Latest addition to my models is a Eduard D.II. It comes from a
Non-profipack-kit as liked the decals versions offered with this variant.
The guns are PE by Eduard, so I did not save any cent. The kit is the usual
near perfect moulding as expected. The problems started when the Gunze Clear
acrylic laquer did not hardened out within two weeks and I had to handle
fingerprints. During rigging I hold the model on the upper wing and the
whole thing crashed on the floor. I tried to use guitar string for rigging,
but I am unhappy, to say the least. I will change back to 'unvisible thread'
again. And at last: Decals are too large and the white bird started to
dissolve when using a brush dampened with white spirit to remove oil based
weathering. Model making is such a fun!
After some month of wwi modelling abstinence i have finished the new
tooling Fokker Dr.I by Revell Germany. It is a complete new model and has
nothing in common with the old version. Details are remarkable. The 08/15
are the best I have seen in 1/72, in my eyes there is no need to replace
them by PE parts. Cockpit details are sufficient, but of course there is
room for personal improvements. I only added seat belts from Tamiya tape,
fixed with CA to make them waterproof. On the lower side of the fuselage I
added a service hatch from metal foil.
Revell included decals for Richthofen's 425/17 with Eiserne Kreuze plus an
option for Lothar von Richthofen's machine. I opted for a standard streaked
version and made Tutschek's 404/17. The Militärnummer was taken from an old
Microscale sheet despite the slightly wrong style, but I did not have any
better decals. The Eiserne Kreuze are from the Revell sheet. These Revell
Decals are really thin and follows any contours without any setting
The camouflage was made with oils over Gunze acrylics. I mixed a shade of
some brownish green and applied with a small broad brush over a dampended
surface. For this dampening I used Dale Rowney's Low Odour Thinners. White
Spirit will do it also. After finishing it took a week for complete
hardening. After that some Gunze Flat brought the last finish.