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This was nowhere near my best effort, and truthfully, was one of the earliest attempts at WW1 modeling I ever attempted. It is by no means perfect, but from three ft away it looks great. It doesn’t stand up well to penlight and magnifier inspection.

It’s also my first attempt at painting figures, one or two of whom appear to have imbibed in too much schnapps before the mission.  

I’m not surprised, because the prototype of this build finished its last mission impaled in a Belgian farmhouse. 

Botched the landing, it would seem. Scheiße!

 

The G.lV is an important aircraft. It can be easily looked at at being the world’s fist successful heavier than air strategic bomber.  Much better aircraft followed in short order, such as the improved G.V, and the RFC’s Bloody Paralyzer, But the G.lV, for good or for bad, brought reliable and effective strategic bombing into vogue.

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On the bench:  Vanguard Models 1/64 HMS Speedy

 

On Deck:

Vanguard Models 1/64 Zulu,

Vanguard Models 1/64 Fifie,

Victory Models 1/72 HMS Bellerophon 

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I’m quite ashamed of that one, actually, as it’s a very early build of mine and lacks a lot of finesse.  But she’s still pretty in a warlike way.

 

Just look at it. They flew over 20,000 ft high, no gun could catch them, no fighter could, either. As long as the thing held together, they were untouchable. Oxygen was generated by portable generators, and the guys breathed it through a pipe clamped between their teeth. Later in the war, high altitude masks were developed.

 

Never mind going to was in a sailing ship, how’d you like to go to war in this crate?  Two inline six cylinder Mercedes-Benz engines are all that stood between you and a lower altitude, where the guns and fighters COULD and did, get you.

Plus, to make matters worse, check out the bombs mounted on the extreme nose. It did interesting things to aircraft handling when they were released. Landing a now dangerously tailheavy and now almost unflyable bomber, in a farmers field, full of rugs and cattle hoof divot marks, after 8 hours of freezing your backside off, on four bicycle tires?

What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

 

More Gothas were lost in landing accidents than all other sources, combined. 

On the bench:  Vanguard Models 1/64 HMS Speedy

 

On Deck:

Vanguard Models 1/64 Zulu,

Vanguard Models 1/64 Fifie,

Victory Models 1/72 HMS Bellerophon 

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I still think when I painted the pilot, he ended up looking stoned out of his mind. 

He’s just kind of leeeaning back, taking it easy, thinking that in 50 years, he’ll be played by Donald Sutherland, but this time, he’s a gunner on a Sherman paying off a Tiger Commander with stolen Nazi gold. 

“What’s with the negative waves, man.”

On the bench:  Vanguard Models 1/64 HMS Speedy

 

On Deck:

Vanguard Models 1/64 Zulu,

Vanguard Models 1/64 Fifie,

Victory Models 1/72 HMS Bellerophon 

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It's great.  You say first effort and not happy,  I say you learned.  The pilot wasn't stoned.  This was way before that.  He's probably drunk as he knows what's going to happen.  Looks like he's standing up ready to say "To heck with this, I'll be at the Officer's Club".

Mark
"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

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Nothing wrong with that,   you should have seen my first 1/48  kit  the famous (for all the wrong reasons)  Tamiya Sea Harrier, I even built Three of them over the years  could not get any of them even close to passable.

 

OC.

Current builds  


28mm  Battle of Waterloo   attack on La Haye Saint   Diorama.

1/700  HMS Hood   Flyhawk   with  PE, Resin  and Wood Decking.

 

 

 

Completed works.

 

Dragon 1/700 HMS Edinburgh type 42 batch 3 Destroyer plastic.

HMS Warspite Academy 1/350 plastic kit and wem parts.

HMS Trafalgar Airfix 1/350 submarine  plastic.

Black Pearl  1/72  Revell   with  pirate crew.

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1 hour ago, mtaylor said:

It's great.  You say first effort and not happy,  I say you learned.  The pilot wasn't stoned.  This was way before that.  He's probably drunk as he knows what's going to happen.  Looks like he's standing up ready to say "To heck with this, I'll be at the Officer's Club".

The aircraft commander better get dressed because he’ll freeze going on a mission in his Class A’s. 

It’s amazing when reading history on WW1 and before, how many people went into battle half snapped on whiskey. Especially so for aircrew.  90 mph for 7 hours at 20,000 ft in an open cockpit is not my idea of fun. 

 

On the bench:  Vanguard Models 1/64 HMS Speedy

 

On Deck:

Vanguard Models 1/64 Zulu,

Vanguard Models 1/64 Fifie,

Victory Models 1/72 HMS Bellerophon 

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I quite agree.  Flying into combat even in a WWII bomber wouldn't have been fun but they would have had heat suits and O2 masks.   Aviators in WWI were very brave bunch to fly in wood planes, doped wings, no parachutes, iffy engines, etc.

Mark
"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
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Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         

         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Love your Gotha bomber model. I'm a big fan of Wingnut Wings kits, but the Gotha was one I never acquired. Seeing yours makes me wish I had acquired one.

Very interesting about the oxygen being piped to the crew, and about the 20,000 ft. service ceiling. Never read up on the history of the WW1 German bombers, but my interest is now piqued.

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Hi Chap,

.Pretty good to see some New Zealand Modell Kitsets making the International stage....

(Good on Peter Jackson for his passion/s.)

There are some wonderful "Bare Bones" aircraft that I have seen in some of the regional airports here.... (Mr. Jackson again....)

 

If you can, have a look at one of Mr. Jackson's, if not his first film, "Bad Taste....." (Alien Splatter Movie.)

I have friends here that helped with the "Soundtrack."

(Forgotten Silver is another wonderful NZ Spoof well worth a look.)

 

Cheers….HOF.)

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Amati/Partworks 1/200 Bismarck

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Shall do, Sir Hof!

 

5 hours ago, CDW said:

Love your Gotha bomber model. I'm a big fan of Wingnut Wings kits, but the Gotha was one I never acquired. Seeing yours makes me wish I had acquired one.

Very interesting about the oxygen being piped to the crew, and about the 20,000 ft. service ceiling. Never read up on the history of the WW1 German bombers, but my interest is now piqued.

Certain Rumpler two seaters easily topped 20,000 ft as well, and would cruise with impunity at those altitudes, absolutely untouched by enemy fire.

Sopwith developed the Dolphin, which was conceived with two upward firing Lewis guns in an attempt to bring down the high altitude runners. 

But until AAA was able to reach the altitudes needed, not much worked.

 

As AAA became more adept and better developed, the losses mounted, and the Gothas switched to night bombing at lower altitudes. 

The biggest drawback was a lack of a proper bombsight. A telescopic sight through the floor was used, but it was mostly by gosh and by golly when it came to high altitude bombing.  Intentional hits were few and far between. 

On the bench:  Vanguard Models 1/64 HMS Speedy

 

On Deck:

Vanguard Models 1/64 Zulu,

Vanguard Models 1/64 Fifie,

Victory Models 1/72 HMS Bellerophon 

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Looks more like the pilot is sick and tired of having to fly with Herr Clunk with his Heidelberg scar!

 

Also looks like a nice build to me.

Lou

 

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Constructo Brigantine Sentinel (Union) (On hold)

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yepper.......very nice look'in plane :)    I've never tried to do one before.........seen plenty of kita around though........seen De Havland D 10 and Hadley Page bombers too.  they look very daunting :unsure:

I yam wot I yam!

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Billings Nordkap 476 / Billings Cux 87 / Billings Mary Ann / Billings AmericA - reissue
Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build / Jeanne D'Arc - Heller
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed & semi scratch dual build

Billing T78 Norden

 

in dry dock:
Billing's Gothenborg 1:100 / Billing's Boulogne Etaples 1:20
Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
Revell U.S.S. United States 1:96 - plastic/ wood modified / Academy Titanic 1:400
Trawler Syborn - semi scratch / Holiday Harbor dual build - semi scratch

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