1/32 Wingnut Wings Sopwith Triplane (Collishaw Edition)
Raymond Collishaw was a top Canadian RNAF/RAF ace pilot who along with the plane he flew and his famous “Black” Flight helped the British recover from the demoralizing days of “Bloody April” in 1917.
His personal history is done by better writers than I so I won’t rehash it here.
As for the model, this was the special reboxing of the Sopwith Triplane that WnW came out with (presumably for those who missed the first run of this kit like myself.) I purchased this roughly a year before WnWs went into its fatal final financial dive. It also comes with a resin figure of Collishaw. I might paint and complete the figure in the future.
For a WW1 aircraft, the Tripe was a relatively easy build except for the rigging. Why? I discovered to my dismay that inserting stretched EZ line into rigging mounting holes is bloody difficult and requires the use of more hands (three) than I currently have (two.) Why would I do this? In the name of accuracy as Sopwith made recessed anchor points in the wings.
Next time, I’ll use Gaspatch anchor points (I have a WnW Camel) which make rigging so much easier and forget accuracy.
As for the paints, I used Tamiya XF-78 Deck Linoleum Brown and XF-68 Deck Tan for the RNAF/Sopwith “chocolate” PC10 and doped linen.
Otherwise, I had fun building this kit and hopes that someone will reprop this kit in the future.
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