AEG G.IV
by Chris Savaglio

Kit: Hi Tech (1:48)

AEG G.IV

Kit: Hi Tech (1:48)

Alright, I've decided the previous 3 color camo just didn't seem right. So I resprayed it in the traditional 2 color, as seen now. Also included are the promised interior shots. Please bear in mind that the wood work all needs to be touched up from overspray as well as some of the framework. There's also no control column, coaming, and other details yet. A few parts need to be repair/replaced as the masking did a little bit of damage to the radiator shutter controls, fuel pump, etc.

The cockpit is complete, as well as the two motors. The motors aren't glued in, just sitting there since the engine mounts need to be painted. The motors are CMK and are great little kits in their own right(have to add in a modelling cliche every once in a while). They're not weathered at all yet, but will be eventually. The exhaust manifolds are from the kit. Some Copper State mg's and bombs are on the way. The kit decals fractured into tiny pieces once wet, so the serial number was saved with some Testors decal maker in a spray can. The other crosses were ditched and the later style crosses were picked up from the decal spare box.

Completed AEG G.IV

Kit: Hi Tech (1:48)

This is the completed HiTech AEG G.IV. CMK motors were used and proved to be absolutely beautiful little kits on their own. The nacelle frames were scratched from soldered brass as well as the motor mounts and framework.

The kit crosses fractured into tiny pieces when wet, so later style crosses were used from the spares box. The kit's serial number decals were sprayed with decal topcoat from Testors and they were more or less ok to use. They probably could have used another coat. The bits that didn't make it were easy enough to touch up with black paint.

The MG's are Copper State parabellums and turned out pretty nice. The bombs I have from CSM need to be fiddled with more to get them to work, so if I decide to add them, it'll be done later.

This kit turned out to not be the beast everyone originally thought. The hardest part was getting the floorboard to fit. After that, everything was cake and a suprisingly small amount of filler was needed to finish the model. Nowhere near as many things had to be scratched on this kit than the Voisin X from HiTech. It was a very rewarding build and it looks great on the shelf.


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