Caproni Ca.3 (UPDATED)
Here is Polish firm Choroszy Modelbud’s 1/72 kit of the Caproni Ca.3 with 25.4mm gun, together with six figures from a Waterloo 1815 set of Italian WWI soldiers, the latter having arms and legs repositioned for the project. The vignette was inspired by an image in the Windsock Datafile 144, Caproni CA.3 at War, Vol.1, by Gregory Alegi.
My CDL is simply an off-white sprayed over a grey primer, with the rib areas lightly sanded to reveal ‘rib shadow’ beneath the fabric (I’m not a regular WWI modeller). I should give anyone thinking of building this kit a heads-up, as there must be nearly 200 parts, none of them labelled, and the instructions, apart from a couple of exploded views, are basically ‘here’s a drawing of what the aircraft should look like when you’re finished’ – no parts’ number references at all. Further, being a resin kit in this scale, it is both fragile and dense, due to the resin weight. For that reason I decided to use cut-to-fit fine brass wire rather than ‘rigging thread’, to add stability to the model, although a little out of scale.
(In England, one seventy-second is referred to as ‘gentleman’s scale.’ I haven’t modelled in this scale for years, so either it’s (1) simply a scale I choose no longer to address, or (2) a statement of fact that I’m no longer a gentleman.)
Recently, one of my daughters asked if I could let one of my grandsons have a ‘spare’ model for his bedroom (I had previously supplied a 1/48 Corsair to hang from his ceiling). Nothing I have now fits into that category exactly, but then I remembered the Caproni.
I post the images here, as a farewell to a tiny, delicate model that we are unlikely ever to see again in one piece, even now disappearing into the bedroom of a five year old boy.
6 additional images. Click to enlarge.