Re: Von Raben ?

Matt Bittner (
Mon, 19 Jun 1995 08:01:25 +0000

Bill mentioned:

> Plum Blossom Design
> James Miller
> PO Box 44424
> Eden Prairie, MN 55344,
> has a bunch of Austro Hungarian 1/72 scale goodies including
> two different sets of AH aircrew figures, Schwarzlose MG's
> a baby coffin gun pod and a Lloyd C.V (complete kit). Next
> releases for this outfit are scheduled to be a FE 2b and a
> Freidrichshafen G.III.
> No prices listed on any of these and I've never dealt with either
> of these folks so I can't vouch for the quality of their product but
> merely pass this along for any who might be interested.

For a review of the Plum Blossom Lloyd, check out the May 1995 (?)
issue of FineScale Modeler. List member (and lurker:-)) Steve Hustad
provided the review. It's a wonderful kit, and the only difficult
part is releasing all the wonderful parts from the backing resin.
Imagine a Scarff gun ring modeled in resin! Egads! The kit comes
with their two A-H pilot figures, and besides one having a big nose
:-) are quite wonderfully molded. I for one will be a future buyer
of Plum Blossom - although when they release their Friedrichshafen,
that kind of money will be hard to part with.:-o The Lloyd cost me
around $25 from Rosemont, and going by this price - as well as owning
a Meikraft Caproni (don't say it!:-)) - I'm guessing the G.III will
go for around $60, if not more. However, I didn't know about the
FE2b, and will definitely keep an eye out for it.

Highly recommended, although there isn't a US source for Skybirds...

Matt Bittner
Omaha, Nebraska