Bristol F2b fighter “the crocodile”

April 16, 2014 · in Aviation · · 16 · 3.6K

is one of the most succesfull two seaters of WWI and a really beautiful bird. I built this kit last year for the FSM WWI GB. This is the 1:48 limited edition kit, with decals for just one camo scheme - the crocodile. The fit is good, without any major issues and I had a lot of fun while building it. There were no frustrating moments due to the kit, but just those that were caused by myself. The only downfalls are the lack of clear instruction for the stencil decals (but WnW instructions booklet came to the rescue) and the fact that the engine is practically missing, so it cannot be build with open service panels. If you want to show the engine in 1:48 scale, then go with the kit.

I used mainly Tamiya and Gunze acrylics and Alclad II for the emtalic parts. The wooden pieces are done with oils over acrylics. I attempted a "transaprent" upper wing lower surface with some success.

I can strongly recommend this kit for those that want a nice not WnW Bristol Fighter.

Any comments, question,reccomendation or constructive criticism are mor ethan welcomed

Best regards,


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16 responses

  1. Love that color scheme! Are the checks decals or did that have to be painted?

  2. Looks beautiful. That must have been a very labor-intensive paint job considering all the masking involved. Probably took longer than the assembly, right? Came out nice, though.

  3. fantastic painting ! i don't like the WWI planes but yours is great !

  4. Wow that is loud...
    Lovely build there Aleksandar.

  5. Impressive paint scheme. Lot of patience involved here.

  6. Wow. Love it. Nice job.

  7. Exceptional paint scheme and application.

  8. How do you know when you're boss? When you paint your plane like this and go into combat! It's almost like he's saying "Come after me. I dare you!"
    I did see this model in a photo group of a model show last weekend. Needless to say it stood out! I'm glad I get the opportunity to tell you "Job well done!". How did you achieve the canvas and staining effect on the underside of the top wing? I looks like it's totally soaked with castor oil!

  9. Aleksander,
    What else can I say except this is beautiful. Great job. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  10. Very good, nice work! Bravo!

    Best regards, Vlad.

  11. Superb mate - beautiful model.

  12. Nice build. I always thought the Eduard offering was in fact a reboxing of the Roden kit - must have got the wrong info on that one.

    I checked a copy of my Windsock datafiles, thinking I'd seen details of this exact aircraft (alas, not there), as I had in mind that it was a Squadron Leader's aircraft either near the end of hosilities of just after. I know it was crashed post-war.

    I read an article a few years ago, on a European modelling forum, where a guy built this kit, but hand-stencilled the squares. He found that the top and bottom squares were 5mm but the fuselage sides had a 6mm square, which technically meant that it would be impossible for them to meet corner to corner, according to Pythagoras (not a perfect box all around), so he used the formula BC(squared) + AC(squared) = AB(squared), to calculate the area of the 'box' as divided into these variable sizes, then after painting everything white, cut tape squares to the requisite sizes, numbered each so that they would follow the pattern correctly, and once in place sprayed a coat of red, removed the tape and hey-presto red-and-white chequerboard!

  13. very nicely done. I'm working on the WW 1/32 version, and even at that scale I wouldn't take on a scheme as complex as that one !

  14. Love the "come shoot me down" scheme. great build

  15. Absolutely fantastic, Aleksandar/Sasho, really good job, and a 'stand out from the crowd' model. I love to see something different like this.

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