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.
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!
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.
-- John ___
(o - )
The history of things that didn't happen has never been written - Henry
Well, if you want to go WW1 the best kits available are now *almost* all
All of these are terrific, accurate, good fit, well detailed etc.
Roland C.II (Walfisch - almost no rigging and easy struttage)
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 www.wwi-models.org website.
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.
in article bo4bt2$oc7$ firstname.lastname@example.org, Shane Weier at
email@example.com wrote on 11/2/03 7:45 PM:
FYI, The Eduard Camel is indeed "superb" but I just looked at the Profipak
version (extra resin, PE, etc) which, for just a few dollars more, makes the
kit an even more attractive and better deal.
You could spend "years" building the excellent collection of WWI subjects
from Eduard. And no, I've no connection to Eduard.
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