WNW Hansa Brandenburg W12 in 1/32
Designed by the famed Ernst Heinkel in late 1916, the W-12 was developed as a 2-seat patrol and recon seaplane for the German Imperial Navy and gave excellent account of itself in combat with RNAS patrol craft and airships in the North Sea and Flanders coast. It was fast, manuevreable, stable and sturdy, and was still in service in numbers at the end of hostilities.
When WnW announced the W12 along with the Felixstowe a few years back I ordered mine right then and there...this plane just screams Coolness! If you have a fear of building biplanes or haven't built a WnW kit yet, do yourself a big favor and get this kit! Hardly any rigging to worry about, and a very easy, solid construction makes for a Very enjoyable build!
I won't delve into the actual construction too much, I followed the instruction sequence pretty much all the way through, painting and detailing as I went along. Here are a few tips during building:
Paint only the sides of the parts that will be visible (such as the interior side structure, WnW moldings are very precise and too much paint will cause fit issues.
Wood is very easy to simulate, I use Tamiya Dark yellow, then depending on how light or dark the wood I want to simulate, I rub on burnt umber or burnt sienna oil paint with a small piece of makeup foam until I get the look I want, then after drying I spray a light coat of Tamiya Clear Orange.
For this plane the rigging is very simple, merely a pair of crossed wires between the front and rear interplane struts on each wing and of course the rudder and elevator control wires, which can be simulated with thin brass wire , available at any good model train shop.
I used Tamiya paints as recommended in the instructions thruout the build and had a blast building this kit! With WnW kits there is no real need for aftermarket decals, the unusual hex lozenge pattern makes for a very unusual looking airplane. It also makes for a very imposing fighter, very much like the brawler it was in real life. When friends ask me what kit I would recommend as their first WnW kit, this is the one I tell them, due to ease of assembly, wealth of detail and a lack of rigging!