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Jim Coatney
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Wingnut Wings Fokker E.III Eindecker

November 15, 2013 · in Aviation · · 11 · 3.7K

Here are some pics of my Fokker . This was built out of the box except for the seatbelts (HGW Laser Cut) and Rigging (Gaspatch turnbuckles). Since the early engines, especially the rotaries, spewed oil all over the place, it gave me an opportunity to go a bit crazy with the weathering.

A couple additional comments regarding accuracy: 1) The paint scheme is not historically accurate. They were actually painted a dark tan or sometimes green, but I wanted to go with a clear doped linen look so I could play with shadows and shading on the wings and fuselage. 2) The cowlings were actually a "beaten" metal to reduce reflections. I could not get a result that I thought looked better than just plain flat aluminum, so that's how it stayed.

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  1. Another beauty, Jim...dunno how ya do it.

  2. You've got a nice touch with the Great War subjects. Good to see consistent build quality.

    I wish they'd offer a Halberstadt - I'd buy three.

    • I've read that they have over 50 kits in development. They seem to like the German two-seaters, so you may be in luck in the future.

    • How 'bout a Halberstadt FIGHTER? The D-2? The WW1 fave of mine, the Salmson 2A2, is due soon.

      • Maybe will get both Halberstadts! It's interesting that Gaspatch is releasing their 1/48 Salmson about the same time Wingnuts is releasing it in 1/32. I feel a little bad for Costas at Gaspatch, the WNW release will probable hurt his sales of the 1/48 kit (his first kit release).

        • I saw this at Telford on the Gaspatch stand and it looked terrific, with a choice of three versions (I like the Japanese version), all with detailed engine and framing, but the preferred biplane scale for me is 1/32, so my default position would be WW.

  3. A horrid aircraft whose heyday lasted only weeks. Beautiful build, Jim.

  4. Maybe it wasn't that great a machine, but it was the first one that Looked like a "fighter". Very nicely built model. I have my eye on the 3-gun, twin row engine lashup. 🙂

  5. Very nice work, Jim. that kit is a winner, and in the hands of someone like you who knows how to make the most of it, a real winner.

  6. Another "Top Shelf" build Jim. Your build quality an attention to detail is truly inspiring- keep them coming!

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