1/72nd Revell kit. In Pedro's own words: "Ruston built
Sopwith F1 Camel, Freiston, 1918. When I saw this colourful Camel in an issue
of SAMI, I knew that this would be the way my old Revell kit had to look like.
The engine and propeller and guns are by Aeroclub, the cowling is a modified
Airfix Sopwith Pup, since the kit part was too large and could not be thinned
down and the struts were cut from Contrail stock. Other additions were a
scribed rear top fuselage panel and some scratchbuilt details inside the
cockpit. The paints used were my usual Robiallac household stuff. The decals
were ALPS generated. A huge "Thank you" to Erik Pilwaskii for all the help
provided. He made it possible."
1/72nd Airfix kit. Worked quite a lot on the kit but made no
major modification other than creating the exhaust channel and moving the tail
plane a bit inward. Painted using Precision enamel paints (long defunct) and
finished as Captain J.T.B. McCudden's machine from 1917.
1/72nd Eduard kit. In Pedro's own words: "Built mostly out
of the box, the only modifications being new wing struts cut from contrail
stock. For the float struts I used the kit's PE parts which, after being glued
in place, were coated with several coats of white PVA glue to achive a decent
thickness. The plastic parts of the kit are rather crude and thick and I tried
to thin the TE on the wings and tailplane but this can't be done without
destroying rib detail. Maybe the answer would be to use the fuselage, floats
and PE parts and scratchbuild all the rest.... Paint used was my customary
household CDL paint and the woodwork on the floats and the cockpit panel was
done with a base coat of light brown enamel scribbed over with watercolour
pencil fixed with Klear floor shine."
1/72nd Toko kit. Although not techically WW1, the Snipe
is here because it started life as a WW1 type. Finished as Captain G S
Sapozhnikov's E6351 of the 1st fighter group, Soviet Air Service Late 1920.
Built almost directly out of the box with the only modifications being the
addition of a king post, a cockpit interior and all the rigging wires. This
PC-10 is a mix (dark green and brown) and the paints used for this were cheap
household paints bought at a local supermarket. The clear-doped lined is also
from the same source. The blue on the rudder is Humbrol 25, the grey is
Extracolor's ocean grey (IIRC) and the aluminium panels are Humbrol polished
aluminium. I used the kit's decals and matched their application to a profile
created by artist, gentleman and friend Bob Pearson who was kind enough to
answer all the many questions I had during the building process.
1/72nd Flashback offering with the TOKO
decals. "The kit went together pretty well with the exception of the
fuselage insert that covers the rear cockpit opening (since the kit shares the
moulds with the 2-seater versions). Once in place I also realised that it did
not correspond to the metal panel that sits on top of the bomb racks and this
meant that I had to replicate stringers on about half of the length of this
panel. Since this would be impossible to do I made new stringers for the full
length of the fuselage with .005" strips and once set lightly sanded them to
blend them into the kit's surface. The metal panel was also replicated by
applying a coat of milliput over the fuselage between the 2 PE access panels on
the sides. The only other things that didn't fit were the cabane struts and
these were eventually made bit by bit with evergreen rod. CDL is my usual
Robiallac household stuff. All weathering was done with watercoulor pencils.
Rigging is "smoke" transparent sewing monofilament."