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Here are some pictures of my latest build, the incomparable Wingnut Wings Gotha G.lV. They were taken in my backyard on a base of trampled grass mat and dirt.
This kit was started almost two years ago, then ended up on the Shelf of Doom when the Vietnam Group Build started. It was rescued about 6 months ago and building started in earnest.
The figures are a cobbled together threesome, the rear gunner being a Model Cellar figure and the other two slip my mind at this time.
There have been plenty of questions floated my way as to the buildability of this kit, and all I can say is that is a Wingnut kit in every way. It almost snaps together. You need 3 feet of space for the wingspan, but it really isn't that long in the fuselage. If you have space for a Tamiya F-4, you have space for this plane.
I highly, highly, highly recommend this kit if you want something impressive yet different.

The timeline of these pictures places this aircraft around September 1917. At this time, this airplane ia about a year old, and it has less than 2 months to live, because on the night of 10-11 November 1917, this machine crashed headlong into an unlucky Belgian farmhouse.
Fatalities are unknown, however it is known that at least one of the three crew survived because he was involved in another Gotha crash in 1918, when this time, his Gotha was shot down over England. He was made a P.O.W. for the remainder of the war.
Gothas were very hard to shoot down by aircraft alone, because they flew very high, (12-15,000 ft), and they generally needed to be disabled by flak first, to slow them down and bring them low enough for fighters to catch them. Even then, they were very well defended by machine guns and despite their size, were quite agile.

I hope you enjoy.

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This was a big airplane, but the crew give a real sense of scale to it. The fuselage really isn't that deep, and quarters for the crew were cramped at best, especially for the commander, who had no windshield and stared straight into a freezing cold 80 mph wind for the entire flight.

 

The Gotha holds a place in history as being the world's first genuine strategic bomber, a far cry from today's B-2 Stealth bombers....

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This airplane is loaded about as heavy as you'd ever expect one of these to be loaded. 10 external bombs (there's room for 13 by tripling up on the underwing racks, plus a full load of small bombs on the internal racks). Add to that two full above wing external fuel tanks added for this mission, and this aircraft is about as heavy as they dared get it. In order to save weight, a third defensive machine gun has been removed for his mission, and personal take along items will be very limited as well. It will be a real bear to get airborne, and one hiccup from either of those Mercedes 6 cylinder engines will cause this mission to end very badly for man and machine.

Once free from it's weight of bombs, the Gotha will soar like an eagle, but care will then be needed as the center of gravity will have changed, making the Gotha tail heavy, and landing a tail heavy airplane, especially one with not much more than bicycle wheels and no brakes is 'interesting' to say the least.

Most Gotha incidents occurred on landing, resulting in plenty of nose overs.

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Looks Fantastic Ernie!

Great photos as well.

I have always had a soft spot for black and white photos!

Great job you should be proud!!

Teresa :-)

Thanks Teresa, I had to prod Joy into helping me with the pics, but they turned out great.

 

Now we patiently wait for an F-84G, as I decide what to build next.....

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Awesome result, Ernie! It looks fantastic. You continually describe yourself as not a great modeller, but I think this result proves otherwise. I'd love to publish it on the website if you'd permit me.

 

Kev

Thank you Kevin. When I came here, I was NOT a good modeler. The people here on LSP have continually helped me improve my skill set, and this is the result.

I can honestly describe myself as a product of LSP, if that doesn't sound to corny.

 

And yes, I'd be honored to have it published on the website.

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I didnt build anything.. Harv and I helped you get it done. The plane would look good on anything.

Paul

 

Between this base and your base, we sure spread the clay, huh, and all four of us worked miracles on the dirt that night, eh? Just wait till next year. I'll even pack up Joy so Teresa, Ray's wife, and Joy can compare notes! :) Edited by Clunkmeister

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