Eduard Airco DH-2. 1/48 Profipak. 14SQN RFC
I know I normally construct Australian Flying Corps aircraft but the DH-2 is my all time favourite aircraft.
To be fair, this one was used by a sister squadron to 1SQN AFC.
Now this is a pretty good kit anyway but I got pretty busy with some modifications.
I carved in some wrinkles into the sides of the nacelle with some old dentist's chisels. They were very smooth and a little lifeless and so I felt they needed softening up a little.
There is quite a lot of plumbing inside the nacelle which was not rendered. A lot of this plumbing passes between the timber framing and the linen skin of the aircraft so I plumbed the aircraft and then added a new set of frames in very thin styrene strip to give the effect required.
My favourite part of this model was achieved with pastel chalks. On aircraft covered in Clear Doped Linen, you can see a shadow or projection of the cockades on the lower side of the upper wing (see the first photo below for this phenomenon on a French aircraft.) I think my attempt looks pretty reasonable!
I added bungee suspenion to the axles, a seat cushion, fuel pipe fro the over wing fuel tank, pulsometers, pressure gauge and valves.
It should be added that the rigging diagram in the kit instructions is just plain wrong. Get yourself a copy of the Windsock datafile and go from there.
On a final note, the engine pushrods in the kit are about 1mm thick, scaled up thats 5cm (2"). Not even in the ball park right? Stretched sprue replacements look much better!
Hope you enjoy.