I'd like to try out some 1/48 scale for a change and maybe a WWI or preferably a Golden Age type. Oh, and if possible something slightly esoteric, Fokker Triplanes and Sopwith Camels are a bit long in the tooth. What good, modern kits that come with adequate detail would you recommend?
DML (dragon?) made a kit of the Fokker dr1 triplane a few years back. it is fine little model that supplies the rigging as etched parts ( what little rigging there is). Markings for one aircraft in a bisically green color scheme. It was later released with different markings (richtofen) and a bust of the pilot included. The limited rigging would seem to make it an excellent starting point for a bilplane, but you do need to be able to line up three wings.
I would recommend the Accurate Miniatures F3Fs. They seem to be designed with the non-biplane builder in mind. The kits are well engineered, instructions are well done and the photo-etch rigging is really nice.
If you are looking to try a bi-plane, the firm of Roden have a couple of kits recently released that are worth your time. If you want a World War I aircraft try their kit for the Sopwith 1 1/2 strutter. There are two versions, one a 2 seat fighter-reconnaissance plane and the other a single seat bomber. If you want something from the 1920's-1930's, the so-called "Golden Age" there is Roden's kit for the Gloster Gladiator, or the previously mentioned Accurate Miniatures kit for the Grumman F3F carrier fighter. These are all 1/48 scale.
If you look at the WW1 modelers web page, they have some recommendations for good starter kits. One of them is the old Testors/Hawk Nieuport 17. It is accurate in outline, the rigging is pretty easy, and the model is very inexpensive. Also , there are lots of aftermarket goodies available if you want to go that way.
Another good choice is the Accurate Miniatures F3F series, but they are significantly more expensive.
I found the Tamiya Swordfish to be a delightful build, too.
For Golden age in 1:48, I'd go for the Inpact/Pyro/Life-like/Lindberg Hawker Fury, Gloster Gladiator, Bristol Bulldog or Fairey Flycatcher, especially the Flycatcher, since no one else has done that one. The kits are stright-forward with pretty good detail and nice decals. (at least on mine) All are pretyy much easy to find, in stores or eBay.
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Right. The clear parts are the wings, tail assembly and fuselage halves. Looks like an idea for re-creating that translucent effect you see in some W.W.I aircraft that were simply clear doped fabric. I'd love to o see them try this with Edward's Fokker Eindekker!
Well, if you want to go WW1 the best kits available are now *almost* all from Eduard
All of these are terrific, accurate, good fit, well detailed etc.
Roland C.II (Walfisch - almost no rigging and easy struttage) Nieuport 11 Nieuport 17 Albatros D.I Albatros D.II Albatros D.III Albatros D.V Albatros W.4 Camel F.1 (Yaah, I know, a Camel but this kit is *superb*) Hanriot HD (any version)
What have I missed? Sopwith Triplane is also very good but although there's not much rigging it's a bugger to line up. Probably others too that just haven't come to mind. despite being each and every one on my stock shelves :-)
Also look at the new Roden 1/48 Fokker D.VII, the old DML (Dragon) Spad 13 and the Special Hobby SPAD 7
ANY of the recent Eduards listed above is as good as any Tamiya kit, but being WW1 they don't get talked about as much. If you want a LOT of information and / or help on this, try the WW1 modelling list, subscribed via the
do I get thrown out of the WW1 group if I mention Tamiya Swordfish? Beautiful kit, if expensive, and I believe one member of this group actually produced some decals for the scheme of the one still flying with the Royal Navy historic Flight at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. N