There has been a LOT of talk about Wingnut Wings Sopwith Camels of late, so instead of jumping right into the dromedary build (I have multiple in the stash already), I've started the DH.9. This particular bird likely had a rather unsightly hump at one point in its life- for passengers. It will be built as the bonus scheme in the WNW kit - a New Zealand Permanent Air Force bird.
The DH.9s gifted to NZ post-war ended up being converted for passenger use with a few variations - some with exposed "cockpits" for 2 passengers and others with an enclosed cabin for 2-3 people behind the pilot. After a few years of civil use, they were converted back to approximate original design to serve with the NZPAF. I suspect the specific aircraft in the kit may be a DH.9 that had its fuselage painted with wavy yellow and red stripes but I can't find my photos of that plane at the moment.
So far I've cleaned up mold seams and made a few modifications. Photos show this dh9 unarmed so I've removed the molded-on gunsights from the top cowl and filled the shell chutes on the left fuselage side and slot for the interrupter pump fairing on the underside. By extension, the interrupter gear pump has been removed and I've opted to have the camera mounts fully removed as well.
Here's the bird in question, after modification back to a military aircraft. Sitting with two of NZPAF's gifted DH.4s
And the royal review! Territorial Air Force lineup of 3 Bristol Fighters, 2 DH.9, 2 DH.4, and 5 Avro 504ks
This bird seems to be the rarest of the converted passenger DH.9s that flew in NZ, judging by how long it took me to rediscover this photo. Original photo caption in the book I can't find (and fear I donated!) stated red and yellow-striped fuselage.
Same plane from the other side. It seems as though one passenger sat in front of the pilot, and one behind...
Another NZ passenger DH.9 variant that is fairly well documented.
Ok, kiwi DH.4 not a DH.9, but standing on the exhaust stack to refuel just doesn't seem like a very smart thing to do!