I have an old 1/72 Revell Sopwith Triplane and I was wondering if
anyone currently makes a newer, more accurate 1/72 kit of this
aircraft? A casual look around the local hobby shops and web don't
seem to indicated that there is one.
Nothing new in the Sopwith Triplane field in 1/72. I'm sure that Eduard
and/or Roden will eventually come out with some.
BTW, don't bother with the 1/72 Renwal kit. The paper covering was kind
of funky and the version without the paper was useless.
Tom - I built that line (most of them anyhow) and I found out that
Renwal only made one mistake, and a rather large one at that.
Their instructions call for using liquid cement to fix the aeroskin,
but that much glue can't help but warp the plastic. I sparingly used
some glue to afix the skin and let it dry. Then I used some clear dope
that I had on hand to shrink the Aeroskin into place. That Aeroskin is
essentially the same thing as the Silkspan that I used in control-line
aircraft that I built as a kid. The dope did what it was suppossed to
do. It shrunk the paper without attacking the plastic. It really worked
beautifully with their pioneer line of aircraft too. After the models
were completely diy and cured (maybe a week), I dosed them with some
Clear Flat Lacquer to take away the dope's shine and make them look a
little more authentic.
These kits aren't contest entrants, they were built for me alone, but
they were fun.
And that's what matters.
The Renwal Aeroskin kits were, indeed, fun to build. I built all of
them including the old timers. The old timers, with excepton of the
Avro Triplane and Curtiss Golden Flyer, were Taimei kits. Since they
were all so similar I think that the Avro and Curtiss also originated
from Taimei, but I don't think that they ever had them in their own
Entex did the Taimei Voisin Farman, Antoinette and 1910 de Haviland,
but I don't know if they were Aeroskin. Does anyone have one to check?
Renwal also did a few WWI aircraft in that other scale.
One other company that I am aware of did plastic kits with a glue on
skin. Brifaut did an Antoinette and the bizarre Ader Eole with silk
skin. The Eole was so complicated (picture a carriage with huge bat
wings and a steam engine) that Brifaut included two sets of parts, just
The Frog Bleriot XI is the only other injection molded 1/72 scale old
timer that comes immediately to mind. Anyone have others?
Old Timer wrote:
The Renwal pioneer kits were:
Antoinette VII (1909)
Bleriot XI (1909)
Wright Flyer I (1903)
Curtiss Golden Flyer (1909)
Avro B (or II) Triplane (1909)
Voison Farman (1908)
As you said, with the Entex reissue, we also got the deHavilland No.1.
The only other pioneer aircraft that I have been able to built were
kit-bashed from existing kits, a Goupy III from some Frog Bleriot XIs
(pretty much like the original), a Wright Military Flyer (Model B?)
from the Renwal Flyer I, a Morane-Saulnier G from a Revell Eindekker.