Re: Query...

Joseph R. Boeke (
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 09:18:21 -0400

>My query is this: what would you consider a great "intro package"?
>I know Steve would say "keep it all German", but I would like to run
>the full gamut. I have plenty of "spare" Airfix and Revell/ESCI kits
>lying around, so it won't bust me "plastically". Here's what I was
>thinking of:
>Airfix Sopwith Pup
>Airfix SPAD 7
>Revell Fokker Dr.I
>Revell Fokker D.VII
>Revell/ESCI Nieuport 17


What about the Camel :(

Actually, I think that is a pretty good list (I would bid on it :). My one
concern would be avialability of references for the models. Specifically, I
think we (scale modelers) tend to go reference beserk before building a
model (I know that both of us do).

Although there are data files for all of these planes, are there other
readilly avialable (and less expensive) sorces for the subjects that you
would want to include?

Second concern is accuracy of the models. Will the kits assemble into a
good looking and reasonably accurate model without a ton of after-market
parts and/or scratchbuilding?

Ideally, what I'd like to see, is a set of 4 models, historically
significant, easy to find references (perhaps ones avialable at the local
library), and easy to build (without having to spend an additional $10 on a
$5 kit).

Personally, I think the Nie.17 is a good choice (almost everyone has seen
the plane). The Dr.1 might be a bit of a chore accurize (is that a word?),
but I think you have to include it (for cryin' out loud, it was Baron von
R.'s plane). I think the SPAD is a good choice (since the Camel's aren't
very good kits), but the DH.4 is also a pretty good kit. What about one of
the Albatross models for a 2nd German? Isn't the ESCI D.III supposed to be
a good model (sorry, I can't remember).

Just my $.02 of course...

Back to the salt mine :)


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