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1/28th Revell SPAD XIII

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Hi guys,

 

After the flood of WNW kits, I couldn't resist to enter another classic into this group build!

So I'm gonna build the venerable Revell SPAD XIII. Because I build it for a group display, it will be AOOB. :ninja:

Build rate will vary enormously, because a number of business trips lay ahead of me this year.

 

Here's the obligatory crappy box and parts shot:

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According to the instructions, this issue is from 1975. Keen observers have noticed two manuals.

I have the most recent issue as well. That one will be build sometime in the future and detailed as necessary.

The parts of the newest issue are also better moulded, with less sink marks, and there are better decals. ^_^

 

Speaking of decals, here they are:

 

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Hmmm...interesting difference in the markings of Mr Rickenbacker... <_<

I guess the more recent issue is more accurate. In any case, it is more complete,so I think these will be used.

 

Anyone who has build this kit knows that often both wings are warped. This was also the case with both my examples.

Out came the hot water:

 

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While I was at it, the wings of both kits were treated and came out straight.

 

Another treat of this 1957 vintage kit are the zillions of ejector pin marks, on many akward places: :frantic:

 

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That little bit of flash is easypeasy in comparison.

Note that this kit is more than 55 years old.

Moulding technology has made great progress, which is very well illustrated with the WNW kits.

Their sprues have most of the ejector pin marks on the part attachment gates!

 

Anyway, they were filled:

 

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And after very tedious filling and sanding, I ended up with this:

 

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I couldn't resist adding a minimum of ribs in the fuselage. they will help with the demarcation between linen and metal areas. :P

 

Also Mr Rickenbacker got the treatment:

 

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Assembly of the engine has started. Fit is so-so:

 

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Shrinkmarks will be filled with superglue and baking powder.

 

To be continued!

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

 

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Cool!

 

I had the later version of this kit as a high schooler. Never built it though.............wonder what ever happened to that kit......... :hmmm:

 

Will definitely be following along!

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Very nice to see another Revell oldie in the GB.

 

I went for the Fokker as it has less rigging.

 

Good luck with your build.

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Thanks for the encouragement, guys!

 

What does the box of the most recent release look like Peter? We only have 2 issues of this kit listed in the Kit Database (H-235 & 04730), and I reckon we're well short of actual on that score.

 

Kev

 

Kev, it is 04730 which is in the database (RoG release). AFAIK it is the most recent release of this kit.

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

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Thanks for the encouragement, guys!

 

 

Kev, it is 04730 which is in the database (RoG release). AFAIK it is the most recent release of this kit.

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

OK, thanks Peter!

 

Kev

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Wow...takes me back. I have the Revell Germany re-box (finally has a French SPAD).

 

I built that one back in the day, as well as the previous iteration that was Frank Luke's. It met with an accident, however, during a move...:(

 

Tim W.

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Wow...takes me back. I have the Revell Germany re-box (finally has a French SPAD).

 

I built that one back in the day, as well as the previous iteration that was Frank Luke's. It met with an accident, however, during a move... :(

 

Tim W.

 

Hi Tim,

 

That is a pity that happened.....But maybe the third will survive? :wicked:

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

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Hi guys,

 

As I am catching up, here are some pictures of the finished Hispano Suiza engine.

Offcourse, ejector pin marks had to be removed from every part. <_<

It is painted with Revell anthracite, Humbrol metal cote dull aluminium and copper.

 

The spark plug cables are a shade of brown.

...I could resist adding the missing ignition wire lengths..but only just! :P

 

The engine is drybrushed with Revell 75 and given a wash of Tamiya smoke with a little brown added.

 

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And here it is temporarily placed on the wooden engine bearers.

 

I did the woodwork painting in parallel....but thats for the next instalment. ;)

 

...to be continued.

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

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Hi Tim,

 

That is a pity that happened.....But maybe the third will survive? :wicked:

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

I have an Italian one on the shelf...but I built it some years ago and the quality, while pretty good, is not quite as good as what I do today (I learned a lot on 10 years...)

 

It's still a fun kit to build--too bad Copperstate models went away. They had some great 1/28th detail stuff (props, instruments) that would be excellent for this kit.

 

I think there's a Tom's Modelworks PE set out there somewhere, though.

 

Tim W

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This is truly gorgeous! I built Revell's SPAD XIII along their Fokker Dr. I as part of an air show diorama kit when I was 11. It's a real treat to be able to see it rendered in a scale that actually shows the detail!

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Hi Tim,

 

Good to read you still have an Italian SPAD on the shelves. I see what you mean by wanting to make it again.

Over ten years time, our building abilities should have made much progress.

Maybe I will try to track down some of the etched goodies you mentioned if they can be found.

Then I can incorporate them in my other Revell SPAD which I intend to detail further.

 

Hi Dwight, thanks for the heads-up.

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

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Hi guys,

 

I promised something about the woodwork.

Well, I started by spraying the fuselage interior Humbrol Metalcote matt aluminium and Tamiya Deck Tan.

It looked like this:

 

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Note that the wooden parts of a WNW Sopwith Triplane got the same treatment. I'm building it for our IPMS NL magazine. B)

 

Then, I streaked Raw Sienna oil paint over the parts with a stiff brush.

After that, I took a very wide soft brush, the type Bob Ross used in his TV painting lessons to fade and spread paint.

I don't know how it is called in English. :rolleyes:

With that brush, I was able to get a nice wood pattern and getting into nooks and crannies as well.

You can't reach them with a sponge, which is ideal for large flat surfaces.

 

By varying the base color, and varying the brown oil paint color - I added a little bit of Burnt Sienna oil paint as well,

you are able to vary the wood colour.

For the seat I used Tamiya sand as a base and used Burnt Sienna only to obtain the wood effect.

 

After drying a couple of days, Klear was brushed over the wood effect.

Then things progressed quickly.

The interior parts got all their required colours with help from the internet.

 

Here is the interior in all its glory:

 

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And here Mr. Rickenbacker was test fitted into his seat.

I had to shave a little bit of the sides of his bum to make him fit.

Don't forget, he is at least 55 years old! :P

 

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Maybe you have noticed I deviated from the instructions.

On an old thread on the SPAD here at LSP I read it was better to build the interior up on the lower wings

and wiggle the fuselage halves around them. That works perfectly.

Note that the engine is only placed on its bearers for the pictures.

 

The fuselage was quickly closed around the interior:

 

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That's the advantage of AOOB: I have never closed up a LSP fuselage that quick! :P

 

To be continued.

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

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