War Above the Trenches: Caudron G.IV (Late)
The Caudron G.IV was a French twin-engine biplane widely used during World War I as a reconnaissance/bomber aircraft. Its tailplanes were mounted on an open latticework structure normally associated with pusher aircraft, yet the engines and propellers were mounted to the front. This configuration set them apart from their pusher contemporaries, and the Germans tagged them with the nickname, Gitterrumpf , or "lattice tail."
It was designed by René and Gaston Caudron as an improvement over their single-engine Caudron G.III, and entered service with the French Aéronautique Militaire in November 1915 as first twin-engine aircraft in service in any numbers with the French.
It was manufactured in France, and in England and Italy under licence. There were three main versions, A2 for reconnaissance, B2 for bombing and E2 for training.
The British Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) also used the G.IV as a bomber, receiving 55, of which twelve were built by the British Caudron company and the remainder supplied from France.
Numbers 4 and 5 Wing RNAS used the G.IV for attacks against German seaplane and airship bases in Belgium. It was finally replaced in RNAS service by the Handley Page O/100 aircraft in autumn 1917.
Italian G.IVs proved successful operating in the mountainous Alpine fronts, where its good altitude capabilities proved useful. The G.IV was also used by the Imperial Russian Air Force for reconnaissance purposes.
This is Copper State Models 1/48 version of the Caudron G.IV (Late), which is a superbly complex kit. The production standard is exceptional. I ran a WiP thread for this build, so I won't delve into the challenges of it here, but naturally you're welcome to review the thread: http://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-aircraft/forum/topic/caudron-g-iv-late/
This project is modelled on C.1720 of Escadriller C202.
Copper State Models also produces a sea-version of the Caudron, the Hydravion, in 1/48 as well.
This is another of my projects championing lesser-known aircraft of the First World War, in quarter scale.