1/28 Spad XIII by Revell
I got this model about two years ago from my Dad for Christmas. I had recently got into WWI era vehicle because of the game Battlefield 1 (a WWI first person shooter). The Spad XIII was a French fighter plane that was introduced in the later years if WWI (1917-18), used primarily by the U.S and France.
This was one of the most challenging models I have ever built, not because of the detail, but because of the horrible casting, there are ares in this model that are more putty than plastic. In the end it turned out pretty decent. Its hard to tell now, but the front area of the fuselage (white and red part) is almost all putty.
This was the first model I’ve made with any wood pieces and I was nervous about painting the propeller, but my Dad gave me some tips and I practiced a bit until got the feel for it and went all in with the wood grain painting. I only used three acrylic colors for my wood effect. The propellers of that time were made out of sheets of wood laminated together (like a sandwich) and I feel that I pulled of that look pretty good.
This model was not very accurate either, the struts that hold the wings together were big rectangles that fit into trenches on the top and bottom of the wing so I had to cut those off and fill the trenches with more putty to give the plane a smoother look. I had to use a more than healthy amount of glue to fix the struts to the wings.
The painting was not too bad, I decided not to use putty to break up the colors and just let the airbrush make the soft edges. The best thing about this kit were the decals, they were accurate and very durable (not easy to tear). The markings on this plane were from a 103rd Aero Squadron – SPAD Spad XIII C.1 of Capt. Robert Soubiran, Serial # S7714.
The weathering on this model is not what hoped it to be it looks very smeary and I just could not get it to what I wanted it to look like, if anyone has advice for weathering WWI era planes (highlighting the ridges in the wing) I would be happy to hear it. This model was basically just practice for a 1/32 Sopwith Camel by Wingnut Wings I’m planning to build. Special thanks to my Dad, Matt Minnichsoffer (@coondog) for helping me learn new techniques along the way.