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Eduard/Roden/Mirage/Revell Warbirds project
Posted by BigskyMark on Sunday, December 13, 2020 8:55 PM

I purchased a fair number of 1/48 WWI aircraft from Eduard, Roden, Revell and Mirage to supplement and supply my Aurora Waribirds project.  I only used decals from these other kits (and in one case a resin pilot that came in a limited edition Eduard kit) so I figured at some point start building all or most of the more detailed planes.

That time has come, especially when I discovered that more than a few of the vintage Aurora planes, were..how do I put this..well they aren't 1/48.  I knew was the case for the Albatros DIII and the Fokker Eindecker, but I was shocked to see the size variance between my Aurora Fokker Triplane and the Eduard kit of the same make (right now just the main pieces taped together).

It's time to begin new German and Allied squadrons and up my game.. this time with rigging (heaven help me!)

The first plane had to be the DRI, and the first step was to select and complete a pilot figure.  I already had a 1/48 resin figure of Manfred von Richthofen that I had painted some months ago:

However, this figure doesn't have a helmet or goggles, so I did some cranial surgery on Manfred and another resin figure.  Manfred von Richthofen is now ready to pilot the Eduard DRI when I get it completed.

 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, December 14, 2020 12:32 PM

Looks like the Aurora Dr.1 is close to 1/32.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by BigskyMark on Monday, December 14, 2020 4:17 PM

jeaton01

Looks like the Aurora Dr.1 is close to 1/32.

 

 

John,  Yes, the Aurora DRI is quite a bit larger than the Eduard DRI, but the angle of my picture and the position of the planes distorts that a bit.   I measured the top wingspan and fuselage length of both planes and the Aurora model is 10.6% longer in both measurements.  So, if my math is correct and the Eduard kit is accurate at 1/48 the Aurora plane is about 1/43.

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  • From: Malvern, PA
Posted by WillysMB on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 11:04 AM

A lot of the old kits were "box scale" - what ever would fit in a standard box. Be interesting to check the rest of your beautiful set to see if the actual scale varies from subject to subjec.

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Posted by BigskyMark on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:57 PM

WillysMB

A lot of the old kits were "box scale" - what ever would fit in a standard box. Be interesting to check the rest of your beautiful set to see if the actual scale varies from subject to subjec.

 

 

Yes, I've read about that; it wasn't something I noticed when I was building these models decades ago, but the differences stand out now.   The Aurora Eindecker is about 1:43.  The Fokker DVII looks to be somewhat oversized, as does the Albatros DIII.  The other Aurora planes match up quite closely with their counterparts from Eduard and Roden.

In the meantime, I modified von Richthofen into a sitting position and the figure fits in the smaller Eduard cockpit.. although there won't be room for all of the other cockpit detailing..not that much of that would be visible with the pilot in place.

 

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Posted by BigskyMark on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:45 PM

It's been almost two months since I l posted in this thread.  I completed the Eduard Fokker DR1 (Profipack version) in 1/48 two days ago.  Jumping from Aurora Warbird kits to the modern Eduard versions seems a bit like skiing "Green" trails and making the leap to "Double Black Diamond" without practicing on the "Blues" or "Black Diamond" trails.  I learned a lot with this build; hopefully I'll be able to apply some of the lessons to make the second build easier. The primary color is Vallejo Air Scarlet Red which I weathered with 502 Abteiling Brown Wash oil paint   The von Richthofen figure was moulded by Model Cellar.  One of the lessons learned is to apply the Eduard PEP shoulder harnesses on the pilot figure BEFORE rather than AFTER closing him up in the cockpit

 

 

 

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