Kit: Roden (1:72)
February 2016, and I haven't posted anything for a few years - fell rather behind after the move to Scotland, but this one took a lot of effort so thought I'd put up a photo. This is Roden's Aviattic built Staaken R.VI, a very good kit, but the plastic is only just strong enough for the weight, and it isn't really stable until the major bits are assembled. Add to that the night lozenge decals. There are 3 sheets plus cutting template overlays. Unfortunatly one sheet had stuck to the overlay, and one sheet was of the usual fairly brittle and unresponsive stuff you often get from Roden. The other sheet was very good, much like the very nice sheet I had in the Camel kit. Still, half the building time was actually cutting and pasting bits and pieces from the semi-destroyed sheet, along with repainting broken and distorted bits with colours mixed from Citadel paints. Roden would have you apply these decals over a red/brown base coat, but I used a gloss black instead. IMO this has darkened them enough to be just about acceptable, but if you have them I'd use either Americals or some of the newer Aviattic products.
Loads of spare parts from this kit, some applicable to the Contrail vac I still hope to build before I croak, along with 4 complete Mercedes engines (this one uses Maybachs).
Only one photo - now the model is in a cupboard I can't get a different angle, and I certainly don't plan on moving it again............