This is the 1/72 Toko Aviatik DI, a vice less kit. I avoided
strut-breaking issues by using a razor saw to remove them from the
sprues. Obviously, I did not use the kit decals, opting for the
Americal/Gryphon version. I have to confess I don't know that I applied
the different shade hexes in the proper manner, but I did the best I
could with the information I had at hand.
This is Toko's Starstrutter. Some say none of the interplane struts
fit, but I found I only had to replace one leg -- the one that led from
the upper rear inside to the middle. I also had to add the rear cabane
struts as these were not in the kit. The are noticably there in
photographs, but Toko didn't include them.
I used Americal-Gryphon decals for the "Locken." Instructions call for
them to be applied over clear-doped linen. The dark wood fuselage was
done with Humbrol Natural Wood, water color pencil and Future.
Right after I finished reading "The Two-Headed Eagle," John Biggins'
novel of the adventures of Otto Prohaska, a young Austro-Hungarian
Officer in World War I, Special Hobby came out with its Lloyd CV. I
don't remember what kind of aircraft Otto flew in, but the Lloyd
captured my attention and I had to build it immediately upon receiving
it from NKR Hobbies in Australia.
The build was pleasant, with minimal troubles: The cabanes were too
long and I got the different lengthed interplane struts mixed up because
I was inattentive. Oh, and I got the propeller the wrong way around and
had to conduct some minor surgery to get it right. I started out aiming
for a dark blondish wood finish using a ModelMaster Wood base, but
further research indicates the CVs were laminated with even darker wood
-- Martin O'Connor has opined that they used mahogany laminate.
I started all over again using Ceramcoat Iron Oxide for the
reddish-brown mahogany color, ModelMaster Sand for the control surfaces
and tail feathers, and ModelMaster USN Blue-Gray for the painted metal
parts. Lance Kreig kindly provided the Blue Rider Austro-Hungarian
serials for the aircraft I chose to model, the WKF-built 82.08, with a
220 hp Benz engine. The Benz required some plumbing modifications for
that part of the engine sticking up out of the fuselage.
I can highly recommend this kit.
This is the Pegasus kit. Can't say I had any problems with the kit.
Dark wood fuselage accomplished with Humbrol Natural Wood, water color
pencil and Future.