Kit: Eduard (1:48)
This is a "Weekend Edition" version. A basic kit without any PE. Rigged with 0.005" stainless wire painted black.
A nice and simple build. I rigged it with monofilament, which wasn't really nice to work with over the tight acute angles. I was happy with the weathering on the metal parts.
This is the weekend edition kit from Eduard, built OOB. I experimented slightly with shading to accentuate rib detail.
Kit: Revell (1:48)
This was an OOB build of Revell's 1/48 scale kit in the markings of Capt. Edward Mannock of 74 Sqn RAF in the summer of 1918. The purpose of building this kit was to practice a method of modelling turnbuckles that I'd seen somewhere on the Internet. A little more research would have led me to the fact that the SE5a used RAFWire, with a streamlined cross section and no turnbuckles, so that was another lesson learned! As you can see, I was a bit ham-fisted in their construction, the copper wire was a little too big for the scale as was the brass tubing, but it was a valuable lesson. The rigging was 2lb fly fishing line. The aircraft was brush painted with enamel on top, acrylic for the CDL, coated with Future then the decals applied. I'm not too happy with the white markings on the fuselage. I could've masked and painted an undercoat there. All good lessons learned.