Kit: Toko (1:72)
Toko Nieuport 16 in 72 scale. Pretty much OOB. Paint is Tamiya.
Kit: Revell (1:72)
Revell Nieuport 17c modified to represent Nungesser's 17bis
Where to start on this one?... The time and effort put into modifying this model certainly doesn't represent the final outcome. In other words, I'm not real happy with it.
A mishap early in the build (I dropped the fuselage right on it's nose) dislodged the piece of sheet styrene I had shaped to represent the back of the fuel tank, it also ejected the rudder bar. I was lucky to get them out of the fuselage but, was never able to replace them. I used sheet styrene to build up the fuselage and then sanded to shape, I don't think I took enough off at the aft section as it looks a little too thick to me. Also, I had a hard time getting the shape of the tail just right. After attaching it to the fuselage I'm thinking it might be somewhat on the small side (maybe someday I'll scratch a new one and correct it).
A miscalculation with the location of the stripes on the lower wing put them at an incorrect angle.
I didn't have much success researching information on the bis version so some of the details are probably incorrect. I never could find any information on the engine other than it was a Clerget of 130 HP. I ended up using a Clerget 9B but, I don't know if this is correct. Also, I understand that the size and shape of the fore access panels were different than on the 17c. The intakes were also reshaped (streamlined). The only views I could find were of the port side, so I winged it for the starboard side. That's why I favored the port side when taking pictures. I could go on but...
I used the extra upper wing that comes with the Eduard Flyboys kit. Cut a piece of styrene to fill the void. Wheels and propeller are Aeroclub and the Vickers is from the Toko Sopwith 1 1/2 strutter. Engine was lifted from the Flashback 1 1/2 strutter. This is the first time I have used wire for rigging. Decals are A/G and a few from the Eduard kit. Nungesser's skull and coffin are from the Eduard SPAD XIII (yeah, they're too small). I'm still trying to find some numeric decals to represent the 1895 designation. Think this one will end up at the back of the shelf.
Revell Nieuport 17c. I wanted to build a Nieuport 17 that had both the Vickers and Lewis guns on it. I chose Raoul Lufbery's aircraft as I already had the Americal/Gryphon Lafayette Escadrille decal sheet. Thanks to A/G for creating these decals but, most of the smaller items just look like black smudges now.
I used the Aeroclub engine and prop, Rosemont seat, landing gear and wheels. The Lewis gun is a Roden and the Vickers came from the Eduard (Flashback) Sopwith 1 1/2 strutter. Fuselage depth was corrected and a new tail was scratched using the drawing from Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War as a guide. Paint is Tamiya Aluminum.
Revell Nieuport 17c converted to a Nieuport 27.
I was really feeling ambitious on this one... and I think it got the best of me. My reference for this aircraft was an old Wings/Airpower magazine from the 70's. Engine, prop and M/G are Aeroclub and with a Rosemont seat. Fuselage was modified with sheet styrene and stretched sprue. Tail assembly was traced out from a Revell Nieuport 28 and cut from sheet styrene as is the trailing edge of the upper wing. Paints are PollyScale and the decals are Americal/Gryphon. In hindsight, I wish I would have used after-market parts for the landing gear and wheels.
Revell Nieuport 28 with Rosemont cowl, wheels, seat and machine guns. I think the prop is an Aeroclub item. I reduced the size of the coaming around the cockpit and corrected the area behind the cowl on the bottom of the fuselage. Scratched the cockpit interior. Paint is PollyScale and decals are from the kit and Americal/Gryphon. I should have shortened the interplane struts as the lower wings look to have some negative dihedral.
Revell SPAD XIII OOB with a few cockpit modifications. Seat is from Rosemont. Paint is PollyScale and this was the first model that I had the chance to use my then new to me (read "used") airbrush on. I sure wish I would have dumped the kits wheels and used after-market. Decals are from the kit and are woefully incomplete.
Kit: Roden (1:72)
Roden Sopwith F.1/3 Comic
Couldn't find any reference for this type of aircraft so I just took Roden for their word and built as per the instructions.
Built mostly OOB with a few scratched additions in the cockpit. Paints are Polly Scale and Tamiya. Rigging is stretched sprue.
An interesting variation from the standard Camel.
Revell Sopwith Triplane. This was the bagged Revell kit and it sure was in sad shape when I got it. The entire rear portion of the fuselage was malformed. I had to graft pieces of sheet styrene on and shape the rear of the fuselage.
This kit was built as the N500 machine. I used that neat 3 piece Aeroclub motor and it has a scratched cockpit with a Rosemont seat.
The rigging was not quite completed when these pictures were taken.
Built OOB, brace for cowl added.
Revell Sopwith Triplane. Aeroclub engine and M/G, Rosemont seat w/scratched cockpit. I had to modify all but one middle wing as they were malformed and had divots in the trailing edges. Mixed a PC10 from PollyScale's PC10 and dark brown.... but should have been PC12? Decals are from the kit and Americal/Gryphon.
Revell Sopwith Camel. This was another Revell kit that has lived long past it's expiration date. On my kit the fuselage halves no longer lined up, the aft end of the fuselage was only partially formed and the detail around the cowl was looking pretty muddy. Still, the wings and the tail section seemed to be in pretty good shape. Also, the decals have been revised from the last time I built this kit as a kid.
An Aeroclub engine was used and the prop is from the Roden Camel. The interior was scratched with the struts being cut down to bring the wings closer together. Most of the fuselage defects were fixed and a scratched tail skid was added. Paint is PollyScale PC10 and Dark Brown. Red cowl/tail is Tamiya. Capt. Brown's markings were added from the Roden kit.
Loki (Norse god of mischief) was with me almost constantly during the construction of this kit. He made sure it was mostly a miserable experience. And to ad insult to injury (or maybe this would be injury to insult) I promptly dropped this model shortly after completing it. The pictures that were taken outdoors are post repair.