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by Ken Schmitt

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DML Spad 13

Kit: DML (1:48)

Here are some in-progress shots of the engine area. Am currently stumbling around with Luke's, Rickenbacker's and Nungesser's Spads. As soon as they are on their feet, following up with a early-round tipped Guynemer 13 in CDL and green '2's. What-an-aircraft, folks. The P-47 of WW1. Growing up around small-block V-8's gives one an affection for Spad powerplants. Coolest exhaust pipes on anything this side of motorcycling. zoom-zoom.

Blue Max Spad VII C.1

Kit: Blue Max (1:48)

Had wanted to do a Spad 7 since I started modeling WW1 at age 11. 35 years later I got my chance. The photos on list of Guynemer's CDL 7 at Le Bourget really caught my eye. Guynemer is one of many favorite pilots. The painting on the Blue Max cover hooked me further - what did I know? Backward '2's' and a stork? Old Charles? Well, the man could fly and shoot. In the mail, I received a flat box and a bag of soft-ish grey plastic and another bag of cast metal parts. Nothing fit. Except when done, everything fit, including my affection for Brit eccentricity. I kept telling myself the entire time: a man that rides Triumphs can't possibly be surprised by anything Jack puts inna box. Just like working on a Triumph only smaller. It's an earned taste. I hadda ball. First kit in 35 years, all hand brushed and drybrushed. Not too good but there's an affection. Rigging comes after I figure out where to not collect dust.

Roden 1/48 Nieuport 28

Kit: Roden (1:48)

These shots are taken from a build article in Internet Modeler, May 2004

This is a very nice kit needing very few comments. Recommended.

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