Aircraft 862/18 of Bogohl 8/Bosta 25, Crew: Oblt. Hetzel (pilot), Ltn. Wetzlar
(observer), Vzfw. Christl (gunner)
During parachute trials, western front, October 1918
- 1/72nd scale, Sierra Scale vacform.
- This model is converted from the vacform kit's G.III type to G.IIIa standards
by scratchbuilding the "box-kite" style tail, reshaped top &
bottom ailerons, new engine/radiator fronts, and the cutting in/addition of
the "Gotha" type underside "gun tunnel".
- The entire cockpit (pilots cockpit, and the two gunners positions) are
entirely scratchbuilt from plastic sheet, rod, sprue, strip, wire and misc.
photo etched (PE) bits.
- The Parabellum machine guns are from Tom's Modelworks photo etched sets.
The 'LVG type' gun ring and fittings are scratchbuilt from wire and spare
- All struts were scratchbuilt from Contrail strut stock material.
- Rear gunners MG safety mesh screens (protection from the propellers) are
made from wire screen and wire - as is the new engine radiators.
- The 'night' pre-printed fabric camouflage is replicated with Americal/Gryphon's
decals (sheet No.4). The national markings and specific aircraft markings
are also from the A/G decal line. Painted areas are Humbrol enamels (No. 112)
with lighter gray mottle.
- Weathering is done with airbrushing enamels (the fabric discoloring around
the engines), an oil paint 'wash', pastels, and Prismacolor colored pencil
shadows & highlights.
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