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Hansa Brandenburg W.12 Das Kamel, Sylt 1918 RFI


DocRob
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Hola fellow modelistas,
I call my build of the WNW Hansa Brandenburg done. Later there may will be figures which are work in progress right now and maybe a dio with the Kamel in the water near a beach.

The build was a whole load of fun, without serious problems, the kit is fantastic, with the typical WNW 'don't leave paint between' fit.
It was only my second build of a WNW kit and I'm eager to dig deeper into my stash of the said company. The only small let downs with WNW to me are, 
- The manual, at least in parts (got you shouting 'what'), I don't like the rigging diagrams, which show mostly unusable angles (not a biggie here, but I fear rigging my Fe2b) and some other drawings,    where it's hard to see, where parts will be attached.
- The weapons sprues show soft detail, all others are very crisp.
- The very present but tiny springs for the valves are moulded as cylinders and looked terrible, same goes for the push rods, wich I changed to metal parts.


As on most of my builds, besides the interest into the subject, this one was driven by trying new techniques or at least use them for a first time in large scale. There was wood painting with oils, using oils for weathering, working with Lozenge decals, which were not cookie cut, tincanning the floats, wiring and detailing the engine and scratching some details here and there.

I used different AM sets, like the formidable and great to work with Aviattic Naval Lozenge decals (two sheets), Linen decals (one sheet) from the same producer, Master barrels, and last and completely forgettable the HGW set containing wood decals (ultra brittle-unusable), wood paper for the interior (complete brain fart), etched parts, which were partly usable (the best parts of the PE were the leftovers, which I cut as a ruler and triangle for the operators place) and seat belts, which are ok, but worse than others from HGW. The included masks were cut to fit and did their job except the one for the brass covers on the prop, which should cover the brass part, not the oil finished wood, so I used liquid mask here.

The goal was to show a weather beaten and worn plane, which sways in the harsh winds on the beach of the Königshafen, a natural bay near the town of List at the island of Sylt, which was a base for naval planes in WWI. I'm absolutely satisfied with the outcome and had a tempting, but never daunting time with the build, and lots of fun trying new things to enhance the great kit even more.

Cheers Rob

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2 hours ago, GusMac said:

Lovely result Rob and I'm sure it'll look great in a dio. I really like the finish you got with the oils especially on the floats. :thumbsup2:

Thanks Gus, oil colours have risen on my wow scale rapidly during this build. Working with them is a learning curve, but I love the possibilities and the results. The floats were the first parts I built on the Kamel and I had the idea to heavy dent them and how to do it. That was, where the fun started...

Cheers Rob

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Muchas gracias Phil, these great kits make it easy to achieve good results, you can fully concentrate on painting, decaling and weathering and of course rigging, which is easy with the Kamel, but not so with the Camel, I guess. I still have to build a British plane with flat double wire rigging and these boring PC-tones, but I don't know if it will be a Camel, Snipe or the 1/48 F.K.8, but definitely not the Fe2b ;), that's for later when I'm completely tranquilo.
I'm sure your Camel will look great, don't doubt yourself, just do it, mate :thumbsup2:

Cheers Rob

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Very well done, Rob! You nailed that lozenge.

One thing I've noticed on the W.12 and the W.29 is that there does not appear to be any mechanism for actuating the tail plane. I wonder how it was done on the real thing...

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5 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Wow, Rob!  Great job!  It really looks like a worn, used bird!

Thanks Gaz, it looks almost Greek :D, maybe a bit overdone, but it was the look I was after. 

4 hours ago, HubertB said:

Agreed. Great result and beautiful finish. Extremely well done ! :unworthy:

Muito obrigado for your kind words Hubert, the fun I had while building erased my bad taste, because I was not able to buy a W.29 instead. After building the W.12, I like it even better.

28 minutes ago, Bill_S said:

Very well done, Rob! You nailed that lozenge.

One thing I've noticed on the W.12 and the W.29 is that there does not appear to be any mechanism for actuating the tail plane. I wonder how it was done on the real thing...

Thank you Bill, the Lozenge was relatively easy done, with the great Aviattic decals, which were problem free, even given the large areas to cover. Some hints of how to prepare the szurfaces, I sourced here, for example from Mike 'sandbagger'. Tamiya Smoke for preshading over Tamiya gloss white seems to be a good combination, with the needed high shine finish.
In the end I liked the contrast, between the printed wing Lozenge and the 'painted' fuselage and tail Lozenge, where I used the kit decals, which were less forgiving.

The tail plane made me wonder too. First I thought WNW had overseen something, but I couldn't discover any mechanism on photos too, very strange.

Cheers Rob

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10 hours ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Gorgeous build there Rob.  The finish is fabulous and I'm looking forward to the diorama.

Thanks Carl, there seems to be some echo about the dio :D. I'm not so sure, when it will happen. I was planning my first acrylic water display for my 1/48 Walrus, beside a life raft. Let's see, first the figures and if they look ok, then maybe....

10 hours ago, harv said:

Beautiful  !!.......harv :151_41_44_712.09472830013627761

Muchas Gracias Harv, great kit, great result, the quality of the plastic and engineering makes it easy to score.

Cheers Rob

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1 hour ago, Jeff said:

Those floats are KILLER GOOD !!!!

Thanks Jeff, I will specialize in floats :D. It's all about multiple layer hairspray technique and after sealing that, it's oils for weathering and imagination about how to weather with algae and salt residue. I wonder if there has been a real Kamel in this state of neglect, given the island of Sylt belonged to Prussia ;).

Cheers Rob

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