Re: WW I vs. Other Models

Erik Pilawskii (
Mon, 5 Jun 1995 12:02:42 -0700 (PDT)

Steve and All,
> I have several theries on this phenomenon (warped or off base as
> they/I may be!);
> 1) The rigging aspect. As someone else pointed out, I too think this
> is daunting to many, even though the model is attractive enough to
> buy.
> 2) Reference material is not that available. Lets face it, Information
> on WW I stuff - relative to almost ANY other era - is practically
> non-existant! (I'm still appalled at the number of people on this net
HEY!!! Be nice! I'm afraid some of us have to adhere to rather a less
generous budget than others....

> who are unaware of Windsock magazine and Windsock Datafiles. Or worse,
> are aware, but do not subscribe! Windsock being about the ONLY reliable
> 3) The variety of available kits is 'not there'. Until recently, if
> 4) Two, or three wings! How to get all those struts angled right, and
Agreed, in general. For myself, I find WWI-era projects to be far more
intimidating *to show* that other later subjects. But *not* to build.
Indeed, I'd say that they get at least equal "floor time" on my workbench
with my other interest (WWII aviation 1/72). The amount of time required,
just for example, to turn out a 'competition' level Alb.D.III very far
outdistances that required for a similar La.5FN project.
Rigging is certainly one reason. In general, there's more exposed
detail on WWI-era machines than later: control lines, bracing, rib tapes,
internal structure (cockpit area), etc, ad nauseum. I mean, for my own
enjoyment, I do not typically include a collection of instruments in the
cockpit nor build internal structural components therein. For a show
model, of course, I would want to do so. As well, I find finishing WWI
machines to be more difficult, particularly Central Powers machines--
working with lozenge decals is one of the great pains of the universe, IMO.
The structures are more 'delicate', and I think a real artist's touch
is required to keep the effect 'in scale'. I'm constantly struggling with
this problem, myself. Weathering is also more complicated, though I can't
say enough about Steve's accomplishments in this regard-- one day I hope
to *approach* this level.
And so on. I'd wager, however, that an examination of any modeller's
collection (interested in the subject) would turn up a proportional
number of completed WWI machines in comparison to any other era, as is
true for myself. On the other hand, how many WWI models have I 'shown' at
competition? None.
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