Central Powers Aircraft
by Michael Wuyek

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Scratch Build AGO C.IB

Kit: Scratch (1:72)

This is my scratch built Ago C.IV in 1/72 scale. The cockpit and engine are from the original model built in 1982, these parts were incorporated into the rebuilt model in 1990 or thereabouts. The colour scheme is conjectural.

Dornier D.I

Kit: Meikraft (1:72)

My first Meikraft model, bought years ago at Rosemont Hobbies. Built OOB. An easy build, and a nice addition to my collection. The fuselage streaks patterned after the photos in the Harleyford Fighters of the 1914-1918 War.

Fokker D.VII, early

Kit: Renwal (1:72)

This is the Renwal "Aero-Skin" model. I bought it already built at an estate sale. I replaced all struts, and touched up the colours with acrylic paints.

Fokker E-III Diorama

Kit: Scratch (1:72)

This is my first diorama, based on a photo in the Fokker E.III Datafile. Fokker took 70 of these photos of planes in for repairs. Except for the wings and horizontal stabilizer, the model is scratch built. Dirt is hand crumbled potting soil, and given various washes. The fuselage is slightly larger than 1/72, which adds a little forced perspective. Now I'm looking for a figure to convert into a cameraman.

Hansa Brandenburg D.1

Kit: Scratch (1:72)

A scratch-built model, using wings from Life-Like's AVRO Triplane.

German Carrier Pigeon Diorama

Kit: Scratch (1:72)

My latest model/diorama is of a German carrier pigeon wagon with crew, based on two photographs found on the internet. I don't know much about wagons from the underside, so I kind of fudged the bottom. The personnel are two HAT Austro-Hungarian figures, the other three are pilots from the Revell Fokker D.VII kits.; ladders are from Plastistruct and evergreen. The wheels are PVC pipe. Brass rod used for the wagon handles and brake,. The pigeon loft is made of brass rod and black nylon pantyhose. Grass is railroad mat. The tree are seedlings of the Rose of Sharon trees, gathered when about 3-8" high. dried and turned upside down, I use the root system for trees. The branches are dipped in tacky glue; first the branches are sprinkled with dark green railroad "leaves", they are painted again with glue and the lighter green is sprinkled on. Allowed to dry, I trim the branches, super glue extra branches, or use the trimmings as vines or young trees. Lichen moss was also treated this way for bushes. I was quite pleased with the results. Fence is bamboo skewers with thin wire for the wires. Pigeons where made from Sculpty. White powder was used for the pigeon poop. If one looks in the rear door, one can just make out the pigeon cages inside.

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