Eduard 1/48th Nieuport 17 in RFC Service
This is Eduard's crisp little Nieuport 17 with a some extra detailing. The kit cockpit is fairly simple, with a flat floor with a step for the seat and molded in heel boards. It looks fine once it's all closed up. However, in an attempt to validate my purchase of the Windsock Datafile I wanted to beat it up a bit.
A new floor, seat mount, trusses, and heel boards were made from plastic card, while some copper wire and molten clear sprue was used to enhance the throttle mixture thingy on the port side. Bracing wires were made from synthetic hair extensions from a beauty supply store- the stuff is cheap and easy to work with.
Detailing on the exterior was limited to a new mount for the Lewis MG, made from a plastic post and some spare p/e metal, two p/e brackets to sling the telescopic sight under the wing, a copper wire to simulate the tubing that runs from the right forward cabane strut into the upper fuselage deck, and a pitot made of .006 brass wire and some plastic. Eduard doesn't provide the type of windshield required for this one, so I made a new one from clear plastic to mount between the aft cabane struts.
Interior CDL and wooden areas were painted with Floquil Antique White & Butternut, then the wood stuff was rendered with Prismacolor pencils and then varnished with a 1:1 mixture of Middlestone and Clear Gloss. Bright Silver mixed 4:1 with Japanese Charcoal Grey was used for the silver dope. Cowling was painted with a 2:1 mixture of Light Blue and Imperial German Calvary Blue, while the base color for the propeller was Midstone with an overcoat of Chestnut Brown. Decals were from the kit.
I also included a photo of various parts resting in a Chinese take-out food container- in my opinion, these are a great way to make sure you're well fed while the carpet monster goes hungry. Some Tamiya tape around the edges prevents scratches.