Monthly Archives: July 2011

SOPWITH PUP RNAS

The second Wingnut Pup is the Naval version with extra parts and further decal options. It has great conversion potential and scope for some interesting dioramic displays. The model was featured in WS 26/1 along with the Albatros pair and the RFC Pup. I built it virtually stock apart from the Brock Shield fitted to the Lewis  gun and modifying the serial.

 

 

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SOPWITH PUP-RFC

 

The  Sopwith Pup was without doubt one of the most delightful aeroplanes ever designed-a hugely popular subect for flying scale enthusiasts down the years-my father and I built at least two of them;one in 1:6 scale, the other twice this size. Wingnut’s kit is one of their best and was fully reviewed in WS 26/1 along with the RNAS version. It is finished in one of the kit options ; A6156 flown by Lt. Oliver Stewart of No.54 Squadron,RFC. It has been rigged with Radu Brinzan’s PE Rafwires to good effect

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RAF SE5A

 

 

 

Wingnut’s RAF SE5a is a peach of a kit and easy to build as shown in WS 25/2…I rigged mine with Wonder Wire as Radu’s RAFwire sets were not around then;when WNW get round to their dedicated PE wire sets I will re-rig the model.The figure and the little dog are pre-production resin figures; just two from a vast range planned by the New Zealand manufacturers. I deliberately used two shades of PC10 to simulate the tonal differences between the dope and varnish versions of this controversial  colour.

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BRISTOL F2B FIGHTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not the easiest of the first four  WNW releases to build ,but a magnificent model will result right out of the box-as here.The prototype resin crew figures add panache to this superb kit of a real British WW1 classic and it looks great finished as a night fighter with all the bells and whistles!

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PFALZ D.III

I have made no secret of the fact that the Pfalz is my all -time favourite WW1 aircraft,and  happily the WNW kit is one of their very best releases to date. I really enjoyed this build and Misterkit’s ‘Silbergrau’ is  excellent so long as you build up several coats  to achieve the proper, solid colour. I made a number of mods and additions to the kit,and these were described fully in WS26/6 which is still available from our webstore in very limited numbers…

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JUNKERS J.1

The Junkers was my first ever WNW build and an early  sample was sent to me many months in advance of  its release-I had a hard job keeping it a closely-guarded secret for so long! It is still one of my favourite models and has only a  few mods;I still need  to correct the aileron gaps with some embossed foil inserts. The test-shot   figures  add much to the appeal of the ‘Tin Donkey’ for diorama purposes. It’s a big model and I left the four wing panels un-glued for space reasons; they are a good plug fit…

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LVG C.VI

My fourth LVG, having built  scratchbuilt models of this aircraft in 1:72,1:48,and 1:24 over the years. Wingnut’s was by far the easiest to build of the lot! It featured boldly on the cover of WS 25/2,an issue that has been our biggest and fastest seller ever;even the reprint stocks are running low now. This splendid  kit  was built mainly out of the box with a few tweaks ,and included some pre-production  WNW resin figures that will be  officially released in the near future. The model was braced  with rolled fusewire which is now looking a little tired and re-wiring  is a likely prospect…

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ALBATROS D.VA

This D.VA was reviewed in WS 26/1 and was very much a ‘quick build’ with cockpit and engine ‘obscured’ with scale tarps made from painted tissue.It is finished in the markings of Hunoldstein’s Jasta 14 mount,one of five options in the kit. Since it’s release in 2010, plenty of optional Albatros markings have become available from WNW and Pheon with many more to come…

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ALBATROS D.V

This is my first WNW Albatros build and is mostly stock with some added engine details and a few minor mods. It requires turnbuckles and a new windscreen to bring it into line with my latest German fighters. This kit was reviewed in WS 26/1, an issue that sold out fairly quickly.

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THIRD ALBATROS!

This is my latest WNW Albatros , this one using Pheon‘s  tailored ‘Lozenge’ .The model features extra cockpit and engine detail and appears in Windsock Modelling Special No.2.

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