Monday, August 9, 2010


Here are some images of Eduard's 1/48 scale Royal Aircraft Factory's S.E.5.A. From Wikipedia "The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 was a British biplane fighter aircraft of the First World War. Although the first examples reached the Western Front before the Sopwith Camel and it had a much better overall performance, problems with its Hispano-Suiza engine meant that there was a chronic shortage of S.E.5s until well into 1918 and fewer squadrons were equipped with the type than with the Sopwith fighter. Together with the Camel, the S.E.5 was instrumental in regaining allied air superiority in mid-1917 and maintaining this for the rest of the war, ensuring there was no repetition of "Bloody April" 1917 when losses in the Royal Flying Corps were much heavier than in the Luftstreitkräfte.


Arkonbey said...

As usual, nicely done. Guitar wire for the rigging? It's very nicely taut rigging.

A tutorial, perhaps? (he asked hopefully)

My dad decided, after looking at my meager output, to get back into modeling again after many years and to do it with biplanes. In an interesting reversal of the father/son dynamic, I bought him all he needed to start. One of the models I got him was the Wingnut Wings SE5a. That is one fantastic model.

Anonymous said...

The S.E.5. is my favorite of the WWI aircraft. It was flown by Billy Bishop. I especially like the S.E.5 with the four blade prop.
Nice model once again.


Warren Zoell said...

Arkonbey- Wingnut Wings Is Peter Jacksons company (Lord of the Rings) and yes they are fantastic. .I want to get hold of their 1/32 scale Gotha Bomber. As for attaching Guitar wire I just pick up some 8 or 9 gauge wire (high E string)(around a buck a string) at the local music shop.I then carefully drill tiny holes with the tip of an Exato knife blade at the various attachment points during construction. I then cut the wire to length (that's the hard part) hooking the ends and place them into position with CA glue.Be very careful when cutting to length, the little off cut pieces can go flying never to be seen again until one day they wind up in your foot. It happened to me. I always do the rigging dead last. Overall I think guitar wire looks best though it is more difficult to work with than tread. I would like to be able to find chrome thread if it exists.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Dave the SE5a is a nice plane. It's got nice rugged look. For WW1 the NE 17 is my personal favorite. Billy Bishop flew several planes throughout his career I think the SE5 was the last one he flew. Here is Bishop's NE 17