Re: ITS A BOY!!! (plus some related WWI modeling content :)

Matt Bittner (
Mon, 11 Sep 1995 08:34:11 -0500

On 8 Sep 95 at 14:04, Boeke Joseph R muttered:

> My wife (and I) had a baby boy (8lbs 5oz, 21") last Friday night. His
> name is Theodore William (we'll call him Tucker). Hopefully, he won't
> grow up to be an ex-army helicopter pilot like his dad ;). I have been
> getting very little sleep (which means very little modeling), but I am
> enjoying myself any ways :)

Congratulations!! Such great news! I hear you about little
modeling, and mine is going on four months old. Ah, but what a
bundle of joy!

> On to the hobby portion of our program...
> I just picked up two (one for me, one for my son) Keil Kraft 1/72nd Sopwith
> Camels (at a pretty good price). My question is, how does this kit
> compare to the Revell model (which I have built several times). My
> suspicion is that it will need some extensive fixes, but I haven't taken
> it out of the plastic wrap yet.
> I would like to model a navalized Camel. Matt (or someone else who
> knows) does the datafile have any info on the naval Camels used by the RNAS?

As Charles has said, Datafile #6 is on the 2F.1, "naval" Camel. As
well as Charles' suggestion, also check out a book called "Sopwith
Camel: King of Combat". Unfortunately, author and other info
escapes me.

> Also, I am about 1/4 finished with my son's "rocking horse" airplane (all
> of the wood is cut. I said, the last time I mentioned this, that I
> wanted to use the HB W.19 for inspiration on this project (of course I
> meant the HB W.12). So far the wings and fuselage look okay, but the
> floats are too far forward to be used as effective rockers (although I
> have a fix in mind for that).

You should publish your plans, once you finish. I know I would
purchase them, just to make one for my son.

> I was curious what the "large" scale & RC modelers used to paint Naval
> Lozenge? Is there a pattern somewhere? Does someone make a large scale
> lozenge decal?
> Oh well, I have to get some work done today...

Very difficult, especially after having a new baby arrive.

> Please light a virtual cigar in honor of my son.

<Puff puff>


Matthew Bittner WW1 Modeler, ecto subscriber, new dad, PowerBuilder developer; Omaha, Nebraska

"It must be inordinately taxing to be such a boob." - Brain