by Don Ralston

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Kit: Hi-Tech (1:48)

This is the 1/48 Hi-Tech kit built OOB with Americal/Gryphon Nachtbomber decals, and Tamya Field Blue for the metal parts. Added CSM props and Eduard instruments. I used Karen's model images as the guide to colouring as I liked it - but have to admit its not a patch on hers.

Zeppelin (Lindau) Dornier D.1

Kit: Copper Sate Models (1:48)

Copper State Model's Zeppelin (Lindau) Dornier D.1, prototype fighter, has been done with loving care by Karen. Mine is an OOB with minimal cockpit features, CSM prop and boss, Eduard instruments. Mr. Kit paints.

DFW T.28 Floh

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

DFW T28 Floh (Flea), second prototype 1915.

Friedrichshafen FF-33L

Kit: Ardpol (1:48)

The Friedrichshafen FF-33L (Resin) Seapalane. It was a beutifully cast kit needing almost no filler. However the Quality Control and ustomer Service needs to be improved. Some pieces were missing including the German Rudder (so I couldn't make that one), the windscreens and one radiator bracket. Some pieces were there twice including an extra tailplane and multiple cabane struts! When I e-mailed Ardpol, I got no reply.

There were no 3-view scale drawings so I photocopied the 1/72 drawings from the Harleyford 'Marine Aircraft of 1914-1918'. and scaled them up to 1/48. I had to do this to find where the stuts fitted for the floats, as the locations were not marked. The Aeroclub assembly jig wouldn't take the aircraft with floats attached, so had to improvise with a jig built with Lego.

I used the new Revell acrylic paints (that come in a square plastic pot). The 'Grey' seemed to be right for the Polish Version. The decals were strong and slid nicely. Prop was from Marty Digmayer via CSM, instruments by Eduard and the M/G was from Aeroclub. I hope Ardpol make some more 1/48 WWI aircraft as the mouldings were quite superb.

Halberstadt CLII

Kit: Blue Max (1:48)

This is the Blue Max 1/48 Halberstadt CLII of Schlasta 26b, with Eduard Instruments, CSM prop, Pegasus Lozenge and A/G decals. It was originally going to be the 1/48 answer to Shane's Halbie, but due to the fact that I dropped it and the top wing came off after being rigged; then the beatiful 'Flame' decals shattered and so did the A/G ones on the centre section, so I had to paint it as a different aircraft as shown on page 9 of the Datafile, with a rather more crude 'Flame' and a guess at the number. So in the end I was glad to finish it.

Hanover CL.III

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

This is the old 1/48 kit Hannover CLIII from Eduard with A/G decals; Hippo flares and bombs:CSM prop, boss and gunring and and cast metal figures done in 'ghostly' silver.I can't recall who made the figures (designed for this kit) but the refefrence is KSHG 37. After a lot of clean up it was quite an enjoyable build.

Junkers D.I/J.9

Kit: Blue Max (1:48)

Rather heavy moulding of the wings, which made it hard to thin down because of the corrugations. However it looks good from a distance. CSM prop and boss, Eduard instruments. As with all my models, this was brush painted throughout.


Kit: Blue Max (1:48)

This is the Blue Max kit of the LVG CVI, Unit unknown of the Bavarian Air Service, late 1918. The decals are from the kit with Pegasus lozenges and tapes. The prop and Guns are from Aeroclub with CSM PE barrels.

1/48 Eduard Roland C.II

Kit: Eduard (1:48)

This is the 1/48 Eduard kit completed OOB with Mr Kit paints and CSM prop and boss. The Fuel Cart is from Jager now sadly no more.

Roland D.VIa

Kit: Blue Max (1:48)

This is the Blue Max 1/48 Roland D VIa with 'dark' fuselage and unusual white fin as shown in Dafafile 37 on page 23.Lozenge decals are Eduards and the crosses are Americal/Gryphon

Rumpler C.IV

Kit: Jager Miniatures (1:48)

Rumpler CIV with Pegasus decals; CSM prop, boss and gunring, Eduard instrumentation and Aeroclub Parabellum. The interior includes A-G Reverse Lozenge decals and CSM bombs. The walkways on the wings are from very fine wet and dry emery paper and the turnbuckles and control horns are from a PART PE set. Rigging is nylon fishing line.

Siemens-Schuckert D.III

Kit: Flashback (1:48)

Flashback's Siemens-Schuckert D.III of Jasta 3, flown by Ltn. Ernst Udet, 1918. Pegasus and Aeromaster decals, CSM prop and boss.

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