Sopwith Baby
by Ronny Bar

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Kit: Eduard (1:48)

SOPWITH BABY (N2071) No 229 Squadron, RAF; Great Yarmouth, Great Britain; April 1918.

An old Eduard kit. Not an easy one, but after some work it resulted in an impressive model. I choose to use only one of the two bombs that came with the kit, because according to the specifications I read somewhere in the web, that was the external load when the two Lewis machine guns were in use. I also added some weight into the floats to keep the balance of the model. Paints by Humbrol, as usual... Midstone mixed with black for the PC10, Linen 71 for the CDL and a very light gray for the main floats. For the tail float, first I sprayed it a brownish Orange color, after it dried I drew the wood veneer with a Dark Red watercolor pencil, then I brushed it gently with a lightly wet brush to soften the edges, and finally airbrushed several coats of gloss varnish. The rigging is invisible thread painted a mix of silver and black... By the way, I love rigging British planes..! With all that double Rafwires and (compared to contemporary French and German machines) rudimentary looking but evidently so practical external cables.


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