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#1 kkarlsen

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 12:49 PM

Next project in the pipeline: Ever since i watched 'Aces High' (1976 tv movie) I have always wanted to do this diorama. I think the film catches the atmosphere of the RFC during WWI!  Although the 'Aces High' film is showing it's age today, it stayed with me and did make a lasting impression on me. Some of you may know the project of the crashed S.e.5a and the Crossley RFC tender + trailer i did a while back? That project was part of a larger plan, to finally get to do this RFC diorama with S.e.5a's.

 

I have been working a little on an off, on the planes, when I needed a distraction from other projects, but also because I was looking for a 'story' which involved S.e.5a's. I have spend a lot of time researching for this project and now I've found my 'story'...

 

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Eventually I stumbled across this photo of No 74 Squadron, taken sometime in the summer of 1918 in France. (Keith Caldwell in shorts!)

 

The story of this Squadron, also called 'Tiger' Squadron is truly remarkable. With a lot of catching story's of the flying heroes of WWI.

I havent' yet decided exactly which planes I will end up doing, because the Squadron had so many 'character' that it takes your breath away! But the Squadron commander the New Zealander Keith 'Grid' Caldwell's plane will surely be part of it...

 

Long story short, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia regarding No 74 'Tiger' Squadron:

 

"During its wartime service, it was credited with 140 enemy planes destroyed and 85 driven down out of control, for 225 victories. Seventeen aces had served in the squadron, including Victoria Cross winner Major Edward Mannock, Ira "Taffy" Jones, Benjamin Roxburgh-Smith, future Air Commodore Keith Caldwell, Andrew Kiddie, Frederick Stanley Gordon, Sydney Carlin, Frederick Hunt, Clive Glynn, George Hicks, Wilfred Ernest Young, Henry Dolan, Harris Clements, George Gauld, and Frederick Luff."

 

I haven't finished the research, I'm about to read a the book 'Tiger Squadron' by one of the Aces of 74 Squadron, Ira "Taffy" Jones. Maybe this will add to the project?

 

Regards: Kent


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In progress/planned:

1/32 Royal Aircraft Factory S.e.5a x 3 (Wolseley Viper)

1/35 Dragon - Bell 212 Twin Huey (Air Greenland OY-HDM 'Tuujuk')

1/32 HPH - PBY-5A Catalina (Royal Danish Air Force L-852 'Papoose')
1/48 Tamiya - Avro Lancaster (No 643 Squadron RAAF)

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 01:11 PM

This will be one to watch I am already looking forward to it Kent.

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 02:17 PM

Kent

I'm buckled and ready for the build to begin. Absolutely it is going to be a blockbuster

Keep 'em coming

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Peter


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Posted 11 March 2017 - 08:11 AM

Photos of the build, as you can see I've bee at it for some time...

 

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The interior framing has been replaced and wires added...

 

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Practicing a lot of wires...

 

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Replaced the kit fuellines with brass wire, It almost feels like a factory...

 
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Instrument panels...
 
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An extra experiment using real wood for the panel + Eduard instruments, a scratch build magneto, copper wire, brass tube and a scratch build Creagh-Osborne compass...

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In progress/planned:

1/32 Royal Aircraft Factory S.e.5a x 3 (Wolseley Viper)

1/35 Dragon - Bell 212 Twin Huey (Air Greenland OY-HDM 'Tuujuk')

1/32 HPH - PBY-5A Catalina (Royal Danish Air Force L-852 'Papoose')
1/48 Tamiya - Avro Lancaster (No 643 Squadron RAAF)

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:20 AM

Time for an update on the build...

 

I do not know if it's correct, but I decided to scratch some early Sutton Harness seatbelts, using tape, sheet styrene and lead wire.

 

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Also reworked the control colums...


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In progress/planned:

1/32 Royal Aircraft Factory S.e.5a x 3 (Wolseley Viper)

1/35 Dragon - Bell 212 Twin Huey (Air Greenland OY-HDM 'Tuujuk')

1/32 HPH - PBY-5A Catalina (Royal Danish Air Force L-852 'Papoose')
1/48 Tamiya - Avro Lancaster (No 643 Squadron RAAF)

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:01 AM

Nice little harnesses. Having scratched some myself this weekend, I can appreciate the effort! Those grommets are NOT easy, and gluing the adjustment buckle on takes a lot of patience. Doing it 3 times? Wow! 


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:22 PM

Assembly of the fuselages & tails...

 

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Top wings beeing masked for shading...

 

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And also the bottom wings...

 

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In progress/planned:

1/32 Royal Aircraft Factory S.e.5a x 3 (Wolseley Viper)

1/35 Dragon - Bell 212 Twin Huey (Air Greenland OY-HDM 'Tuujuk')

1/32 HPH - PBY-5A Catalina (Royal Danish Air Force L-852 'Papoose')
1/48 Tamiya - Avro Lancaster (No 643 Squadron RAAF)

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:44 PM

really nice set of builds


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:44 PM

Great things come in threes I see! Looking very tasty Kent

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:14 AM

Kent

You're amazing ... absolutely stellar work

Keep 'em coming

Peter


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:00 AM

really nice set of builds

 

Thanks!

 

Great things come in threes I see! Looking very tasty Kent

Torben

 

Thanks!

 

Kent

You're amazing ... absolutely stellar work

Keep 'em coming

Peter

 

Thanks, I still have so much to learn. WWI planes are such a challenge...


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1/35 Dragon - Bell 212 Twin Huey (Air Greenland OY-HDM 'Tuujuk')

1/32 HPH - PBY-5A Catalina (Royal Danish Air Force L-852 'Papoose')
1/48 Tamiya - Avro Lancaster (No 643 Squadron RAAF)

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:48 PM

Kent,

This is truly epic work, and you are bringing these aircraft to life!

Cheers, Tom
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:09 PM

epic project!! cool


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Regards Mark

 

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:13 PM

Wow!  Will watch with interest (the SE is one of my faves!)

 

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:17 PM

Beautiful work here mate I am looking forward to the integration of the aircraft and the surrounding diorama.

Guy
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