Kit: Choroszy (1:72)
I used Polish firm Choroszy Modelbud's 1/72 resin kit of the Caproni Ca.3 with 25.4mm gun, together with six figures from a Waterloo 1815 set of Italian WWI soldiers, the latter having arms and legs repositioned for the project. The vignette was inspiried by an image in the new Windsock Datafile 144, Caproni CA.3 at War, Vol.1, by Gregory Alegi.
Sharp-eyed observers will note the gun sits a little high and too near the top wing leading edge, and the gunner/observer pltaform over the rear pusher engine, also sits a little high, as the eyes aren't what they used to be! Generally though, I was pretty pleased with the result, not being a regular WWI modeler. My CDL is simply an off-white sprayed over a grey primer, with the rib areas lightly sanded to reveal 'rib shadow' beneath the fabric. I used MIG Productions oil/grease stain around engine nacelles.
I should give anyone thinking of building this kit a heads-up, as there must be nearly 200 parts, none of them labeled, and the instructions, apart from a couple of exploded views, are basically 'here's a drawing of what the aircraft should look like when you're finished' - no parts number references at all. Further, being a resin kit in this scale, it is both fragile and dense due to the resin weight. For that reason I decided to use cut-to-fit fine brass wire rather than 'rigging thread', to add stability to the model. the base is a cake stand sprayed matt black for background shadow, roughly coloured-in with earth tones, and then odd bits of felt fibre and moss added for effect.