Sunday, 23 June 2013

1/48th Pfalz DIII WIP

Last year I lost my job and the same weekend I had to move out of the flat I was living in. All in all, it was all a bit of a crap time for me, so to cheer myself up I bought a 1/48th Scale Pfalz DIII by Eduard. It's described on the box as a weekend kit, but has taken nearly a year for me to build...

Just recently I bought and built a 1/72nd SE5a as a tester, as I knew I was going to rig this kit, which is one of the reasons it has taken me so long to get finished. I was just scared of actually rigging the model, but now I have done some prep and a year of research, I'm ready to finish it off. Here are a few pictures of it in progress.


Stupidly I had undercoated it in grey, so not only did the white need a few coats, before it looked white, but the red needed another undercoat of yellow, but after a few days of coating and re-coating, I got it the colour I wanted...


The colour scheme is of Ltn Hans Műller who flew with Jasta 18 in 1918 and ended the war with 12 victories.



I like Pfalz aircraft as they are the 'unknowns' amongst the more famous Fokkers and Albatri and I always try to support the underdog. Anyway, at the model still needs weathering, rigging and basing, so check back soon for the finished thing! Thanks for looking!

8 comments:

  1. Fine work, ABS. IMO, yellow as an undercoat for gray is a good choice. + a little DIY re stretching sprue and attaching to the aircraft's wings is recommended Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Jay, the yellow undercoat was for the red colour. The next aircraft will be undercoated in a lighter colour than grey. I've tried out the stretched sprue on a smaller model, so this one should be a doddle!

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    2. Doop! That's what I was thinking when I had a mental discharge when typing! (Man, I love getting old!)

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    3. I agree Jay is really old and that is damn nice work.

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    4. Thanks Francis! I'm not so sure Jay will thank you though...

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  2. Alex, that looks really excellent. I confess (and I am ashamed of it) that like you, I'm petrified of rigging Great War aircraft. I've a dozen lovely kits in 1/48th waiting for me to take the plunge. So I shall be watching very carefully!

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    1. Thanks again, Sydney! I will add something about how to rig these when I next post. It's relatively easy to do and I shouldn't have been so scared about it! Mine are not perfect by any account and there is a lot more I could do to make it more detailed! But it works for me as it is.

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