[WWI] Sopwith Pup 1/72 Airfix

Diego Fernetti dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar
Mon Aug 1 12:10:31 EDT 2011

If I were to build another one, with the same level of detail, I'd discard the original wings and tail and replace with scratchbuilt items. It's far easier than make the original parts more subdued. If you sand the ribs completely, the wings end up being too thin, and if you don't sand the ribs 100%, you end up with some strange surface shape that doesn't look like a fabric covered structure at all.
This is one of those kits that are very easy, if the parts are left as they come (dimensionally the kit is almost spot on to good, well researched drawings), but to correct it takes a lot of effort.
Another example would be the Revell Nieuport 28
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: J.R. Boye 
  To: World War I Modelers' List 
  Sent: Monday, August 01, 2011 12:43 PM
  Subject: Re: [WWI] Sopwith Pup 1/72 Airfix

    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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