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Fred Jack

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  • Birthday 06/26/1948

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  1. You take a dremel and cut the clothes hanger on the side near the end so you can grab a line from the side of the hanger to pull the line towards you through the other rigging until you can easily grab it. On another piece of clothes hanger, cut a V on the end. This will be used to push a line through. I also work on 1/48 sailing ships of the late 18th Century and early 19th Century. I find rigging tools essential. I also rummaged through my ship tool box to help rig my FE-2. They were invaluable. I’m still looking for a 1/32 canary. I heard that riggers put one between the rigging. If the canary managed to escape, it meant that a wire broke or came off. If you look at the beautiful planes that Richard Alexander built on the WnWs site, you will notice that he doesn’t use turnbuckles.
  2. Either use model ship rigging tool or cut up some wire clothes hangers a put slots in them with a Dremel. These are especially handy when rigging a Gotha or an FE-2. As far as turn buckles, I find the current ones in production more like 1/24 instead of 1/32. I find a dab of paint works for me. I have seen real WW1 planes and the turnbuckles really don’t stick out that much.
  3. I never would have guessed WnWs would come out with two versions of a G-1. it’s amazing when you think that the first two production contracts for the G-1 were classified as fighters, it wasn’t until the release of the Eindecker 1 that the Germans decided to take this slow ineffective fighter and do something else to it like adding bombs. I probably won’t get one, but it is a nice looking plane, I guess????!!!???
  4. Roden has only done SPAD Vlls. There are the Xl, Xll, Xlll, etc...
  5. Most people, even modelers have no idea how many different kinds of airplanes flew in WW1. The aircraft industry was so new that in such a short time they had to keep reinventing airplanes. They didn’t go from the flimsy first Prewar A types to the Fokker D.Vlls or Bristol Brisfits building only a dozen or so experimental planes. It took hundreds and the only real way they could be tested was in combat. This did prove effective even if costly in men and machines.
  6. One could rattle off just about all WW2 aircraft and just about everyone can picture them in their mind without looking them up, but most people cannot picture much more than aabout a dozen WW1 aircraft without looking them up, and of the majority, most of them will only recognize the most widely known fighters.
  7. Or the book French Aircraft of The First World War by Dr. James J Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan for the hundreds of French Aircraft. You’d be amazed at some of the huge four engine bombers including some of the Bleriot bombers with four engines with two above the lower two engines. I wonder how they started them? As far as Germany is concerned, there were about a dozen companies making beautiful A, B, and C types before 1916 of which WnWs has only released two B types and no A or C types, and have released only two British pre 1916 aircraft, and no French or any other pre 1916 aircraft.
  8. The one I had was Hawk. It was the only 1/48 biplane I ever rigged. It came in a yellow box with the large Hawk name on the upper left corner. The plane came in yellow plastic with the post war star and red circle insignia. Lindberg had two WWl planes in 1/40th scale. They were a SPAD Xlll in Post war markings and an SE-5. I did like the 1/48 Lindberg Stuka with the working motor, even if it was as bad as the Aurora WW2 planes and couldn’t compare with the later Monogram 1/48.
  9. Like you I also loved the Aurora WW1 planes. I have a goal of having 1/32nd versions of those planes. The WnWs release of the Halberstadt CL-2 made this goal one plane closer. What is still missing is the following: Albatros C-lll Gotha G-V, however I am satisfied with the G-lV Arco DH-4 Breguet Bre-14 Dehavilland DH-10 Curtis Jenny, although Aurora merely rereleased the Hawk Kit The only Aurora WWl kits I never owned were the Fokker Dr-1, Sopwith Camel, SPAD Xlll, because of the Revell 1/28 releases of these planes and the Nieuport Nie 28, because it came out much later.
  10. It seems to me as I reread the various posts on this thread, that this is a WW1 enthusiasts vs WW2 enthusiasts thread. I do like WW2 aircraft, however, I have always preferred WW1 aircraft over all others with a handful of exceptions. WnWs is the only company that is or ever has been to produce large scale multisest aircraft or to ever make more than a few different kinds of aircraft from the Great War. I also do applaud Roden for the same. Unlike those WW2 enthusiasts, I want to see all those hundreds of different aircraft used in WW1. There are dozens of companies making WW2 models, but only a very few making WW1 planes. I don’t wish any WW1 stop making WW1 models and go to WW2 models. If they want to make both that’s alright with me, as long as they don’t slow down their WW1 production, but I don’t see anything broken with WnWs, so if it ain’t broke....
  11. Obviously I don’t agree, but I respect your opinion. As far as I see, a WW2 plane the size of a comparable sized WW2 model, would probably be too expensive for many modelers. If WnWs follows the same tradition with WW2 as they did in WW1, I expect we’d see types never before produced and everyone would be crying that they want another Bf109 or an Fw190, but WnWs would ignore the requests.
  12. The C-111 has a longer fuselage but a smaller wingspan.
  13. For very tedious parts of a model, I do a little bit at a time, work on another model, then go back to the tedious one. Right now I’m building spoked wheels for two Pocher Alfa Romeos which means eleven wheels, so hundreds of spokes and spokenuts.
  14. Personally, I don’t want WnWs to switch over to WW2. WW1 has been such a void for so long, especially multi seaters and anything other than more than a few of the most common fighters. I remember when in 1/32 for decades you could only find Nie 17s, SPAD Xllls, Sopwith Camels, and Fok Dr1s.
  15. Actually the only difference between the B-2 and the C-1 is the machine gun and if you have a Rumpler, it has a spare straight mount and machine gun. The Alb. C-lll is longer with a larger engine than a B-2 but it is on my wishlist. I wonder if you just reshape the tail on a B-2 and add a machine gun, and called it a C-3, how many would know otherwise?
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