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Mike Dowling

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  1. Mike Dowling

    Sopwith F.1 Camel Build Log

    Oops, sorry John, it is yours not mine.
  2. Mike Dowling

    Sopwith F.1 Camel Build Log

    I am at a bit of a loss with this log. It definitely is mine but not coming up complete here. I checked this morning and found the whole log right up to finishing the plane so I don't think you are pinching John B's. I am still trying to find a model airways Nieuport at a decent price, I want to make the whole set !
  3. Mike Dowling

    Sopwith F.1 Camel Build Log

    Good thing to think ahead - especially with one of these kits and you will find you need to use the instruction book and plans together all the time. The Sopwith to my mind had the best instructions of all the model airways planes. I am building their version of the Cutiss Jenny at the moment and it is proving to be a real brain teaser !! As for weathering the wood, I didn't bother. By the time it has been handled, cut, glued etc etc it kind of ages itself !! I also gave a couple of coats of varnish in the end and now my Sopwith has been finished for a while the wood has 'calmed down' quite a lot. I'll bet you can't wait for Christmas !!
  4. Mike Dowling

    Sopwith F.1 Camel Build Log

    Steve, it is a great kit and good fun to build except as you say for the propeller ! I hadn't carved one before and made a bit of a mess of it. What I suggest you do is get hold of a cheap plastic one and use it as a visual guide. The sopwith has a peculiar shape to it anyway but a visual guide will help you.
  5. Who is this Denise ? Is she gorgeous ? Just to let you know Popeye that I am still watching ! Nice work on them stairs.
  6. Hey Boyd, apart from breeding (!!!!) where have you been ? Haven't heard from you for ages. Are you still modelling or did your wonderful Vic put you off ?
  7. Mike Dowling

    Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    John, I thought you would ask. It's a new setup called Real Model Pilots. They have some designs but will do bespoke as well. They are all done bu 3d printer and whilst they look a bit rough out of the box they paint up nicely. They will paint them for you at a price !!!!Have a look at their website www.realmodelpilots.co.uk Good luck.
  8. Mike Dowling

    Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Just in case anyone out there is still interested I did manage to source some 1/16 scale pilots to go with my models. Horrible price but for me they just make things complete and well worth it. They are WW1 pilots and were purchased unpainted.
  9. Mike Dowling

    Caldercraft 1:72 Victory?

    So, what is the best Vic Kit available out there ?
  10. Mike Dowling

    Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Do you get a fleet? Maybe a flock or a herd ? Or even a swarm !!!
  11. Mike Dowling

    Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Just to let you all know I have now completed the Albatros as well complete this time with a fully working control stick. Practice makes perfect don't you know ! I still have the Curtis Jenny in my stash to do and have been trying to find a Nieuport at a reasonable price but no luck so far. Sometimes I wish I lived in the US - so much cheaper there. Anyway, a few pics for you.
  12. Brian, go for the Occre kit. It's great fun especially with the interior detail.
  13. Mike Dowling

    DSCI6780.JPG

    This is the most wonderful model.

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