small and sturdy box wrapped in bubbles There`s no assembly instructions and no decals for any of the figures. Every single set is quite simple, and the constructions is one of the best I ever seen in resin figures, being almost done with a little cleaning and perfect fitting. F32-001 - Russian WWI Pilot (four resin parts) The first figure is a Russian WWI Pilot, not quite suitable for WnW models but even thought is a quite welcome in 1:32 class WWI racking The resin is in medium/light gray. All the body in one very nicely cast piece and with a separate head and arms. This figure got no hands. It has a rather relaxed posture, making it very interesting. The jacket features with the insignia on the sleeves and the buttons have not been forgotten. All clothing fits the figure body position, being very well achieved. It is still not bound in any WnW but I'm to believe that this day becomes a day. F32-002 - RFC Pilot A RFC Pilot, just perfect for my Pup… J Cant`wait! The resin of this one is slightly darker but good consistency as indeed all the samples we received from CSM. All the detail on the clothes are simply amazing, You just can smell the leather! The facial expression is very good with a slight smile as smiling at the fate and face death before the mission! Very good, love it. The glasses, buckle and leather helmet very sharp and well achieved. This figure really looks great so I try to build it. Was more than fast. A perfect and little clean and voilà. Perfect! It is the first figures with construction to do with fittings so good and so little cleaning! In five minutes it is ready to be painted! F32-003 - British Pilot This Pilot comes in 4 pieces with separate arms and head and one piece for torso and legs. Once again builds up within minutes thanks to tiny resin blocks placed on the elbows and not on the joints. Don`t worry about the elbow cloth details, as intelligently elbows are shrunken and as such stretch clothes so that there is little detail on clothing, so nothing is lost with the resin block. Preparing for the mission by placing the glasses ... very accomplished posture with interesting details such as the gloves in his pocket. The expression of concentration and the clothes and recesses give a fantastic life to this figure and the whole scenario to which it is put. F32-004 - German aerodrome personnel with grenades crade This is a little more complex that the others because it does have a grenate crate and a forcing position for the figure that have to carry that crate. Five parts for the figure and grenade crate and ten grenades. In the face stands out the bushy mustache that gives a bright touch of realism to the figure! The crate has almost no wood grain in relief, but given its size I think they are completely unnecessary and could even compromise the realism of the figure. The detail of clothing is once again high quality. This is more complex but still the build is quite straightforward... 5 minutes and viola, ready for primer, forgot to take the picture…. Dohhh! Well bear with me and please trust me! F-32-005 - German aerodrome personnel bomb loading A loading bomb crew, This set is a perfect one to be on a LVG or DFW. The total parts are 10 parts, being only two for the bomb. Head and arms are, like all other, separate from the main torso with legs. The poses are very well achieved with great details and sharp details in the hands. Only a little flash to be clean up. The sharp detail is highlight for these pieces. The figures are in forcing positions representing quite well the effort of their work. Already saw this set on a LVG and looks fantastic… Probably it also be adequate to the DFW or even the Gotha or the AEG. F-32-006 German aerodrome personnel ordnance team with cart This set comprised of three figures, in dynamic pose, along with a cart, grenades and grenade trays. Each of the figures has a complete torso with legs attached, like all others. The card itself has four parts - the cart box, two wheels and the puller. The cart box does have some good and delicate engraved woodgrain details on inside floor and outside walls. Below the detail has not been neglected and contains the support structure. The wheels have some flash but little. They are highly accomplished despite its apparent fragility. The puller has good detail at the junction with the card box with well represented buckles. Thirty shells are provided in this set! More than sufficient for all the set or be placed in another Set Casting excellent, good detail is easy to remove. This Set gives you 3 figures and all of them were study to be tighter and interacting with each other. However at least one (the kneeling guy with the grenate crate) can be out of this scenario, and the modeler can put these in two dioramas at a very good price. Starting with who is kneeling with a grenade crate has optimal posture with clothing, carved in an exceptional way to fully enable the capture of their movements. The other two figures are bonding together in their posture, as they interacting with each other passing the grenades and putting down on the cart. All the facial expressions are from very concentrated men doing their job, a quite delicate job, so they look good. Like the other, the all body is one piece wth the head and arms separate. These do have optimum fit and easily achieved. Really a truly high point for CSM. Reaching the painting stage is quite easy and quick. The grenade crate is identical to the already revised so I have nothing more to say. F32-007 - Royal Naval Air Service pilot (RNAS) This one like all other has exquisite detail on the clothes and a true fantastic facial expression. The assembly of this one is so but so easy that I just take a photo of it full build… with almost no cleaning at all… the seam line in some not even exist, like this one. A perfect figure with fantastic detail and almost ready to paint. Conclusion: All of these sets do have a natural pose that would be an extra to all WnW model! All the uniforms with their exquisite detail on the buttons, pockets, leathers, boots and all clothes wrinkles are very sharp and crispy detail with almost no cleaning to do. The hands, facial expression and facial details (like eyes and mustache) are very well worked out and very convincing. The resin chunks are very easy to remove. Cooper State Models is a well know name in modelling Market and their Stuff mean QUALITY! You simply can go wrong with these figures, as they are perfect to stand on your shelf along with other stuff on WWI, mainly WnW. I wish the CSM stay along with us for a long long time bring us another items of extreme quality! VERY VERY Highly recommended. My sincerely thanks to 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
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