Kit: Eduard (1:72)
Eduard 1/72 Albatros D.Va - Straight out of the box. One of the finest kits
I've had the pleasure of building. Plywood effect was achieved with base coat
of Humbrol enamel, individual panels picked out with a slightly lighter mix of
the same colour, with a wash of darker brown water colour and highlighted with
lighter brown water colour. Sometimes you just fluke it and turns out better
than you had expected. Machine gun cooling jackets from Fotocut and Roseparts
seat were only aftermarket extras used. Scatchbuilt bulkhead behind pilot's
seat, added pipe between radiator and engine and a few cockpit details.
Kit: Roden (1:72)
Roden Fokker Dr.I 1/72 - Pretty well straight out of the box as review model.
Finished as MvR's 152/17. Added PE cooling jackets, seat belts, control horns,
copper wire rigging, mostly Americal Gryphon decals. There was some
apprehension about the shade of red, but in the end I was happy with the darker
hue that I managed to achieve.
Kit: ICM (1:72)
ICM Fokker E.IV in 1/72. Added cockpit detail (throw out the stupid instrument
panel that comes with the kit), thinned trailing edges, control horns from
acetate, rigging from nylon invisible thread. Severe castor oil staining was
done with dark grey water colour pencil, then when completely dry, a dusting
with dark brown pastel chalk. Relocated m/g openings. Should have added proper
PE m/g cooling jackets, but didn't have any to hand at the time, so impatiently
used the kit parts which had to be trimmed a lot to fit.
Kit: Eduard (1:48)
1/48 Brandenberg D.I by Eduard As flown by FP Oblt. Frank Linke-Crawford, Flik
41/J August 1917. I wasn't happy with the star struts on this kit. Somehow they
just don't sit right. The fuselage wood effect is dark brown shou polish over
a red brown Humbrol enamel. Wings highlighted and shaded with pastel chalk
dust. I put far too much work into the cockpit and then closed it up and
realised hardly anything can be seen.
DML (Dragon) bust of MvR. Painted in oils.
The German pilot and ground crew in 1/48 by Jaguar. Beautifully sculpted by
Mike Good. Appears to be based on the photo of Ltn. Pippart. Painting eyes in
this scale is the pits. Mixture of enamels and acrylics for all but the flesh
tones which are oil paints. Some dust and dirt simulated with pastel chalk
dust. Hope Mr Good does some more WW1 figures.