Michael Kendix mkendix at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 3 09:59:21 EST 2014

Never did quite understand how to use a curved blade for this. John Alcorn apparently used such a tool for cutting out vacs but I've only heard descritptions of this not seen it.

Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:14:23 +0000
From: cacarr1960 at gmail.com
To: wwi at wwi-models.org
Subject: Re: [WWI] SPAD A.2

I find scraping with a good curved blade (I use a craft knife) much faster and precise. You must be careful at the tips, but apart from that it's straightforward. After most work done with the knife you can then finish with sandpaper wrapped around something curve.


On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM, Crawford Neil <Neil.Crawford at volvo.com> wrote:

I think I’d do like you say. Either way, you need to get the wings really thin. You can grind the underside of the A-models down to nearly nothing
 but you’ll need to use something like a bottle as a sanding pad, so as to keep the curvature as you sand. You should be able to save the top surface detail and then add new wing-tapes under with decal strip or scribing.

Not an easy job, but any old Tottenham supporter should be able to do it!


From: WWI [mailto:wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org]
On Behalf Of Michael Kendix

Sent: den 3 januari 2014 3:13

To: World War One Modeling

Subject: Re: [WWI] SPAD A.2


No. The Datafile says that the wings were the same span but no lower wing ailerons on the A.4 and the A.4 fuselage was 7.35m compared to the A.2, which was 7.30m.
 Thanks for trying though. I am thinking maybe try to sand down the Amodel wings and if that doesn't work, use the vacuform wings.

Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:37:36 -0500

From: sperry11 at tampabay.rr.com

To: wwi at wwi-models.org

Subject: Re: [WWI] SPAD A.2

Could the difference between the a2 and the a4 account for the difference in measurements

No references to hand so I'm just wondering


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Michael Kendix wrote: 

Sort of whistling in the wind here replying to my own posts but one reason for my interest in all this is that the Amodel wings are as thick as front doorsteps
 and thinning them would be sort of tough to do well so that it would look even. On the other hand, vacuform wings are the ideal thickness for 1/72nd scale so they would do well but they are 12.85cm as compared with the Amodel's 13.25cm - each scaling out to
 9.1m and 9.5m, respectively, which is the two alternate values in the FMP book. Roseplane  clearly used the 9.10m measurement for its kit and Amodel used the 9.55m.

Any thoughts or other information on this.

mkendix at hotmail.com

To: wwi at wwi-models.org

Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:37:43 +0000

Subject: Re: [WWI] SPAD A.2

Just to add to the confusion, I have the FMP tome, which has slightly different drawings and a range of wing span for the A.2; 9.10m to 9.55m. The drawing seems
 to come up somewhere in the middle of that range. The book does, however, have a nice picture of the inside of the front/gunners cockpit.

mkendix at hotmail.com

To: wwi at wwi-models.org

Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 02:32:14 +0000

Subject: [WWI] SPAD A.2


I am looking at the Amodel SPAD a.2 kit and as Matt Bittner mentioned in his build article:


there is a mismatch between the wing dimensions of the kit and the Mini Datafile drawings. Matt says the specs of the aircraft don't match the Datafile - so do the specs match the kit specs?  I also have the Roseplane vac SPAD A.2 - is that supposed to be more
 accurate with its wider wing span and narrower chord than the Amodel kit?


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