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Under Construction / Re: SPAD XIII C.1 in 1:32 scale
« Last post by Jeff K on Today at 10:54:28 PM »
i'm very much looking forward to this, i've got one of Luke's ships in the queue...
Completed models / Re: WNW Ships Camel
« Last post by gedmundson on Today at 10:35:11 PM »
Beautiful job on the Camel, Mark. Have to repeat what everyone has stated previously - outstanding work indeed.
Completed models / Re: My Second WNW Build: Pfalz D.IIIa
« Last post by gedmundson on Today at 10:30:16 PM »
Awesome job! I really like that scheme. Your weathering has made it a very nice show piece.
Beautifully done interior, Jack! I really like your control column, looks much more realistic.
Under Construction / SPAD XIII C.1 in 1:32 scale
« Last post by sandbagger on Today at 09:21:25 PM »
Hi all,
I'm currently working on the Bleriot built Spad XIII C.1, Number 26 of ‘C’ flight, 27th Aero Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, based at Rembercourt, near Verdun, France during September 1918.  This was one of the Spad XIII’s flown by Francis ‘Frank’ Joseph Anthony Luke Jnr, the ‘Arizona Balloon Buster'.

This kit is the old Hobby Craft Spad XIII 'International' kit, which is I believe was the only 1:32 scale of the Spad XIII made. The kit was, as expected, fairly basic and had no engine at all.  In fact the whole forward fuselage was blocked off.
I didn’t recall ever seeing this kit modeled with an engine installed, so I decided to give it a go.

The basic list of changes/additions to the model are:
Rudder, Ailerons and Elevator animated.
Louvres in engine panels opened.
Engine valve gear cooling fairings drilled.
Forward decking panel separated.
Radiator shutter control rods added.
Radiator drain valve added.
Engine cowl cooling apertures created.
Cockpit head rest support frame created.
Fuselage internal storage and cross members created.
Cockpit surround panel modified.
'Wingnut Wings' Hispano-Suiza V8 engine built (detail modified).
Forward fuselage, decking panel and cockpit floor modified.
Engine bulkhead scratch built.
Decking panel gun troughs modified.
Forward gun mounting brackets scratch built.
Engine access panels - changed to wire mesh.
Fuel filler modified.
Tyres spokes and valve added.
Ventral fuel tank cap modified.
Fuselage lifting straps added.
Fuel tank rip (jettison) panel added.
Oil cooler drain valve added.
Ring gun sight and mounting bar added.
Aileron operating controls
Undercarriage struts

Aftermarket additions:
'Aviattic' Spad XIII wheels (modified).
'HGW Models' seat belts.
'Gaspatch' .303 standard Vickers machine gun (modified).
'Gaspatch'  Vickers ‘Balloon’ machine gun (modified).
'Gaspatch' turnbuckles.
'Albion Alloys' micro-tube.
'Steelon' mono-filament.
'Polak' grass mat.
'Aviattic' and Copper State' figures.
'Copper State' instruments bezels.

As usual I'm creating a downloadable build log in Adobe PDF format, for those who might want to use it. It will contain full and step by step descriptions of the model build and be supported with many photographs.

The following shots are not described, but give you an idea of the changes being made to the model.

Under Construction / Re: Roden Be2c 1/48 (Mojo Build)
« Last post by Manni on Today at 08:46:29 PM »
Good progress and I am glad to see that you don't throw it into the bin.
Under Construction / Re: Roden Be2c 1/48 (Mojo Build)
« Last post by andonio64 on Today at 08:44:08 PM »
Mark, that's fantastic, I was sure you couldn't leave your mojo unbuilt!

What's New / Re: WETA WNW 20% sale
« Last post by Manni on Today at 08:39:29 PM »
Could not longer resist....
ordered a Rumpler C.4 late, a FE.2b late, a Fokker E4 and a Le Rhone Camel.... ::)
If you guys don't hear from me longer than a week, please call the police, because my wive was not amused and now my rotting corpse is lying in the dungheap or is hidden in a false wall in our cellar. ;D ;)
Fantastic work! That cushion is just wonderful!
What's New / Re: The future of the Forum
« Last post by sandbagger on Today at 08:05:28 PM »
Donated - a worthy cause.
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