[WWI] Roden Gotha G.V fuselage

Don Ralston don.ralston at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Jan 6 18:00:15 EST 2005

An article on Detailing the Aurora Gotha GV was in Finescale Modeller 
forJuly 1995. It gives 1/72 3 view drawings showing the fuel tanks (one on 
top of the other )on the port side of the aircraft. There is no open 
walkway, but you could walk from the cockpit to the rear gunner by crawling 
along past the fuel tanks. I can fax details to you if you wish. The 
drawings and article are by Carl D Park. It seems to be authorative. I was 
going to use it as my basis for the Aurora  1/48 kit.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Martin Gastel" <hornisse at shaw.ca>
To: "World War I Modeling Mailing List" <wwi at wwi-models.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 4:14 AM
Subject: Re: [WWI] Roden Gotha G.V fuselage

> Hi James,
> I am by no means an expert on Gothas (although I am a big fan of them), 
> but it does appear that Roden got the fuselage wrong for their G.V.  As 
> you mentioned, the fuel tanks on the G.V were moved directly behind the 
> cockpit, thus completely blocking the passageway. The photo of the crashed 
> G.V on page 57 of the Datafile Special clearly shows the absence of the 
> walkway. That said, there is a photo on page 48 of the aft end of a G.V 
> (which can be deduced from the bracing for the horizontal and vertical 
> stabilizers) taken from the pilots cockpit which clearly shows that the 
> cutout for the walkway is present. Does anyone know if some early G.V's 
> still had the cutout? Incidentally, if you look closely at the plan views 
> for the G.IV and G.V included with the Datafile, the outlines of the 
> cockpits hidden by the upper wing are still shown as a dashed line and the 
> G.V does not show the walkway cutout.
> At any rate, closing off the walkway is a very easy fix. My problem is 
> that I have no references showing the fuel tanks and they don't come with 
> the kit. Do the Harry Woodman drawings you mentioned show them? If you 
> have any references showing the tanks I would greatly appreciate it if you 
> could share them with me.
> Cheers,
> Martin

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