Next small build for me is the recently released kit of the Be 2C and Eindecker, a new standard of moulding by Airfix and the only example of this plane in 1/72.
The kit includes paint and brushes, but I think I will use my own and produce something with a bit more 'grown-up' appearance and hone my skills with fiddly work at this scale. To begin with I will just make the BE2C, and will probably scratch build the skids these were fitted with early on.
Made a start this week, not with the cockpit which even at this scale in a WW1 plane has plenty of detail - the pilot figures are especially good, but the wings. Hoping to re-create that CDL finish with the frames showing through. Started by drawing the rib outlines onto the bare plastic and then progressively adding very light coats of Humbrol 71 and the 108 supplied with the kit, dry brushing the surface betwen coats..I think a matt coat at the end should produce just the right effect
end result with the rigging holes drilled through with 0.5mm drill, the 0.2mm monofilament fits in the holes perfectly and should make rigging a breeze..
Finished off the cockpit area, adding a gloss coat to represent the varnished wood cladding, added the windscreens and installed the rigging wires to the fuselage struts - while I still can, added the gun
Next attached the wing struts to the top wing - the kit provides a jig for doing this but after trying it decided it was more of a complication, so just plain stuck the struts on - interesting tip with this kit top and bottom of each strut has a different connector - make sure you fix them the right way around. Fit overall at this stage was PERFECT.
Struts in place..
and top wing fixed to plane with completed engine construction..
Under way with the rigging: 0.17mm monofilament run through a silver marker pen to colour. Fit the sections of rigging through the holes drilled earlier, secure at one end with a drop of superglue in the hole, go to the other end, thread the rigging through the opposite hole and using tweezers pull tight and drop of super glue, wait a few seconds to dry and release. Trim off ends.
Result is really nice clean and very strong - way better than the glue-the stretched-sprue technique I had used previously.
Hopefully it won't come to that. There are actually no "holes" the monofilament and its coating fills the drill holes completely, there will be just a bit of touch up paint to do over some of the exposed ends of the rigging wire and some trimming flush of the excess (pin prick size) dabs of superglue.
Nice work! I've used the monofilament before and while it's quite fiddly/scary it does make for a very nice in-scale look. I found putting the model on a base helps with reducing the amount of making good required under the lower wing
I really ought to pick up my Eindecker again, I got as far as the interior plus a little paint on the fuselage.
Altogether a very nice kit - well done Airfix!,
To finish this I couldn't resist adding the remaining rigging on the tail and some proper control bars for the elevator on the fuselage, and control wires for the ailerons on the wings - apart from that all out of the box.
Thanks for all the great encouraging feedback! . Actually the 1/72 scale is not too difficult, the trick seems to be having all the rigging holes in place beforehand and using monofilament, even finer than what I had here. The size I used here is still vastly "overscale" (wires would end up being about 20mm thick on the real thing), and I still need to come up with a cunning plan to cover the cut off rigging and superglue ( a whole sheet of lozenge decal would do the trick!), but I'm actually starting to find them quite addictive - already got more adding to the stash. The fine moulding of this kit is a vast improvement over the earlier 1/72 kits (eg Revell), especially Airfix's earlier (reboxed ) offerings, and so plenty more opportunity to add to the collection.
I built a 1/72 revell (probably reboxed '80s version) SE 5a a few years ago,OK but very babyish. Only kit like this I have at the moment is an Eduard 1/48 Albatros DV , which looks amazing - PE and everything, with the lozenge decals for all surfaces. Guess that's next .. watch this space. If that works OK (I have a second one just in case!) wouldn't mind having a crack at Rodens 1/72 Gotha (IV/V?) night bomber.
Very nicely done, they look great.
Still admire you kite builders, I think planes are a lot more involved than armour and if you muck up your tank at least you can throw mud at it.
Look forward to checking out your next build.