Kit: Gavia (1:48)
This is the Gavia kit... A fine one, except for the wrong appearance of the
mid longerons on the fuselage sides, which were easily modified with
stretched sprue and Tamiya putty. I replaced the solid Spandau gun with a
photo etched set from Eduard. Decals from the kit, except the rudder and
the wheel discs Eiserne kreuze, which were hand painted and the under
fuselage stitching, which were drawn with Photo Studio 2000, printed with
an ink-jet printer on clear decal film and then airbrushed some coats of
Paints are Humbrol and the rigging is invisible thread painted a mix of
silver and black.
My main reference for this scheme was a picture of several planes of Kasta
4 in the excellent
Kit: Flashback (1:48)
The Flashback kit. Reworked pylon and undercarriage struts. Improved cockpit
interior (including a flare pistol as seen on a picture in the Squadron's
"Fokker Eindecker in action"). Humbrol paints. The cowling whirling was hand
painted with a mix of silver and black over a base of Silver 11. Decals from
the kit, except the Bestell nummer which was reworked from the Gavia Fokker
D-II one and the under fuselage stitching which came from the Eduard Sopwith
Triplane (Yeah, I know now that German stitching was different from the
British... I promise to replace it one of these days). Rigging was done with
invisible thread painted a mix of silver and black.
The instructions leaf suggests to paint the model Dark Brown overall, but in
my humble opinion, that's wrong... Looking at a well-known picture of
345/15, I think that here is a classic example of misinterpretation of old
orthochromatic BW photographs, in which yellow appears much darker than it
really is... Otherwise, the man standing by the plane would have been closer
to Louis Armstrong than the Teutonic Buddecke..! Or maybe the Turkish sun
was so strong and old Hansi spent more time sunbathing at Smyrna than
fighting..? I don't think so
Kit: Eduard (1:48)
The excellent Eduard Profipack kit... Almost OOB. The top wing center
section is covered with clear Scotch adhesive tape after detailing the
turns with the engine, but the cone de penetration doesn't, like in the real
one... This was done by gluing the engine and the propeller together, then
perforating the engine shaft and the propeller hub with a hot needle (sorry,
still ain't got a Dremmel..!) and then passing another needle, previously
fixed to the firewall, through the whole engine/propeller assembly...
Finally, the cone de penetration was fixed to the outer tip of the needle.
Paints are a mix of Humbrols, except for the cowling that was airbrushed
with Tamiya Acrylic Flat Aluminum... By the way, I don't agree with the
suggestion in the kit's instructions sheet to paint the undersurfaces
Aluminum... I think that this particular machine (as many others in the
first production batches) was finished in the standard two-tone camouflage
with CDL undersurfaces... The machines which combined camouflage and
aluminum paint were finished in a different fashion. (e.g. The well known
Finally, rigging is invisible thread painted a mix of silver and black.
Kit: Scratch (1:48)
This is an old one. It was one of my very first approaches to scratchbuilding
so it's far away from perfect... But I love it..! I think that the "ugly" BE
is one of the most appealing planes of WW1.
Entirely built from plastic card (including propeller, engine and Lewis gun)
except for the wheels, that came from the scrap box and the engine cylinders
that came from some rotary engine, also found in the scrap box. The whole
model was hand painted with Humbrols. Cockades are from some Lindbergh or Smer
kit. Rigging is invisible thread painted black.
Then, several years later, I added the Serial No. which was printed on clear
decal and airbrushed with gloss varnish to seal the ink.
Recently I found out through some pictures of Leefe-Robinson's plane that
the uppersurfaces of the wings were CDL (Oops..!) Although I must say that
looking at the picture I used as reference for this model there are two
airmen standing by 2693 holding the center section of the upper wing
damaged in the fight with the ill fated SL-11, and it appears as a much
darker color than the parts of the airplane which were covered in CDL, and
on the other hand, the replacement center section on 2693 appears much
lighter (almost translucent) than the undersurfaces of the upper main
planes (Hmmm... I still have some doubts...)
And besides, in some pictures I've seen of planes of 39 Sqdn. they were
finished like this, e.g. 4112 flown by Lt. Frederick Sowrey.
So anyway, I have two alternatives: The hard one, to repaint the wings (if
I just can get the guts to do so..!) Or the easy one, that is to change the
subject for Sowrey's plane and replace the Serial N°... What should I do..?
This is the Flashback Navy Pup reconverted to the standard Pup fighter... It
took some work (just as every Flashback kit), specially in doing the oblique
perforations to the lower wing roots to pass the double flying wires through
and attach them to the lower longeron, but finally I think the results are
acceptable. A Vickers gun (from some Eduard kit) was installed on the fuselage
top in place of the Lewis (and associated tripod) that came with the kit. I
also added gunsight, synchronization lead, empty cases chute and padded
windscreen to the Vickers gun. PC10 is Humbrol Midstone mixed with black and
the cowling and nose metal panels were airbrushed with Tamiya Acrylic Flat
Aluminum. The plywood panel around the cockpit was airbrushed a Honey color
and then the wood veneer was drawn with a pencil. Decals from the kit
(including the reworked Serial N°), except for the fin stenciling, which came
from the Eduard Sopwith Baby kit. Rigging is invisible thread painted steel.