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#1 Clunkmeister

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:04 AM

Well, I'm getting to the home stretch of my Vietnam builds, so I am gonna offer up a fun little biplane that has been very rarely modeled in any scale.

So here it is, a Silver Wings full resin kit of the Luftwaffe primary trainer from the mid 1930s through to the end of the war.
Most all German pilot trainees received their initial training in the Stieglitz.
It was such a solid little airplane that postwar, much like it's Tiger Moth and Stearman kin, had a long and full postwar career, and was adopted by Aero Clubs all throughout Europe, and even migrated across the pond to the New World.

The Silver Wings kit features no decals, but instead, has masks for a wartime Luftwaffe trainer.
Thanks to Fellow LSPer Sluggo of StencilPal fame, I will backdate it to an early production mid 1930s Civilian bird, using his custom made masks for this scheme.

This little plane is well known in Europe, and is supposedly an absolute pleasure to fly, but very few of us in North America have ever heard of, never mind seen one.

Enjoy!

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:06 AM

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:08 AM

And some custom made stenciled from Randy (Sluggo) of StencilPal fame.

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:08 AM

Hello,

 

Sweet little biplane will follow this.

 

Cheers

Boris


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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:11 AM

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:11 AM

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:12 AM

Awesome choice Ernie!

 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:12 AM

And one of an in flight bird.
Sweet, huh? Almost cute,... Not exactly a 'manly' airplane either..

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:13 AM

And the obligatory panel shot..

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 05:16 AM

Awesome choice Ernie!
 
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Thanks, Kevin.

I can't promise this will be done in time as I NEED to finish my Vietnam offerings.
However, this will be a fun little stress reliever for me, and I have been looking for a reason to build this bird.
It will be OOB, except for the paint scheme, and added seat belts. There are none included in the kit...

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 08:19 AM

And the obligatory panel shot..

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Ernie, is this pic of an original aircraft? On the altimeter it clearly says "ALT" and on the vertical speed indicator it says "VERTICAL SPEED". I very much doubt that instruments in pre-war german aircraft were labelled in English. Generally, the instruments look more sophisticated than I would expect them to have looked in the 1930s.

 

Just saying.

 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 12:29 PM

Agreed, Rainer, there are quite a few US instruments in the panel, but this at least shows the general panel layout, pushrods, etc.
It's a risk we take when we pull pics off the web :lol:
The good news is that the a silver wings kit has a nice resin panel with a sandwich film. I hope the holes line up!

The Stieglitz is an almost complete unknown here in the USA. In nuts Country, the Stearman reigns supreme, followed by the Tiger Moth. Even the little Fleet Finch, a cute little Canadian trainer, is unknown here.
If you ever see an old German trainer it's usually a Jungmeister or something of that line...

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 01:57 PM

Neat!

Reminds me of the German version of a Boeing 75.  Looking forward to some progress!



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 01:59 PM

Thanks, Brian!

 

It kind of looks like the Model 75, you're right, but it's typical European in that's it's not a big honkin' American piece of machinery.

It's small, slender, and light like the DH Moth series.

From what I've read, it was a SUPERB aerobat, which isn't surprising in the least.

 

This airplane looks good, and when an airplane looks good, it usually flys good as well..  :-)

 

Most all LW fliegers started off in this little plane.

 

Just remember though, this is Ernie building, and I build approaching glacial speed...


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 01:36 AM

German panel...

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