[WWI] First Impressions: Rodent Be12b build.
cmm-saj at snet.net
Fri Apr 27 08:20:55 EDT 2007
Ernest Thomas observed: "This is an ugly airplane."
Actually, the only part of the machine that isn't -
the forward fuselage - looks like an S.E.5a. The rest
of the B.E.12b reminds me of a classic exchange
attributed to Winston Churchill: Churchill, much the
worse for drink, was accosted outside of his club by a
woman who scolded: "You, sir, are very drunk!"
Churchill replied: "True, madam. And you are very
ugly. The crucial difference between us is that
tomorrow morning I'll be quite sober, but you'll still
be very, very ugly!" Why someone decided to devote a
perfectly good motor to the B.E. single-seat airframe,
rather than build another S.E.5a, remains one of the
Great War's unsolved mysteries.
> I also forgot to mention that one of my LG struts is
> broken on the sprue.
My kit has the same problem; the ends of the struts
are too delicate, and they stick out of the tree at an
angle, making breakage likely. I'm going to try
repairing/reinforcing the broken part with wire first,
before ordering a replacement, which is going to be
just as flimsy.
Notwithstanding this, Roden's B.E.12b is beautifully
detailed, and the machine itself takes on a certain
funky charm, particularly if you look at it long
enough and haven't taken your medications.
- Chris Malany
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