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Scratch builds / Re: The Wight Type A.1 Improved Navyplane (1/72nd scale)
« Last post by lone modeller on October 02, 2023, 04:37:56 AM »
Definitely a work of art and an incredible achievement so far.

What's interesting to read / Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news), Vol. 2
« Last post by PJ Fisher on October 02, 2023, 02:00:46 AM »
Birdman Becomes Jailbird
Meet Leutnant Otto Thelen - an observer spotting in a two-seater piloted by Leutnant Julius Schulz Flieger Abteilung 5.  The duo were brought down in November 1914 by Lieutenant Louis Strange of No. 5 Squadron, who had recently survived one of the 'strangest' aerial mishaps of the Great War (headlined here in May 2022:  The artful aviator, Thelen, made the news as for his short-lived jail break with fellow fugitive Hans Keilback.  A public announcement was made following the discovery of their escape on September 24th: 

"The people of Bedfordshire have been asked to keep their eye out for two German officers who escaped from Donington Hall near Leicester last weekend. It is believed that they left Derby on a Midland train heading south. A 100 reward has been offered for information which may lead to their arrest.  The two men are described as follows:
- Otto Thelen, German Flying Corps: age 25, height 5ft 5in, stiff build, weather-beaten features, somewhat sallow complexion, grey eyes, fair hair (blonde), prominent scar in left part of forehead caused by a burn, clean shaven, believed wearing knickers and stockings, or grayish trousers, speaks English with a foreign accent.
- Hans Keilhack, Naval Ober Lieutenant: age 23 years, height 5ft 10in, stiff build, black hair, very large piercing blue eyes, prominent cheek bones, finger missing from one hand, clean shaven, believed wearing knickers and stockings speaks English with a foreign accent."

(from the Abergavenny Chronicle, 1 October 1915):

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Though Thelen's wartime airtime was brief he kept the British quite busy for years as a prisoner of war.  We might encounter him in the news again, because this was the first of at least four breakouts (one source claims seven) he made during the conflict!  It has been suggested that Thelen's reputation as a 'serial escapee' was such that it inspired the British to repatriate via Holland in 1917.  His patriotism must have been passionate because his 'maximum security' prison was the Georgian country house Donington Hall.  Compared to the frontline trench existence, this posh setting, which included a cash allowance, seems like easy living for war prisoners.  This situation was noted with anger among some British citizens.  Read more in this BBC article:

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Under Construction / Re: Now, for something completely different - Zeppelin!
« Last post by kensar on October 02, 2023, 12:33:34 AM »
Added in some darker yellow based color.  I painted heavier on the bottom surfaces and left the top lighter for a sun faded effect.  Some masking was done on selected panels.  In pictures of actual zeps it appears the panel discoloration is completely random, but the vertical panel lines are very visible.
The colors are a custom mix of AKI RC102 Syrian Republican Guard Desert Yellow, RC003 white gray, and RC298 RAF light aircraft gray.

Next will be re-tracing the lines of the vertical sections and then dabbing on some darker colors.
Buy - Sell - Swap - Trade / Re: Eduard Fokker D.VIII Strip Down 1/72 7007 Still Sealed
« Last post by WD on October 01, 2023, 10:44:48 PM »
Relisted with a much lower price. :)

Hints and Tips/Questions about modeling / Re: Rigging Scissors, Options Please?
« Last post by Umlaufmotor on October 01, 2023, 09:42:14 PM »
Here are two example images:
The wing of a 1/32 Fokker E.V which has been in my display case for about 15 years - The fishing line which represents the control wire to the aileron.
Good to see how close to the end the cutting tweezers can be applied.
(No, I have not cut the fishing line now)  :D

Hints and Tips/Questions about modeling / Re: Rigging Scissors, Options Please?
« Last post by Umlaufmotor on October 01, 2023, 09:38:06 PM »
Hello all,
I use this tool to cut off the ends of the wire or fishing line.
This is a pair of pliers which is very flat and sharply ground at the front. It is called cutting tweezers.
It fits very well in the hand and the cutting head is just the right size for our modeling needs (rigging specifically).
I let a cutting surface slide along the taut rope to the protruding end until it rests against the end to be cut and with a gentle pressure the cut is made exactly at the glued wire end, or wherever you want to cut.
The tool is relatively expensive, but I have never had anything better in hand for this work.
Possibly other manufacturers also produce these cutting tweezers.
Use Google .....  ;)

Greetings from Bavaria

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Completed models / Re: 1/32 Roden Sopwith Strutter - USAS 90th Aero Squadron
« Last post by Brad Cancian on October 01, 2023, 05:45:15 PM »
Outstanding work, and in an interesting scheme too. Well done, sir!
Scratch builds / Re: The Wight Type A.1 Improved Navyplane (1/72nd scale)
« Last post by Davos522 on October 01, 2023, 12:52:26 PM »
This thread just keeps getting better and better... truly an epic project. Tell Eric not to forget to put a dime (or an ant, or a carbon molecule, or whatever) in his photos for scale reference so we can be even more amazed than we are already at how small this little gem is!


Scratch builds / Re: The Wight Type A.1 Improved Navyplane (1/72nd scale)
« Last post by PJ Fisher on October 01, 2023, 11:43:36 AM »
It's been a little while since I've spent any time actually assembling my 3d-printed 'prototype' of our Wight Navyplane.  Meanwhile we're continuing our experiments with various translucent wing-coverings and their application.  One promising 'canvas' is this pale-yellow tissue paper.  It looks rather realistic without paint and really allows the light through.  A thin coat of lacquer paint for correct tone it should get us the closest yet to the desired effect.


I've yet to try the new material but my brother Eric has just begun working on his first unpainted test build of the body.  This includes newly redesigned hollow floats with filler caps (these double as resin release holes during the 3D curing process), a fabric-covered nacelle, improved rudders with hinges, plus the forest of the booms & struts.  There was a slight miscalculation with the length of the rear diagonal strut to the float, which is too short.  Otherwise, these refinements are real improvements.  Here are some pictures of his handiwork.

Completed models / Re: 1/32 Roden Sopwith Strutter - USAS 90th Aero Squadron
« Last post by AlbertD on October 01, 2023, 10:56:45 AM »
Wonderful build. Thanks for sharing it.
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