[WWI] Sopwith Pup 1/72 Airfix

J.R. Boye hopeandmercy at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 1 11:43:22 EDT 2011

  Thanks for the insights, Diego! I'm going to have another run at that kit myself one of these days.

                                 J.R. Boye

> From: dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar
> To: wwi at wwi-models.org
> Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:41:09 -0300
> Subject: [WWI] Sopwith Pup 1/72 Airfix
> Waiting for the decals on other project to settle, I have turned once again 
> to my Airfix Pup.
> I reached out in the stash for my other old, unfinished Pup, which I sanded 
> almost to oblivion many moons ago. I think I have mentioned here that being 
> inside a polythene bag, the gray plastic had yellowed and became brittle. 
> Well, it was too fragile to handle and unfortunately I had to put most of 
> the kit in the garbage bin, except for the wheels, machine gun and 
> propeller, the rest so badly affected by the "brittles" that they crumbled 
> as I handled it, including the nice pilot figure and the petite engine. I 
> can't say why some small parts like the propeller was less affected by this 
> yellowing.
> On the other hand, I kept making experiments on the "starved cow" wings of 
> the other Airfix Pup: I sprayed the wings with several coats of primer over 
> the over prominent ribs. This has softened the detail somewhat... wonder if 
> they would make the parts more like the real covering of the structure. I 
> guess I'll have to refine a little the trailing edges as I go adding 
> thickness to the entire upper wing surface. I have masked the inspection 
> windows and painted the underside as CDL so they could be seen across the 
> transparent CA glue details, that have a small slice of stretched sprue 
> representing the inner pulley. They look reasonably well...
> D. 
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