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1:32 Hansa-Brandenburg W.29

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Hi all,
I thought you might like to see my 15th 1:32 scale build - The German ‘Hansa-Brandenburg W.29’, a twin float, two seat naval patrol aircraft. This model represents the Hansa-Bradenburg W.29 (CM3G version), No.2512 as flown by Oberleutnant Friedrich Christian Christiansen of ’Seeflugstation 1’, Zeebrugge, Belgium during July 1918.

The basic list of changes/additions to the model are:

Exhaust pipes.
Spark plugs.
Cylinder fuel primers.
Push rods.
Valve springs.
Rocker arms.
Ignition lead support tubes.
Ignition leads.
Rear coolant pipe.
Crankcase vents.
Speed control gear.
Fuel filter pipes.

Modified or corrected:
‘GasPatch’ Spandau and Parabellum machine guns.
Gun installations.
Cockpit control cable pulleys.
Cockpit control line routing.
Cockpit flying control lines.
Pilot’s control wheel.
Throttle quadrant.
Rigging points.
Radiator top pipe.
Tachometer drive cable.
Animation of control surfaces

Aftermarket additions:
‘Gaspatch’ 1:32 scale Parabellum 14/17 machine gun (15-32069).
‘Gaspatch’ 1:32 scale ‘Spandau’ 08/15 machine guns (15-320619).
‘Aviattic’ Bleached Clear Doped Linen (ATT32044).
‘Aviattic’ German Naval Hex (faded) (ATT32113).
‘HGW Models’ fabric seat belts (132562).
‘GasPatch’ Elite Accessories Turnbuckles.
‘Copper State Models’ 1:32 scale German Naval Crew (F32-034).
‘Copper State Models’ 1:32 scale German Naval Ground Crew (F32-037).
‘Coastal Kits’ 1:32 scale Abandoned Airfield Display Base (modified for 3D effect).

As usual I've created a downloadable build log in Adobe PDF format, for those who might want to refer to it for reference or build details. It contains full step by step descriptions of the model build, its modifications/changes and is also supported with illustrations and photographs. If viewed in Adobe Reader, each build log has book marked chapters/headings for easier navigation through the log.
My model website has the gallery page, so to view any model, go to the gallery and select it.  If it has a PDF build log, it will be available to download using the 'PDF' icon on that models photo's page. For any photograph, just click the photo to enlarge or reduce the viewing size.


My next model will be the ‘Wingnut Wings’ Sopwith F1 Camel (modified version) of the Canadian ace William Barker.




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You nailed the Brandenburg and put her into a great fitting setting. The way the W.29 is weathered looks like a lot of seaspray and weather influences and supports the authentic look of the dio.

I have the W.12 in my stash along with some goodies and the same Copper State figures and have planned something similar for mine. I will download your WIP as a well appreciated guide.

Do you think the Aviattics are a must, because I'm undecided and interested to hear your opinion.

Cheers Rob 

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Thanks all.


The linen effect decals from 'Aviattic' are the way to go, but they are different in application to standard decals. The material of the decals is strong and flexible, but does need to be applied to smooth and preferably gloss surface, normally white or cream coloured (to show through the lined effect). Any dust or surface imperfections will result in 'silvering', which I've found more difficult to sort out on these decals.  Also I've found that although you don't really need them, decals softeners have little effect - however the decals conform well enough without them. If necessary I use Tamiya X20A thinners instead for bedding down lifting edges etc.

If you download my build log for the W.29, you'll find a section in there about decals,




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Thank you Mike, I read (and downloaded) your great log, and will use it as a guideline in places. I might go with the Aviattic decals, but in the case of the W.12 this will be an expensive enterprise. As it is double winged, I think it will take two sheets of naval hex (I like the faded one too) plus one sheet in a darker shade, because the tail section of the W.12 seems to be covered in a darker toned linen. Maybe that could be achieved with preparing the kit surface a little darker.

Cheers Rob

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