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Postby VickersVandal » 08 Apr 2015, 13:47

I thought I'd post some shots of other aircraft I've built that aren't from the Biggles books but that I consider to be close in theme. Basically all my modelling interests trace back to Biggles anyway - WW1, interwar bush flying and unknown wars, flying boats.

Below are the aircraft I have built so far that fought off the Imperialist Japanese invasion of Japan in the 1930s and through into WW2. I am gradually adding to this collection.
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Boeing Peashooter; Polikarpov I-16; Curtiss Hawk 81 ("Flying Tigers"); Tupolev SB-2 dive-bomber

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Postby kylie_koyote » 08 Apr 2015, 16:02

Those are really cool. You're really talented.
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Postby SopwithCamel » 08 Apr 2015, 17:52

They look fantastic! :mrgreen:
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Postby OzBiggles1963 » 09 Apr 2015, 01:19

SopwithCamel wrote:They look fantastic! :mrgreen:


Awesome work VV, as per usual! :)
They've been working together for so long that each seems to know by a sort of telepathy when another is in trouble. One never seems to get them together. Get one & the others come after him. To give the devil his due they make a formidable team.
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Postby VickersVandal » 11 Apr 2015, 01:59

Thanks all :)

This is Werner Voss's Fokker F.1 Triplane. In my opinion a far superior pilot to Von Richtofen and completely underrated. It took 5 British pilots to shoot him down and even after his engine was shot up and he was without power, they still had difficulty bringing him down. Biggles never went up against him in any of the stories, which is probably just as well because he definitely would have come off second best :P :P

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Postby VickersVandal » 11 Apr 2015, 02:00

A FW-190 A-9, "Blue 7" from the Eastern Front. Would have been a worthy opponent for Biggles. Fanfic anyone?.... ;)

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Postby VickersVandal » 11 Apr 2015, 02:10

GAL ST-25 Monospar in Adelaide Airways livery. I originally bought this kit to build as the "twin engine tourer" from Flies South as it is exactly the sort of thing Biggles & Co would have used, however the original illustrations and clues in the book pointed to the De Havilland Dragonfly instead. SO, this got a new lease on life in its black and yellow scheme.

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Postby VickersVandal » 11 Apr 2015, 02:12

Partly inspired by Biggles, partly by the epic fight sequence on top of a tank in Indiana Jones, I just had to build a Mk 1 British WW1 tank :)

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Postby OzBiggles1963 » 11 Apr 2015, 03:29

VickersVandal wrote:Thanks all :)

This is Werner Voss's Fokker F.1 Triplane. In my opinion a far superior pilot to Von Richtofen and completely underrated. It took 5 British pilots to shoot him down and even after his engine was shot up and he was without power, they still had difficulty bringing him down. Biggles never went up against him in any of the stories, which is probably just as well because he definitely would have come off second best :P :P

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Totally agree with you VV, Richtofen was not a naturally 'gifted' pilot [just ask his instructor, lol], but he was a master strategist, learning from Boelcke, & a natural hunter who employed the old hunter's philosophy of following the 'straggler' or weakest in the herd [i.e. new Allied pilots, older or inferior Allied aircraft, reconnaissance planes & the like]. There are those who say [I have read several biographies, including his own 'Red Knight of the Air] he was 'not himself' when he was shot down in April 1918, as he had become impulsive due to his severe head injury the previous year & did not obey his 1st rule of the air, i.e.never follow the prey down to ground level.
They've been working together for so long that each seems to know by a sort of telepathy when another is in trouble. One never seems to get them together. Get one & the others come after him. To give the devil his due they make a formidable team.
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Postby Fairblue » 11 Apr 2015, 08:36

OzBiggles1963 wrote:Totally agree with you VV, Richtofen was not a naturally 'gifted' pilot [just ask his instructor, lol], but he was a master strategist, learning from Boelcke, & a natural hunter who employed the old hunter's philosophy of following the 'straggler' or weakest in the herd [i.e. new Allied pilots, older or inferior Allied aircraft, reconnaissance planes]


German successes due to these tactics took a severe blow when the Camel came on the scene. Quite a few German Aces lost their lives due to the newer Allied aircraft.

Great looking machines, VV. And I love your little tank!
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Postby Spitfire666 » 12 Apr 2015, 22:00

VickersVandal wrote: Thanks all :)

This is Werner Voss's Fokker F.1 Triplane. In my opinion a far superior pilot to Von Richtofen and completely underrated. It took 5 British pilots to shoot him down and even after his engine was shot up and he was without power, they still had difficulty bringing him down. Biggles never went up against him in any of the stories, which is probably just as well because he definitely would have come off second best :P :P

Voss was a superb pilot, I so agree with you, VV. The five he fought with were all aces, and the one who downed him said he wished he could have downed him without killing him. Extraordinary that so many people have heard of Von Richtofen but not Voss.
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Postby VickersVandal » 12 Apr 2015, 23:36

Spitfire666 wrote:Extraordinary that so many people have heard of Von Richtofen but not Voss.


Richtofen lived and flew for longer, scored more victories in total, was the subject of a huge publicity/propaganda campaign, flew a very distinctive aircraft and was a member of the aristocracy where Voss was from a lower/middle class family in a time when social class was enormously important. All that combined to make him a household name while Voss was largely forgotten.
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Postby VickersVandal » 15 Apr 2015, 03:41

Felixstowe F.2A flying boat, used for maritime patrol in the Great War. This is a British version of the Curtiss Flying Boat used by the bad guys (Silas & Co) in Cruise of the Condor. I will be building that plane at some point and this one was basically a dry run to see if I could handle the kit.
Very complex kit to build. The paint scheme was nearly the end of me.

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Postby Fairblue » 15 Apr 2015, 09:37

It seems even fiddlier than ever, VV. What does 'Not something you can dry fit either' mean, please? And that paintwork looks like t belongs in the 60's! But it's an unusual plane, nevertheless.
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Postby VickersVandal » 16 Apr 2015, 00:17

Oh, it was fiddly... :shock:
That funkatronic paintjob was one of the different schemes they were experimenting with to either allow aircraft ID or to break up the outline to aid camouflage....though I cannot possibly see how that particular paintjob would aid camouflage unless you happened to be flying through the middle of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory at the time.

To dry fit is to put together the parts without glue (e.g. held together with temporarily tape) to check that everything lines up before committing with glue. For example, dry fitting the fuselage halves together or the wing to the fuselage. Not all kits are made well and line up properly. Especially important if it turns out you need to trim a part back for it to fit. Once the glue is on, that sort of job gets awkward....
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Postby VickersVandal » 16 Apr 2015, 00:27

De Havilland Tiger Moth - the aircraft that WW2 RAF pilots were trained on. Think Tug Carrington, probably Bertie. All would have (fictionally) flown a (fictitious) Tiger Moth. :mrgreen: :P
This is modelled on an existing aircraft because I liked the colour scheme.
The kit is from the 1960s - Airfix still churcns out many kits moulded 50 years ago. It's pretty awful (especially the propellor!) and needed a lot of work to clean it up but it looks approximately like a Tiger Moth....in low light.....if you squint....

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Postby VickersVandal » 16 Apr 2015, 00:43

The fictitious Savoia S-21 flying boat from the Anime "Porco Rosso". Highly recommended viewing for anyone who's into aviation-related 1930s escapism!
Tearing around the sky in a flying boat and shooting down sky pirates does seem like a rather Biggles thing to do... ;)

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Postby OzBiggles1963 » 16 Apr 2015, 04:01

I loved Porco Rosso, awesome plane VV! :D
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Postby tiffinata » 16 Apr 2015, 04:45

VickersVandal wrote:De Havilland Tiger Moth - the aircraft that WW2 RAF pilots were trained on. Think Tug Carrington, probably Bertie. All would have (fictionally) flown a (fictitious) Tiger Moth. :mrgreen: :P
This is modelled on an existing aircraft because I liked the colour scheme.
The kit is from the 1960s - Airfix still churcns out many kits moulded 50 years ago. It's pretty awful (especially the propellor!) and needed a lot of work to clean it up but it looks approximately like a Tiger Moth....in low light.....if you squint....


And an important part of the Empire Air Training Scheme. I picked up a Moth a few weeks ago. Thanks for the heads-up that it will be a beast of a kit.
I plan to paint mine EATS yellow.... eventually.
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Postby VickersVandal » 16 Apr 2015, 05:02

tiffinata wrote:And an important part of the Empire Air Training Scheme. I picked up a Moth a few weeks ago. Thanks for the heads-up that it will be a beast of a kit.
I plan to paint mine EATS yellow.... eventually.


If you bought it a few months ago, then you would have the brand new tooled kit, which is a magical piece of wonderfulness and nothing at all like the horrible clunker that Airfix used to sell.
To their credit, Airfix are retiring most of these old kits and revising a lot of their moulds and they are superb - on par with the best on the market but for a fraction of the price. I'm just hanging for them to re-tool their DH-88 Comet racer....which brings me to....
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De Havilland DH.88 Comet racer from the MacRobertson Air Race. I still have in mind a fanfic/model combo effort involving Biggles and a DH Comet. It just seems to fit ;)
I also built one of these many years back as a proto-build of the Tourer from Flies South, because at the time (pre-internet) it was the only 2 engined 1930s civil aircraft I could find anywhere.

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Have you seen the booklet 'plane chocolate' about the macrob. Air race? I've just posted my last copy off, but will keep an eye out if you are interested.
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Postby kylie_koyote » 16 Apr 2015, 11:20

VickersVandal wrote:though I cannot possibly see how that particular paintjob would aid camouflage unless you happened to be flying through the middle of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory at the time.



This made me laugh out loud at the breakfast table.

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tiffinata wrote:Have you seen the booklet 'plane chocolate' about the macrob. Air race? I've just posted my last copy off, but will keep an eye out if you are interested.


Sorry tiff, I missed this comment. Yes, I'm definitely interested. I had considered starting a MacRoberston theme as I have a couple of kits that would fit it (e.g. Boeing 247) and aren't needed for Biggles or other projects. The problem is that I would end up becoming obsessed and having to hunt down every kit of every entrant. :roll:
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Postby VickersVandal » 01 Jun 2015, 12:34

Just finished this KLM Fokker F.III
The sort of thing Biggles and Algy would have hopped aboard had they needed to flit across to Amsterdam in those mysterious early post-WW1 years when nobody knows what they were up to ;) :shh: :problem:

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Postby kylie_koyote » 01 Jun 2015, 15:32

Wow, those are so cool. You've done a lot of work!
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kylie_koyote wrote:Wow, those are so cool. You've done a lot of work!


Thanks :)
As they say, it keeps me from going out mugging old ladies and sniffing glue.......no wait......ok, well at least it keeps me from mugging old ladies anyway..... :mrgreen:


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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby Fairblue » 02 Jun 2015, 09:23

Neat work, VV, as usual. Any sign of the kiddiwinks following in your footsteps (apart from wanting to play with them, that is) or are they too young to be so discerning at this point?
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby VickersVandal » 02 Jun 2015, 10:17

My 5 year old just built an F-18egg plane with me. My 7 year old is working on a Tiger Moth and my 9 year old is onto her fifth model :D (her last one was a P-40 warhawk)
I haven't pressured them into anything either. They have seen me building and became keen off their own bat.

I'll post up a shot at some point.
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Re: Non-Biggles-but-vaguely-related-to-Biggles models

Postby Fairblue » 02 Jun 2015, 10:39

That's nice for you. I imagine Mrs VV is positively tripping over all your model building paraphernalia, then.
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