I finally got around to building the Glencoe kit in 1/48. I had shied away from
it mostly because I always wanted to do Campbell's Nieuport but didn't care for
the decals provided in the kit. I ended up using the black triangles on the
cowling that came with the Blue Max kit, along with the Vickers. The kit was
updated using the cowling, wheels and fin from Roseparts. Painting this one was
a little different since I used both airbrush and hand painting. The underneath
is Humbrol "Oak", which gives a nice yellow look. The dark brown is something
called: "Scorched Earth", and is a nice flat acrylic. The greens are
Polly-Scale PC10 and Black Green. Black is Polly-Scale "NATO Tri-Black". The
final color in Middlestone from Polly-Scale.
This is the Testors kit in 1/48 with the cockpit interior from an Eduard's
Nieuport that I salvaged from a disasterour attempt at another aircraft. I
wanted this one to be from a typical French Escadrille. No famous pilot or
history behind it, just one of the many Nieuports at the Front. The hunting
horn decal came from Blue Rider. The silver was done with a spray can of
ModelMasters Metallic Silver. The cowling was done with SnJ .
The kit is Testor's 1/48. Decals are from Blue Rider. Top roundels
are lightly oversprayed with dark green.(Although the pictures don't
show this too well.) There is a rear-view mirror on the middle of the
top wing that is noticeable in the famous photo of Thieffry sitting in
his cockpit after his first victory.
Kit: Toko (1:72)
Lt. P. (H)Anciau(x)
1st Escadrille (Belgium)
This is the Toko kit in 1/72. Decals are from Blue Rider. "Soit" is
loosely translated as "Let it be". There are two different spellings of his
last name. He was shot down and killed on September 20, 1917.
Kit: Hi-Tech (1:48)
Escadrille N 87 "Les Chats Noir"
Caporal William Wellman
The second time I tried to make a Nieuport 24. the first was from Tom's
Model Works, but I broke it. This one is from Hi-Tech in 1/48. I like the
one from Tom's better. Both kits use a lot of the Eduard parts. The plane
was flown by Hollywood Director William Wellman of the Lafayette Flying
Corps before he became a famous film-maker.
Kit: Testors (1:48)
I tried to do this as a quick build to see how the decals from Dutch Decals worked. I really like the way the fighting rooster shows up on the silver fuselage. Although it looks like the orange discs on the top wing pebbled a little, in reallity they went on fine. The only complaint I have with the decals is that there is a slight white underlay that peeks out under the orange discs on the upper wing.
Kit: Hobbycraft (1:32)
This is the Hobby Craft model in 1/32. I did it for the Nieuport Cook-up. The decals were very brittle. The rest of the kit is easy to build. I used Model Masters Silver from a spray can. I included a few pictures showing the cockpit even though the focus is off to show the wood wrapper from a cigar I used for the side paneling.
Kit: Eduard (1:48)
This may be the first Eduard Nieuport I finished before breaking it. The decals are from the spares box, with the exception of the Mermaid. That little beauty is courtesy of Steve Perry. I tried to get a good photo of the decal. The plane is done in Model Master's Metallic Silver from a spray can. The cowling is done in Model Master's Aluminum Buffing Metalizer. The plane is from the 4th Combat Air Group in September, 1917.