I haven't made many WWI
subjects lately. Only reasons I made this, is because a colleague gave me the
Eduard kit which he'd started but not managed to finish, and also I had the
Airwaves white metal RFC figures to use up.
I found the Eduard kit a bit of a
trial. It's just like old Airfix kits ofyore in that all the wing struts are
individual items meaning you just have to make some kind of jig to align them
properly. They were so fine I ruined some of them by using too much liquid
cement and had to make replacements from stretched sprue. Then there are a few
tiny etched brass parts that are just too, er, tiny, for my aged fingers these
days. Decals, on the other hand are a work of art. Finally, the model looked
pretty good until I placed it next to the figures when it looked altogether too
small . . .
Last point of interest here is the figure at the back. He is actually Louis Bleriot from the old Frog Trailblazer kit. Fifty years old if he's a day.
Photos and text © by Greg Kerry