Wingnut Wings FE.2b Early
This was my fourth Wingnut Wings kit, and the most challenging due to the amount of rigging required. I used EZ Line in both sizes. This was good, and bad. EZ Line does stretch well, eliminating the dreaded after-build line sag, and it is difficult to break once in place. However, I found it difficult to glue into the small anchor holes because it is limp, prone to static “cling” and may curl up on the end after being dipped in CA. But, after all was said (some of that not printable here) and done, it came out pretty well. After a number of WWI builds (my favorite era) I can say that once you get your rigging technique down, and there are many to steal from, rigging is not hard, it can become tedious. I find I can work through it in a number of sessions and before too long, it’s done.
These Wingnut Wings kits have to be experienced to be believed. They are actually pretty easy to assemble and the amount of detail and precision of fit is amazing. Eduard WWI kits are a close second but still not in the same league as these.
I would say not to shy away from these kits because of the rigging. The amount required ranges from almost nil in the new Fokker D.VII kits to extensive with the FE and the DH models, but they are all within the grasp of the average modeler.
Hope you enjoy the photos. A more detailed account of the build is found on the IPMS USA site review section.
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